Pharaoh Overlord?????

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What's this stuff like?
Is it a given that if I love Circle, I'll love this?

peepee (peepee), Friday, 28 May 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

It's like a BOC riff on locked groove. In short, it's excellent. I guess Pharoah Overlord a little like the more metal-y Circle stuff. There are some clips at the Ektro site.

mcd (mcd), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Does it have the proto-metal type vocals that the metal-y Circle stuff has?

peepee (peepee), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link

No, instrumental. At least what I've heard.

mcd (mcd), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:17 (fifteen years ago) link

the first one is indeed like circle in hard rock mode. circle zeppelin. dunnno. but yeah, it's unfortunately lacking the GREAT finnish screeching that really makes the circle 'metal' stuff.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:43 (fifteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Do they have a new record out???!!!?!?!?!???!??

peepee (peepee), Monday, 25 April 2005 13:06 (fourteen years ago) link

I bring this up because of this post on the "surprises of 2005" thread:

pharoah overlord. still don't own it yet tho.
-- hstencil (hstenc!...), April 25th, 2005

peepee (peepee), Monday, 25 April 2005 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

the new one destroys!...better than the second one and almost as good as the first.

LAIVAUS 17 IS A BRAIN MELTER!!

ddb (ddb), Monday, 25 April 2005 15:16 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
man i've lately been digging their super-psych-post-Sabbath sludge live alb, easily on a par w/ the first Ash Ra Temple alb or primo spacemen 3 or similar such heavy documents

Andrew exL, Tuesday, 14 June 2005 18:40 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
a/ info about this live album???

b/ how many albums do they have in total???

peepee (peepee), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:34 (fourteen years ago) link

live album = battle of the axehammer. out on Last Visible Dog; maybe still available through distros and/or label?? google is yr friend.

Ian John50n (orion), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 18:41 (fourteen years ago) link

battle of the axehammer [live] is still available from lvd.

drone/a/saur (william), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 19:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Great album title, though, isn't it?

mcd (mcd), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 19:49 (fourteen years ago) link

It's like a BOC riff on locked groove.

HOLLA! damn that sounds dope.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 19:50 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

New album Siluurikaudella out now on Ektro.

A bit wary given the description, but we shall see/hear...

Pharaoh Overlord – masters of rigid hypnotic riffing and overlords of rock'n'roll repetition – surprise everybody on their latest offering by propelling themselves head first into three lengthy surreal partitures. Instead of the familiar avalanche of distortion and metronome-like drumming, Siluurikaudella offers a sound that has been stripped of all traces of rock music.

Has the ever-present riff disappeared? Is it still buried somewhere beneath the unpredictable textures woven by three guitars, drums and bass? Are the results too obscure for rockers? Too avant-garde for jazz connoisseurs? This is 100% Pharaoh Overlord!

krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 11:09 (nine years ago) link

I heard it last night. It's different. Kept waiting for the riffs that never came.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 14:37 (nine years ago) link

Can't say they haven't warned us of something a little different with the write-up. Will be ordering it tonight anyway.

krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 18:49 (nine years ago) link

did you check your email today?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

Indeed. Thanks for the thought.

krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 19:12 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

"Black Horse"

ḉrut (crüt), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:53 (six years ago) link

^ ! stunning ! ^

ḉrut (crüt), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:53 (six years ago) link

That album is SO AWESOME

ILE Wet Treeship Night (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:17 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

OK so the new album has members of Faust and Demilich. I want it now.

http://soundcloud.com/ektrorecords/pharaoh-overlord-maailmanlopun-ateriana

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:47 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Anybody else listening to "5"? I really disliked it the first time, but it's starting to settle in nicely. There's this effect that Circle/Pharaoh Overlord have on me sometimes, that put them in a rare class, where their music can just make me smile without being overtly cute or funny. The song, "Transgenic Papaya" starting about two minutes in, where for the next two minutes they bring these elements in that all fit so well together and it just clicks in such a pleasurable way - but there's this cheesiness to some of the sounds that is just so unmistakably them

beard papa, Thursday, 17 October 2019 23:35 (three weeks ago) link

I haven't heard this or any of the newer Circle-related things as I've basically stopped listening to all music that isn't opera/classical the past few years, but I did hear the one track on soundcloud and it was superb of course.

After spending like 15+ years obsessed with these Finnish artists, I think the thing to keep in mind above all with regard to Circle/PO is that rhythm is the subject matter, the point, the raison d'être, and everything else is so much decoration/ornamentation on top of that. When it comes to their chosen form, the ingredients that are usually the point of music are in fact merely icing on the rhythmic cake as it were. Theirs is secretly as close to legit metamusic -- post-modern self-referential music about music -- as performed music gets I think, even more so then the compositions of similarly bloody-minded minimalist composers like Reich and Glass, or Neu! or Can, or whomever -- Jussi & co.'s work being more devoted, more alive, more flexible, more subtle, more righteous, more risky, and more deeply felt. Its stealthy simplicity, and their clearly unshakeable conviction in the power of the rhythmic aspect of music, opens a marvelously malleable revolving door to infinite complexity and variation. If a listener takes the rhythm in PO/Circle for granted, as if theirs is normal harmony-oriented song-centered chord progression music, then I think that listener is very much in danger of missing the forest for the trees... YMMV of course, ha!

In my opinion, for what little it's worth, they're quite simply the best rock band in the world, and have been for quite some time now -- and close to peerless.

liam fennell, Friday, 18 October 2019 12:45 (three weeks ago) link


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