Boomkat Product Review:
PAN's 2nd issue of 2013 is a deep moving, funereal suite of drone compositions by Mohammad. Based in Greece, the chamber music trio features previous PAN contributor Ilios (oscillators) alongside Coti K (contrabass) and Nikos Veliotis (cello) and has previously issued two albums on the Antifrost label prior to writing this abyssal, viscerally affective opus. Their 'Som Sakrifis' works to principles of inter-modulation between electronic and acoustic sources in a practice they've honed over many years together. Harmonising the friction between dense, tectonic blocks of sound at the lower end of the frequency spectrum, they create emotionally-charged subduction zones with physically overwhelming, earthbound gravity. It's a sound which resonates instinctively with the doom musics of KTL, Oren Ambarchi or Raime through a singular intent of purpose to daunting effect, and somehow reminds of the elemental structures of Romanian spectralist composer Iancu Dumitrescu, as if binding his near-metaphysical deep space electro-acoustic projections so tightly their dimensions collapse, forcing ruptures in space-time; stygian black holes to netherworlds whose "logic is perhaps more akin to that of Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr than many contemporary music references" as the label puts it. Whatever way you look at it, it's is a fearsome piece of work, not to be taken lightly, but preferably sitting or lying down.