Pandemonaeon combines a driving rock sound with folk instrumentation such as bagpipe, flute, octave mandolin, violin, oud, saz, percussion, and “beauty and the beast” vocal stylings. Otherworldly female vocals and heavy rhythm give Pandemonaeon a sound reminiscent of a harder edged Dead Can Dance. Their music has been described as “Dark tribal fusion with powerful vocals and metal accents” and “Music for bellydancers in combat boots”.
Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon draws on Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative.
Since Pandemonaeon’s debut in 2001 they have been at the forefront of the burgeoning neo-pagan movement in America. They have been cited [PRN, ADSOP] as one of the best bands that American Pagan music has to offer. Dangerous Beauty was chosen by premier Pagan blogger and podcaster Jason Pitzl-Waters as the top Pagan music album of 2010. Their music has been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).
Founding members Sharon Knight and Winter are also the creators of Hexenfest, a festival devoted to mythic music and arts.
“Dark Tribal Fusion with powerful vocals and metal accents”
“A Darker Shade of Pagan” podcast
It has been a long time since I have heard such powerful music by anyone considering themselves to be Rock musicians”
-Beth Kelley, Pagan Radio Network