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Pyramaze: Epitaph

A stroke of magic and a touch of class successfully contains the extensive emotional rollercoaster of Syddanmark’s immortal disciples of the sun, pushing the combined limits that evasively appear in the exalting form of Pyramaze’s sixth effort in sixteen long-lasting years; apprehending an unforgettable package of excellent quality Progressive Power Metal anthemic episodes right from the roots of the Danish shores and from the heart of the distinctively-remarkable spectacle that is Epitaph.

Directly from the offset, this substantially indestructible offering of immensely dense guitar riffs imploding into the stupefying auditoriums of the championing exceptionally placed rhythmical fragmentary interchanges through the zealous eyes of the perplexingly-competent canticle ‘Steal My Crown’ and the gratifying backbone of the sublimely written slipstream of ‘A Stroke of Magic’; before reaching the consummating heights of the compellingly-expeditious metallic power house track ‘Knight of Shining Armour’ and to steadily ease into the appealingly-nourishing assembled catacombs of the masterly constructed composition ‘Indestructible’.

From my standpoint, each and every output incorporated inside the brawny solidified walls of this superlatively-intelligent record from the renowned studio maestro Jacob Hansen involved elite is just a breathtakingly-accomplished masterpiece, and through the whimsical honesty of the single-deserving magnificence of ‘Particle’ and the stunningly-quintessential canorous paragon of ‘Bird of Prey’; soulfully permitting this exceedingly-achieving songbook to reign principally victorious in the gloriously-fine golden hallways of the illustrious Heavy Metal domains, kingdoms and the elemental holy homeland of the headbanging warlords.

Notably considering the band has had four impressively skilful lead vocalists inside the best part of over fifteen years, Pyramaze is involved with a considerably suitable collaboration with the lustrously-adept frontman and vocalizer Terje Haroy; radiating through on the divergently-proficient ‘Transcendence’; including a cameo performance and the immediate execution from Unleash the Archers’ own sensation Britanny Slayes. Additionally, there are surprisingly supplementary appearances from the grasps of the past with ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow and ex-Magic kingdom singer Lance king on the extended blustering opus and aspiring closer ‘The Time Traveller’; hallmarking the various eras of the distinctively-inconceivable legacy and the extravagant career of Denmark’s finest innovative metallers with an earth-shattering experience inside a keenly-enterprising attempt to seduce listeners all over the fundamental mists of the cosmos.

1. Epitaph
2. A Stroke of Magic
3. Steal My Crown
4. Knights in Shining Armour
5. Bird of Prey
6. Your Last Call
8. Indestructible
9. Transcendence
10. Final Hour
11. World Foregone
12. The Time Traveller

Added: December 16th 2020
Reviewer: James Mannion
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1288
Language: english

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Pyramaze: Epitaph
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2020-12-17 00:15:20
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I'll admit to not keeping up with the output of Pyramaze over the years, for some reason it seems I've heard every other album during the course of their career. Now on their sixth platter, Epitaph, the progressive metal veterans have once again delivered a stunning effort, chock full of heavy riffs, daring solo excursions, plenty of melody, and dynamic vocals. Terje Haroy, now five years into his tenure in the band, sounds completely confident here on Epitaph, and you can hear his commanding pipes right from the outset on the crushing "A Stroke of Magic". As a nice bonus, former vocalists Matt Barlow & Lance King make appearances on the epic closer "Time Traveller", and Unleash the Archers belter Britanny Slayes shows up on "Transcendance". Other highlights here include the hook laden "Steal My Crown", the melodic "Bird of Prey" (Alter Bridge anyone??), the symphonic "Your Last Call", and the prog-metal face melters "Particle" and "Final Hour".

In short, chalk up another winner for this Danish act...Epitaph is a good one folks.

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