Pan-Thy-Monium


Khaoohs

Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaoohs ©1993 Osmose
1. I Manens Sken Dog En Skugga
2. Under Ytan
3. Jag & Vem
4. Lava
5. Lömska Försat
6. I Vindens Vald
7. Klieveage
8. Ekkhoeece III
9. Khaoohs I
10. Utsikt
11. Khaoohs II

Entering the land of Pan-Thy-Monium is like entering Bizarro world where all your death metal expectations are just a little bit skewed. Unlike many downtuned death metal outfits, Pan-Thy-Monium (the super secret side project of Edge of Sanity members and friends) throw quite a few curve balls at the listener, including demonic saxophones, twisted keyboards, unexpected changes in the song structure and so on. Vocally, Derelict is ultra-low and downright unintelligible. If he's actually singing about world problems and has the solution, you will not be able to make it out here. The music ranges from groovy power jams to blast beat attacks to progressive rock moments, usually juxtaposed upon one another at the same time or within seconds of each other. Needless to say, it's going to take a few listens before you quite get where they are taking you. And once you're there, it's scary and you will want your mommy. They do, however, provide moments of levity. "Khaoohs I" was recorded with a fake concert intro and rabid crowd sounds. Quite silly. While I won't come right out and say this is a great album, I will say that it is not for the faint of heart. I do enjoy left field trips in death metal and Pan-Thy-Monium is quite happy to provide the carriage.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/1999

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Dream II

Pan-Thy-Monium - Dream II ©1995 AvantGarde Music
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. Woiiccheeces
5. IV

The ticking sound resonates throughout this disc and is visually embodied in the cover art. How this expression of time passing and the profound discussion thereof by Pan-Thy-Monium is dealt with lyrically will forever be a mystery as the vocals are still the unintelligible vocals. Dream II is simply more of the left field death-jazz brutality that only Pan-Thy-Monium seems to play. This time around the guitars seem to have an extra handful of exceptionally dirty heavy distortion to truly make it one of the more ultra-crushing guitar sounds. The keyboard tinkles and esoteric song arrangements are in full force, yet not quite dominating the overall sound. As evident in "II", the keyboards serve as a smooth undercurrent to the brutality of the guitar and vocals. The only time synthetics take over is during the new age-y "Woiiccheeces", which actually has a Jean-Michael Jarre (some synth new age artist who actually isn't have bad if you just keep telling yourself "I won't believe in the healing powers of crystals and herbs") flair to it. But it's a very brief interlude before diving into the twang bass and chugging riffs of "IV". Dream II isn't necessarily the finest Pan-Thy-Monium, but rather a perfectly lengthed EP. I would still suggest the full lengths, but this is still fairly worthy of attention.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999

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Khaooohs & Kon-fus-ion

Pan-Thy-Monium - Khaooohs & Kon-fus-ion ©1996 Relapse
1. The Battle Of Geeheeb
2. Thee-pherenth
3. Behrial
4. In Remembrance

Imagine if John Zorn, Chris Barnes (with a bad throat cold), various members of Yes, Rush, and a demon all met in an alleyway somewhere and got into a fistfight. And suppose the omnipotent Dan Swano happened to be there to capture this on tape. This is very similar to what Pan-Thy-Monium is about. Based loosely on a fictitious god Raagoonshinnah, Pan-Thy-Monium has previously been dripped in mystique. This is their last release and what a ride it is.

The first two tracks are sound collages that switch from death grunts, to jazzy guitar overtures, to sax wack-out noise to spoken voice chants to keyboard interludes. Everything is thrown in here. It's as if a death band all fell into a coma, dreamt about Mr. Bungle, and then set to making music without Mr. B's wet dream lyrics. Quite odd. The final track (not including the minute of silence that makes up track four) is a page right out The Xenon Codex-era Hawkwind textbook. Based on a soothing keyboard riff and a clock tick, the mystique knights put their god to rest. For the anti-rock in all of us.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/1997

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