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Saint Deamon - 2009 Pandeamonium

ARTIST: Saint Deamon
ALBUM: Pandeamonium
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Jan Thore Grefstad - vocals * Toya Johansson - guitar * Nobby Noberg - bass * Ronny Milianowicz - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Deception * 02 The Only One Sane * 03 Pandeamonium * 04 Eyes Of The Devil * 05 A Day To Come * 06 Way Home * 07 Fallen Angel * 08 The Deamon Within * 09 Oceans Of Glory * 10 Fear In A Fragile Mind



Last year saw the arrival of the Swedish/Norwegian combination called Saint Deamon. Their debut album 'In Shadows Lost From The Brave' raised the eyebrows of many, with their brand of melodic metal proving to be highly infectious. Apparently, the band name has its origins wrapped around a fictitious ghost rider, so the angle the band take with their music is based around fantasy, science fiction and religious elements a la heaven/hell. Former Dionysus members Ronny Milianowicz and Nobby Noberg are members here, along with former Highland Glory singer Jan Thore Grefstad. The glue that holds them all together is guitar maestro Toya Johansson. Musically, they sound like a bunch of bands: the recent Coldspell for instance, Cloudscape is another that springs to mind, chuck in past heroes Hammerfall and Tad Morose.. you get the picture.. Their latest album 'Pandeamonium' looks set to create more havoc on the high seas of metal.

The Songs
The band deliver tracks with chugging metallic riffs, with orchestral layers providing the colour, as evidenced by the opening pairing of 'Deception' and 'The Only One Sane'. 'Pandeamonium' is a very melodic tune, Grefstad is the standout on this one, his soaring vocals reach for the sky. 'Eyes Of The Devil' has a bit of Pagans Mind within, specifically the drumwork and the complex arrangement wrapped around it. 'A Day To Come' operates at half-pace, moody in sound and intense in feeling. 'Way Home' is probably the album's commercial moment, it has touches similar to many of the other Frontiers brood. 'Fallen Angel' gallops along at a merry pace, very cinematic for a metal song if I may say so. 'The Deamon Within' is another to sail along at a good clip, this one reminding me of Dionysus's past material. The keyboard/orchestral backing is apparent on 'Oceans Of Glory', and for a moment I thought the song might delve into a style similar to another high-seas metal band: Running Wild, with it's pirate/nautical theme there for all to see.

In Summary
Two of the best HM producers are responsible for this album. Roy Z brings the technical know-how while Jens Bogren brings in the heavier element. Not having heard the debut, I am reading reports that 'Pandeamonium' doesn't stack up favorably against it, mind you that is only general opinion. This album is ok, but I will admit it won't be a regular on the GDAZE playlist. A good band nonetheless, and if you enjoy your Scandi metal with lots of chops and changes, then you'd best be in pursuit of Saint Deamon.

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