Oak Pantheon are a duo from Minnesota that plays an atmospheric version of post black metal along with some folk music elements and this is a review of their self released 2011 ep "The Void".
"In The Dead Of Winter Night" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing along with some synths in the background and then goes into heavy guitar riffs and drums along with some melodic post metal guitar leads shortly after that which also sets up the pace for some grim black metal screams and you can also hear some whispers in the background, as the song moves on their are some classic metal riffs being utilized along with some melodic guitar leads before reverting back to the acoustic guitars while also keeping around the heavier elements and adding in some melodic riffing.
"Fear Me" begins with some folk music style acoustic guitars before going into heavy post black metal guitar riffs and drums as well us utilizing some melodic leads and rhythms and setting up the mood for the screams to kick in and after awhile the music starts switching back and forth between t he soft and heavy parts as well as the bass guitars getting more powerful and the song also utilizes more guitar solos as time goes by.
"Architect Of The Void Part 1" begins with some acoustic guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords along with some heavy lead and rhythm guitars which also bring in some drums as well as the guitars utilizing a great amount of melody in both of the riffs and solos and a few minutes later grim sounding and high pitched black metal s creams become a part of the song and a few seconds later you can hear some spoken word parts and synths being utilized briefly.
"Refuge" is an instrumental folk music piece which uses both finger picking and full chords as well as serving as an intro to the next song.
"Architect Of The Void Part 2" begins with some acoustic guitars before the drums and melodic guitar leads kick in then going into blast beats and fast, primitive and melodic guitar riffing which leads to the black metal and the song going more into a mid paced direction while retaining some of the more primal elements and getting fast again at certain times and a few seconds later the music stops and all you can for are nature sounds before the acoustic guitars make their return along with more melodic lead guitars that lead to the song getting heavy again along with the use of whispers.
Song lyrics cover nature and philosophy, while the production has a very strong, powerful and dark sound with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Oak Pantheon are a very great sounding atmospheric, post black metal band with elements of folk music and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fear Me" and "Architect Of The Void Part 2". RECOMMENDED BUY.