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Pyramido : Sand

Coming from Sweden, here's the first album of newcomers Pyramido. Among the funny stuff is that the members here are usually pretty far from the Doomed realms, as theyíve played in bands as diverse as Burst, Crowpath, Deranged or Deathboot. Despite all this, Pyramido doesn't play in the ugly Death/Doom subgenre but, as their name imply, in the fully sunny Stoner Doom. Albeit the ugly version of Stoner Doom. Because Pyramido is all about ugliness and dryness. Forget everything you know, Pyramido is not there to make you go high and see the mountains of Mars. In fact, Pyramido maybe the only recorded case of truly hateful Stoner Doom. No wonder to see them getting signed on Totalrust Music, the filthiest Doom label there is.

The first thing that grab the ear is the sound. Both massive and crushing like Acid King and Acrimony told us it should be, but also crusty and dry...The sound of the desert. And on top of that, those Sludgey vocals worthy of the best Eyehategod has to offer. No wonder that the cover art show you a war elephant, as Sand seems to have been composed to serve as the soundtrack of Hannibal's armies charging through the dunes. The second thing are the guitars. Like Iíve said, the riffs sounds dry, and dry, and even drier. Like the sonic representation of a drought. But despite all that, it all goes down to that psychedelia we all love and adore. Ever thought about putting some music on your heat hallucinations? There you go, boys and girls. Pyramido is just that.

The fact is that, for a first full-length, the result is pretty much flawless. Pretty much, but not fully. I must say that I find that all the songs sounds a bit too much the same. In fact, it sounds like if you are listening to a single track cut into five parts, and not five different songs. This is nothing that canít be corrected, and as it goes right now, 'Sand' is one of the most interesting first release I've heard this year. Strongly recommended for fans of Baroness as well as Electric Wizard. And youíll now know that the voice you hear in the desert wind is not that bitch Imhotep, but Pyramido coming to get you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. 2 Years 8 Months 21 Days
2. Calculating Doom
3. Carry Us To War
4. Cutthroat
5. Above Our Head

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

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Reviewed on 09-07-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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