pendulum | AAA Music
aaamusic | On 01, Jun 2010
confirmed their status as one of the defining bands of 2010 when their new album ‘Immersion’ went straight to the top of the charts at the weekend. First week sales of almost 60,000 guaranteed the #1 slot – a lead of almost 14,000 sales over the nearest challenger.
News of the album’s success coincided with the completion of the band’s first ever UK arena headlining tour. Entirely sold-out, the tour included a triumphant landmark show at London’s Wembley Arena. In addition to the tour, Pendulum also headlined BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
Now Pendulum’s success looks set to continue unabated throughout the summer. Not only will ‘Immersion’ receive another boost with the July 12th release of the new single ‘Witchcraft’, but Pendulum’s thrilling performances will again grace a diverse range of summer festival shows. In addition to the dates listed below, they will also play further festival dates in Europe and Japan:
11th – RockNess, Clash / Goldenvoice Arena (headliners)
24th – Milton Keynes National Bowl (special guests to The Prodigy)
30th – London, Victoria Park (special guests to Tiesto)
1st – Sonisphere (second on the bill to Iron Maiden)
27th – Leeds Festival, NME / Radio 1 Stage (headliners)
28th – Reading Festival, NME / Radio 1 Stage (headliners)
‘Immersion’ heralds a glorious evolution in the Pendulum sound. Following the cinematic orchestration of opening track ‘Genesis’, the album erupts into life with ‘Salt in the Wounds’ which harks back to the band’s underground drum & bass roots. Those roots are echoed through ‘Immersion’, with ‘Crush’ bursting with frenetically visceral beats, while the collaboration with The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett on ‘Immunize’ adds an intense industrial undercurrent to its melodic sonic energy.
Despite remaining loyal to their roots, ‘Immersion’ finds Pendulum embracing a greater sense of eclecticism than ever before. The result of joining forces with Swedish metal kings In Flames on ‘Self Vs. Self’ is a groundbreaking fusion between drum & bass and metal that recalls the great cross-genre evolution that Public Enemy and Anthrax developed on ‘Bring The Noise.’ By contrast, ‘The Fountain’, which features Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson, embraces both artists’ eagerness to experiment with progressive arrangements and ambient textures.