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PYRAMID THEOREM are a progressive metal band from Richmond Hill, Ontario consisting of brothers Stephan Di Mambro (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Christian Di Mambro (bass) with Sam Ermellini (guitar, vocals) and Vito De Francesco (drums). The band formed in 2006 and is heavily influenced by bands like RUSH, YES, SYMPHONY X, GENESIS, OZZY OZBOURNE and DREAM THEATER.

They self released an EP "Voyage to the Star" in 2008.

The single "Another Day Slips By" will be available for digital download on June 22, 2012.

Pyramid Theorem released its debut self-titled album Pyramid Theorem on July 10, 2012.

Canada's progressive rock group, Pyramid Theorem, has revealed details about its upcoming debut self-titled album Pyramid Theorem: The album was recorded at Coalition Music in Toronto in 2011 and is produced by the band. Pyramid Theorem consists of 5 tracks that put a modern progressive edge on the classic rock sounds of the 70s, taking you on a musical roller coaster with captivating instrumental epics.


PYRAMID THEOREM are an exciting and versatile traditional progressive metal band with an epic sound consisting of melodic riffs, quick time changes, impressive and skillfully executed guitar solos and offer a wide range of styles of their influences. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are highly recommended.

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Pyramid Theorem
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Canadian quartet PYRAMID THEOREM was formed in 2007, and made their debut with the EP "Voyage to the Star" the following year. Following this they started preparing material for their debut album "Pyramid Theorem" which was released in July 2012.

And in what appears to be a rather familiar story these days, we're dealing with a band that have made themselves an accomplished and good quality initial effort. Progressive metal is the name of the game in this case, and as such productions go one that does venture a bit further into innovative landscapes than many others as well.

This disc opens with two fairly intense compositions, The Olde Knew and Forever in Chains. Both songs flaunting a certain Dream Theater influence, but also indicating that this is a band rather well versed with thrash metal as well. Possible traces of Metallica and Pantera to be found, and at least the latter of these are mentioned specifically as an influence by the band too. But even while exploring material of such a nature there's also room for keyboard driven inserts sporting something of an Eastern, mystical sound here, as well as a gentler Rush-tinged sequence for the opening track and a neo-classcial oriented run for the following track.

Third song Another Day Slips By is a piece that should find lots of recognition by fans of late 80's Rush, an all together gentler escapade in mood, sound and style, while epic length and mostly instrumental outing Primitive Design is a nice run through Dream Theater inspired movements first and foremost. And unlike many other bands with ample room for escapades of a more challenging nature included, not limiting their take on that particular sound to majestic keyboard and guitar riff combinations.

Most of these tendencies as well as a few gentler, almost pastoral progressive rock inserts makes up concluding composition The Dream. Kicking off in more of a late 70's Rush style, an expression revisited later on, we're taken on quite the ride with this one, alternating between classic progressive metal, gentler art rock escapades as well as the style first mentioned in a smooth, logical and intriguing manner, with a nifty guitar solo sequence backed by blues-oriented bass and drums as one of many details that makes a positive impression in the innovation and diversity department for yours truly.

Music of this kind demands good quality instrumentalists to succeed, especially on compositions with as many elongated instrumental movements as we're dealing with in this case. And Pyramid Theorem is up to that task quite nicely, all members contribute details and more or less subtle nuances that craft and maintain tension and interest throughout.

If you tend to listen to classic progressive metal with the same level of interest as Canadian trio Rush in general and their late 70's and early 80's albums in particular, Pyramid Theorem is a band and an album you most likely should take notice of. In particular of you don't mind their initial occasional forays into more aggressive realms.


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 Pyramid Theorem by PYRAMID THEOREM album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 14 ratings

Pyramid Theorem
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars Pyramid Theorem are a relatively young Canadian progressive metal band that released their self-titled debut in 2012, which contains five tracks with a total duration of 64 minutes (!). Canada is not the country where you would normally go to find 'traditional' progressive metal but these guys prove us wrong.

The Olde Knew kicks off as a dynamic power/epic metal track with galloping riffs before surprising mid-way through by turning into an oriental-influenced typical progressive metal track. Vocals are ''tuned'' with a touch of aggressiveness but the total package remains close to the heaviness of Dream Theater works. A couple of minutes before the end an operatic overture followed by a magnificent keyboard solo sums up and confirms the very positive start to this album.

The beginnning of Forever in Chains picks on a very interesting experimental/mid-tempo riff but the sequence leads to an American-power metal-derived theme (Armored Saint anyone?) with accompanying keyboards. Similar to the opening track, it calms down somewhere in the middle and adopts more progressive metal patterns with oriental influences (yet again) that provide a mysterious atmosphere and keyboard soloing. Long instrumental passages mean that the listener gets a good amount of virtuosity.

Another Day Slips By could well be described as the 'single' of the album, starting with acoustic guitars and continuing with melodic Rush-like distorted harmonies. The vocal lines remind me of Shadow Gallery as the majority of the song is developed on a mellow acoustic-guitar theme. The distorted sections appear towards the end to close it on a high note - clearly the most accessible tune in here.

The two longest tracks come towards the end, dominated by instrumental progressive metal. Primitive Design appears to be a split tribute to Fates Warning and Dream Theater all the way through its duration, while you will certainly not get bored by the multitude of riffs and tempo changes. The vocals on this and the ending track shift now towards the Ray Alder tone. The Dream starts off quite melodic, bearing a 70's aesthetic. The Rush influence returns as the riffs now carry a more rocking feeling while the operatic/epic elements of the opening tracks re-appear after 8 or so minutes to boost the cohesion. The rest of the 29 (!) minutes bring back "Scenes from a Memory" (a very vivid one).

All and all, Pyramid Theorem's debut is a worthy effort, technically complete and very strong production-wise. All the elements to make a good progressive metal album are there - somehow I felt that if this was made in the 90's, it would flirt with masterpiece status; however, the long duration of some tracks might trouble some and the profound similarity to established bands in the scene makes me challenge the originality (I have not found a lot to ''shock'' me) and give this strictly 3.5 stars.

Otherwise, this is a treat for fans who have not given up on 90's progressive metal. I am expecting an even better release in the future.


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