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Pyramidal: Dawn in Space

Pyramidal are a prog/space rock band from Alicante, Spain, and Dawn of Space is their debut album, 60 minutes of sonic explorations that will thrill any fan of Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Ozric Tentacles, and Neurosis. The band is comprised of Miguel Rodes (bass), Miguel Angel Sanz (guitar, synthesizer), Óscar Soler (guitar, vocals), and Lluís Mas (drums, percussion), and together these four musicians have come up with some interesting sounds and textures on Dawn in Space.

Though a good portion of the album is instrumental, featuring fluttering synths and liquid guitar lines, there are vocals splattered around on a few of the tracks. "Black Land" is a like a head-on collision between Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd and Hawkwind, as the trippy instrumentation and understated vocals lull you into a psychedelic trance. "Kosmik Blizzard" is a much heavier piece with mountainous, sludgy guitar riffs (hence the Neurosis comparison above) and stinging lead guitar lines, while the title track mixes the sludge with soaring space rock for a wild effect. Layers of effects laden guitar permeate the experimental "Plastikleuten [Part I & II]", a real successful slice of psychedelia and space rock, and if you like scorching guitar solos this one is for you. Toss in some Middle Eastern melodies as well as Opeth styled passages on "Tempel Iaru", and loads of dreamy soundscapes & extended solos on the 14-minute " Mars Lagoon", and you have one fun space rock debut from these Spaniards.

Truth be told, Dawn of Space might be too 'out there' for these who like a more structured style of prog rock, but if you don't mind extended musical explorations and the occasional heavy riff, then Pyramidal's debut will be a CD you might want to seek out and take a chance on.

Track Listing
1. Intronauts (1:32)
2. Black Land (8:58)
3. Kosmik Blizzard (6:44)
4. Dawn In Space (8:27)
5. Plastikleuten [Part I & II] (10:29)
6. Tempel Iaru (11:15)
7. Mars Lagoon (14:19)

Added: April 7th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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