Formed in late 2002 and hailing from the city of Oslo in Norway, Pantheon I is an extreme metal band that combines brutality, aggression and speed with heart-wrenching melancholy. Rather than resorting to the use of synths with string samples, the symphonic aspects of their music are highlighted by the use of the cello. The current line-up is composed of KVEBEK on guitar and vocals (DEN SAAKALDTE, ex-1349), SAGSTAD (TROLLFEST, SARKOM) on guitars, AETHYRIS McKAY (ex ABSU) on guitars and clean vox, T.R.S. on bass (1349, DEN SAAKALDTE), MADS G on drums (THE ALL SEEING I, ZEENON), and LIVE JULIANNE on cello.
PANTHEON I’s 2003 demo received an excellent response from the metal underground, and was followed by a DIY style 7” in 2004. “Atrocity Divine”, the first full length was released, or should we say “hijacked” by a Japanese underground label. The band themselves don’t even own copies of this album, since the label more or less disappeared, but every once in a while a copy will turn up at concession stands at festivals.
In 2007 PANTHEON I signed to Candlelight Records, and released their second full-length album, “The Wanderer And His Shadow” which was released in both the USA and Europe. Following the release of “The Wanderer And His Shadow”, PANTHEON I focused on taking their fast and brutal music directly to the masses, playing outside of Norway for the first time when they accompanied MAYHEM as the main support band for 8 gigs in France. Since then they have played several one-off gigs, including the Interregnum festival in Germany, and the Jalometalli Festival (with SATYRICON, MAYHEM etc.) in Oulu, Finland. In October 2008 Pantheon I headlined their first tour abroad with a 4 gig mini-tour in Finland in support of KEEP OF KALESSIN.
The week after returning home the band recorded the song “I’ll Come Back As Fire”, which features in the American horror film “Someone’s Knocking At The Door”. They also appeared at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, and wrote and recorded their third full-length album “Worlds I Create” released by Candlelight in July of 2009, which was followed at the end of the year with a European tour supporting ABSU.
2010 saw PANTHEON I appear at the Party.San and Devilstone festivals, as well as various local gigs, and a German tour. It was a significant year in the line up and progression of the band. With the arrival of AETHYRIS McKAY, who quit the Texas-based mythological occult metal band ABSU in order to move to Oslo and join PANTHEON I on guitars and clean vocals, Kvebek is no longer shackled to his guitar on stage, and is able to expand his role as front man and range free and interact with the audience. His addition to the line up has also widened the writing and recording scope of the band, which is currently in the pre-production stage of the next album. Featuring some notable guest musicans and a very accomplished approach, the new album promises to be something very special indeed.
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