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Review: Pandemonium (Poland) - The Ancient Catatonia
Pandemonium (Poland)
The Ancient Catatonia

Label: Old Temple
Year released: 2013
Originally released in: 1994
Duration: 58:01
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Ancient Catatonia

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

Originally released by Poland's Baron Records in 1994 as both a cassette and CD, it is about time to see this sort of cult Polish underground Metal classic re-released. I am indeed talking about Dark/Death Metal band Pandemonium's debut album, The Ancient Catatonia.

This time it's Old Temple Records that has given the updated treatment this underground classic deserves. This version comes with an extended booklet containing scans of old interviews, all ripped from the pages of Polish fanzines from the early 90's. Plus, this version is hand-numbered (but is not a limited pressing). What about the main thing I can already hear some of you screaming, namely Pandemonium's music?

Pandemonium performs mid-paced or slower Metal on their debut album The Ancient Catatonia, which is also packed with intense, crushing and gloomy atmospheres. If you are familiar with God Forsaken's Dismal Gleams of Desolation or Viogression's Expound and Exhort albums and have the imagination to combine them, you may get an idea of how The Ancient Catatonia sounds. It's a wonderful musical trip into morbid heaviness and sinister doom, Pandemonium-style.

The Ancient Catatonia is one of the strongest and most important cornerstones of the Polish extreme Metal scene, so if you aren't familiar with this album yet, now would be a good time to remedy that.

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