PYRAMID (Germany)

"Beyond Borders of Time" (Subsound Records; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This Pyramid is a heavy, progressive power trio hailing from Nuremberg, Germany, and not to be confused with the American band of the same name featuring Tim "Ripper" Owens. And one of the main reasons not to confuse them is because this Pyramid is an instrumental band. No vocals to be found here on "Beyond Borders of Time."

What you will find on this album is a lot of stoner/doom influences, tied in with trippy psychedelic sounds that brought movie soundtracks of the 60s and 70s to mind for me. Take a moment and imagine that blend: modern stoner/doom, vintage movie soundtracks (a la Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schifrin) and a soundscape that is so atmospheric you may look for it hovering above your head as you listen. It's a different take on a genre that often sounds surprisingly alike and Pyramid stands out because of that.

There are eight tracks here, ranging from just under two minutes to nearly eight-and-a-half minutes, but each one of them paints its own picture. So grab a beer or any of your favorite recreational relaxers, slap on a pair of headphones and let yourself fall backwards into the world of Pyramid. It's a trip, I promise you.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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