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Pyramaze 'Epitaph' Album Review By JD Rich

Pyramaze

Epitaph

AFM Records

November 13, 2020

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

 

Greetings frazzled masses! For those of us desperately trying to block out the insanity of what passes for reality these days, allow me to throw some music therapy your way. Unclench your sphincters, take a deep breath, and let’s take a trip to a reality of our own creation. Starring in this sojourn is Danish band Pyramaze, getting ready to unleash their sixth studio album, Epitaph.​

 

When I cracked into the title track, I was a little thrown off. Here I was bracing myself for some rough-and-tumble Metal, only to be greeted by a beautiful, mature orchestral instrumental piece. Totally unexpected, but a welcome surprise. This was just a tease of the full melodies in store on the album’s 12 tracks, and I could not stop listening. The second track then kicked in, and I was off on a magical Metal voyage! Epitaph is powerful and uplifting, exactly what I suspect many of us need to break the heavy intensity of recent events here in the U.S.​

 

Pyramaze rises us up to a higher plane of consciousness, allowing driving riffs and strapping beats to wash away the suffocating blanket of anxiety. Comfort is found in clear, rich vocals that emanate sincere confidence. Rockers will love the fullness that radiates from the musical symbiosis formed by amazing guitar work, elegant tones, and vocal harmonies fired off at a rapid pace. The sheer power of forceful range pulls the listener in song after song. Like a wilting plant, we’re here to absorb the musical sustenance. It’s a rocker’s vitamin supplement for the soul, a confirmation that Metal can simultaneously be beautiful and hardcore, but not exhausting. No errant thrashing and bashing; there is purpose to every arrangement. Added bonuses are sprinkled throughout, such as gorgeous guest vocals from Brittney Slayes of Unleash The Archers. Keep listening, and some familiar voices will present themselves. No, I’m not talking about the intrusive voices in your head. Am I the only one who has to deal with those? Yes? OK, maybe it’s just me. Moving on. The other familiar guest voices I’m referring to can be picked out by longtime Pyramaze fans: former singers Matt Barlow and Lance King.​

 

Pyramaze has certainly kicked it up a few dozen notches from their previous recordings. If this album were to be compared to a specific movie scene, imagine the part in Pulp Fiction when Vinny Vega opens the mysterious chest and is bathed in golden light. Referring to Epitaph, the golden light is pouring out of your speakers.

 

Pyramaze fans should be drooling in anticipation by now. The only thing I can do at this point is to suggest grabbing a bib. Epitaph will be available on November 13th. Until then, hang tight and remember to take a few deep breaths. Or do what I’ve been doing and whip up a nice iced mocha vodka latte with Xanax sprinkles. Whatever gets you through. Who am I to judge?

 

 

 

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