I love that feeling when an album blindsides you. I had heard some good things about Pyramids but did not expect this. I swear, every time I think I am done with this style of music a band comes along and sucks me back in. Pyramids play full-blown emotional hardcore/screamo that is intertwined with epic post-rock. It’s quite a stunning combination and I am not sure I have heard it done any better than the Pyramids do it on Following the Tracks, Forcing Motions Through Phases.
This is a concept record in the loosest sense it seems. The lyrics take you on a journey through the dreams or subconcious of the author. The journey is expressed as happening aboard a train. I suppose this journey could mean several things to different listeners. However, in the writings I have seen in regards to the album it is about fighting your demons to find yourself and the happiness and clarity that comes with doing just that. It is basically summed up by the last lyric of the album, which reads, The home of beauty rests in knowing who you are. Lyrically, Following the Tracks, Forcing Motions Through Phases is utterly captivating and certainly adds volumes to the already powerful music.
Following the Tracks, Forcing Motions Through Phases is as well rounded a record that I have heard this year. It is lyrically and musically superb. The artwork for the record is astounding. While there is no doubt that this is a challenging listen, it is also throughly rewarding as well. This album might leave you feeling drained by the time it ends but if you are like me, you will be coming back for more again and again. As the final notes close on the album’s last track “Lucid”, a voice echoes in the distance telling you to Wake Up. This album has certainly woken me up. Highly recommended!
- The band has recently undergone some line-up changes and their website is down. However, as far as I know, the band is still together.