PHARAOH, the Pennsylvania-based four-piece featuring veteran vocal powerhouse Tim Aymar (best known for his work with Chuck Schuldiner's CONTROL DENIED), have completed work on their second full-length album, "The Longest Night", for a February 2006 release via Cruz del Sur. The close of the mixing stage this week followed a six-month recording process at MCR Studios with Matt Crooks (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, DIVISION) at the controls. "The whole session took a bit longer than we anticipated," explained drummer Chris Black. "But the reasons are evident in the results. Individually and collectively, including Matt Crooks, we pushed our imaginations, ears, and bodies to an entirely new plane on this album. This album is everything PHARAOH fans will expect and much, much more."
A preview (unmastered) version of "Like a Ghost" is available for free download via the PHARAOH web site at this location.
"The Longest Night" features special guest Chris Poland (OHM:, ex-DAMN THE MACHINE, MEGADETH), who contributes a dazzling guitar solo to the opening track "Sunrise".
"I had Chris Poland in mind when I wrote the solo section," explained PHARAOH guitarist Matt Johnsen. "I'd met him a few years ago when OHM: came around on tour, and I was hopeful that he'd agree to do a spot for us. Thank goodness he did!"
"The Longest Night"'s album artwork was painted by Jean-Pascal Fournier (IMMORTAL, EDGUY). The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:
02. I am the Hammer
03. In the Violet Fire
04. By the Night Sky
06. The Longest Night
08. Like a Ghost
09. Up the Gates
10. Never Run
PHARAOH's debut, "After the Fire", was released by Cruz del Sur in 2003.
Tim Aymar - Vocals
Matt Johnsen - Guitar
Chris Kerns - Bass
Chris Black – Drums