As we have successfully completed our last gig of the year at the awesomely organized and improbably pleasant Dublin Doom Days, it's time for self-reflection and some short updates about what we have been up to, and what we are about to do.
Pantheist are thrilled to announce that after several months of negotiations, the band has signed a contract with German label Grau Records to release their upcoming album as well as two additional optional albums.
The official press release reads as follows: "We have been following Grau for years and have always been impressed by the quality of their material, so we feel honoured to be part of their family now. We thank Tom for his trust and we are already in the process of mixing our fourth album with Greg Chandler at Priory Studios. We are fully confident that this upcoming album, that is bound to remain untitled to signify the new start in our history, contains the most powerful, emotive and heartfelt material we have produced so far and we are impatient to finish mixing and mastering in January for a projected spring 2011 release. You can find photographs of us recording in the studio, as well as some short clips, on our Facebook and MySpace pages.
Pantheist have completed the recordings of the track "Barock" for the conceptual split album Unveiling the Signs.
Sound wise, the track harks back to the sound of the band's demo 1000 Years, but with a few subtleties that suggest it's the year 2010 and Pantheist are a full band now. Lyrically, it is a nostalgic looks at a long lost and uncertain past where heroism, fantasy and magic reigned supreme.
A preview of the track will be available on the band's MySpace as soon as it is mastered.
Back in April, the band announced they were writing new compositions for a new album too.
Pantheist have uploaded two brand-new promo songs. Check out "Broken Statue" and "Brighter Days" on the band's MySpace.
Comments the band: "We have recently completed a promo to be sent to record labels and other contacts relevant for the band. Both tracks of this promo can be listened to for a period of time on this myspace site. Please bear in mind that these are raw home recordings and not finished versions. Hope you enjoy them."
Pantheist have posted the following news on MySpace:
"Following 3 great years of collaboration, fantastic times at gigs, in tour vans and the studio, we have sadly decided to part ways with guitarist Pete Benjamin (Akercocke, Corpsing, For The Blind). For the upcoming gigs this year, our Belgian, Czech and Polish fans will have the opportunity to witness Pantheist with Esoteric's Greg Chandler joining Ilia on guitar duties. We are really excited about this one-off set of appearances, as Greg, who engineered our latest album "Journey Through Lands Unknown", brings his own flair into our music.
Following these concerts we will be looking into recruiting a suitably talented and open-minded replacement for Pete. We are looking for someone capable of both rhythm and lead guitar, with their own equipment, suitable for live performances and willing to commit to at least 3 rehearsals a month in London, England. Live and recording experience and skills in other instruments are not necessary but highly welcome. If you feel you are the right person for the job, contact the band at the MySpace site."
UK metallers Pantheist have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Greetings from the English summer of doom. Since the constant weather fluctuations, incessant rain followed by brief spells of sun and then dark clouds etc don't give us much opportunity to enjoy the summer (in a most un-doomly way), we decided to sit behind our laptop instead and give you a small update about what has been going on in our camp lately.
I have been informed today by Rami that the "O Solitude" reissue has been finally sent for printing, and it will be available in a few weeks time. This critically acclaimed (so I've been told, I'm not making this up) debut album will feature stunning new artwork with cold natural landscapes (literally, as the photographs have been taken at the Black Park near Slough under freezing weather conditions) from our in-house artist, Cheryl Pinnock. We will notify you when this long out-of-print album is again available for ordering.
"The time has come for our first proper headline gig in London. Come and see us at The Unicorn on the 7th March performing a 90 minute set. Most tracks of our latest album, as well as selected tracks from the band's back catalogue will be performed. Support will be provided by promising atmospheric blacksters Crom Dubh. Entrance is FREE so don't miss this unique opportunity!"
Pantheist have posted the following on their MySpace:
"As you might have noticed in the last few weeks, there have been a few changes in the tourdates with Skepticism and Ophis. We are proud to announce that the 7 dates have now been finally confirmed! This short but intense tour is going to be a unique event (not joking, considering Skepticism only tour for the second time in their long career and for us it's only our second proper tour as well). Hope to see many of you there.
In related news, we have a great time recording our third album "Journey Through Lands Unknown" with Greg at Priory Studios. The album is currently being mastered at Sonic Mastering by Rik Dowding (some of you might recognize his name from the credits of the last Portishead album; you might even have seen him, as he was their sound engineer on their recent tour). We should be able to post a full track on the myspace site by next weekend or so."
The following blog has been posted at the official Pantheist MySpace page:
"As you may have not noticed, since the font is completely unreadable (one could argue that this is done deliberately as it would grant us a certain aura of kvltness, but I have to admit that it's probably the actual myspace skin that needs changing) there is a new gig date displayed on our profile: Friday 21st of March (bank holiday) we are playing at The Unicorn in Camden. That's right, after having been based in London for about 4 years now, it is about time -in true funeral doom terms- for our first ever London gig. We seek to perform mainly new tracks with a small dose of 'oldies' in between.
The following blog was posted on the British Funeral Doomster's MySpace Page:
''As you will have noticed, we have been quite slow with updates lately so I thought I will kickstart some more activity here. First the band news:
We are in the process of recording a two-song promo to send to labels for feedback. It will consist of two ultra epic, lengthy tracks that, although they retain the typical Pantheist flavour, will be more evolved in terms of atmosphere and execution. We hope to have a finished product by the end of this year. Any interested labels that would like to release a future classic in the dark doom genre and lose a lot of money along the way can contact us via the website or this myspace site for a copy of the promo.