ProgSphere’s AwesomeCast: Episode 23 – Pyramidal

This week’s AwesomeCast is brought to you by Spanish space/psychedelic purveyors Pyramidal. Each of the band’s four members contributed this podcast with 5 tracks, what makes us conclude that there is pretty wide and colorful specter of the genres these guys are influenced by. From that reasons, this episode is probably the most heterogeneous from all previously released podcasts.

Now, without further ado, hit the play, check the band’s commentary and enjoy another piece of awesomeness, clocking at almost three hours of the finest music. Enjoy!

- Miguel Rodes -

1. Judas Priest “Victim of Changes” (Sad Wings of Destiny, 1976)

This was the first record I bought, back when I was twelve, and this song made me change my musical perception. So from then there is only rock in my life.

2. Black Sabbath “Into the Void” (Master of Reality, 1971)

Black Sabbath is an important element of our sound and for me this is the best song from their best album.

3. Hawkwind “Magnu” (Warrior On the Edge Of Time, 1975)

Hawkwind is another important influence of our sound, and this song summarizes their sound perfectly.

4. Atomic Rooster “Death Walks Behind You” (Death Walks Behind You, 1970)

Atomic Rooster is one of those bands not recognized as it should (at least in Spain). In my opinion, this album can match any of its contemporary and this song is a lost jewel.

5. The Stooges “Down on the Street” (Funhouse, 1970)

Raw, dirty… Any time I hear this song is like a shot! And another ingredient of our sound.

- Miguel Ángel Sanz -

1. Neu “Hallogallo” (Neu 1, 1972)

One of the most innovative and influential songs in later music. Rother and Dinger at their best!

2. Kraan “Kraan Arabia” (Kraan, 1972)

This song from their eponymous album fuses psychedelia and jazz rock with an arabic touch.

3. Agitation Free “Laila Part I & II” (2nd, 1973)

Agitation Free, another jazz-rock orinted german band from the “70s Kraut Era”. It combines a great rock introduction with a jazz-rock jamming progression.

4. Ash Ra Tempel “Jenseits” (Join Inn, 1973)

A great hypnotic trance song from Manuel Göttsching and Klaus Schulze. Don’t miss the ethereal voices from Rosi.

5. Tangerine Dream “Coldwater Canyon” (Encore, 1977)

A song from the album Encore, Tangerine Dream at the best of their career. Awesome synth sequences and great guitar solos from Edgar Froese.

- Óscar Soler -

1. Arzachel “Clean Innocent Fun” (Arzachel. 1969)

This song is a psychedelic chaos, there is no flower power here. It’s deeply decadent, like a bad trip with a  psychedelic drug. This only album very unknown is a masterpiece of the psychedelic music.

2. Máquina! “I Believe” (Why?. 1970)

Prog-rock and psychedelic band from Barcelona. One of the first bands that makes big that kind of music here among of a hard dictatorship. A classic spanish prog-rock band.

3. Khan “Space Shanty” (Space Shanty, 1972)

I love the work of Steve Hillage and this song from Khan is very inspirational. You can enjoy a lot all the different parts of the song and the diverse structures. Powerful song.

4. High Tide “Futulist’s Lament” (Sea Shanties, 1969)

Late 60′s heavy & noisy psychedelia from this proto-metal band sometimes with kind of prog rock structures. That sinister melody dig so deep inside your head.

5. Flower Travellin Band “Satori III” (Satori, 1971)

I love the old 70′s japanese hard rock and psychedelia bands, like Blues Creation, Far East Family Band, Yuya Uchida & The Flowers, Gedo or Speed, Glue & Shinki,… But specially this song, their sound is so heavy, dark and psychedelic…

- Lluís Mas -

1. Pink Floyd “Dogs” (Animals, 1977)

A very round song from Pink Floyd (even not the favourite song of Roger Waters from the Animals album). In my opinion the last classic Floyd album and one of their best efford. I like because it takes me to many different feelings through the whole song.

2. Jethro Tull “My God” (Aqualung, 1971)

A very progressive rock song, I like that hippie touch from the flute. I grew up listening that vinil at home.

3. Triana “En el Lago” (El Patio, 1975)

A Spanish band from the 70s mixing progressive rock and “Flamenco”. A great inspiration to blend different music styles. They took their music to boundaries never mixed so good before.

4. Captain Beyond “Thousand Days of Yesterday (Time Since Come and Gone)” (Captain Beyond, 1972)

A very fresh and atmospheric song of this band from L.A. I like so much the sound of the kick drum and how they develop the whole percussion side mixing it with some jazz and even “salsa”.

5. King Crimson “Epitaph” (In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)

With King Crimson I discover new ways of compose and structure songs, a new sight of progressive music.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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