PANTOKRATOR - SONG OF SOLOMON (*NEW-CD, 2018, Soundmass)
ABOUT THE ALBUM
After recording a few demos, 2001 saw the first official release by Swedish band Pantokrator in “Songs Of Solomon”. Initially self-released, then released as a split with Santifica on C.L. Music (label of Christian Rivel from Narnia), this recording was heavy, HEAVY doomy death metal. An assault of brutal, grinding (yet always melodic) death metal is contrasted with moments of doomy violin, female vocals and acoustic passages – think of the ferocity of Scrolls era Mortification, united with the passion of early Paramaecium and the emotiveness of Ethereal Scourge. Every instrument complements the others as the songs evolve from jarring aggression to ethereal serenity.
In a collaboration between Pantokrator and Soundmass, 200 CDs of a 2018 Remastered Edition of “Songs Of Solomon” are being released, with only 100 copies available from Soundmass. The booklets are leftover from the band’s self-released version – exquisite silver text printed over black and white photos. And the audio has never sounded so good!