Metal Review: Pantheon of Blood: Tetrasomia (2013)

Pantheon of Blood TetrasomiaFinnish underground black metal band Pantheon of Blood is not a band that too many are familiar with, but after the successful 2011 EP “Consociatio Solis et Lunae” and now their follow-up EP, “Tetrasomia,” they are showing themselves to be a band to take notice of. While only containing 4 tracks, they are 4 tracks of hate-fueled gems that concisely prove a lot of things about the band.

With a raw sound reminiscent of early black metal works by bands like Darkthrone, Pantheon of Blood fires on all cylinders for the entire length of Tetrasomia. Thunder Alchemy provides a great start to the album with its pace and groove. The riffs have that classic raw black metal sound with Z’s vocals being featured nicely. The vocals have a nice mix of deep gutterals along with some shrieks from the lower depths of hell. Wyrmfang’s blastbeats are intense and well timed. Thunder Alchemy sounds like an opus of a track, but comes in at under 6 minutes.

“Tetrasomia” also comes out as a more melodic album than “Consociatio Solis et Lunae,” with songs like Monta Maailmaa Nähnyt a prime example of this. The hypnotic opening continues into the first verse, but once the band ramps up the distortion, this becomes one of the better tracks on the album.

The closing track, I.N.R.I. (Igne Natura Renovatur Integra), is another track that I am simply in love with. It has such a nice groove to it through its entire length.

Overall, Pantheon of Blood switched it up a little, but has proven that they can just write good songs. This is a must-add to your collection, especially for black metal fans.

Tetrasomia Track Listing:
1. Thunder Alchemy     05:39
2. Monta Maailmaa Nähnyt     04:22
3. Stigma ja Kolmikärki     05:07
4. I.N.R.I. (Igne Natura Renovatur Integra)     03:51
Total Running Time: 18:59

Pantheon of Blood Line-up:
Auroch – Guitars
Surya Ishtara – Guitars, Bass
Z – Vocals
Wyrmfang – Drums