Written by: Eric Peterson
Power Metal is a genre of music that most either love or hate. Pyramaze’s fifth album Contingent is an album that could easily win you over to this genre. Pyramaze have combined a classic power metal sound with modern cinematic film score elements to create an album that will appeal to a variety of listeners, but will still reward long time Pyramaze fans. Contingent is a post apocalyptic conceptual album based on current events, so the listener should be able to relate to its subject matter.
The album’s opening track is the blistering “Land of Information.” The track’s thundering drums and heavy guitar are perfect for opening this album. The album does not slow down at all for track two, “Kingdom of Solace.” This track mixes heavy melodic beats with symphonic instrumentation for classic power metal sound. The album then slows down the pace and goes darker with the track “Star Man.” The lyrics to “A World Divided” reference corruption and refugees which make it relevant in today’s world.
The use of cinematic scores is apparent and amazing in the track “Contingent II” which leads into the next track “Under Restraint.” Piano and synthesized keyboard coupled with more cinematic elements made this track one of my favorites on the album.
The ballad on the album is a track called “The Tides that Won’t Change.” The band employs the voice of Kristen Foss who, paired with vocalist Terje Haroy, sound amazing together.
The album ends with the track “Symphony of Tears.” The use of heavy guitar riffs coupled with keyboards make this track a very solid conclusion to a great album.
This album draws the listener in with heavy beats and blazing guitar riffs but has an underlying message of concern for the future of our world. The album gives us hope to make a better world, to which we can all relate. All of this happens in 13 tracks and this is what makes Contingent a great conceptual album that will appeal to a variety of listeners.