1. Amalthea [7:50]
  2. Marrakesh [7:51]
  3. Pangaea [5:58]
  4. Obsession [10:49]
  5. Delusion [10:34]
  6. Move [12:02]
  7. Visions [7:31]
After our CD “Distance” in 2015 here’s our next album: MOVE. Everybody who expects “just” a sequel to “Distance” will be surprised. Some songs still contain the typical Pyramaxx-Style of progressive rock electronic music, but at the same time it has a strong influence of other electronic-music-styles. I'm telling you from the outset, “Move” is quite a change of direction compared to the album Distance which was released in 2015. Less rock with a Max Schiefele's guitar less omnipresent, this second album of the German trio Pyramaxx is more carried towards an EM more Berliner with structures where the hypnotic and progressive styles of the Berlin School cross an approach always a little bit rock of which the evolution ends sometimes in a kind of EDM. A beautiful album with nice ideas which has everything to seduce the most demanding, because here the signature of Pyramaxx glitters with a little something which feeds the curiosity of our ears.

We are going to explore the new Pyramaxx with a title in a very Berlin School style. The first seconds of "Amalthea" present a nebulous introduction with a mini concert of twisted metal from where emerges a splendid line of sequenced rhythm a la Tangerine Dream. This rhythm glitters with wide oscill ations, sculpturing these perpetual upward movements which rivet us to our armchair. Effects of vaporous voices and other spectral electronic effects decorate this delicious movement which increases a little bit the velocity as the seconds pass. Sequences are very in the Chris Franke model with short adjacent lines which run away from and propose another more nervous alternative. Actives, the synths inject a very creative soundscape with these effects but also with layers in the shape of riffs and some hypnotic harmonic loops which charm and which also lead "Amalthea" towards a more rock finale. Discreet until then, Max Schiefele feeds the greediness of the percussions with a series of very rock riffs and solos which have made the charms of Distance and of the first albums of Axess/Maxxess. "Amalthea" sets the tone to a much diversified album. "Marrakesh" is a true value with a good electronic rock loaded of the Middle East perfumes. The percussive effects and the organic bass tone s are superb on this title which gave me this taste to plunge again into the universe of Paul Haslinger and of his album World Without Rules. "Marrakesh" nests in my iPod, section Best titles of 2017, from the first day that my ears met “Move”. "Pangaea" is not outdone with a good rock as catchy as its very good melody. It's very electronic with a mixture of TD of the Melrose years and a Jean-Michel Jarre in mode seduction for a more adolescent audience. "Obsession" brings us to another level with a very film intro where bellowing and other effects of voices as well as intense and nerve-racking effects of percussions dominate the atmospheres. A more ethereal phase extricates itself from this magma full of suspense before a light movement of harmonious loops espouse those sequences as frivolous as the evasive melody. What strikes here is this new sound signature of Pyramaxx which is more perceptible in this long evolutionary title. The game and the effects of percussions are no stranger to this signature, as well as this approach of Dance Music marinated in Techno and combined to a Rock very stylized by a decoration raised by a truck of effects. So, it's at each new listening that we rediscover titles as "Obsession" and "Delusion", a little softer with a more present Maxxess here, as well as the stunning "Move" and its polymorphic structure which sways between quiet vibes and a rock in an impeccable soundscape. By far the most sophisticated of the titles of Pyramaxx! Between the ballad and the cosmic dioramas, "Visions" ends “Move” with a nice introduction of atmospheres. Synth waves rise in crescendo, breathing another part of intensity which lies dormant all over the 63 minutes of this Pyramaxx's 2nd album. Adorned of a cosmic landscape, this opening goes overflowing over a delicate movement of sequences which sparkles under breezes become warmer and some harmonies, in the form of solos, coming from the guitar of Maxxess. Evolving by phases in crescendo, "Visions" accentuates a little the pace, under some delicious knocks of percussions which resound like metallic whips, one of the seductive elements in this album, keeping this hypnotic movement in the spheres of a cosmic ballad. This is very good.

“Move” is in the continuity of the works of Pyramid Peak, guitar in more and a production with a sound aestheticism which transcends a little the style of the Peak. There are very strong moments on this album which should please undoubtedly the fans of the Peak and the fans of a Berlin School style perfumed from the fragrances of Tangerine Dream. From Sorcerer to Melrose!

2017. Sylvain Lupari / synth&sequences.com