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Progressive Metal • Denmark


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PYRAMAZE'S story begin in 2001/2002 when guitarist Michael Kammeyer left his band DAMION.After removing himself from the music scene for a few months Kammeyer decided to write and self-produce an album of his own original material.After months of songwriting Kammeyer decided on the name PYRAMAZE and began searching for musicians for his new band.

First to join were the rhythm section of fellow Danes Morten Gade Sørense(drums) and Niels Kvist (bass).Kammeyer then brought onboard Jonah Weingarten(keyboards),an American he had met over the internet.

PYRAMAZE started rehearsing and in 2003 laid down all the tracks for their debut album with the exception of vocals.A singer was needed,and Kammeyer chose American singer Lance King,formerly of the band BALANCE OF POWER.

In 2004 "Melancholy Beast" was released,and PYRAMAZE begin touring.A second guitarist,Danish guitarist Toke Skjonnemand was added for the shows and afterward was asked to permanently join the band.

In February 2006 the band released their second album,a concept album called "Legend Of The Bone Carver" which was very well received by the public and the media.

The band has since announced that Lance King will no longer be providing vocals for PYRAMAZE and are currently looking for another vocalist.

PYRAMAZE are highly recommended,with a sound similar to bands such as ZERO HOUR,MINDFLOW and ANUBIS GATE.



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Discography:
Melancholy Beast, studio album (2004)
Legend of the Bone Carver, studio album (2006)
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3.31 | 10 ratings
Melancholy Beast
2004
3.28 | 16 ratings
Legend of the Bone Carver
2006
3.23 | 16 ratings
Immortal
2008
3.92 | 5 ratings
~IV~ Disciples of the Sun
2015

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 ~IV~ Disciples of the Sun by PYRAMAZE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.92 | 5 ratings

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~IV~ Disciples of the Sun
Pyramaze Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Disciples Of The Sun" is the 4th full-length studio album by Danish power metal act Pyramaze. The album was released through Inner Wound Recordings in May 2015. It´s been 7 years since the release of "Immortal (2008)", but Pyramaze has been through quite a few lineup changes and a near split-up, so the road to releasing "Disciples Of The Sun" has featured a few bumps. American lead vocalist Matt Barlow (Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares) has been replaced by Norwegian singer Terje Harøy (Teodor Tuff, Memorized Dreams). Matt Barlow only had a very short stint with Pyramaze recording "Immortal (2008)" before re-joining Iced Earth. Bassist Niels Kvist and guitarist Michael Kammeyer (both founding members) have also left, and have been replaced by prolific Danish musician/producer Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Anubis Gate), who handles both guitar and bass on "Disciples Of The Sun". This leaves drummer Morten Gade Sørensen (also Anubis Gate, Lance King, Wuthering Heights) as the only remaining original member of the lineup, although American keyboard player Jonah Weingarten joined Pyramaze in 2002 and has played on all the band´s albums. Guitarist Toke Skjønnemand completes the new five-piece lineup. So more than ever before, Pyramaze is a multi-national act although they were founded in Denmark (not completely unlike the lineup development of an act like King Diamond).

Despite the many lineup changes the music style on "Disciples Of The Sun" is unmistakably the sound of Pyramaze. The change on the vocalist spot of course provides the music with a new sound in the vocal department, but it´s not a radical change, and Terje Harøy is a skilled singer, with a strong commanding delivery, who may not have as distinct sounding a voice as his predecessor, but equals Barlow on just about every other parameter. He is overall a strong addition to the lineup. The music is Euro power metal of the heavier school with loads of keyboards (occasionally neo-classical inspired and quite symphonic), heavy guitar riffs, melodic solos and themes, a strong playing rhythm section, and both melodic and slightly more raw vocals in front (and extensive use of choirs and harmony vocals). The atmosphere is slightly melancholic but above all epic.

The album features a powerful, multi-layered, detailed, and clear sounding production (courtesy of Jacob Hansen), which suits the music well. The music is quite bombastic and loud at times, and while there are only few mellow parts on the album, it´s still a relatively dynamic sounding album.

The material on the 12 track, 52:25 minutes long album is well written and very catchy. Pyramaze both has good compositional understanding when it comes to structures and arrangements, but they also have a rare flair for writing memorable melodies that stick in your mind after only a few spins. So upon conclusion "Disciples Of The Sun" is a high quality release on most important parameters and a welcome comeback for Pyramaze. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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 Immortal by PYRAMAZE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.23 | 16 ratings

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Immortal
Pyramaze Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Third album of this little known band, released in 2008 named simply Immortal is another worthy one from their catalogue. This time exist Lance King and enters the voice of Iced Earth - Matthew Barlow. His voice is quite diffrent then Lances but aswell fits perfect into this type of power metal. His voice is much deeper and little rougher the KIngs but has some spectacular moments both on up tempo pieces as one more mellow ones. Musically speaking this is no diffrent then predecesor, maybe in places they concentrated more on power metal side living those prog metal elements from previous album little sparse here, but not ba d really. To me Pyramaze plays a fairly solid type of european power metal with prog metal leanings and has some very solid musicianship on every piece. Touched by the Mara or Ghost light are solid tracks that will please every fan of this kind of music, at least I like what I've hered here, even the album overall is not fantastic or original, has plenty of memorable passages that keeps me conected to the music. Even this is a 3 star album maybe 3.5 in places I prefere previous one, to me their best so far.

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 Legend of the Bone Carver by PYRAMAZE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.28 | 16 ratings

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Legend of the Bone Carver
Pyramaze Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Pyramaze is a power metal band with progressive metal leanings from Denmark with 3 albums released so far. The second one from 2006 named Legend of the bone carver is to me their best from the 3. Lance King behind the mic from Balance of Power done an excellent job here, his voice is just perfect for this kind of music and aswell very powerful range. Instrumentally Pyramaze is quite good, from the speedy guitars with combined with some keyboards solo here and there, the drumer is fantastic, is very sure on his instrument and creating some remarcable chops here. The music is nothing really groundbreaking , is in many parts similar with many bands from this filed , those who tries to incorporate in their power metal sound some progressive metal touches, well if Pyramaze succeded, to me yes, to other no, depends the listner and how he see (hear) this type of music . I really don't care what other said and coment, I like this album, quite a lot I might add, has some fantastic moments from tthe guitar side and aswell the voice is brilliant in many moments. Best pieces the first 4, excluding short intro, like on Ancient Words Within , The birth or What Lies Beyond , great musicianship for sure. I like it and for that 4 stars, nice cover art aswell. Similar with let's say as manner of interpreting with Pagan's MInd but little les progressive then the norwegians.

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 Melancholy Beast by PYRAMAZE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.31 | 10 ratings

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Melancholy Beast
Pyramaze Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Melancholy Beast" is the debut studio album by Danish power metal act Pyramaze. The album was released in May 2004 by Nightmare / Massacre Records. "Melancholy Beast" is produced by prolific Danish metal producer Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Maceration, Aborted, Raunchy, Volbeat, Hatesphere, Týr, The Arcane Order, Anubis Gate, Beyond Twilight, Pestilence, Axamenta, Mercenary, Communic...etc). The regular version features nine tracks while the Japanese version features a tenth song called "The Wizard".

The lineup on "Melancholy Beast" consists of three Danes in founding member Michael Kammeyer on guitars, Morten Gade Sørensen on drums and Niels Kvist on bass. In addition to the three Danes Pyramaze also hosts two Americans in Jonah Weingarten on keyboards (whom Michael Kammeyer met over the internet) and Lance King (formerly of Balance of Power) on vocals. So this is a multinational act even though the backbone of the band is Danish.

The music on "Melancholy Beast" is melodic heavy metal/ power metal with lots of keyboards, high pitched vocals, anthemic choruses, a tight rythm section which includes lots of double bass drums and some pretty heavy guitars. The first impression is that it´s "business as usual" power metal. So it very much comes down to the how well the tracks are crafted and the interplay between the musicians. In that department there´s nothing wrong with "Melancholy Beast". This is a very well composed heavy metal/ power metal album and Pyramaze have a distinct and greatly skilled vocalist in Lance King. He´s got a sligth Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) vibe to his vocals that I greatly enjoy. He can sing both soft and pretty raw. A great asset to the band´s sound. Another great feature is the guitar and keyboard solos that are really well played.

The production by Jacob Hansen is professional, powerful and suits the material well.

"Melancholy Beast" is a solid heavy metal/ power metal album and while it certainly isn´t a revelation in any way it´s still an enjoyable release deserving a 3.5 star rating.

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 Legend of the Bone Carver by PYRAMAZE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.28 | 16 ratings

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Legend of the Bone Carver
Pyramaze Progressive Metal

Review by JLocke
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2 stars What can one expect from another Dream Theater clone? Originallity? Hardly. The album begins with a very extra-cheesy spoken word narration speaking of some sort of legend about some person in some distant land that I don't care about, then the music comes in. Oh, dear. What is this I am heearing? I hate it when bands as musically cpabale as this can't write anything memorable at all. Guitar wankery that Petrucci himself would be appauled at, which is saying quite alot. While other Prog Meatl acts in the same vein such as Dream Theater, Symphony X and Pain of Salvation have always managed to at least keep me interested in even the most blad of moments, Pyramaze offers nothing on this release that even slightly holds my attention for more than eleven seconds, and sometimes even that is pushing it.

The artwork is very intruiging to the eye, and the name just oozes 'epic masterpiece'-- don't fall for it. The outward appearance of this pointless entry is misleading and actually appears the house something worth listening to. Alas, what we actually find in LEGEND OF THE BONE CARVER is just more Power Metal that tries to be progressive, but only gets as far as the cool band name and logo. When it actually comes to writing anything worth two seconds of our time, the Pyramaze boys must not have the actual talent required to make something memorable. After all, what is technical skill without the talent every great musician uses to actually do something with it? I don't care how well you can play your instrument; if you lack the artistic expression necessary to paint an actual work of art, the technical ability is useless. Such is the case with many so-called 'progressive' bands of today, and Pyramaze is no exception. Unfortunate, but true. Listen to some Ayreon or Symphony X if you want to hear epic Prog Metal. Don't waste your time or money with Pyramaze. I ended up wasting both, and I personally want that wasted part of my life back.

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