Posts Tagged ‘Pharaoh Overlord’

Album of the day: Pharaoh Overlord – Lunar Jetman

Posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The Repetition is a difficult beast to wrangle. From the premier of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Instruments, the new wave of post-modernity screamed “excessive minimalism” in praise of its stylistic progenitor. Of course, not many people could perfectly emulate Reich’s pulsing, shifting, harmonically dense style, opting for a more pure, hypnotic, unfortunately monotonous route of execution.


That isn’t to say the monotony is inherently bad, however, twenty-minute krautrock epics which never stray from one single bassline sort of peeves me, which is the exact problem I’ve had with the rest of Pharaoh Overlord‘s discography. These Finns, who share members with the critically acclaimed Circle, recorded some great ideas, but ‘Devastators” 9 minutes and 33 seconds of one singular classic heavy metal riff seemed a little off. I was a little apprehensive when approaching Pharaoh Overlord’s new record, named after the classic video game Lunar Jetman, though the inclusion of a seasoned member of Faust definitely piqued my interest.

I really am glad I gave this album a fair chance, as Lunar Jetman shows immense growth in the Pharaoh Overlord camp. Moving away from their “consistent, hypnotic repetition” route of execution, Lunar Jetman follows the example set forth by the Reich-ian school of thought. As layers of sound are stacked on top of the repetitive base, it begins to shift under the weight, and upper echelons follow suit as they begin to buckle under the sheer weight of sound above them.

Eventually, you arrive at an entirely different conclusion. This sort of transformation is always a treat, especially given the trance-inducing nature of the music (and perfectly embodied in the two-part ‘Cave of Hair’); you snap out of it and find yourself in different surroundings. Looking down, you’ll notice I imbued this album with the all-encompassing “krautrock” tag, but don’t expect your standard Neu! or Amon Duul (one or II, take your pick) thoroughfare

Continue reading: The Inarguable: Pharaoh Overlord – “Lunar Jetman” (2012) [SIGE/Ektro Records].

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Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: Pharaoh Overlord – Out Of Darkness (LP)

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Praise for Pharaoh Overlord‘s Out Of Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Now on LP, this great PO album. Here’s what we said about the CD version when it came out a few months back, concurrently with Steel Mammoth’s Radiation Funeral. It’s “NWOFHM” in overdrive overload this week, with not […]