Drum & Bass took a hearbreaking fall last year when Rob Swire announced that Pendulum was "on hiatus." Pendulum was without a doubt a living legend in the Drum & Bass world, a group who truley mastered the art of their sound. The composition of their uniquly formed sound was built off of Swire & McGrillen's metal band background (Xygen), and the Neruofunk sub-genre influence of classic undergound D&B. vault, Pendulum's first release in 2003 on the Kingz of ROllers EP Vol.3 jumpstarted their career into the debut album, Hold Your Colour. The album peaked at #16 on the UK Album Chart, and sold over 225,000 copies in the UK alone. Pendulum was here to stay.
In 2008, In Silico was released and surprised us all with a delightfully dark sounds of Rock. The track "Propane Nightmares" skyrocketed the group to the mainstream world of EDM, where they entertained the minds and souls of festival attendees and bassheads in Europe and North America.
Two years later, Immersion was released with three singles that are identifiable today as staples in the Drum & Bass genre. Watercolour, Witchcraft, and The Island were all chart topping tracks, and can still be found streaming through your pandora, slacker, and internet radio channels today.
So why did the unstopabble group split? Well, for Knife Party. Originally a side project, Knife Party became an overnight success. In 2011, Swire and McGrillen announced that this new sound is not directly related to Pendulum or the sounds that built it. The focus was to be on Electo-House, Dubstep, and other club-genres. Knife Party's Rage Valley released in May 2012. The duo has been producing, DJing, and traveling as Knife Party non-stop and does not plan to slow down anytime soon.
The Big News?
You guessed it. It was announced via Twitter that Pendulum is planning on coming out from hibernation, and creating yet another studio album, set to release in 2014. Go ahead loyal bassheads, take a deep breath and thank the drum gods for this miracle.