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PanaCea / Press

“Panacea is the consumate "git r done" type of metal band. It's no secret that these guys are friends of my show and they stagger into my chatroom periodically. So full disclosure upfront.... I like these fellers. Their set absolutely rocked, and you could tell that these guys were for a full set of music. And not like that annoying song you can't get out of your head, I mean the tunes you WANT to play over and over again in your car. Panacea's performance gets 4 and a half horns up out of five.”

“There’s a tattoo of deceased Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley on Wes Huntsinger’s left hand. It makes sense. Huntsinger sings for PanaCea, a Spartanburg metal band whose 2008 LP “Chamber of Devils” features “Altered State,” a Sabbath-by-way-of-Seattle bruiser. Huntsinger delivers his vocals in a Chris Cornell-esque yowl. No death growl here. “I really hate the new school, screamo stuff,” says Huntsinger, 39. “Nobody sings anymore. I grew up listening to Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. All the singers…””

“PanaCea’s sound is more-or-less perfect. It’s a brand of music that, to my ears at least, doesn’t bother with the trappings of the “hardcore” metal movement of the last decade, a sound I’ve only reluctantly learned to appreciate for the purposes of writing music reviews.”