Interviews: Pantheon Omega

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Melodic Death Metal/Atmospheric Black Metal solo artist Pantheon Omega from Canada. Check out this band and follow him on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it or come out just like that?

It came to me in a moment of quiet contemplation, sitting at home relaxing. I wrote it down and immediately knew that was going to be the name of the project. Finding an inspiring and original name doesn't always come easy for me but when I trust the process something always emerges.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

It's just the kind of music that comes out of me naturally I suppose. The music style itself I absolutely love. The dynamics of this style let me go to so many places and the power and brilliance it has embodies what my soul is trying to express and share. I appreciate that it's a niche genre and an acquired taste, especially with the vocal style so it's definitely not for the money or fame hehe.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Pantheon Omega is actually a solo act of me, Michael Grund. I was called to create something with my pure vision uncompromised and the more people that are on the team, the more things like compromising can happen which from a creative perspective can dilute it or enhance it if it's with the right people. That said I opted for a less is more approach since I was able to play all instruments, attempt vocals for the first time, and program midi drums. I know that programmed drums are blasphemy to many but it was really the best alternative for me to make everything work and without that option, I'm not sure this album would have happened. That said I didn't do it completely alone as my dear friend Thomas Ireland helped me with everything on the production end. He's someone I trust fully and have known for about 15 years or so. We know each other from our band Battlesoul as we are the original guitarists in it. Also, the guitar solos on the album are done by 5 different friends of mine I've had relationships with over the years and whom I deeply admire and respect. I don't have the greatest soloing chops and my bag of tricks is fairly limited so being able to hand these guys the parts and trust that they are going to pull off something interesting was a blessing. It's also an exciting way to connect with them since we are all spread out.

4. Your favorite band?

Just one?!? Oh man, um probably got to go with Blind Guardian.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

So many things inspire me, literally, everything has this potential. The trees and nature, my dreams, an emotion or experience, a word or phrase but ultimately life and the Universe. I always say that this music is my therapy, so I use it as a way to feel, connect, and transcend my darkness and negativity.

6. Where was your last gig?

Although not metal, I performed a classical set of Renaissance originals at a restaurant on Valentine's Day 2023 in my hometown of Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

7. Where would you like to act?

Honestly playing live doesn't really excite me the way it once did back in my 20's. My priorities now are my family and business while living between Mexico and Canada. That said if the right festival or opportunity came along I would entertain putting a band together. I never want to close any doors.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

If ever the stars aligned, it would be a dream come true to create something with Matthew Barlow. He's been a favorite singer of mine since I was a greasy teenager. Everything he does is gold and he has a genuine character I admire. Sometimes I'll fan-girl him and send him a message on Facebook. He usually responds back and it brings me great joy to see that he is such a quality human who takes time to appreciate his fans.

9. Whom not?

Probably Sebastian Bach. He comes across as arrogant and delusional. No doubt Skidrow wants nothing to do with him. I've played with guys like him before, they are cancerous to a unit because their ego doesn't allow them to consider and embrace the entire group mentality.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Of course, I think everyone has at some point, performed. My advice is to close yours, take deep breaths and feel your body, get out of your mind and into your heart. Just remember all you can do is your best and that's all anyone can expect.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

So many good acts; Blind Guardian, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Hypocrisy, Dissection, Moonsorrow, Primordial, My Dying Bride, Catamenia, Naglfar, Blackmore's Night, Wardruna...

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A threesome lol. The answer was no by the way.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Nothing but love and respect to each and every one of them. I'm truly grateful to be able to connect and share my music with them and if it helps them in any way then I feel like I've made a small difference.

15. Something to add?

A big thank you Breathing the Core! I greatly appreciate connecting with you and am grateful for your support and all the ongoing contributions you make to the artists and to Metal!

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