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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