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4.38 | 59 ratings | 5 reviews | 51% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Battle of Geeheeb (11:55)
2. Thee-Pherenth (14:49)
3. Behrial (6:39)
4. In Remembrance (1:00)

Total Time: 34:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Karlsson "Derelict" / vocals
- Dag Swanö "Aag" / lead guitars, soprano saxophone, "noises"
- Robert Ivarsson "Mourning" / rhythm guitars
- Dan Swanö "Day Disyraah" / basses, keyboards, Fx
- Benny Larsson "Winter" / drums, cymbals, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Paw Nielsen

CD Relapse Records ‎- CD 6936-2 (1996, US) Mini album, representing the band's farewell

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(51%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
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Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Sagichim
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Pan.Thy.Monium's third and final album is excellent to say the least, and it assures the band is one of the best forces in their genre and are unable of producing something less than amazing. This album concludes a trilogy of concept albums all combined together with some kind of story about a battle between the gods. Never had the interest of searching the lyrics to those albums actually. One element that sticks with the band throughout their albums is the clock motif, every album contains several times, clocks ticking, interesting, and i wish i knew how is it connected to their overall story. This time the band is going back to producing long prog epics instead of shorter songs, the album has 4 songs but it is actually 2 epic songs, one ambient track and another one minute silence track, so what we are left here with, is about 27 minutes of the band actual style of music, which today hardly qualifies as an EP. The band's style continues in the same line of the previous two albums, extreme death metal with avant tendencies and of course some jazz.. The sound on this album is a beast, it has a bigger impressive sound than before, everything is huge from the drums sound, guitars and the bass too.

What i like best about this group is the fact that they are so progressive!! Nothing is conventional, the music is moving forward and evolving from one minute to the next each time to a different direction, no way of knowing what's on their mind next. The quality of the music is very high, the writing is exceptional and even more progressive than before. Songs are complex and intricate. Clearly the band have come a long way since their first EP was released in 1990, each release saw the band getting more and more progressive, till now you can hardly see them as the same band they were only six years before, ordinary death metal songs turned to metal songs with prog influences, that in the next album was reduced to riffs inside a prog song, and now are gone completely leaving us with a pure 100% progressive extreme metal.

The music as before is a wild mix between the extreme metal, jazz and avant-garde, it's not too freaky, the avant parts are all combined inside the music and that's what makes it so progressive. The riffs are outstanding and powerful ranging from slow doomy stuff to fast intricate guitars, solos are just right, the playing is excellent. Bass by Dan Swano has a groovy sound, he likes to use chorus effect on his guitar as he did before, which gives the music a more melodic touch, he goes along with the music and have some really good ideas. After the bomb unleashed on our ears is over, "Behrial" an ambient track comes to ease are minds, beautiful track, done only with keys and some drums, which i feel, have a reason for it's being there, ending this trilogy. Overall the band is as tight as ever and it is always a pleasure listening to those great musicians. Too bad this one is their last album and we haven't heard anything from them for the past 16 years, this is one of the few comebacks i would like to see sometime in the close future.

In conclusion for their last album Pan.Thy.Monium definitely went all the way, expanding their ideas further more and presenting us with what i consider their best album. For those of you interested in extreme metal but still gotta have that prog, you can not go wrong with this one or with anything by this band actually. Inovative, progressive, powerful and totally awsome this is 5 stars.

Review by Warthur
4 stars The bizarre close to Pan.Thy.Monium's concept album trilogy finds the Edge of Sanity side project going out on a high. The running time here is pretty brief, with only the first two tracks really offering the sort of full bore avant-death metal the group is known for and the last two providing an ambient coda to the sequence, so perhaps they realised that their weird house style was running out of steam, but what a high to go out on, rampaging though a Mr Bungle- esque calvacade of musical styles with sometimes only the "burping frog" vocals to retain the death metal connection.
Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars PAN.THY.MONIUM, the side project of Swedish extreme metal veteran Dan Swanö cranked out the debut EP and first two albums out fairly quickly in the early 90s but as Edge Of Sanity became more popular in the blossoming extreme metal underground, Swanö focused most of energy in that direction as well as divvying up his energies into other bands like Godsend, Nightingale, Maceration, Overflash, Subway Mirror and even a neo-prog project called Unicorn. The man was obsessed and Sweden's answer to Mike Patton's restless pursuit of the next project. Despite his full plate, he found time in his busy schedule to release the last chapter of the PAN.THY.MONIUM trilogy which ended in 1996 with KHAOOOHS AND KON-FUS-ION.

For this last installment in the PAN.THY.MONIUM multiverse, the band (same lineup on all four releases: Robert Karlsson "Derelict" (vocals), Dag Swanö "Aag" (lead guitars, soprano saxophone, "noises,") Robert Ivarsson "Mourning" (rhythm guitars), Dan Swanö "Day Disyraah" (basses, keyboards), Benny Larsson "Winter" (drums, cymbals, percussion)) continues their unique avant-garde take on the possibilities of marrying progressive rock with death doom metal and implement both aspects of the earlier albums into their grande finale. While the debut "Dawn Of Dreams" focused more on the progressive touches in a death doom context, the sophomore followup "Khaooohs" experimented more with textures, tones, timbres and sound effects.

KHAOOOHS AND KON-FUS-ION only contains four tracks however the closing "In Rememberence" is nothing more than one minute of silence whereas the penultimate "Behrial" eschews the metal paradigm altogether and creates a swirling synthesized symphony of some sort of darkwave chamber rock that lasts nearly seven minutes which leaves only two tracks of recognizable music that represent the true frenetic and fertile ground of the PAN.THY.MONIUM sound established on the previous recordings which continue the process of taking the listener to an entirely bizarre parallel universe where none of the established rules apply. Although there are only two "real" tracks, they are both quite lengthy and clock in at over 30 minutes.

"The Battle Of Geeheeb" begins with doom metal riffing and bluesy guitar licks before the chugging and death growls regurgitate from the underworld with the eerie atmosphere oozing out and the percussive drive outlining the main frame of the musical drive. The track displays not only the rotisserie of stylistic changes with electronic effects and psychedelic segments but also deliveries plenty of progressively infused angularities with time signature rich freneticism between the chugging riffs and just plain weird moments when everything stops and a lone saxophone squawks up a storm. The whole thing does evoke a battle where the guttural death growls are directing and orchestrating the army of sound to attack some unknown enemy.

"Thee-Pherenth" becomes even more unstable with doom riffs, down-tuned acoustic guitar arpeggios and a more dirge-like snail paced tempo but doesn't waste much time jumping into jazzy metal territory with a bizarre dance of time signature rich jitteriness that grows in intensity. The KHAOOOS part of the equation is balanced out by melodic guitar licks and subtle keyboard backdrops to keep some sort of anchoring process to the unhinged metallic fury. KON-FUS-ION lurks around every corner as the heavy metal bombast can switch to a segment of weird sound effects or psychedelic meanderings but bounces back with bluesy metal shuffles. While a "constant menu of variations" is the de facto motto of PAN.THY.MONIUM, this track seems to dish out more than the usual portions and all the better for it.

While Swanö saved his best avant-garde beasts for last, the problem with this album is that it only contains two lengthy gems and two tracks that are really unnecessary. For greater effect, the synthesizer rich "Behrial" which is more or less a mood enhancer should have been inserted between the two real stars of the show and then shortened by about half. The last track which is a minute of silence should've just been removed or some sort of weird frenetic finale that went out in a bang. Of course, the band could not predict the illogical nature of this once translated into the modern era of ripping CDs onto hard drives but still, it seems like a wasted opportunity. Unfortunately only two of the tracks are of masterpiece status and the other two are filler. A great conclusion to one of extreme metal's most interesting bands but a bad ending for what started out as one of the band's best albums. Still worth the price of admission for the first two tracks.

Review by Necrotica
5 stars Hearing the first few moments of Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion can be pretty jarring for some listeners. A cavernous down-tuned doom metal riff is met with a guitar solo you'd normally hear in a 12-bar blues song at the local pub; it's a weird combination and doesn't seem like it should work, yet it does. And that'd might as well be the summary for Pan.Thy.Monium's music: they play [&*!#] that shouldn't work and somehow does. One of the easiest pitfalls avant-garde metal bands often fall victim to is putting way too much random stuff in their songs without accounting for the actual songwriting quality. Luckily, I can say with utmost confidence that Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion doesn't fall into this trap. The first two tracks - which take up the majority of the record with their epic lengths - are incredibly adventurous while knowing when to break up the insanity to take a breather. For instance "The Battle of Geeheeb" periodically lets soaring guitar solos take center-stage, most of which are highly melodic and inspired by traditional 80s metal. Everytime the album threatens to fly off the handle, the band manage to find ways to keep the experience grounded.

Then again, I suppose this isn't much of a surprise given the band's leading songwriter, who happens to be legendary musician and producer Dan Swano. At this point, his name was already a seal of quality in the progressive death metal realm; in fact, his 40-minute one-song masterwork Crimson would be released the same year as Khaooohs and Kon- Fus-Ion, merely a month apart. So it's no wonder that the songwriting here is as focused as it is experimental. Getting back to the music, "Thee-Pherenth" is an even more dense and difficult affair than the opener; wailing saxophones, off- kilter guitar riffs, strange time signatures, dark ambient passages, and even some hints of black metal are all found in this tune. There's even a really catchy funk metal riff midway into the song, which reminds me a lot of that groovy riff found in Gorguts' "Nostalgia". But again, keeping in line with what I stated earlier, this off-the-wall moment is still met with a melodic guitar solo that slows things down and balances out the craziness. There are also some strange synthesizers that sound like a mix of Sadist's Tribe album and classic Playstation music. The beauty of music like this is that - especially when you're listening to it for the first time - the unpredictability of such experimental metal makes the experience genuinely exciting.

Finally, we get to those other two songs. However, "In Remembrance" isn't really a song; in fact, it's just one minute of silence. Perhaps it's meant as an audio representation of a real-life "moment of silence", although I do wish there was an actual outro. Meanwhile, "Behrial" might just be the most surprising thing on the record. Instead of another intense prog-death number, we're greeted with calming, angelic keyboards; the weirdest thing about this track is that there's nothing eerie or creepy going on in the background. The entire song is just? beautiful. It's repetitive, but it puts you in a state of peace and relaxation with its otherworldly sense of atmosphere. It's a perfect wind-down track after two very intense and complex epics, and it ends Khaooos and Kon-Fus-Ion on a wonderful note. Simply put, this band is a bit of an anomaly. I'm not sure what bands I'd even lump this music in with, and that's what makes Pan.Thy.Monium so special; they were a singular, idiosyncratic group that allowed Dan Swano to get as creative and experimental as he could. If you enjoy avant-garde metal and are looking for something that's truly original and compelling in its many oddities, you can't go wrong here.

Latest members reviews

5 stars There's actually two tracks on this album; the third is nice almost ambient "orchestral" work, the last one is a silent track. But the two tracks are enough, though I just can't get enough of this. The Battle Of Geeheeb and Thee-Pherenth combines many styles from free jazz to symphonic metal and ... (read more)

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