Pan-Thy-Monium “Khaooos And Kon-Fus-Ion” (1996)

“Khaooohs And Kon-Fus-Ion,” Pan-Thy-Monium’s awkwardly titled and far-too-short finale, is like an inexplicably fun sledgehammer to the head: brutal death metal in the nineties Relapse mode with hectic song structures, wild baritone sax squawking, NYC hardcore breakdowns, progressive rock interludes played with airy guitar tones, extended blues solos in the Stockholm death metal style, nonsensical gurgling, funky bass lines and some new age keyboards. In other words, it’s a pretty good time with a beer or two.

Really, it’s pretty much par for the course with the band’s other obscure work, though a bit more in your face, drawing on some of the straight-to-the-point extremity of the “Dreams II” EP, with fast, heavy riffs to keep heads banging. What it all comes down to is the entertainment factor, and here the band is off the scale.

I would talk about Dan Swanö’s well documented involvement with the otherwise anonymous band, but it’s not particularly useful to frame it that way. Ultimately, Pan-Thy-Monium’s inspired death metal wackiness provides its own context.

-James Slone


Release:  1996
Label:  Relapse
Avantgenre:  Raagoonshinnaah Rock
Duration:  34:23
Origin:  Sweden
Official site:  None
Review online since:  20.09.2007 / 03:34:59


01 – The Battle Of Geeheeb
02 – Thee-Pherenth
03 – Behrial
04 – In Remembrance

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