ARTIST:

PYRAMAZE

(DENMARK)
TITLE:

EPITAPH

(2020)
LABEL:

AFM RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Symphonic, Theatrical
"A mix between Evergrey, Cyhra, Kamelot and Dynazty, this Epitaph is a beautiful nugget of melodic metal that we no longer expected from Pyramaze."
LYNOTT (02.12.2020)  
5/5
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The Danish band Pyramaze, author of three albums between 2004 and 2008, experienced a seven-year break before proposing, with a new line-up, a ""Disciples Of The Sun" that impressed his world. "Contingent", his successor, released three years ago, had driven the nail in. "Epitaph", the latest one, is finally proposed to us at the end of this year rich in melodic metal albums.

This is the third opus recorded with the same team, and it's already a performance for Pyramaze. Terje Harøy is for example the fourth singer of the combo in six records. In terms of style, the band juggles between power and melodic metal, but its work also flirts sometimes with AOR, alternative and pop metal. A clever mix, even a risky amalgamation, but it works, and quite well.

Melodically stunning, the tracks in this "Epitaph" follow one another without any flaws. They offer in turn theatrical joy, melancholic moods, cinematic climates, epic movements, speedy fulgurances, symphonic atmosphere and some hymns. When it comes to references, you may imagine a mix between Evergrey, Cyhra, Kamelot and Dynazty.

The headliners, in this storm of dazzling tracks, are the heavy and dramatic 'A Stroke Of Magic' very close to Evergrey and Serious Black, 'Knights In Shining Armour' with its double-pedal and its Helloween-like chorus and the alt-rock ballad 'Bird Of Prey'. Also worth mentioning are 'Particle' with its contemporary melodic pop-metal melody, the hyper-melodic 'Indestructible' in which Dynazty's shadow hovers, and the huge, cinematic 'World Foregone' with its haunting final chorus sung by kids. The opus ends with a twelve-minute piece in which two of Pyramaze's former frontmen come to support Harøy. Unfortunately, this 'The Time Traveller' blows hot and cold. The diverse and convoluted atmospheres give us too few melodic moments and the almost screamed vocals are not especially welcomed.

But no matter, this "Epitaph" is still a little bomb of melodic metal that cheerfully rises to the top of the genre's productions, yet numerous and of quality in this year that is coming to an end. Pyramaze, even if he has somewhat abandoned his past progressive desires here, has undoubtedly crossed a milestone. Don't miss this nice surprise that we didn't necessarily expect from this band.


More informations on http://www.pyramaze.com



SIMILAR BANDS:
KAMELOT, EVERGREY, CYHRA, DYNAZTY


TRACK LISTING:
01. Epitaph
02. A Stroke Of Magic
03. Steal My Crown
04. Knights In Shining Armour
05. Bird Of Prey
06. Your Last Call
07. Particle
08. Indestructible
09. Transcendence
10. Final Hour
11. World Foregone
12. The Time Traveller

LINEUP:
Jacob Hansen: Guitares
Jonah Weingarten: Claviers
Morten Gade Sørensen: Batterie
Terje Harøy: Chant
Toke Skjønnemand: Guitares
Brittney Slayes: Chant / Invité
Lance King: Chant / Invité
Matt Barlow: Chant / Invité
   
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TORPEDO
09/12/2020
  0
Hallucinant hein ? Moi-même j'y ai pas cru :-P
LYNOTT
09/12/2020
  1
Torp est d'accord avec moi ?! Ca s'arrose !
TORPEDO
08/12/2020
  0
Oui, cet album est bon. Certes il ne révolutionne pas le genre mais il propose de bons titres équilibrés à l'exception du dernier qui est en effet un fourre tout inexpressif et incohérent. 11 titres, c'est déjà pas si mal.
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