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On disc: Pyramid

- The Immaculate Lie - Volker Raabe - 3 stars
- Gaudi's Legacy - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Gaudi's Legacy

Gaudi's Legacy
(Locomotive Music - 2002)

Pyramid is a band from Barcelona, Spain and their conceptual album Gaudi's Legacy is 3rd album of the 1998 founded band. The quintet released their self-titled debut in 1998 and in 2001 the follow-up The Immaculate Lie. The band must have made a great impression on the Spanish progressive scene, coz they got the chance to open up two shows for Jethro Tull. The five guys are presenting a fusion of progressive metal, rock, psychedelic elements and more. After the intro Born Gaudi the five-some shows on Sons Of Gaudi the musical direction and this song is outstanding, not just because it lasts more then 11 minutes! The Spanish manage to play complex parts and still be catchy. The voice of Javier Cespedes fits to the music and very natural and soon you'll find yourself sing along! Drummer Roger Guardia is not another Mike Portnoy, but definitely more then an average drummer. It's the same with the rest of the band, all are very talented. And they are looking for a musical challenge it seems. And a conceptual album about the great architect Antonio Gaudi is a very ambitious piece of work. For example Sister Sona - an instrumental - which leads you into the world of jazz in the beginning and build a nice contrast to the heavy, progressive metal it develops into. Outstanding is the track The Güelli's Dragons, coz it's split into 3 parts - even if the track list gives Part 2 twice - a progressive opus!
I hope that this band gets recognized from the progressive scene and gets the quintet inter­national attention. For sure this is an album which needs a few more spins to discover it at all, even if it's catchy. Actually this an album which you won't get tired of listening soon... This one is growing every time you are listening to!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


The Immaculate Lie

The Immaculate Lie
(Locomotive Music - 2000)

The opener Hell Freezes Over of the Spanish toreros Pyramid shows the musical direction. Their roots are the first two releases of Dream Theater it seems. The Spanish band did an excellent job on The Immaculate Lie, only singer Javier Cespedes is annoying - at least for me after the 4th track - he sounds like he had several bars of chalk for breakfast. The uninspired keyboard parts are as displaced as 35°C at the Antarctic and so listening to The Immaculate Lie is a challenge and can get boring... A bad copy of Dream Theater isn't what the prog metal scene needs, especially at times when too many albums get in the stores. In the ancient Roman way the Cesar's thumb goes down and the band members can be glad that these days it doesn't mean to be dinner for the lions!

3 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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