Oak Pantheon - The Void
Reviewer: Guest Reviewer: Tanner Huotari - 2012-09-05
Highlights: In The Dead Winter Night
Oak Pantheon was a band I recently discovered through the handy source of Bandcamp.com, I was skeptical upon my first listen, however after several listens the album grew on me…
After the first few listens the album blew my mind, it had everything I could ever want in an album. I found great dark and depressing riffs, eerie drumming, and even some great acoustic guitar work. This is very reminiscent of Agalloch and early Woods Of Ypres. The skill involved to make this music is mind boggling. Especially the guitar work, the intro to “In The Dead Of Winter Night” fits perfectly with the piano and the atmosphere the band creates, which is one of a trance… As if you were taking a stroll in the middle of the wilderness, with birds singing and water flowing, it is completely serene and peaceful. It truly is an amazing listening experience.
The album has a sort of production that is good, which as compared to most Black metal bands, is somewhat of an oddity, and in some cases, a turn off. However the good production on this album makes it sound cleaner and well written and it emphasizes the skill these musicians have. The sound is similar to newer Woods Of Ypres for example.
Overall I was very pleased with this album; it’s in my top 5 of 2012, and will most likely stay there for a while. Sami Sati and Tanner Swenson are excellent musicians and their talent shows in this amazing album… Kudos to these northern musicians, and I hope they write a full length in the future!