10 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pyramid of the Sun was the second studio album featuring a new rhythm section for Atlanta’s Maserati and the last one with drummer Jerry Fuchs at the wheel (he died in a 2009 accident). The band lives up to its name on this album, with songs that pulse and whoosh like greased neon in a Krautrock–meets–math rock vein. Fuchs’ unreasonably steady metronomic skills create enormous amounts of momentum. The hyper-drive guitars and sci-fi movie synths on “They’ll No More Suffer from Hunger” are more convincing than the sleek, polite stomp of “They’ll No More Suffer from Thirst,” but both tunes make for a thrilling ride. “Ruins” is nearly three minutes of static-coated, cavernous drums marching under warring synth notes, while the title track is an insistent, ominous bit of motorik mayhem. Reportedly the last track written with Fuchs, “’Bye M’Friend, Goodbye” is one of the best, with a mournful chant giving way to an almost joyous guitar coda. Maserati has made some of the most memorable instrumental music of the last decade, and Pyramid of the Sun is a fitting and admirable remembrance of a huge talent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pyramid of the Sun was the second studio album featuring a new rhythm section for Atlanta’s Maserati and the last one with drummer Jerry Fuchs at the wheel (he died in a 2009 accident). The band lives up to its name on this album, with songs that pulse and whoosh like greased neon in a Krautrock–meets–math rock vein. Fuchs’ unreasonably steady metronomic skills create enormous amounts of momentum. The hyper-drive guitars and sci-fi movie synths on “They’ll No More Suffer from Hunger” are more convincing than the sleek, polite stomp of “They’ll No More Suffer from Thirst,” but both tunes make for a thrilling ride. “Ruins” is nearly three minutes of static-coated, cavernous drums marching under warring synth notes, while the title track is an insistent, ominous bit of motorik mayhem. Reportedly the last track written with Fuchs, “’Bye M’Friend, Goodbye” is one of the best, with a mournful chant giving way to an almost joyous guitar coda. Maserati has made some of the most memorable instrumental music of the last decade, and Pyramid of the Sun is a fitting and admirable remembrance of a huge talent.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Another MusicMan ,

Masterful & Addicting

A contender for a top 25 album for the decade. As Bill Evans paid tribute to Scott Lafaro in 'Re: Person I Knew', the members of Maserati assured their final output as a quartet paid tribute to their unison and a fitting farewell to the gifted Jerry Fuchs. Quite amazing that the last song on the regular release is a crowning achievement for Jerry - Bye M'friend is spellbinding work. With each release, Maserati is a band that has enjoyed keeping us guessing to which direction they'd be arriving at - this is another step. Check out their album with Mercury Program and their prior release Inventions For The New Season. With hope, Pyramid will be followed by another.

A. Warner ,

Just got into this band, and wow!

After being introduced to Maserati through a message board, I've quickly fallen in lust with their music, especially Jerry drumming. My favorite is Passages, but Pyramid is a very fitting tribute and also just a great record. I made a mix for my boss' son, who plays about every instrument you could name and is a fan of El Ten Eleven. Just great music to have on when you're alone in the house or driving.

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