Demo Review: Pandemonium – Promo 2010
Band: Pandemonium (Poland)
Album: Promo 2010
Genre: Black / Death Metal
See that bunch of tough looking Poles down there? The bunch that looks at you like you’re a baby they’re about to have for breakfast? That’s Pandemonium, a not-so-God-fearing quartet from the city of … Łódź – I’m having some difficulty pronouncing that – active in the sub-department of what they themselves term ”Satanic Dark Metal”.
Their ”Promo 2010” recently reaches my address by effort of Greg of Godz ov War Productions, active in band management, press and promotion duties. The demo contains only two songs that will later be featured on the band’s upcoming studio album, Misanthropy, to be released in the fall of 2011, according to the accompanying press release. We haven’t got that yet and so we’ll just give you our take on Black Forest and God Delusion, the two songs in question.
We’ll kick off by giving you the former of the two to stream while you read.
What the band terms to be ”Satanic Dark Metal”, I’d actually throw somewhere in the middle between Black Metal and Death Metal. Technically the promo is very much Black Metal, in terms of riffs, use of despairing and agonized screams, and flat sounding drums. But atmosphere-wise, it’s much more Death Metal, with guitars sounding pretty ”warm” and deeper growling vocals that make up the majority of the vocal efforts.
But these are not growls like you’ll have come across often. There are like an indistinguishable gargling, as if he’s simultaneously trying to do his vocals while holding a good mouthful of Vodka in. It’s completely and utterly not understandable. Not necessarily a problem, but I still don’t really like the vocals, despite that they grow on you a bit.
This is different from the music, which does manage to deliver a certain special experience. Much of this is due to the unorthodox combination of styles, but there are also the melodic but pain-inducing lines and simply the open and warm ”color” of the whole sound. Pandemonium has a little something special in its hands. Still rough and unpolished, where especially the growling vocals could do with some extra focus in my view, but also showing huge potential. Recommended for those of us that haven’t been to church in a while, unless perhaps to set fire to it.
My Grade: 7/10
Buy this when:
- you can get your hands on it. Which I doubt you can as it’s a demo