Released: 2009, Frontiers Records
I’ve never heard of this Swedish band before, but they have an impressive pedigree. Featured in the ranks are ex-members of Highland Glory, Nation, Dionysus, and Sinergy. The band has released one previous album, IN SHADOWS LOST FROM THE BRAVE and managed to get hot producer of the decade Roy Z. to produce this one. Not bad.
Given all of the above it’s not hard to guess that Saint Deamon (what’s with the “dea” spelling of the band name and album title?) is a power metal band. Fortunately, they’re not of the flowery variety of power metal. Yes, there are occasional dog-whistle vocal melodies but all in all, listening to PANDEAMONIUM reveals a much leaner, heavier metal album. Truly, just one listen to the crushing, forlorn melodicism of the title track is enough to know that this is more solo-Cans than Cans-with Hammerfall, if you get my meaning. While I’m on the topic, “Pandeamonium” is probably the best goddamned song I’ve heard so far in 2009. It’s heavy, melodic, features tour-de-force vocal and guitar performances, and has a chorus that absolutely crams itself into your skull. Instant power metal classic.
While the whole album doesn’t quite live up to the title song, there isn’t a bad song in the bunch. If you like “dark” power metal, there is much to love here. In fact, the only song that “flowers” a bit is the soaring “Oceans of Glory” with its leading keyboards. It’s the only song where the guitar takes a bit of a backseat. Still a damn fine song though.
I feel like I’m doing a poor job at describing the album; somehow not doing it justice. Let me put it another way – I like it more and more each time I listen to it. I don’t know where Saint Deamon came from, but I cannot wait to see where they go.