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Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion (8,5/10) - Sweden - 1996

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records
Playing time: 34:23
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. The Battle Of Geeheeb
  2. Thee-Pherenth
  3. Behrial
  4. In Remembrance
Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion
This album came at me out of nowhere. I listened to it briefly before purchasing it, and was mildly content with it, figuring it would be cool to listen to on the way home and then maybe a couple of other times when I was having trouble deciding what to listen to.

Of course only listening to little snippets of this band doesn't do it justice, as this is about a far from your average generic Death Metal album as you can possibly get. Aside from the exceptional Death Metal parts on the album, the first two songs are painted with ambient keyboard passages, odd keyboard tracks, dashes of Prog Rock and completely bizarre saxophone screeches. The first two songs both make it well over the ten minute mark, and never show a hint of dragging. There's a lot more going on here, but it's really one of those albums that you must here in order to understand just how good it really is.

The following track, "Behrial" is completely different from the first two, as it's just a laid-back ambient song, and while it isn't entirely bad, it isn't what I expected, or wanted, to follow. After the two first tracks I was left craving more, and this is kind of a let down. The album ends with "In Remembrance" which is another let down, even from "Behrial" since it's just a minute of silence. While it is rather fitting, seeing how this is PAN-THY-MONIUM's final album, but that leaves the listener with essentially 2 songs.

Had the album only included the first two songs, this would have been a guaranteed 10, but with the additional two tracks, I had to take a little off the top. The first 26 minutes and 44 seconds are still nothing short of awe-inspiring… (Online September 20, 2002)

Mark McKenna



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