11 Nov 2020

The Sleeping Shamen reviews Pharaoh Overlord's '6'

They say:

Pori, Finland’s Pharaoh Overlord is a side-project of Tomi Leppänen and Jussi Lehtisalo of experimental rock band Circle which started life back in 2000. This latest album is their first on Rocket Recordings, home to Pigs x 7, Gnod, Kooba Tercu and Sex Swing so sees the band in fine company. 6 is the band’s follow-up to 2019’s 5 which was something of a radical departure and a step towards electronica and synth/disco in strong contrast to their earlier stoner/psych roots.

The album cover features a menacing and one presumes poisonous snake. Snakes tend to have a hard rock and heavy metal heritage featuring on Motörhead’s Snake Bite Love, Metallica’s Black Album and er, Whitesnake’s Lovehunter. The depiction of the snake on 6 however is something you would be more inclined to find on a John Dwyer related album packed full of his usual brand of psych garage-punk. Moreover, I feel this symbolizes something more intelligent and progressive, as opposed to resorting to daft rock clichés that you may have gotten from those aforementioned bands (Whitesnake in particular)...

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