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Pyramid – ‘Validity’

Sleazy Rider
Dream Theater, Savatage, Judas Priest
Release Date
Sleazy Rider
Progressive Metal

Pyramid is a Prog Metal collaboration featuring an impressive list of musical greats. The fourth offering, ‘Validity’ was released over 6 months ago so I’m sure you have read plenty of reviews and formed your own opinions by now. I’d like to offer my two cents and perhaps expound on a few items that may have been overlooked. 

Musically, ‘Validity’ is all you would expect from a Prog Metal outing and probably a bit more. Rivaling Epica’s 2009 version, the album starts with a Metalized version of Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.” All players bring their A-game on this track, and it just gets better from there. The band crunches and soars and mesmerizes. Nothing entry-level here; this is full tilt Prog grandeur.

 Arguably the biggest name on the album, Tim “Ripper” Owens is nothing short of astounding. Now into his 50s, he is supposed to be formularized, dependable, or (gasp) on the downslope. Nope. With each endeavor, he has continually exploded in every direction, each with brilliant intensity. Validity just maybe the album he was born to record. Even if his vocal style(s) isn’t quite your cup of tea, his power is undeniable. 

The inclusion of Andry Lagiou is a special treat. Although she appears only sparingly with Owens,their chemistry is extraordinary (even if they were in different studios, different time zones, etc.) Personally, I would like to see more time dedicated to the other world-class talent here. The instrumentals that bookend ‘Validity’ showcase the band quite nicely, yet I feel each artist deserves a bit more time in the spotlight. This album is far more than Tim Owens, et al. As such, I am listing all the players’ names below. Each is an amazing artist, worthy of a deep dive.

At over an hour in length, this album can be challenging at times. Many layers, colors, and shapes. While this is decidedly not a casual listen, it is well worth the time to discern and dissect and enjoy.

Gabe Pietrzak / guitars

Tim Owens/ Vocals

Lance Sawyer/bass

 Chris Quirarte / drums

 Adam Bentley / guitars

 Joey Izzo / keyboards

 Andry Lagiou/ vocals

Perrine Bakubama/ Violin

"well worth the time to discern and dissect and enjoy"

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