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Pharaoh - The Longest Night - 2006 - Cruz Del Sur Music

Track Listing
1. Sunrise
2. I Am The Hammer
3. In The Violet Fire
4. By The Night Sky
5. Endlessly
6. The Longest Night
7. Fighting
8. Like A Ghost
9. Up The Gates
10. Never run
US leads the way once again for true metal glory, this time holding the flame high for Pharaoh, who present to the world their sophomore effort "The Longest Night". I discovered Pharaoh through a friend a few years back, really finding the band's debut album, "After The Fire", an absorbing, well defined metal output that really showcased brand new stars. Led by the talented voice of Tim Aymar (Control Denied), the band play a melodic, energetic romp of power metal precision and fury mixed with the softer elements of progressive experimentation. Building on the metallic brooding of the debut, Pharaoh now inject a real progressive presence, something that could be credited to producer Matt Crooks, the man behind Division (in which he is a member) and Twisted Tower Dire. His fabulous production ear on those releases led the way for his participation in this "power progressive" venture. In many ways this release reminds me of today's Jag Panzer crossed with the softer guitar notes from Maiden's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son". Guitarist Matt Johnsen may be the country's best kept secret, showing off amazing virtuoso skills while still possessing an enormous amount of catchy hook. Tracks like "Sunrise" and "Endlessly" obviously blaze with perfection and skill, but still manage to go one step further by going a bit more technical and experimental. That sort of flare for the obscure can be found on "In The Violent Fire", which starts out playing a loose sort of Running Wild gallop. While that sound could be a bit thin and one-dimensional, Pharaoh really mix it up well and delve deep into subtle guitar notes and a great sense of brooding atmosphere. If the experiments turn you off then you can look at heavy metal anthems like "I Am The Hammer" and "Fighting" as food from the Gods. Favorite track for me is the epic sci-fi tale "By The Night Sky". Also look for a blazing solo from ex-Megadeth axeman Chris Poland on opener "Sunrise".



--EC 05.04.06

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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After the FirePharaoh
2003
Josh Greer2/17/2004
Be GonePharaoh
2008
Vinaya Saksena11/21/2009
The Longest NightPharaoh
2006
Eric Compton5/16/2006


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