Norwegian extreme metallers PANTHEON I have completed recording two tracks to show both fans and prospective labels the direction they are taking with their music and what to expect from their fourth full-length album. While there are no definitive plans at the moment to make the two songs — titled "Pariah" and "Martyr" — available to the public, the band "wouldn't be averse to releasing it on vinyl as a special should any labels be interested," according to frontman Andrè Kvebek.
Regarding PANTHEON I's decision to record two separate tracks first, rather than a full album and just release teasers, Kvebek said, "We did actually have virtually a full album in a pre-production stage, but these were all tracks that pre-dated [ABSU guitarist] Aethyris [McKay] joining the band, and were not really structured to take into account his contribution on clean vocals. After working on them for a while, we realized that most of them wouldn’t work they way we wanted them to work. Additionally, of course, we had his considerable songwriting skills and approach to extreme metal to draw on, so we decided to start again from scratch. As far as we're concerned, it was the right decision to take because we can now turn what would have been simply a 'transitional' album into a fully-fledged PANTHEON I anno 2012 album, which is much more fierce and much more mature than before."
While Kvebek (ex-1349) still continues to write and play the guitar on recordings, the arrival of McKay has enabled him to concentrate solely on vocals when performing live, something he has been wanting for some time as it allows both himself, and the band, more flexibility on stage. Other members of the band include Sagstad (TROLLFEST, SARKOM, METAL MILITIA) on guitar, Live Julianne Costol on cello, TRS (1349, TYRANN) on bass and Mads G (THE ALLSEEING I) on drums.