Pericardium | Salutary

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by Pericardium

Politically fueled progressive alternative rock with flares of psychedelia and metal. Virtuosic lead guitar, emotional spacey atmosphere, and a solid groove that will pulsate through you.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Salutary
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1:30 album only
2. A Hymn for Doves to the Rhythm of Hawks
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4:17 album only
3. 21st Century
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3:16 album only
4. Unattainable
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5:19 album only
5. Ecliptic Corridor
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5:21 album only
6. Ataraxia\'s End
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5:03 album only
7. The Mist of May
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3:47 album only
8. Neverending
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2:10 album only


Album Notes
"In Salutary, which the band dubs as a "minialbum," Pericardium takes on the task of genre bending, breaking out of the limited molds dictated by the music industry by creating a collection of eight distinct yet cohesive tracks that morph seamlessly from psychedelia to metal to straight-ahead rock. In parts of the album, comparisons can be drawn to 311, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd, all with a jam band feel, but no one sound pervades Salutary's entirety."

-Claire Young, Metro Magazine

"Pericardium's album Salutary, with its lush sound and floating synths gave me an irie feeling of nostalgia, of being a freshmen driving to "High" School with my Senior sister in her '89 Toyota listening to her mix tape of the Cranberries...Have you ever woken up in an opium den with naked chics covered in grapes? No? Neither have I! Somehow Pericardium especially when they go on tangents, like they do on this track [Ecliptic Corridor] has convinced me. They have!"

-Jimmy James,


Pericardium began in February 2006 as a collaborative and mixed project to fuse everything from hip hop to jazz to metal. After getting a good amount of songs together, forming a full band, and playing numerous shows, the group released Apartheid of the Mind in 2007; an astoundingly eclectic and progressive album featuring dual vocals, guitar, bass, keys, drums, and violin. In 2008 the band signed with local indie label Dosh Records, featuring the south bay’s finest alternative rock bands. Playing shows in San Jose, San Francisco, Antioch, Gilroy, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Foster City and beyond, Pericardium is always trying to expose themselves to new fans. Performing alongside such acts as Daphne Loves Derby, Making April, Audrye Sessions, Scissors for Lefty, Self Against City, The Mile After, Tumbledown (featuring Mike of MXPX), as well as local favorites Picture Atlantic and The Pilot’s Wife, Pericardium has earned themselves a devoted local fanbase; including a local showcase at renowned San Francsico venue Slims. The current line-up has Sean E. Sullivan on guitar and vocals, bassist David Marshall, Mike Black on lead guitar and keys, and Luis Munoz on drums. Pericardium’s new 30 minute mini album “Salutary” demonstrates the new direction of the band, and its still eclectic, but more defined, sound. Featuring politically and socially driven lyrics, virtuosic lead guitar, emotional spacey atmosphere, and a solid groove that will pulsate through you, Pericardium is not a band to miss. Hailing from the San Francisco bay area, a place known for social and artistic movements, the band hopes to strengthen its mark on the scene in 2009 and continue the reputation the wonderful area has earned in past decades.


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Patrick Sullivan

An amazing sophomore effort
I've been a fan of Pericardium for several years now. I'm lucky enough to live in the Bay Area and have seen them perform live many times. Their first album, "Apartheid of the Mind" was a strong entry from a group of young musicians. This album extends the promise of their craftsmanship, it's almost as if this is their first album. Think Elton John's "Empty Sky", and then the "Elton John" album. A promise, then wow! where did that come from? The album starts with the very Gilmourish 'Salutary', seducing us into a space where these young men are questioning where the world is going, off track for sure. Then, with no warning, we're led into the thrashing guitars and strong back-beat of 'A Hymn for Doves to the Rhythm of Hawks', then the album continues to build one track after another through a sonic adventure that blends the best of rock, prog and metal over the last 40 years. It's one of those albums you listen to, then just leave in your player and listen to again and again. Every listen reveals a new lyric, a new guitar lick, or you notice the very cool bass rythm. If you want the best of what the Bay Area has to offer, a dance through what's been and the promise of where things are going, then buy this album!