Released: 2011, Glorious North Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Well, this is probably one of the most challenging (or possibly one of the easiest) reviews that I’ve ever had to do. This is the first major release from Finnish Black Metal band Pantheon Of Blood who describe this debut EP release in their own words as “Consociatio Solis et Lunae - A majestic yet non-stagnant-in-form musical study regarding principles of the Sun and Moon; of what is the metaphysical splendour of The Sun & of what lies beneath the mysterious beauty of The Moon”. Powerful words bad sadly not a very powerful release at all.
Like I said it’s an extremely difficult release to do any kind of massively in depth review over quite simply because this “EP” consists solely of 2 songs and comes in with a whopping total play time of just over 7 and a half minutes. I personally feel that any release that is classed as an EP should consist of a slightly longer playing time then that and either contain more songs (on average around 4 or 5 for an EP) or if there is to just be 2 songs then at least make the total playing time around 20 minutes or so to give people an incentive to buy it.
The music itself is really not massively inspiring either, the production is pretty bog standard for a low level black metal band, nothing overly amazing but not so bad that you’d turn it off immediately. It’s the musical writing itself where I feel the release falls down, the riffs and vocals sound like they could literally be taken from any early Black Metal release from any band and by the time you even begin to perk up the smallest bit of interest the whole thing finishes abruptly and almost without warning. There are some vague(ish) references to an Emperor type sound to the 2 songs that comes through but please do not think of that as an incentive to purchase this, if anything the references are so badly direct that it’s clear that the inspiration for this release was either rushed or just was never there in the first place.
I honestly can’t understand why this “EP” (or 2 track demo I think it should be called) was released in the state that it is. Firstly the album artwork is some of the most shockingly bad artwork I think I have ever seen and secondly, surely if the band had written just 2 or 3 extra songs and created something with a decent amount of playing time. They could then fully showcase the band and what they are capable of creating musically rather than simply giving 7 and a half minutes of something which leaves you with nothing more than an expression of “meh”. Perhaps then this first release could have gained them more flattering attention. But for a debut release this is not something which I feel is going to help any band and falls very far from the mark of gaining any kind of excitement or inspiration from this listener.
I think this will be pretty obvious to say but please do not spend any of your hard earned money on a 2 track 7 and a half minute debut release from a band that is doing absolutely nothing new musically or stylistically. I hope that whatever they release in the future will have a bit of extra forethought to it than this does.
I’ll have to give this a generous 1.5 out of 5 given that if the band were to showcase more songs then I think it could hold more promise.
Review by Joffie Lovett