Every Record I Own - Day 217: Pharaoh Overlord Zero
In my opinion, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best years for new music in this decade. Hovering near the current top of my list is Zero, the new album by Circle affiliates Pharaoh Overlord. Like their primary band, Pharaoh Overlord melds proto-metal riffs with krautrock’s spacious textures and hypnotic repetitions, though they frequently stray into even more abstract territories. For this record, they enlist the keyboardist from Faust and the inhumanly guttural vocalist Antti Boman of the cult death metal band Demilich to round out their sound. It’s a record unlike anything else—equal parts heavy rock, stoned atmospherics, new wave quirk, and bestial vocals. It’s like a glossy version of Lost Sounds with a healthy dose of Tangerine Dream’s synth explorations bolstered by Corpsegrinder on vocals. It has to be heard to be believed.
We’ve been playing this album over the PA at the end of the night on this tour. It’s a good record for winding down while there’s still some adrenaline in your veins. It’s easy on the ears but still pulsating with life, and it goes well with wrapping up cables while people filter out of the club.