‘Closer to God’ (2021) lyrics

Pantheist - 'Closer to God' Album Artwork

1. Strange Times

We live in a new dark age These times are strange
One day the future bright awaits The very next day it’s bursting in flames

I watch it all safely from my little hole And frankly, I don’t care at all
I watch it all with a smirk on my face I’m not longer sure I belong in this place

We live in a new dark age These times are strange

One day nature sends us a flood
The very next day a virus turns us all mad I watch it all with supplies in my hands And see them all suffer, and fight for what’s left

Let me be free in my own sanctuary I don’t need your help or sympathy
All I can see from here
Are my fading footprints in the sand And I have no words of wisdom to offer

And I am watching as
The flames grow higher and higher Higher and higher
They will engulf us all Come, burning fire
Throw us in the pyre
That’s where we belong

Closer to the God
that we have never seen before Closer to the mirror,
the final sight before we’re gone

2. Erroneous Elation


3. Wilderness

I’ve come to cherish and I appreciate
the love I invested, the trust you gave
While times are changing and the world is dark I have you and you have me, and that’s all we’ve got

We left our safety and loved domains

exposed ourselves to rains and trains the Darkness follows wherever we are but out in the wilderness our fears seem far

You give me hope, you lift me up authentic our vows, undying our love Pray with me, that one morning we will wake up to a better world

Together when we are, the sun always seems to shine the most colourful birds, they sing for us wild flowers bloom
in perfect harmony, the world in tune

And so, we soldier on and on deeper and deeper in the woods we get lost the world seems crazy, people gone mad there’s no right or wrong, nor good or bad

Now all we’ve got, our own compass we’ll find our truths, as no one will show us the right direction, the noble path nothing has a centre and nothing made to last

For a moment, we can breathe a sigh of relief that among the pure waters, our suffering has ceased

But you act like you always have known that the bliss will soon be over
The end I see hidden in your eyes
your sadness kills me, lover

Walls are being built around us, the air suffocates we are running out of time, running out of space please hold on to what little you can keep in your palm see it slipping through your fingers, say goodbye and move on

4. Of Stardust we are made (and to Dust we shall return)

Have you ever felt lonely in a cosmic sense? No human presence can distract you From the feeling of complete insignificance

This, my friend, is my permanent state now Watching a tiny leaf dance on the water surface Knowing that I am that leaf
Dancing towards extinction
Soon to gently disintegrate in the green pond

When I close my eyes it’s stardust all I see And I’m no longer afraid of the dark Knowing that’s where I too belong


Recorded between the years 2019-2021 at various locations in the United Kingdom, United States and France.

Mixed and engineered by Jeremy Lewis. Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios

Music and Lyrics by Kostas. Arrangements by Pantheist.
It was perhaps inevitable that the spirit of Ennio Morricone would dwell on these recordings. Grazie, maestro.

Jeremy Lewis- Guitars
John Devos- Drums
Kostas Panagiotou- Vocals and Synths Matt Strangis- Bass
Nereide- Guitars

Guest: Andrei Oltean- Recorder, Flute in ‘Strange Times’ Additional instrumentation: acoustic guitar in ‘Erroneous Elation’ performed by Kostas; percussion and additional keys in ‘Erroneous Elation’ performed by Jeremy. Additional percussion in ‘Wilderness’ by John

Guitar solos and ebow performed by Jeremy. Artwork by Cheryl Panagiotou
(c) 2021 Melancholic Realm Productions