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The biography of Pantokrator
Pantokrator was originally formed in autumn 1996.
Their first gig was planned before they actually had written any songs. The line-up wasn't complete until just shortly before the gig. They started by playing covers by Tourniquet and Mortification. They also wrote a few songs of their own.
Pantokrator recorded a demo "Unclean Plants/Ancient Path". Shortly thereafter the band split up, but Karl and Mattias didn't want this to be the end. New members were found in Rickard (drums) and Jonas (bass). With the new lineup the music took a turn against heavier domains.
In spring 1998, Pantokrator recorded their second demo "Even Unto The Ends Of The Earth". The soundquality wasn't the best. Later this year Mattias left the band for a year due to studies.
It didn't happen much this year. A few songs were written by the remaining members. It resulted in "Allhärskare" (2000). Lack of time and travel distances made it hard to rehearse properly so the results were not so good.
This year they wrote and rehearsed the material for "Songs Of Solomon" which they started to record this autumn.
In March Pantokrator made an appreciated concert on the christian Swedish metal festival called "Bobfest". They also appeared on national TV in a short report from this festival. "Songs Of Solomon" was later released as a self-financed CD-EP. It received good response from media. Now things started to move. "Songs Of Solomon" was also released as a split-CD together with Santifica's "In the Bleak Midwinter" as a result of their contacts with "CL music & publishing" (Rivel records). They also appeared on a compilation-CD (and Video) "Power from the sky".
They wrote and started to record their first fullength album: "Blod" this year.
Once again Pantokrator played on "Bobfest", which also was the release-gig for "Blod". "Blod" recieved great responce from media. For example "The Scandinavian music and media magazine MONSTER" who gave it 4/5 and German magazine "Rock hard", 7/10. Their need for a second guitarist was fulfilled through Jonathan Jansson, who joined the band later this year.
Listened to the grass growing, had a coffee and thought about doing a lot of stuff.
Had more coffee and did a lot of things, like for example a massive and shredding show at Gates of Metal 2005.
The year when it happens. With a new record deal signed and the sophomore album to be recorded this marks the restart of Pantokrator.
in February Pantokrator released their 10 years anniversary Compilation CD
that should have been released in December 2006
A Decade of Thoughts
Released by Momentum Scandinavia
In spring they went on a release tour for Aurum.
before Aurum was released.
Aurum was released in the summer time.
2007 was a blessed year when it comes to gigs.
Pantokrator played in Denmark for the first time.
We tried to dust of our weapons and start writing the next album.
they started on many songs and finished with none.
They returned to Denmark and Germany again.
they found their first grail and recorded the first songs.
on the way to Greenbelt festival they were kidnapped by
two men and locked into a tower hidden in the mists of Avalon.
in order to protect them from "the others" during the sensitive work with a dangerous theme.
they were released just before Christmas after reaching an understanding with
They are under constant surveillance,
and can be called back at any time.
On some level, in some way this has really happened...
The five gathered in the tower for the 4:Th time.
We are now entrusted with the location of the tower
and can come and go at our own liking,
but we know that he is watching us.
We drove down to Germany for a field-test
of the new material.
About 2600 kilomiters later we returned ti the north
with a plan for the recording of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
/Karl of the five
...to be updated...
© 2006 PANTOKRATOR / JANZI