By a lucky coincidence I acquired this CD of the
Belgian PANTHEÏST, who create with O
Solitude the music I was looking for a longer time.
An Opus which touches the deepest parts of the soul, sprawls into
depression, despair and melancholy and gives one the feeling of
is the band of Kostas, whom interested persons might know as a
review writer of www.Doom-Metal.com.
After their demo 1000 Years, O Solitude
is the first official label release, which also acts as the first
part of a funeral opera – the second part of the epos will
be released under the Finish Label Firebox as well.
work is based on the principle of a pantheist, an adherent of
pantheism, a worldview that states that nature (or the universe)
and God are the same entity. The human individual can sense a
unity but the consciousness condemns us to live separated within
our individualities, which only death can destroy, finally uniting
us. This realisation evokes feelings of loss, emptiness and depression,
which the band tries to capture musically.
lot of different syle-elements are used, the best description
for this style is Funeral Doom. As comparison I would take bands
like Shape Of Despair or My Dying Bride, although MDB I only announce
because of the feeling. This special feeling that accompanies
during about 53 minutes and doesn’t let one off, that sucks
one down again and again and lets one dive into the depths of
the music. The heavy riffs that ignorant people would call dreary
and boring, paired with vocal variations – at one time the
lyrics are whispered smoothly, while at the other parts they are
sung in a duet – transfer one into a trance-like condition
that won’t disappear even after the last notes of Curse
The Morning Light die away. The band consciously plays with
the listeners feelings, one is carried from deepest depressions
onto places where hope enshrines its glow – especially within
the song Don’t Mourn that has a very special, mystical,
spherical character, not only because of the instrumental realisation.
Envy Us is a symbiosis of music by F.Chopin and Ludwig
Van Beethoven, which adds a special enchantment to the song. In
the end I also have to mention the lyrics which fit into the sound
characteristics and underline the intensive tension.
A real masterpiece
that is recommended to everyone who is into Funeral Doom. Let
the sunny spring days be doomed…