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Pharaoh Overlord is there for you

PHARAOH OVERLORD.  THE NAME MIGHT NOT RING TOO MANY BELLS.  A PART OF THE SELF-PROCLAIMED “NEW WAVE OF FINNISH HEAVY METAL” RELEASED BY THE EKTRO LABEL OUT OF PORI, FINLAND, P.O. IS NOT HEAVY METAL.  THEIR FIRST ALBUM ‘1’,  FROM 2001, IS STONER-ROCK BLISS.  REPETITIVE, FUZZED OUT, MINIMALIST INSTRUMENTAL ROCK…

….AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST WANT TO HEAR BIG SLABS OF ROCK’N’ROLL. 

P.O. DOES THIS WELL,  BUT DON’T EXPECT ANY COCK-ROCK, SPEED-METAL OR SCREAMING VOCALS FROM THIS ALBUM.  1 SPECIALIZES IN THE SLOW BUILD.  THE TYPE OF LONG, METHODICAL SOUND CONSTRUCTIONS THAT REALLY PULL THE LISTENER IN.  THE SONGS ON 1 ARE HYPNOTIC AND GROOVE HEAVY, STRIPPED DOWN TO JUST THE STANDARD TRIO OF GUITAR, BASS AND DRUMS.  ANOTHER (RATHER KICK-ASS) INTERPRETATION OF SPACE OR KRAUT-ROCK.

WE’RE NOT GOING TO BOTHER WITH THE USUAL TRICK OF COMPARING THEM TO OTHER BANDS, OR EVEN WITH COMPARING THIS RECORD TO ANY OF THEIR OTHERS (WHICH ARE ALL QUITE DIFFERENT).  WE’RE JUST GOING TO RECOMMEND CHECKING IT OUT IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR SOME TRANCE INDUCING ROCK.

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