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Avant-garde art - 100%

Hames_Jetfield, December 26th, 2020

A perfect example that death metal knows absolutely no boundaries. Just pay attention. Blasts - ✓, doom metal slowdowns - ✓, guitar solos reminiscent of Pink Floyd - ✓, illegible growl/harsh - ✓, some jazz - ✓, saxophone - ✓, themes where keyboards come to the fore - ✓. In short, eclecticism beyond belief. What's even more interesting is only some of the attractions that "Dawn Of Dreams" hides. Yeah, Pan.Thy.Monium is one of those projects where calling it progressive or avant-garde might be, hmm...imprecise? The music that was on the debut album of Derelict, Mourning, Äag, Winter and Day DiSyraah was so unusual and unusual that even today it causes no less problems than when it was released. Well, on "Dawn..." it's so difficult and inaccessible that only a very small group of listeners can understand here the ingenuity of five Swedes.

The entire longplay is - professionally defining - the higher stage of the avant-garde. The Swedes mix here between prog, death, doom and non-metal influences. Just listen to the epic opening track of "Dawn Of Dreams" (untitled, like all of them). Already at the beginning, we get nearly 22 minutes of incredibly unconventional music. Not only that, the quintet, above the classical set of instruments (guitar/bass/drums), decided to use instruments with metal that are not commonly related (including the mentioned saxophone, but also violin and keyboards). And it's not a matter of chance or being too avant-garde, with Pan.Thy.Monium such a combination perfectly sticks together and gives the music an incredible variety (and paradoxically, non-metal influences attract attention the most!).

In the first track, almost everything surprises, even the simpler patents, such as a ticking clock, clean guitars, declamations, various strange knocks or other distorted sound effects. The way the band uses these variations is amazing, even spatial (as the cover might suggest). But this is not the end of the breakouts, there are also crazy Äag guitar solos (and DiSyraah bass solos too!), the mentioned jazz inserts or even black metal patents (especially with blasts). And this is just the beginning of the album!

The following songs are much shorter (usually from three to five minutes), although it does not mean that there is less going on in them. They note, among others sensational use of the violin ("III"), saxophone ("VII"), tribal sounds ("II") or a very interesting play with rhythm ("IV"). Another important thing is, of course, the atmosphere of the album, I have the impression that it is perfectly suited to the cover and title of the album. Such a "vibe" of clouds and various abstractions is given to us here for the entirety of 44 minutes - merit to the keys, but also the intricacy of non-metal inserts.

The guys from Pan.Thy.Monium created a very unique and innovative music on their full debut, without limiting themselves to specific styles, perfectly diverging from many known standards at the time, thus creating a completely new quality. Anyway, time has shown that "Dawn Of Dreams" is one of the best and most interesting avant-garde cds in extreme playing, and at the same time unsurpassed and...a little forgotten.

Originally on: https://subiektywnymetal.blogspot.com/2019/09/panthymonium-dawn-of-dreams-1992.html