Saturday, February 18, 2012

Black Pyramid - (2012) II

New England doom rock trio Black Pyramid will release its long awaited sophomore album II on January 31, 2012 via MeteorCity Records. Recorded "in the foothills of the Berkshires" at Black Coffee Sounds (Elks, Elder) and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth / Witch / Dinosaur Jr.), the record features nine tracks of the band's self-titled "galloping war metal". Black Pyramid II was mastered by Matt Washburn (Mastodon)and is "at times a bit more death metal and black metal influenced" than the band's previous material, boasting a rich sound that will find immediate appeal in fans of Sleep, Om, The Gates of Slumber, In Solitude, Graveyard and Witchcraft.

"We're incredibly proud of the sonic landscapes we were able to achieve with the new album." said Black Pyramid drummer Clay Neely. "It's a clear successor to the debut album and we allowed ourselves to further expand into some uncharted territories. The Recording of the record was an incredible experience and we can't wait to bring the show back on the road."

Black Pyramid II is available for purchase now at All That is Heavy.

Known for its dynamic sound that blends towering riff cosmos with magnetic psychedelic rock, Black Pyramid has been turning heads in the underground music world since its formation in late 2007, the response to its initial demo and debut 7" was such that the band's name spread even faster than its music. The group's instantly agreeable bang and spectacular live shows has gamered the trio an army of loyal enthusiasts. Black Pyramid's thunderous tone, fire-eating licks, lyrical bent and single-minded devotion to music has enabled the tri to share the stage with a variety of like-minded heavy rock acts, from Electric Wizard to Black Mountain, and have pegged the unit as a "Band to watch".

Heavier and more atmospheric that the band's debut, Black Pyramis II contains Black Pyramid's most ambitious material to date: a fact especially underlined by the epic, 15 minute long closing track "Into the Dawn." When writing the album, the band drew inspiration from "Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, Edison's second book "Mistress of Mistresses" and both Norse and Indian mythology", while a big influence as far as source material was Grant Morrison's "the Invisibles", the popular comic book series with a plot that follows (more or less) a single cell of "the Invisible College", a secret organization "battling against physical and psychic oppression using time travel, magic, meditation and violence."

"The First album represents a book of nine different stories from our own private mythology... the black Pyramid mythology," Neely explained. "This second album, "II", represents another nine stories from the same book but these are significantly darker tales."

Additionally, Black Pyramid has announced the addition of vocalist / guitarist Darryl Shepard to its ranks. Shepard, known for his instantly memorable playing in bands such as Blackwolfgoat, Roadsaw and Miligram, replaces former six stringer Andy Beresky. Shepard will hit the road with Black Pyramid in support off the new album including an appearance at the 2012 Metal Hammer / Classic Rock sponsored Desertfest next april in London, where the band will share the stage with Church of Misery, Orange Goblin, Truckfighters, Gentleman's Pistols and More.

~Press Release

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