PYRAMAZE - MELANCHOLY BEAST - NIGHTMARE
Pyramaze is a young Danish melodic hard rock band fronted by former Balance Of Power singer Lance King who also owns Nightmare Records. There must something about this guy and European bands for his relationships all appear to be long-distance!
Regardless, Pyramaze is a choral rock band with vocals and music analogous to Queensrÿche, Royal Hunt and the more linear moments of Dream Theater. The band is a tight unit going about its business methodically, albeit with the occasional flare-up of keyboard solos. Notable tracks are the ballad Until We Fade Away whose message of fidelity is marred by spelling mistakes in the lyrics ("It's easier if your not alone"), the lyric-less The Nature Of Triumph which is the sole song written by keyboardist Jonah Weingarten and which features gothic vocals and the album's varied finale Power Of Imagination.
Pyramaze is hardly revolutionary. Still, the quintet does the job well and fans of keyboard-oriented hard rock and higher-pitched singing will surely find much appeal in this. Just do not expect anything melancholic or bestial. In the meanwhile, the band has completed the recordings for its second album, Legend Of The Bonecarver. - Ali "The Metallian"