Review of 'Journey Through Lands Unknown' (2008)
By Calum Harvie, Zero Tolerance Magazine, UK


They're invariably tagged 'funeral doom', but I've come to find that the term doesn't satisfactorily sun up Pantheist. It probably stems from the origin as Kostas' dark-synth project, but the bands ability to step out beyond the defines of guitar-centric droning and evoke different voices and moods takes them to a different emotional plain: spiritual and contemplative but never lightweight or whimsical; the music still has balls. The mystically oppressive Amartia from 2005 worked because of those multi-layered nuances, and the same can be said for Journey Through Lands Unknown. Not so much a progression as a development of its predecessor, the album is again a mournful affair, but one in which light and shade coexist, melody and acoustic interludes providing counterpoint to the weighty, monolithic guitars. Clocking in at just over an hour, Journey.... is less flabby than its predecessor. Tracks, like opener 'Deliverance' and 'Dum Spiro Despero', ride on a bright '70s rock vibe along a dirt track of harsh melancholy, although highlight is closer 'Mourning The Passing Of Certainty' which starts with an ecclesiastical chant before segueing into a middle-eastern tinged melody. Funeral doom, arguably but strictly on Pantheist's own terms.

4.5/6

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