Dooooooooooooooooomů This is slow, slower, PANTHEIST, true slow motion, if you like your music fast and aggressive, don't even bother with "O Solitude", because you might fall asleep with this album!
This Belgian four piece sounds like the ultimative soundtrack for the next funeral, solemn, dark and, well, slow, crossed with a little Death Metal in parts of the vocals, so to say the reaper has its word with this band, too, hehe. And it seems to be Doomsday for me, just before TRISTITIA, now PANTHEIST, it is raining, it is grey, if I survive this day, nothing can kill me!
OK, the shortest song on "O Solitude" has a playing time of 7 minutes 38 seconds, the longest one more than 18 minutes, so cast away all your hopes for a quick end, you will die slowlyů From the very beginning PANTHEIST create an immensely dark atmosphere in slow motion, which does not leave much space for technical show offs, but rather sucks you into a maelstrom of pure sadness and melancholy, sometimes letting the guitars quiet down almost completely even, but not taking away any of the heaviness of their sound, just like some speed bursts loosen up the compositions as well, creating some great dynamics, like the opening title track "O Solitude" shows very nicely towards its end!
The use of keyboards just adds to the haunting atmosphere of the songs, which is adequately transferred into the sombre and bleak lyrics as well, creating an overall package that will take even the brightest day to turn it into utter misery and desolation. PANTHEIST also use foreign instruments, like Baglama or Oud, to give their compositions a different touch, surprising the listener with the very well embedded sounds, awakening him from the eternal slumber creeping into him during the sounds of a "Don't Mourn".
PANTHEIST's "O Solitude" is yet another striking proof for the fact that there hardly is a more emotional sub genre of Metal than Doom. You will never be able to make much money with this sound, but the intensity that this style and in this case this album build up is rare to find in the rest of this scene. (Online June 1, 2003)