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Pendulum: A Brief History

Updated on June 23, 2014

In the beginning...

Pendulum are a drum & bass / rock band, and was formed by Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and Paul Harding and 2002. To begin with, the band produced a drum & bass and electronic sound, but the band's sound has evolved over the last 3 albums and 9 years. This lens will give you a brief introduction to the band's history, and a lowdown of their releases.

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Hold Your Colour

Hold Your Colour (reissue)
Hold Your Colour (reissue)

After releasing a few singles, Pendulum released their debut album 'Hold Your Colour' in 2005. It has since become one of the most popular drum & bass albums ever sold, and eventually entered the UK Top 40 in 2008. It was released in 2007 with 2 extra tracks, 'Blood Sugar' and 'Axle Grinder'


In Silico

In Silico
In Silico

This album released in 2008, showed a progression of sound for the band. It still heavily featured drum & bass, but there was also hints at a rock and electronic sound in certain songs. There was also more vocals and singing included than the previous album. The album reached number 2 in the UK charts. The album title is rumoured to be a tribute to Nirvana's album 'In Utero', meaning 'Born of the Uterus', whereas In Silico translates as 'Born Synthetically', which could be why the album title features an unborn foetus in the centre of the circle.


Pendulum - Showdown (live)



Immersion was released in May 2010. This album has definitely got a much harder rock & metal sound, although still staying true to their drum & bass roots. Rob Swire has always been very outspoken about his love for rock and metal, and this third release showed that this was coming through more and more into the music Pendulum have been recording. To further prove this fact, the track 'Self vs Self' featured Swedish death-metallers In Flames, and 'The Fountain' featured vocals from prog rock band Porcupine Tree's lead singer, Steven Wilson


Pendulum - Watercolour

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