Band: Pyramid Theorem
Album: Pyramid Theorem
So, I've listened to the album 3 times now:
Musically, I think its very impressive and that's coming from someone who has become extremely jaded toward Prog and Prog Metal.
My fundamental issue with the album is that the vocal melodies are underutilized or not used at all. The sound of the album feels somewhat inspired by Dream Theater and Rush, but where those bands succeed is the balance between vocals and music. The two are woven together to create something greater then the sum of its parts. Its like this album doesn't know if it wants to be instrumental or vocals/music and that really hurts it.
With The Olde Knew
that singer pops up at the 2 minute mark, sings something that doesn't really mesh with song and then disappears completely after like only 60 seconds and then the song goes on about its business. Overall The vocal portion was inconsequential to the song. The same thing can be said about forever in chains. Again the music is incredible though.
The one song which I feel successfully blends vocals and music is Another Day Slips by. I think that song really nails what I was looking for and I kind of wish the whole album followed that paradigm. Another Day slips by is my favorite track on the album, its the one that sticks in my mind and its the one I would let friends listen to if I was vouching for the band.
My other issue is with The Dream. At least 2 different times did I look down at the ipod to see how much of this thing was left to go. If a band is going to create an epic song then that song needs to leave me wanting more, not having me wonder when is it going to be over. Its needs to flow and connect seamlessly. The Dream has some great highlights, but I think the album would have been better with 3 individual tracks vs. one long 30 minute track.
so overall, its a pretty decent album, but the instrumental sections are disproportionate to the vocal sections. I do think this band has a lot of potential though and will be following their future work.
4 out of 5