Pantheon – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Pantheon: We as a band wanted to make old school metal like we grew up with. No drama, just a group of guys loving the style of music we love with a little bit of modern touches.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Pantheon: Myself, BJ, grew up in central Arkansas and was lucky enough to have a cool brother and cousins into heavy metal. When I was 13 I started playing guitar and bass. When I was discharged from the Army, I came home and started to focus on making music, playing live and touring which I done in my previous bands Fallen Empire and Epoch of Unlight.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

Pantheon: It’s kinda funny, for myself, when I’m in writing mode, sometimes just random noises inspire an idea or I’ll get lyrical ideas and start forming riffs. It’s hard for me to pinpoint who inspires me musically because I listen to a broad range of music from blues to extreme death metal, lol! We like to write about horror movies, serial killers and just how fucked up the world can be.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Pantheon: To show the world that Arkansas has a killer scene and to get out there and play as many live shows as possible in the United States and Europe


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Pantheon: Honestly putting Pantheon together and seeing the positive reactions we are receiving.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

Pantheon: Definitely a challenge. Playing live and touring helps us a lot! But taking to fans, being responsive to their feedback helps.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Pantheon: We bounce between ourselves booking and promoting as well as using our management team at Heavy Hits ( February 4th will be our album release show at Heathen House, the best diy venue in Arkansas


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Pantheon: I enjoy the convenience and exposure that it brings but they seriously don’t pay bands enough for the streams and downloads so we survive from merch sales.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Pantheon: Death Certificate by Carcass, to me it’s perfection


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Pantheon: Pay to play, promoters wanting you to play for free, venues wanting merchandise sales percentages, etc


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

Pantheon: Currently we are working on pushing our new album “Empire in Ruin” and preparing for touring next year.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

Pantheon: For shirts and swag you can order directly from us on our Bandcamp page, plus a follow would be appreciated,

And you can order our new album “Empire in Ruin” as well as our debut album from Necrotic Records at

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