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Pyramids [PA]: Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through PhasesFollowing the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases (2006)
Slave Union

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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There is only one first impression, and Pyramids have near flawlessly nailed it. An otherwise ordinary Philadelphian three-piece has written a genre-defining record in Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases. Rarely does a band combine the epic, bold thrust of post-rock beauty with th.


There is only one first impression, and Pyramids have near flawlessly nailed it.

An otherwise ordinary Philadelphian three-piece has written a genre-defining record in Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases. Rarely does a band combine the epic, bold thrust of post-rock beauty with the stripped down, raw, intense, emotion of hardcore emo, but Pyramids has accomplished this in a mere half-hour, conveying a breathtaking, mind-numbing, picturesque voyage summed up in 7 haunting, arresting, and practically photographic installments.

A concept record involving a descriptive narrative of a half-metaphorical train ride should be a recipe for a pretentious disaster, yet the poetry of Tracks contain immensely graceful metaphors and weaving but vague storytelling. Every line appears to symbolize a different emotion, be it frustration, loss, hopelessness, or anxiety. Cautious optimism belies "Stationed" ("the passage is dark, but the tracks will guide us"), while "Sleep Spindles K-Complexus" offers a steadfast racing heart ("There is no faith in God that can shield me from this terror. Each new tunnel brings new paranoia and fear. Each new thought becomes distorted and blurred further by a gap in clarity. I can't breathe."). Metaphor can sometimes hide one's feelings, and yet Pyramids find a way to fully reveal themselves, but quietly, behind pastel tinted, translucent sheets. And even when they're not spilling themselves onto paper, their efforts surely are; "Paradoxical" is evidence of apocalyptic depictions ("The sky illuminates in an ocean of red tears as explosions send short ripples through the mountaintops.") The click-clack of the passing train tracks sporadically come up to further set the scene.

The tracks themselves are a dizzying, drastically varied and drug-inducing array of either controlled mayhem or dreamy soundscapes. The bass-heavy drone of "Stationed" ushers in Tracks, but is deceiving; an abrupt transition finds the band twinkling their guitars into a rush of raindrops for the next verse. "Drifting" is Tracks' most frantic, urgent offering, as multiple time changes within its 1:28 frame take place. "Sleep Spindle K-Complexus" dangles in moving, billowy and spacey textures for the majority of its 9:21 running time before the screams start to slowly take over; suddenly, the train is barrelling as the drums pummel away and the voices chaotically intertwine. Continuing to move forward, a moment in "Slow Wars" features tingling octaves lying under the tide of emotion, as a tick-tock of drums eventually take it out. The sonic instrumental "Delta" is only 3 minutes, but manages to conjure up images of a more succinct Isis/Pelican offering. "Lucid" brings closure to the album, quickly rising and falling several times before its final thought: "In this dream, I'm awake. The home of beauty rests in knowing who you are." The train ride has come to an end, and the muffled, creepy words of the train conductor then startle you: "Wake up."

Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases is an important, important record. With the abrupt departure of two-thirds of the band occuring shortly after the recording, this may end up as the band's only imprint upon the world, but it will be a significant one. At once, it is beautiful, sensual, chaotic, emotional, and lonely; it is an experience, and yet one that is over before 32 minutes have passed. The number of emotions conveyed and the placing of one in an entirely different place in that short period of time is a feat that has resulted in a spectacularly amazing debut.

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Anonymous (May 4, 2006)

awesome album, if cant apreesh, then that's your own fault

Anonymous (May 4, 2006)

nothing amazing..i hear this sota shit a dime a dozen..though i would gladly take a look at the lyrics and try to fully comprehend them...but otherwise...a sub par 4

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

the guy below me is an idiot. needs more ring modulation, not pitchshifting.

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

needs more pitchshifting.

Anonymous (May 1, 2006)

hey, i just stumbled upon this and i really appreciate the kind review! i did want to clarify, however, that we're not breaking up any time soon, and that the lineup that wrote and recorded this album recorded two other songs, one of which will be out soon on the emo apocalypse comp and the other of which will be out a little later as a split 7" with peter & craig. aside from that, the touring lineup is recording another new song in about two weeks for an anti-sexism comp, and the new lineup is practicing and writing new material and probably touring in august with daniel striped tiger.

Anonymous (May 1, 2006)

Read into the band before putting up your review. This is co written by the guy in the holy fucking spirit and a petal fallen. If that doesnt do it for you.... They have a new album out on slave union soon!!

Anonymous (April 30, 2006)

Actually, that mp3 was total crap! It's not even music in my opinion.

Anonymous (April 30, 2006)

score is for the jizz

jamespastepunk (April 29, 2006)

Song is pretty nice.

OzmanX (April 28, 2006)

That mp3 didn't do it for me.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

ok i typed that last comment like retard i know...sorry

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

this cd is good...... the descriptioni nt he review is pretty accu rate but this isnt run of the mill stuff.....its def. diffierent than coc and envy... i hear many other influences like off minor(steve roche produced it) and la quite its also not that screamy and the vocals change up alot..........and yes the recording quality is not the greatest

IHateJones (April 28, 2006)

Whoa that's a pretty bonkers URL

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

"this band sucks the review was obviously written by a friend of the band."

Idiot.

Anchors (April 28, 2006)

combine the epic, bold thrust of post-rock beauty with the stripped down, raw, intense, emotion of hardcore emo

"this just sounds like coc/envy-type screamo"

Precisely.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

this band sucks the review was obviously written by a friend of the band.

Skanknsmile (April 28, 2006)

just reminds me of i hate myself....meh

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

Reminds me of Silent HIll...fuckin' pyramid heads.

ILOVESCOTT (April 28, 2006)

does the album have the sound quality of the mp3?

sirens (April 28, 2006)

so many bands have this sound, this is just more appealing to the kids who only listen to Circle Takes the Square and City of Caterpillar.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

Ok, so I read the review again and maybe it wasn't that vague... Gotta stop skimming...

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

I like it. But whats with the vague reviews lately that really don't tell what the band sounds like at all? That was not what I was expecting really at all.

...evildeadalive

DarrenMcLeod (April 28, 2006)

Nice review, Brian. I'm going to have to track down a copy of this.

GreenVandal (April 28, 2006)

Oh boy. Boring slow paced "melodic yet edgy!" music with generic terrible vocals. If this whole thing sounds like that mp3, then fuck this shit.

xote (April 28, 2006)

wow

that song was really really good

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

new envy is going to destroy this

ElVaquero (April 28, 2006)

combine the epic, bold thrust of post-rock beauty with the stripped down, raw, intense, emotion of hardcore emo

this just sounds like coc/envy-type screamo

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

These cock tease, non-rocking, sassy art-spazz bands with some guys vomitting all over their microphones doesn't really do it for me. What you call amazing, I call a headache.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

well, i'm gonna have to check this shit out.

fritobandito (April 28, 2006)

oh god this band is so good.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

This sounds interesting.

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