Finnish three-piece Pantheon of Blood have been producing traditional black metal since 2009. Here on their second release Consociatio Solis et Lunae they crank out some very impressive pummeling guitars and also boast some cataclysmic session drumming from Wyrmfang. The trio is made up of Sûrya Ishtara (guitars, bass), Auroch (guitars) and Boreas (vocals). The follow-up to their self-titled 2010 demo release is a very well presented 7” housed in a gatefold and the design (paintings by Gnostikko and Noir) and has obviously been well thought out and the use of Latin language is a nice touch (Side Sol & Side Lunae). Opening track ‘Overflowing Manifestation’ is the pick of the duo. However, the vocals are a little weak here and they could have done with some more bite to them. The apocalyptic eruption of sound maintains its blistering pace throughout the course of the song, excellent guitar work here too that is reminiscent of classic Burzum. The raw cavernous sound on the infectious intro riff of ‘The Crimson Empress of Night’ is chilling and awe-inspiring. Also, the overlaying demented laughter from Boreas is also fittingly impressive, tying into the themes touched upon, which are mainly surrounding the occult.
Consociatio Solis et Lunae is available now via Glorious North Productions.