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Album Review

The power metal revival movement has been a predominantly European phenomenon; in the 1990s and 2000s, countless power metal bands were formed in Sweden, Germany, Norway, and other European countries. But predominantly European doesn't mean exclusively European, and one of the American power metal revival bands that emerged in the late '90s (although their first album didn't come out until 2003) was Pharaoh. Be Gone, which is Pharaoh's third album, won't be accused of being groundbreaking; this is a 2008 release that, stylistically, could have been recorded in 1982 or 1983. Melodic but hard-driving tracks such as "Buried at Sea," "Dark New Life," "Rats and Rope," and "Cover Your Eyes and Pray" get their inspiration from old-school headbangers who emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, and lead singer Tim Aymar favors a gruff vocal style that owes a lot to Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Maiden, in fact, is the most prominent power metal influence on Be Gone, although Judas Priest and Ronnie James Dio are obvious influences as well. This 47-minute CD is defiantly oblivious to post-'80s developments in metal, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is a place for retro artists as long as they are good at what they do — and while Be Gone isn't remarkable, it is decent and well executed. There is never any doubt that guitarist Matt Johnsen, bassist Chris Kerns, and drummer Chris Black can play their instruments well — they aren't lacking in the chops department — and Be Gone is a likable, if derivative, reminder of the fact that headbangers don't have to be from Europe to contribute to the power metal revival movement.

Customer Reviews

Not your average Maiden knockoff

This record is the third from Pharaoh, and if you're a prior fan, it is a "must." Some of the best songs I've heard from these guys, stellar production feat. a nice dry, non-triggered drum sound with plenty of interplay with the bassist. Killer guitar solos and a dizzying array of riffs that demands repeated listens...Amyar's vox are among the best in the business, too. Yes, some of the material does call to mind Iron Maiden (ex. Dark New Life), but seriously, Maiden hasn't written anything close to this riff-wise since the Powerslave years. Every song is killer for me; the highlights include "Buried at Sea," with it's beyond awesome chorus, "Telepath," and the title track being partucular standouts. If you consder yourself a true fan of traditional or power metal, Pharaoh is one of the bands you should be listening too!

One of the most underrated metal bands.

I haven't yet listened to the album in its entirety, but i am very impressed with what i have listened to. The only reason i did not give it five stars is because of the limited number of songs i have heard. Standouts (so far) include, Speak To Me, Dark New Life, and Telepath. If you don't want the entire album, BUY SPEAK TO ME! The best song Pharaoh has ever released in my opinion. All in all, a must have for all fans of the most underrated metal band, possibly of all time.

Terrific

Listen to this! It's really melodic and catchy, the choruses to "Red Honor," "Buried at Sea," and "Cover Your Eyes and Pray" will get stuck in your head for days. The guitar playing is superb, especially the riffing on "Rats and Rope" and "Telepath," and the solos on "No Remains" that come one after the other and blow you away. The lyrics aren't too shabby either. (Look 'em up.) I didn't care too much for the drummer (he doesn't play anything that interesting) or Tim Aymar's howled vocals, and you can't hear the bass at all (it's probably playing in unison with the guitars); but I'm willing to overlook those things and see this as just an excellent guitar album.

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 1997, American metallers Pharaoh released their debut album, After the Fire, in 2003. The band, which specializes in well-produced albums and multi-layered instrumentation, put forth a sophomore release in 2006; entitled The Longest Night, Pharaoh's second album built on their early promise. The bandmembers spent the majority of 2007 working on their third slab of metal, and Be Gone, the...
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