Finnish visionaries Pharaoh Overlord deliver a vibrant video for the new single "Path Eternal" from their sixth record (released 27 November), reimagining electronic music for the future.
The album opener 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 - created by Rocket's own Johnny O, watch and listen above:
'6' is being released on ltd LP and CD via the Rocket shop link below or available via your local record shop.
The rest of the album continues in a similar vein, richly coherent yet startling even for the unpredictable world of this band, arriving like a series of otherworldly epiphanies. 6 sees the band's current duo of Tomi Leppänen and Jussi Lehtisalo joining forces with longtime collaborator and Sumac/Old Man Gloom seer Aaron Turner, who's fierce and corrosive vocals stand atop these futuristic serenades not unlike the fevered delivery of a dystopian hellfire preacher.
Pharaoh Overlord explores 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. Together, they are 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.