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CD released: Nov 13, 2020

Tracklisting:
1. Path Eternal (6.35)
2. Arms Of The Butcher (5.10)
3. Without Song All Will Perish (8.14)
4. Tomorrow's Sun (6.13)
5. Blue Light Hum (14.00)
PHAROAH OVERLORD
6
Label: ROCKET RECORDINGS
Cat No: LAUNCH216CD
Barcode: 5055869572729
Packaging: CD Regular

When two planets collide in any solar system, the catastrophic result will most likely reduce both to dust and ash, sending warm debris
hurtling through space. Yet from destruction, comes creation. So to the new and sixth record by Pharaoh Overlord - a cataclysmic clash
with bewitching results. The band's current duo of Tomi Lepp nen and Jussi Lehtisalo first channelled their love of krautrock-damaged
monomania into synth-driven motorik soundscapes on 2019's '5' yet this new exploration is a step way beyond, into a chilly and
captivating electronic panorama. Beholden to the melodies and textures of Kraftwerk yet also the cinematic austerity of EBM and the
effervescent pulse of classic Italo-pop, it's further abetted by fierce and corrosive vocals from longtime collaborator and Sumac/Isis/Old
Man Gloom seer Aaron Turner, which stand atop these futuristic serenades not unlike the fevered delivery of a dystopian hellfire
preacher. The result, richly coherent yet startling even for the unpredictable world of this band, arrives like a series of otherworldly
epiphanies. The opening 'Path Eternal' sets its stall out in style, marrying Moroder and Mayhem with a hint of the apocalypse manifesto
of Skinny Puppy lurking in the middle distance. 'Arms Of The Butcher' is a strident anthem for a modern pandemonium, 'Blue Light
Hum' meanwhile comes on like a robotic Neu! summoning end-credits euphoria. And most audaciously of all, 'Without Song All Will
Perish' takes the urbane yet decadent sound of Voulez-Vous-era ABBA and reinvents it as a venomous disco Gotterd merrung. Aaron
Turner was sent this material by Tom and Jussi and initially ask to contribute to two or three songs to a sharp deadline, but the results
soon revealed themselves to be so powerful that he ended up writing lyrics for the whole album, his vicious but uplifiting vision taking
inspiration from the melodic yet scabrous likes of Killing Joke, Leatherface and Kill The Thrill. "I was also thinking of Drawing Down The
Moon era Beherit where the music had gone almost entirely electronic and the only vestige of the metal aesthetic that remained was
the vocal style" he notes "That rub of "artificial" music and organic/humanistic/off kilter vocals was intriguing for me." Written as the
pandemic began to dominate world events in 2020, the resulting emotional turmoil couldn't help but heavily affect its lyrical slant of this
record. 6 has therefore become a record based on separation - the physical distance between the band members themselves, as well
as the isolation of the quarantine itself. Yet it's also a record concerned with finding a way forward amidst the modern cataclysms that
surround - channelling negative experience into a positive change. True to form, like a brightly underlit disco dancefloor flashing out a
warning of danger, the alchemical force of 6 is equal parts hedonistic rapture and dark revelation.Let him who have understanding
reckon the number of the beat, for it is a human number. Its number is 6.

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