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Pharaoh Overlord

Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars As I had read a praising review of this vintage styled record, I went to buy it from the local record shop specialized in old progressive music. The shopkeeper warned me when I gave him the money, that he personally didn't understand this stuff. I believe that an appreciation to minimalism and the state of trance are required to be able to like this record, which has six ca. ten minutes long simple improvisational runs on different rhythms, varying from very slow beat ("Alcohol (Blue Flame)") to faster grooves ("Mangrove"). The album's sound is dominated by a low fuzz stoner rock guitar, and mantra like static musical vision, evolving carefully and with strict discipline. Though this music might be labeled as underground and hard to get into, I would question its accessibility's difficultness. At least those of my friends who are interested of electronic trance music liked this album very much. I think it could be seen as an organic version of some kind of trance techno music, like the sounds of another hypnotic Finnish band Hidria Spacefolk. I had liked to listen this whilst driving long distances on the motorway, as it's then easy to meditate this record from the beginning to the end. If this monotonic transcendental music is your cup of tea, I recommend this album for you warmly, as I consider it as a release of high quality.
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