Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction (IMPORT) (CD)
Little Rock, accurate though it may be geographically, does nothing to convey the huge tonality at work on Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction full-length debut. The album is comprised of five extended cuts of sorrowful plodding, emotionally visceral and traditional doom that immerses the listener right from the quiet acoustic beginnings of opener “Foreigner.” But for those tones – the guitars of Brett Campbell and Devin Holt remind of earlier YOB in the depths to which their distortion plummets – Pallbearer would be almost entirely familiar stylistically, harkening on a mournfulness long since established as a defining element of this kind of doom with a melodic skillfulness.
Pearls & Brass - The Indian Tower (CD)
The Indian Tower picks up where the self titled left off. Which means you get more soulful, bluesy classic rock that to these ears seems pretty fucking unique. What I like most are the rolling rhythms and overall warmth of the songs. Whether they’re playing rollickin’ numbers or acoustic songs, Pearls and Brass’s music is simply inviting. And as with their debut, the playing is stellar. The Indian Tower is a fantastic sophomore album. Pearls and Brass are a couple steps above the rest. Highly recommended.
With its serpentine riffs that take their sweet time to uncoil and its sludgy, off-kilter tempos, Pearl and Brass has no doubt learned some valuable lessons from Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age. By combining math-rock complexity with raw power on The Indian Tower, the songs hypnotize as they pulverize.
Peeping Tom - Music Swop Shop (IMPORT) (CD)
This time, they've brought back more of Sav Rocker's classic rock feel, but they haven't sacrificed the monstrous sound of the Self Titled. Lead song “Cocked Gun” starts off lumbering, but soon transforms itself into a swaggering bluesy number that sets the tone for the rest of the album – and that includes the harmonica fade-out. Unexpected nuances like that and the saxophone in the doomy “The Reason” are what make Music Swop Shop so compelling. There's a freewheeling attitude to Peeping Tom that keeps the songs nimble, even when it's crushing or drawn out. That the four piece is obviously so in tune with each other doesn't hurt. Imagine Free taking a stab at Black Sabbath and you're close to what Peeping Tom has to offer. Music Swop Shop's an awesome follow-up. There's not a bad song in this bunch.
Pentagram - Curious Volume (IMPORT) (CD)
The 2015 studio album from US legends Pentagram, reuniting the band with Peaceville Records once more. The album contains 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley and Bobby Liebling. (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the line-up.) 'Curious Volume' was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia.
Pentagram - First Daze Here (The Vintage Collection) (CD)
A hallowed name in the field of Sabbath-inspired doom metal, the legendary PENTAGRAM has delivered some of the best heavy doom metal ever recorded. First Daze Here - The Vintage Collection reanimates 12 high voltage PENTAGRAM shades of darkness from the early seventies and is sure to delight volume junkies the world over. These psychedelic sorcerers crafted eerie, solid slabs of sound highlighted by loud-as-hell walls of guitar, thick, distorted bass and the wicked vocals of Bobby "living legend" Liebling. First Daze Here - The Vintage Collection; rare recordings rediscovered, remastered and revealed for the first time ever. Be forewarned...the day of reckoning has arrived!
Pentagram - First Daze Here Too (The Vintage Collection) (Re-issue) (2CD)
This re-issue features remastered audio, newly revitalized artwork and in-depth liner notes.
You can't talk about heavy metal without talking about PENTAGRAM. The legendary D.C. band has been committed to the dark arts for more than 45 years. 'First Daze Here Too' is a 22-track collection of unreleased studio recordings and live rehearsals from the early '70s.
Phantom Glue - Self Titled (CD)
The chief audio comparison point for Phantom Glue is going to be High on Fire all the way. Oates and bassist N. Wolf are rougher in their delivery than latter-day Matt Pike, and the music sometimes launches into Sunlight Studios-style death metal guitar theatrics with Oates and fellow guitarist M. Gowell duking out harmonics in the grand Entombed tradition. They also mark Electric Wizard as a comparison point.
Pharaoh Overlord - Circle (IMPORT) (CD)
Pharaoh Overlord's 'Circle' is bound to annul all expectations you ever held for these once avant-stoners. What's clear is that 'Circle' marks the fusion of Pharaoh Overlord with the namesake of this album. It is a wild card you foresaw. Their no-nonsense self-referentiality, oddly enough, inverses the paradox of the red queen: with the building blocks standing still, the friction with the ever-accelerating external realities gives the impression of expanding horizons in the standstill of tonal landscapes of the body of music that is Pharaoh Overlord's 'Circle'. Synthesizers float like nitrous oxide above the serene pastures of laid-back grooves. This is epic synth pop that would vaporize any pulse or mundane logic into the stream of thin air of upper atmosphere. On 'Circle', Pharaoh Overlord stand among their bling-blinded subjects as a modestly-clad emperor proud of the newly-discovered self-realization by means of merging with their idols and contestants (that is, Circle) into one abstract entity of sonic flesh. There is no sobriety like loss of identity.