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Review: Pyramaze - Melancholy Beast
Melancholy Beast

Label: NTS
Year released: 2004
Duration: 50:50
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 27, 2011
Reviewed by: Joseph Allen
Readers Rating
Melancholy Beast

Rated 3.94/5 (78.89%) (18 Votes)

Ah, here we go, some time with the now much-lauded Pyramaze’s debut. What do I expect just looking at the (incredibly cool) cover art? How about exactly what I got, in the form of power metal with a slight progressive tint, twisting loopy guitar work over subdued key work (disregarding solos), and surprisingly mournful vocal melodies, all wrapped up in a streamlined sheen of Jacob Hansen’s genius production values? Yeah, even though these guys don’t play exactly by the rules of power metal, you do kind of expect what you’re getting going into this. That’s not really a bad thing when you have a formula that dependable as the groundwork for stellar songs like Sleepy Hollow, The Journey, and the appropriately melancholic title track. Special mention goes out to Legend (based on the movie of the same name), which stands out as my favorite song on here. It’s like the band decided to take everything that makes this album good and turn the quality on everything off the charts. An interesting debut from a band just now coming into the spotlight.

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