PYRAMAZE - Bloodlines
Genre: Symphonic Powermetal
Release Date: June 23rd, 2023
Country: Denmark / USA
Label: AFM Records
Having been around for over 20 years in different forms of manifestation, 2023 sees the 7th album of Danish-American band PYRAMAZE, but the 4th with a consistent line-up. While their earlier work clearly had a proggy approach, which still can be seen in their description here and there, the quintet now followed the path of their previous record “Epitaph” and developed their music even more into the symphonic powermetal direction for “Bloodlines”.
The star on the album is (again) singer Terje Harøy for me, as he comes up with a very strong vocal performance, invites you to sing along with his beautiful melody lines and catchy choruses. Regarding the instrumentation, keyboards and background orchestration are omnipresent, deliver epic harmonies, and also the drums can be heard very well, but guitars and bass would deserve more spotlight in my ears, as they tend to drown in the mighty mix unfortunately. If you don’t mind about that, “Bloodlines” can be an amazing listen, and when you’re up for some earworms, you might find several of them in here :-)
Written by Katha (originally for The Progspace)