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Review: Pantheist - Amartia

Label: Firedoom Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 76:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 24, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

Well this is a bit of a step back for Pantheist, who released the genre-defining "O Solitude" back in 2003. "Amartia" is their follow-up, long awaited by the dozen or so hard-core Funeral Doom fans that exist, and while it is very good, it does not quite live up to it's predecessor.

To start with, this is a concept album about the so-called 'seven deadly sins', which is about as lame an idea for a concept as I can think up. What kind of pseudo-papist half-baked faux intellectualism is that? Oh yes, please bully me with Deep Thoughts about the "SEVEN DEADLY SINS", wait, let me call Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and we can get Kevin Spacey to decapitate Gwyneth Paltrow, it'll be a party.

Anyway, on to the music, which is almost as good as the stuff on "O Solitude", but lacks the definite spark that made that album so awesome. Yes, there are a few places where Pantheist speed up and play some more headbangin' riffs. But they sound a bit contrived, like they were just added for the sake of it. I don't know, it's hard to put my finger on, but this album just lacks something that "O Solitude" had, and I can't really define it. This just sounds more generic to me, like it could be Tyranny or Reclusiam and I wouldn't be able to tell. Make no mistake, this is good Funeral Doom, but somehow I just expected more from this album. That's what Pantheist get for making such a great debut CD I guess.

So this is a really good album, and fans of Funeral Doom will not want to miss it, but I know that when I reach for a Pantheist album, it will be "O Solitude", and not this one. Maybe "Amartia" will grow on me as years pass – Doom albums tend to do that – but for now, to my ears, it just is not quite as good.

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Review: O Solitude (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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