|Review: Pyramaze - Disciples of the Sun|
|Disciples of the Sun|
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Year released: 2015
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 29, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Disciples of the Sun
Pyramaze seem to be a band that is either over-praised or over-hated. They are always dependable for a solid album in my estimation. They always present strong performances, good hooks, and a crystal clear recording job to best show off their slightly prog-flavored Power Metal. It's been seven years since the muscular Immortal with singer Matt Barlowe, now long departed. They have found a more than capable replacement in unknown frontman Terje Haroy.
This is a step back from the pummeling power of Immortal and more toward the more shaded songwriting of their earlier works. I am glad to see they have not really lost their ear for clean, sharp melodies and well-syncopated rhythms. As always, they use the keys to accentuate the arrangements and add good melodic hooks. Drummer Morten Sorensen really steps up here with a heavy, textured performance that keeps things aggressive even during the quieter moments.
If this band has a failing, it's that they don't take chances. Their arrangements are layered, but also derivative and lacking in the surprising twists that make for a real first-rate band. Disciples of the Sun sounds exactly like I expected it to, and Pyramaze stick hard to their formula. So this is not a masterwork, but it is a fine return from a welcome band.
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