Saturday 3 September 2022

Black Pyramid – Psychedelic Power Trio To Reissue Seminal “II” Album Via Labyrinth Of Thoughts

Labyrinth of Thoughts Records is proud to announce the reissue off the classic and seminal second album from Northampton, Massachusetts-based psychedelic doom metal trio Black Pyramid titled “II”.
Originally released via Meteor City in 2012, “II” marks the final recording with their classic line up (Beresky, Gein and Neely) and shows a band on their creative peak, delivering a powerful and rumbling doom-metal mixed with stoner rock and epic heavy metal, a style that the trio often calls “psychedelic war metal”. Limited to 300 copies on colored vinyl “II” is now set for release on September 9th via Labyrinth of Thoughts Records. Pre-orders are now available at this location.

Black Pyramid formed in the summer of 2007 with the initial lineup of Beaudry, Beresky and Neely. The trio kicked around ideas for the band’s name such as Burning North and Eye of The Pyramid before settling on Black Pyramid. The band would quickly gain attention in the stoner rock scene with their eponymous demo (2007) and 7" EP (2008) released on Electric Earth Records.
In 2008 Eric Beaudry was replaced by Dave Gein. Following the change of bassists, the band would sign to MeteorCity Records and begin work on their debut album, recording at Black Coffee Sound in Williamsburg.
The album “Black Pyramid” was released on 14 July 2009 with a vinyl edition following in early August. The band's debut would go on to receive a massive amount of critical praise and fan acclaim among the stoner rock and doom scenes. The band also recorded and demoed a host of new material, releasing a split LP with Old One on 10 May 2010.
2011 would be one of the most productive years of their initial run, seeing the trio on a U.S. mini-tour in February and an April European tour, including a performance at the legendary Roadburn Festival in Holland.
The year was also productive in terms of new recordings - the band released two singles in Mercy's Bane (31 March 2011) and “Stormbringer” (April 2011), along with a split 7’’ with Tenspeed Warlock (30 April 2011). After the European tour and amidst selected summer shows the band began work on their second album.
Later that same summer, the band finished the recording of their second album. However, soon after Andy Beresky chose to leave the band. Darryl Shepard reached out to Gein and Neely in the wake of the breakup. This would lead to the him officially joining the band, and the new lineup forging on.

“II” was released via MeteorCity Records on 31 January 2012 to positive reviews. Black Pyramid would embark on a handful of shows in 2012, most notably appearances at the inaugural DesertFest London and the twelfth annual Stoner Hands of Doom.
Through the fall and winter of 2012, the band began work on a third studio album. “Adversarial”, which would be released on 2 April 2013 to positive acclaim. The band embarked on a tour of Europe, leading up to an appearance at Hellfest. In 2015 Black Pyramid release the 7" “Open The Gates / Dead Star”. However, due to geographic separation, their activity was limited.
In 2016 Black Pyramid would reform with it 's original lineup of Neely, Beaudry and Beresky. The band performed a handful of shows in 2016 and 2017, including a headlining appearance at The Maryland Doom Fest. 2018 would see appearances at Doomed & Stoned Chicago, Stoned To Death and Ode To Doom, this time with a new drummer in Andy Kivela. 

The latest incarnation recorded a new song, “The Quantum Phoenix” and are continuing to write for an as of yet unnamed fourth album. They embarked on a European tour in October of 2019, showcasing a mixture of material from the debut album as well as the new compositions, and released a split 12” with the Ohio trio Enhailer in 2020.

New full-length album titled “The Paths of Time Are Vast” is scheduled for a possible 2023 release.