13 Jan 2021

Echoes and Dust interviews Pharaoh Overlord

It reads:

Pharaoh Overlord have just released their brilliant new album 6, a record which marries the bands synth led soundscapes with the vocals of guest singer Aaron Turner. Gavin Brown had a chat with the band to hear how this collaboration happened and their shared musical history with Aaron (featuring a contribution from the man himself) as well as musical highlights, touring with Sleep and what several of the band’s other group Circle are up to next.

E&D: Your new album 6 is out very soon. How did the recording and creation of the album go?

PO: Most music on the album was made in January 2020. We wanted to have the album released for our tour with OM in May, and we had only one weekend to record it. Jussi had made some demos and based on those we recorded and produced the material. We had the album almost ready when the pandemic started to hit and our tour got cancelled. After this we had no hurry and we decided to make some adjustments to it, made the instrumental part ready and then asked Aaron to make some vocals for some songs. Aaron got inspired by the material and ended up making all the songs, and that’s when the album found its final shape.

E&D: Where did the idea of working with Aaron Turner on this Pharaoh Overlord album come from in the first place?   

PO: We got Aaron to feature on the previous album 5, and wanted to collaborate with him again. 

E&D: You worked with Aaron, Faith Coloccia and Nate Newton in Split Cranium. How was it working on that?...

Read the rest here: Echoes and Dust


8 Jan 2021

OUT TODAY: GOAT release new CD reissues of 'World Music' and 'Commune'

Following on from last years vinyl reissues of GOAT albums 'World Music' and 'Commune' – today sees the band  releasing two new CD reissues of both albums.

Both CDs come in replica gatefold LP sleeves and feature amended artwork. The CD reissue of Commune also follows the recent vinyl version and comes in a special ltd 'Silver Edition' sleeve which replaces the original gold sleeve.

These CD's can be purchased from your local record shop or direct from Bandcamp here:

World Music


GOAT's third album Requiem is also having the vinyl repress treatment – you can preorder the trimmed down, single LP version, which is ltd to 1000 copies world wide on Blue Flame vinyl here:



5 Jan 2021

Terrascope review Paisiel and Shit and Shine albums

They say:

Drumming sensation João Pais Filipe has already helped serve up one of your scribe’s favourite releases of this otherwise Annus Horriblis, namely Faca de Fogo with the (al)mighty Gnod (Terrascope Reviews for July 2020), and which currently occupies a place up in the nosebleeds on this year’s personal Best of the Worst of Years list. Well he’s in danger of pulling it off again on the strength of this latest corker, this time with saxophonist Julius Gabriel as Paisiel; elements of their respective names making up the band title and which also means something about a guardian angel – goodness knows we’re in need of one these days...

Listening to the prodigious and prolific Craig Clouse’s twisted brand of uneasy listening often feels like you’re sitting on the razor’s edge seat of a particularly uncomfortable racing bike with dodgy brakes and pointing down a sharp screed slope. His latest Rocket release (they and Riot Season appear to have shared custody of the Texan’s UK output) Malibu Liquor Store is akin to one of those American road trip documentaries voiced by the likes of Rich Hall, but one that’s available only on subscription (the price being your soul) via the murky recesses of the dark web. Speak fiend and enter...

Read the rest of both reviews here: Terrascope


31 Dec 2020

Rocket Probes – December 2020 Playlist

GNOD – They Live
(First track to be revealed from the gnew Gnod compilation, culled from rare and unreleased music from 2008-2011)

Various – Psych Against Cancer II (Vol 1 & 2)
(Massive collection of songs including tracks by Anthroprophh, Autotelia, Sex Swing and Flowers Must Die...all for a good cause)

The Utopia Strong – Ninth Art
(Third in the series of these Utopia Strong self released albums)
The Utopia Strong

Head Drop - Stay Another Day (The Final Kiss)
(Reading's finest cover East 17 for Double Dot Dash charity comp)
Head Drop

Azna de L'Ader – Zabaya
(Bit of a mess at times, but great fun and killer fuzz)
Azna de L'Ader

Dropdead – Dropdead 2020
(Thanks to Jimmy martin for intro'ing us to this bucket full of noise)

Phile – Marauder
(Psyched analogue techno)

Melanie De Biaso – And my heart goes on
(The stoned hip-hop ending is perfection)
Melanie De Biaso

Crazy Doberman – Illusory Expansion
(Killer jazz noises)
Crazy Doberman

Shjrunken Heads – Neolithic Dog
(London jams)
Shjrunken Heads

Byron Westbrook – Electric Blued 
(Great tuareg sounding noisescapes on Hands In The Dark)
Byron Westbrook

Highway Robbery – For Love or Money
(70s ROCK!!)
Highway Robbery

Alison Cotton – Only Darkness Now
(Luscious album of immersive folked drones)
Alison Cotton

Omega – Tűzvihar
(Hungarian fuzz from '69)

Craven Faults – Enclosures / Erratics & Unconformities
(Getting lost in a synth world)
Erratics & Unconformities

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi – Ritme Jaavdanegi
(Persian via Berlin grooves – thanks to Paddy for the Gnod)
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

Haikara – Jälleen on Meidän
(Finish prog recommended by Pharaoh Overlord)

Jeff Parker – Fusion Swirl
(Really great groove n' drone track)
Jeff Parker

Oh Sees – Panther Rotate
(Some good stuff on this new album of experimental jams)
Oh Sees

El Grupo Folclórico - Tamba
(Crazy rhythms)
El Grupo Folclórico

American Cream Band – I am an Arrow
(Stoned sax-wah jam)
American Cream Band

Lord Tusk – Paradise Awaits
(Dark dance floor sounds)
Lord Tusk

Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Niente
(Follow-up to The Feed-Back album...you liked that, you will love this)
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

Supersister – No tree will grow
(Droned rock)

Black Curse – Endless Wound
(Incredible album of psyched death)
Black Curse

Daniel Avery / Alessandro Cortini – Enter Exit
(Fuzzed kosmische sounds)
Daniel Avery / Alessandro Cortini

Andrew McGibbon – Northern Gothic 
(Foggy Moby Grape sounds from now)
Andrew McGibbon

TOMAGA – Schleissen 5
(Perfection as always)

Shiver – San Francisco's Shiver
(Power trio wah-rock from '72)

Upupayāma – Upupayāma
(Really nice Kikagaku Moyo by this Italian outfit)

Harold Budd – Darkstar
Harold Budd

Listen to our updated Monthly Rocket Probes Spotify Playlist here:


30 Dec 2020

Read J. Zunz fave albums of 2020 via Son Of Marketing

It says:

We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list curated by J. Zunz, the solo project of Mexican artist Lorena Quintanilla, better known for her work with the duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete. Three years after the debut album Silente, she has released her second full-length Hibiscus, out via Rocket Recordings and Commando Vanessa...

Read the list (that includes Pharaoh Overlords mighty album '6') here: Son Of Marketing


24 Dec 2020

Seasonal 40% off Rocket sale – for one week only!

At the start of the year, who would've thought the only way to experience a live event from your favourite bands would be sitting in a room (possibly on your own) listening to one of their albums as loud as your neighbours could cope with it. Rocket HQ has been doing their fair share of imaginary gigs this year but frankly I think we can safely say we can't wait to get out & 'feel' the live experience again, after all who doesn't want the sensation of frenzied vibrating air molecules & pulsating lights rushing over you again?

So as a 2nd best experience which nonetheless we value greatly too, we hope to bring some recorded Christmas delight to your worn out ears. And as a huge thank you we are offering 40% off our available Rocket Stock on our Bandcamp store for the whole of Christmas week starting Christmas Day and ending New Years Day.

So fuck 2020, end it on a high in 'a reality you can rely on' & disappear in smoke.

Discount code: 'fuck2020' from 9am tomorrow (25th December).

Rocket Bandcamp

On a personal note, both John & Chris would like to thank you all for your continued support this year.  At times it's been more challenging than ever, some things have happened this year we never foresaw & it all feels stronger as a community.  As a Label  we strive hard to try and bring you the work of a magnificent wide ranging roster of bands that we are very proud of with hope they can all get to perform again next year.

So even if everything  we do isn't to your taste, we value your open mindedness in what feels like quite a closed minded outside world at times & therefore hope we help in some way to lift your experience beyond.

We have also compiled a special playlist of tracks taken from each Rocket release that came out in 2020. You can listen to via the Soundcloud or Spotify link below:

Soundcloud   Spotify

John & Chris 


22 Dec 2020

Watch stunning PETBRICK live session for FACT Magazine

Back on the 19 October, PETBRICK headed over to '180 The Strand' in London to film a very special 'distanced' live session for FACT Magazine. 

Watch all 30min+ of the live show plus read a short interview with the band here: 

FACT Magazine

The band were so eager to be able to get out and actually play live again – this incredible footage clearly shows the duo's explosion of pent-up energy that was brewing after months of lockdown.

All the 'eye-popping' visuals were expertly put together by Laima Leyton who was also involved in the filming on the day.

Thanks so much to FACT for making this happen, plus for the fantastic editing to create this stunning piece of film. It truly documents PETBRICK at the top of their game, reaffirming the duo's unequalled energy and absolute uniqueness of their sound.

PETBRICK's debut album 'I' –plus their remix album and recent EP 'Pet Sounds' can be bough/listened to here: 



V13 interviews Pharaoh Overlord

They say:

Finland’s Pharaoh Overlord Discuss Isolation, Inspiration and Working with Aaron Turner on New Album ‘6’

Over here at V13, we love music that is a bit more adventurous, so when we were pitched the opportunity to speak to Finnish band Pharaoh Overlord about their new album, 6, we jumped at the chance. (Oh, and read our full album review here too.)

Taking influence from a raft of sources ranging from Italian electro-pop to Kraftwerk, 6 is out now via Rocket Recordings. We recently spoke with the duo of Tomi Leppänen and Jussi Lehtisalo to find out more about the recording, their experiences through lockdown, and working with longtime collaborator Aaron Turner (Sumac, Old Man Gloom).

Thanks for your time, how is life treating you at the moment?

“Life is good, we have a lot of projects together and are already making a new Pharaoh Overlord album as well at the moment.”

Your new album 6 is out now. It’s been an album inspired lyrically by separation. Was this the original inspiration or were they themes triggered by the global pandemic?

“When we started making the album the pandemic was not going on yet, so we didn’t have any pre-conception at all. But, as the situation changed, Aaron seemed to pick it up and bring in some themes regarding the pandemic.”..

Read the rest here: V13


21 Dec 2020

Pharaoh Overlord 'Amazing Radio' takeover

Pharaoh Overlord are taking over Amazing Radio on Tuesday 22nd December from 2pm...

What they say:

"Finish legends Pharaoh Overlord will be taking over Amazing Radio on Tuesday 22nd of December at 2pm! Fresh off the back of their amazing new record '6', expect an eclectic mix from these monsters of experimental rock."

More info here: Amazing Radio


20 Dec 2020

Freq reviews Pharaoh Overlord

They say:

I liked Pharaoh Overlord’s last release, but this newbie is on a whole different level. They’ve turned down that motorik dial a touch, to let in a banquet of euphoric synth work wrapped in a barrage of skewed disco flavours.

A groovesome cocktail easily demonstrated by “Path Eternal’”s Giorgio Moroder romp, Jussi Lehtisalo and Tomi Lepännen’s vapourising keylines and smeared transits slips and slides, their wares suitably effects-shadowed and dynamically diced. They are joined by Sumac’s Aaron Turner, whose growling Laibach-like gravel of a vocal completes the picture in an unusual pairing that avoids the tiresome clichés of both dance and doom to create something genuinely original. Yeah, it might not be to everybody’s taste, but I’m loving it.

The bronzed EBM wah-fed gothika of “Arms Of The Butcher”, with its incredible washy guitar, circles and chiselled glistens that cavort a plenty. The layering is fab too, a crafted emphasis that runs the album’s entire length, sends your eyes into a psychedelic spin whilst giving your nerve centres a cool kosmischhhhe kiss...

Read the rest here: FREQ