Distributor/label: The Sign Records
Buy Album: https://freighttrain.se/sv/pyramido/pyramido-fem-cd.html
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Pyramidodoom/
Viktor Forss – Drums,
Henrik Wendel – Guitar,
Dan Hedlund – Guitar,
Ronnie Källbäck – Vocals,
Dan Widing – Bass.
1. Född Till Att Springa
2. Levande Döda
4. Fänrik Källbacks Sägner
Describing PYRAMIDO’s sound is something of an interesting feat unto itself. A little doom, a little sludge, a touch of indie, some post-rock/metal and all bandied together in a gritty yet hazy mix that is both calming and riling at once. “Fem” is the band’s fifth release since their inception back in the carefree days of 2006, and sees them doubling-down on their cacophonous sound with abandon.
One area that is often overlooked in heavier music is the overall feel and movement of a piece. Aggression will get you most of the way in this stuff, but for longer periods of time, it can wear thin. It’s why unrelenting tech death can become so tiresome after long periods (or short periods, depending on your personal capacity for overwrought virtuosity and musical masturbation). So it’s pleasing to see that PYRAMIDO can manage to weave different shades and colours throughout “Fem”.
Described as “… Drawing inspiration from the delicate melodic figures of dreamy 90s indie rock, the folky fuzz of vintage Swedish psychedelia, and the bittersweet harmonies of Henrik Berggren and Broder Danie”, there are certainly moments of all littered throughout. From the cathartic tumult of opener “Född Till Att Springa”, all the way through to the painstaking beauty of the album’s title track, the band takes you on a journey through a beautiful if inhospitable landscape with harsh vocals and spiky guitars delicately balanced with sweetened melodies. The punky “Fänrik Källbacks Sägner” thunders along as if trudging up a mountainside, whilst the shimmering melodies that make their presence felt in “Insikten” gives a delightful uplift to proceedings that is rarely seen in this genre. Impressive.
However, whilst the variety and feel works wonders for painting pictures, the second-gear tempo rather leaves things feeling a little flat. “Fem” will scratch that abrasive itch for aggressive (yet disconcertingly dreamy) sounds rather well, but it is not something that is terribly accessible. PYRAMIDO are not for the faint-hearted and require a certain level of commitment in order to fully understand and appreciate. The album may only be a touch over half-an-hour, but there are moments when the album becomes a little wearisome under the weight of the simple, colossal yet drawn-out riffs, and a little too ponderous in its melodious meanderings.
It’s not the easiest of listens, but if what you’re after is both aggressive and emotive in the same instance, then hit PYRAMIDO up. It is still a cacophonous mix of the aforementioned genres, and still weaves in those delightful melodies to alter the mood and all adds up to an absolute mountain of music that could quite easily sit within the cold, unforgiving landscape the album paints. The sheer incline that comes with this sort of music may be a little too much for some to scale, but there is something within “Fem” for those with the stamina to make the effort.