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Over the past thirty-five years or so, progressive metal has become one of the most exhilaratingly creative and ambitiously saturated subgenres in modern music. Although countless up-and-coming acts emerge every year to take their shot at being the next Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Queensr˙che, Opeth, or Tool, few possess the essential blend of enthusiasm, personality, and craftsmanship necessary to deserve such a stature.

Undoubtedly, Canadian quartet Pyramid Theorem is an exception to that norm. Founded in the late 2000s, the band-bassist/vocalist Christian Di Mambro, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Stephan Di Mambro, percussionist Vito De Francesco, and lead guitarist/vocalist Sam Ermellini-have already established themselves as unquenchably imaginative, determined, and skillful on their first two full-length statements (2012's eponymous debut and 2017's "Element of Surprise") and prior EPs. In fact, Edwin van Hoof of HeadBangers Lifestyle praised Pyramid Theorem as "perhaps one of the finest bands in progressive rock today," with other outlets-ProgArchives, Metal Kingdom, and Metal Music Archives-showering them with comparable praise.

As stellar as those records are, however, Pyramid Theorem's latest collection, "Beyond The Exosphere", surpasses them in every respect. Produced and engineered by Rich Chycki (who's previously put his stamp on releases by Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, Pink, and Def Leppard, among others), the five-song sequence sees the group setting new benchmarks for their ability to fuse impassioned and memorable songwriting with mind-blowingly sophisticated, diverse, and virtuosic arrangements. Beyond that, it flows as smoothly and sleekly as anything being made by their stylistic peers, further cementing why this third album should catapult Pyramid Theorem into the mind of every progressive metal aficionado.

So, how did four young guys from Toronto get to this point? Well, as Vito shares, it all began around 2006, when he and Stephan "met at a mutual friend's cottage" and "instantly bonded over" their love of Canada's biggest prog rock band, Rush. Meanwhile, Christian (who's Stephan's brother, of course) and Sam were playing in a different ensemble. One night, Stephan took Vito to see them play, and the pair were "blown away." As fate would have it, Christian and Sam left their band in early 2007, so they started jamming with the other duo in Vito's basement. Sam declares: "I can still remember seeing al...
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3.85 | 22 ratings
Pyramid Theorem
2012
3.30 | 8 ratings
Element of Surprise
2017
4.02 | 16 ratings
Beyond the Exosphere
2020

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Voyage To The Star
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Another Day Slips By
2012

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars Beyond the Exosphere, by the Canadians Pyramid Theorem, is a forceful work, where high-voltage developments are nuanced with short and effective elements of the highest sensitivity and devoid of greater instrumental clothing, but as intense as the most vibrant moments. In the powerful musical proposal that unfolds firmly in its 41 minutes, the influences of one of the prog metal references Dream Theater are recognizable, and the occasional nod to his legendary compatriots Rush.

The progressive spirit is present from the very opening of the album, with the almost 18 minutes of the formidable Beyond the Exosphere, which, in addition to giving the album its name, is a theme of infinite variations, intertwining sharp guitars, incisive keyboards, a very interesting drum solo, and a correct vocal part. Immediately the vigorous Under Control (magnificent introduction) and the desperate Freedom (the bells give it an imposing effect) recall the modernized metal of the eighties, to later give way to the superb and heartbreaking Closer To The End, possessing a force and drama that is increasing until its overwhelming end. It's, in my opinion, the best song on the album. Intonate, a deep display of sensitivity with pianos and acoustic guitars from the second half of the song, closes the album in great shape. Provided with an impeccable production work, Beyond the Exosphere is highly recommended for those who like progressive rock, and especially for those who love its most incendiary side.

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I tend to find it great whenever I get requested to review some modern prog metal album, since while I've been very vocal about my dislike for the direction it's headed as a whole, these requests always tend to reveal the material in the genre I find more enjoyable to an extent, and this one's definitely no exception. As is fairly standard for these sorts of albums, there's no doubt that there's a lot of extremely clear influence taken from past giants of the genre, in this case Dream Theater, but as is also practically the standard these days, it's also a lot better than any of the material that DT have put out over the last 10 - 15 years or so. The fact that there's also some clear Rush influence in this further helps separate it from the sea of DT clones to an extent, with the sometimes catchy, more straightforward melodies and hooks giving the album some more lasting impact, rather than simply feeling like yet another band soloing for the sake of looking cool and proficient at their chosen instrument.

From the moment the opening epic Beyond the Exosphere kicks off, it immediately becomes clear how Rush inspired the band, with the opening few seconds sounding incredibly similar to Fountain of Lamneth before breaking into more traditional prog metal territory. The epic as a whole is honestly pretty well structured, constantly ebbing and flowing while also progressively becoming more intense with each build up, managing to actually sound worthy of being the length it is, rather than simply sounding like a regular track but long. I also get some occasional Symphony X vibes from the vocal delivery, the more powerful nature of it, which is another thing I quite appreciate, further separating itself from the overt similarities to Dream Theater. This also happens to be a rare case of a prog drum solo not being a complete waste of time, being rather short, yet also contributing to the progression of the song in the way it brings for a somewhat darker tone that ends up leading into an extremely solid groove as the song explodes into an absolutely amazing, climactic few minutes that completely reminds me why I used to have such a love for the genre. The song on the whole is just a really fun time to me and definitely sets the album up nicely.

The rest of the album unfortunately is a step down from this first track, although is still pretty good for the most part. Main issue with this part is that it sounds more like a dramatic, densely produced 80s metal album, rather than having the prog qualities that made the opening track as good as it was, but even so, it's not bad, albeit not too memorable for tracks 2 and 3 either, being vaguely nice to listen to rather than anything I have the desire to look deeper into. It's in Closer to the End where things get back on track, being yet another more straightforward song with a clear cut chorus and everything, but I really like it, it feels like there's a bit of genuine emotion behind it and evokes almost apocalyptic imagery with how downright grandiose and epic it sounds, especially with the choral vocals. Intonate closes the album off decently, with the vocals being of particular note here with the great harmonies bringing an additional powerful edge to the track, solidifying the sense of finality that it's able to bring to the close really nicely, especially when combined with the amazing symphonic outro.

Overall, it's stuff like this that ends up reminding me why prog metal was a genre I loved so much at one point, as while this may not be an album with anything particularly new or shocking, it takes from its influences rather well to make an enjoyable listen, especially when looking at the epic on it and the way it actually fully feels like it deserves all 17 minutes. While not really an album I'd recommend to change someone's mind about the genre, I do think that this is an album you should check out if you're a fan of Dream Theater and Rush, since it's clearly the audience this band seems to cater towards, and it pulls it off rather well.

Best tracks: Beyond the Exosphere, Closer to the End

Weakest tracks: Freedom

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Some wonderful sound innovations by this band from Toronto contrasted by some very old sounding metal music sounds and tricks. Weird! Upon re-listening to this album for the second and third times I even found myself wondering if songs #2 & #3 were recorded 30 years ago--or if it was even the same band members that recorded them!

1. "Beyond the Exosphere" (17:53) Some absolutely brilliant, gorgeous, and powerful musics side-by-side with some rather blasé run-of the mill metal--which is disappointing as this could've been one of the year's stellar epics. Still, my second favorite song on the album. (32/35) 2. "Under Control" (4:48) Time warp! we're in the 1980s! (8/10) 3. "Freedom" (4:39) More old metal! What happened to the band that made that excellent opening epic? (8.25/10) 4. "Closer to the End" (7:06) some cool effects--like the choral vocals and the alternating machine gun bass and kick drum riffs alternating with Mellotron "ohs." My third favorite song on the album. (13/15) 5. "Intonate" (6:48) great multi-voiced vocals throughout. The best song on the album. (14.5/15)

Total Time 41:14

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece collection of songs, some reaching metal prog perfection while others feel as if they were pulled out of some 1980s metal-by-numbers playbook.

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by FatherChristmas

4 stars Despite always being a big fan of what some call "heavy prog" (Rush, Porcupine Tree etc.) I've never really paid much attention to progressive metal. Now I've listened to this album, I now realise what a massive mistake that was. This album has really got me into the genre, and I've enjoyed it so much I'm going to try and listen their previous albums as soon as I find time. Anyway, here's my review of this one.

"Beyond the Exosphere", a 17-minute epic, opens the album with a bombastic guitar riff, which soon develops into an equally epic guitar solo. The first section, "Ascension", acts a bit like "Prelude" in the Rush (with whom they share nationality) epic "Cygnus X-1", many riffs from it are repeated later in the song - or, I should say, many similar riffs are played later in the song, I'm not sure whether the exact riffs are played again - with a short section include vocals.

And talking of vocals, I was impressed by the singing. From all I've heard about metal, I expected the lead vocalist to be screaming his head off, but no, his voice is perfectly in tune, clear, and generally ideal for the music. Also, the band are all great musicians - not that I wouldn't expect that, but they play some stuff, particularly on "Beyond the Exposure", that sounds very difficult - and they play it with expertise.

Back onto the subject of the opening track, once "Ascension" ends, the next part, called "Planetary Transit" comes in; which begins with - I have to admit it - one of the best drum solos I have ever heard (though I shall say no more here to ruin it for those who have not heard it). The other parts - "Regenesis" and "Quantum Leap" - are just as good; I particularly like the outro (some of the keyboard parts, I believe, are similar to "The Cinema Show" by Genesis).

So, to conclude my small essay on this marvellous song, I shall waste no further time endlessly describing it paragraph by paragraph, when I can do so in three simple adjectives: amazing, entertaining, and imaginative. Amazing goes without saying. Entertaining - I have not once been bored while listening to this song, and despite (as I mentioned earlier) repeating some riffs from the first section similar to "Cygnus X-1" by Rush, it is somehow not repetitive like "Cygnus X-1" is - and, to be honest, I'd actually rather listen to "Beyond the Exposure" than "Cygnus", as it is much less boring and more fun (yep, I said it). Finally, I have stated perhaps the most important word, imaginative, because it is hugely musically varied. It seems Pyramid Theorem have not been afraid to experiment, like the very first prog bands, with new technology - look at that drum solo - and with a huge variety of riffs and motifs throughout the song, that clearly indicate they as a band have a wide imagination, represented all at once in one brilliant, epic... epic.

After the brilliance of "Beyond the Exosphere", an acoustic (well, sort of) guitar and synths swirl in, which evolves into a heavy muted guitar riff, accompanied by the rest of the band - announcing the beginning of the next song, "Under Control". It features a lot of shifty time signatures, which give it a sense of speed and urgency, and thus feels a bit like a fast, short break after the lengthy "Beyond the Exposure". An ok song, but I think it lacks a certain distinguishment between each part of the musical composition - it feels a little repetitive, but not on a large scale.

Next, we're onto "Freedom". This sounds more like a classic metal song (if it weren't for the odd time signatures, conceptual lyrics and quite a few other things it would be perfect), due to the heavy riffs and drums, bellowed vocals, very loud volume - not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, after "Beyond the Exosphere", it's my favourite song on the album, featuring a great guitar solo (always a winner with me) and has some excellent lyrics - "Obey, or be swept away" ...epic.

Then we get to "Closer to the End", which, literally, is closer to the end. It begins with vocals though a voice distortioner accompanied by some mysterious-sounding acoustic chords on the guitar. This develops into an electric, thunderous guitar riff, and the rest of the band join in. The lyrics go on for a bit before it all breaks down at about two minutes fifty seconds in; however, it soon gets up again with a really good instrumental section featuring an organ solo that gives Rick Wakeman a run for his money and yet another astonishing guitar solo. After a while it returns to the mysterious-sounding acoustic chords and distorted vocals and basically repeats the cycle - except without another instrumental section. A really topping track.

Finally... "Intonate", the last song. It opens with distorted drumming - in fact, a lot of the music in this song is distorted. Even the time signatures are a bit distorted, if you know what I mean. You couldn't wish for a more uptempo, bombastic, musically varied finale - there's so much music in the song I can barely describe it. I suggest you just listen to it and see what I mean.

And to conclude! As you will know if you have read my other reviews, I have two requirements for a five star album:

1. The songs must all be excellent.

2. It must work brilliantly as an album.

I'll head of number two quickly. This album flows from track to track excellently. You might say this is not an important consideration, but actually, if the tracks on an album don't go well together, or they're ordered wrongly, it can seriously affect how people view it.

As for number one, the songs are generally great. "Under Control" perhaps could have been better, and if you wanted to be really perfectionist "Intonate" should have been a bit longer - there are so many parts I thought it was about three minutes long, I was shocked to see it round to about seven. Other than that, though, it's perfect - and, as I mentioned at the beginning, it's what's got me into prog metal. It might not be as brilliant for others, but for me it's as classic as an album like Moving Pictures.

So, the final verdict is... four stars.

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Hot Damn- Run, Don't Walk!

Evolution of Brilliance

It wasn't that long ago PYRAMID THEOREM posted videos ("Drive" anyone?) featuring smokin' hot 80's metal riffs and half-naked smokin' hot ladies plus classic hot cars.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

You could hear the influences in their earlier music-the Rush, Dream Theater, and other progressive metal greats.

You could sense that these guys were dynamite musicians, filled with verve, fire, and relentless energy, showing lots of chops and moxie.

It All Gels Now

So. "Beyond the Exosphere". Calm me down and call me out if you think I get too ridiculous, but here's how I hear this one.

Transcendence, pushing boundaries, searching for meaning. Trust or fear? What guidance is there, or are we alone, on our own in the vastness of the infinity of the universe (or the multiverse?)?

For Me, This is a Concept Album

Certainly from the epic opening multi-part title track...yet I think the next four tracks complete the saga.

It's all of a piece, from the clean burst of guitar/bass/drums/keyboards of the opening, the (bless you PYRAMID THEOREM) clean vocals, silky harmonies, the atmospheric and cinematic sweeps portraying a people with fear and hope fleeing a dying world and seeking another...

...To the final percussive, dark riffs of "Intonate" replete with dual guitar/synth lines, complex lead lines subsiding into near-orchestral piano, then strings, then in a building, growing stately passage in which the oh-so-energizing drumming- a highlight throughout, by the way- and all the way until the album is complete...

It Tells a Tale

The opening epic- and I have mixed feelings about opening with an epic track- covers quite an enormous, invigorating, vast progressive rock and metal territory.

It is captivating, the music complex, musicianship impeccable. Tempos change, guitar lines sing and surge, keyboards add flavor and the synth lines sizzle. The bass guitar (I'm a sucker for Rickenbacker basses, thanks to Mr. Squire) and the drums are more than foundational, they are transformational in depth, resonance, and energy.

The story line begins- searching for a home, for mastery through wisdom and technology- god-like leadership or demonic soul-crushing?

Under Control

Speaking of which (control, that is), PYRAMID THEOREM unhesitatingly wades into the contemporary world, with contemporary, timely questions and perspective.

May I just say, progressive rock fanatic that I am, we fanatics live too often in alternative realms, seeming to eschew and ignore the contemporaneous world about us- Tolkien, space travel, castles and dragons and sword fights, with damsels in distress...

...again, not that there's anything wrong with any of these.

Amazon. Trump. Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex.

Such matters are part of the quest for transcendence. Set over blistering riffs and mind-melding band interactions, the saga continues.

Freedom

Oh so tight, urgent playing urges us to WAKE UP, to raise our voices, and to exercise the free choices we are given. The music slows, becomes stately, rich, with use of chimes, cinematic keyboards and power chords. Regal...ending with a whir...

Closer to the End

Here, for a brief breather, there a gentle, eerie opening with distant vocals introducing the urgency, the world- weary realization that billions of soldiers/armies/armaments and so many 'noble causes' may ironically destroy rather than rebuild us.

Then heavy guitar chords enter, gorgeous vocal harmonies, pleading, "Find me a place where I can belong!"

Well, does that resonate with anyone else? What motivates so many of us?

Complex band musicianship underlies these questing vocal lines, almost as if some god-like being is part of the search, and perhaps, part of the solution?

Intonate

Again, slap me around if I'm too out there.

I think PYRAMID THEOREM is suggesting there IS something transcendent- not so far from us yet so much more than any one of us- the 'universal mind', melded with the 'fractal point of view'. If indeed an alien race from another corner of the universe/multiverse seeded and colonized us, how do we receive them? What if anything can we expect from them and ourselves?

Intonate pulses with dark, jagged riffs, amazing guitar/synth harmonizing, lovely vocal lines, subsiding, as I mentioned earlier, only to rebuild based on acoustic piano into an ever growing finale...

...That then slowly subsides and fades...

My Conclusions

Masterful. Impeccable. Brilliant. Thought-provoking. Mind-bending.

Since I think the term 'masterpiece' is thrown around too lightly, I won't go there, with all due respect to this album and PYRAMID THEOREM. Much respect.

I rate this one 4.5 out of 5 stars. Run- don't walk! Get this one!

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4.02 | 16 ratings

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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars PYRAMID THEOREM are a promising progressive metal band. On this album the band plays a style that reminded me of DREAM THEATER. The album opens up with a long song that kept my attention because it did not sound the same for the entire length of the song, instead it kept me interested and I really enjoyed it. The other songs weren't as long but that doesn't mean they aren't good. The middle songs were really good and the closing track was a nice ending for the album. The band members are also really good at their instruments too even though they are a newer band, they sound better than other bands that are just as old. Beyond the Exosphere was a great album and I really want to listen to it again along with the bands other material that they have to offer.
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Beyond the Exosphere
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars Glad to pick such a tempting album up, and simultaneously glad to bump into such a promising combo. An Ontario- oriented unit PYRAMID THEOREM (the moniker is good too!) founded in 2006 are apparently influenced by Progressive Metal vanguard Dream Theater and Heavy Prog ambassador Rush, especially upon playing style and dreamy composition, but I guess their intention would be over the mountain top of progressive metal. Their instrumental technique is beyond expression, and their composition and production is pretty dramatic and theatrical. And it's interesting they sincerely create a virtual musical world acceptable for every single progressive rock fan.

The first suite "Beyond The Exosphere" can be called as a jukebox of colourful prog-metal variation. From the very opening their brilliant melodic departure should move you completely. It's very impressive that you can be immersed in the development, not methodological but enthusiastic and sensitive. Full and good stomach with overintensive, complex but favourable phrases only through the 5 minute beginning 'Ascension', followed by 'Planetary Transit' filled with killer drumming. 'Regenesis' has much power to squeeze their serious messages and strong passion plays into your inner mind. Slightly exaggerated but upbeat inspiring sound and rhythm construction is exploring and explosive. Melody or rhythm lines are complex and diverse but very friendly in a mysterious manner. Guess their cheerful disposition would have done so? Over 17 minutes with their masterpiece is not so long actually. Their crazy crystallized performance and crazy innovative sound evolution should make you happy.

"Under Control" is one of the shortest tracks in this album but fantastic is their vitality. Melodic metal blended with catchy streams and complicated rhythmic vibes completely amazes you. Melancholic bluesy lines and lyrics all through the track cannot be depressing but drive you into something encouraging. "Freedom" has atmosphere leaning towards extreme metal but you can feel delightful texture and futuristic hope via this active stuff, like the title says. Even the following "Close To The End" with tragic lyrics sounds powerful and vivacious. Splendid, serious drumming should be your nutrition. Strict bass play beneath their soundcore is awesome. Uptempo, crying double guitar-based sound organization should kick your anxiety out. Wondering why their soundscape veils every fan softly even though it's deeply hard and heavy. The last "Intonate" would be another luxury (and one of my favourite ones). Hopeful mid-tempo bright passages seasoned with crazy metallic sound theatre are quite magnificent. Obviously suitable for the epilogue of this fascinating creation.

Lastly let me say thanks to the bassist Christian for recommending this great album. Do hope their artistic future will be more and more excellent.

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3.30 | 8 ratings

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Element of Surprise
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars For this second album, the band's music has taken a harder edge. Also, the band wanted to improve the vocals by spreading them out to 3 musicians. From the first song "The Scratch Funk" the music is a straightforward classic rock number played at a very fast pace and announcing the predominant role that the guitars will have the rest of the way. "Cliffhanger" put the guitars even further with some furious and heroic guitar lines with orchestral arrangement. "Outlaw For Good" is mostly an instrumental track after one minute of singing at the beginning. For the first time, we can hear the keyboards upfront and some Voivoid inspired guitar riffs. Samuel Ermellini delivers one of his many guitar solos. "Lifeline" is the first breather on the album with an acoustic intro and a song that goes into a definitive Rush style. "Tornado" like the title says is a fast pace powerful instrumental track with some Dream Theater time signatures and some welcome smoother guitar lines in the middle that is heartwarming. The last song brings back the acoustic guitar in the flamenco style after some heavy guitar parts again in the Dream Theater style. In conclusion, this album is highly guitar oriented and stay away for the Rush influence of their debut, and I think that if the vocals are not the most enjoyable thing you will hear, the songwriting quality level and the impressive playing of each musician make up for it. A solid 3.5 stars
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3.85 | 22 ratings

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Pyramid Theorem
Pyramid Theorem Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars From Richmond Hill, Ontario in Canada, the band was formed in 2006, and it's in 2012, that they made this self-titled album. There is only 5 tracks but one going to the 30 minutes mark. From the first song "The Old Knew", we are in the presence of a band that want to show their musicianship with some fast guitar arpeggios. The music is in the symphonic/power metal genre in the direction of Dream Theater and Symphony X. The vocals are not clean and fortunately it would improve a bit as we are going further in the album. Not only we are greeted with some powerful guitars parts, but also a big drum sound that shows some nice patterns. The keyboards have their share of space with some interesting solos, as well. The band can slow their fast pace down a bit with some acoustic parts that brings a little breather to the music. There's also a short oriental music passage from the guitar in the second song " Forever In Chains" and a drum part that evoke the song "Territories" from Rush. And this Rush's influence continue with the single "Another Day Slips By". The overall sound takes us back to the Rush "Signals" era. Here the vocals are cleaner and more melodic because the song is more mellower than the other tracks. In the next song "Primitive Design", we are back with some Progressive Metal where we can hear clearly for the first time a short bass line. There is also a extended keyboard solo from the book of Jordan Rudess. In the last epic song "The Dream", the band decided to end this album in a dramatic style with a resume of what the others songs were offering but by upgrading the level a bit with many stops and go, and a long instrumental break that slow things down with a pure Opeth style. This is a impressive debut album that show nice potential, if they could improve the quality of the vocals to match the quality of the music, that would be near perfect.
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3.85 | 22 ratings

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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.

Thanks to TCat for the artist addition.

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