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Fat Possum
Convocation Of
Pyramid Technology
Tigerstyle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The Convocation Of's highly anticipated album is one of those things that just sticks on contact. From the beginning Tonie Joy's guitar commands your attention, reverberating like a new life force. Beautiful, sweeping, progressive, coarse and angular - words that would normally cancel each other out but yet combine to describe Joy's sprawling guitar work. Never failing to display the skills of a true technician, Joy speaks from the sky with his skywriting style.

Review after review will focus on Joy's playing and point out that he makes the band, an indisputable fact. But what many fail to pick up on is the fact that The Convocation Of owes it's success more to the hypnotic swirl of the pummeling rythmn section. Guy Blakeslee and George France are locked in from the onset, plowing out one hypnotic groove after another, lighting the listener up not like a righteous smoke-down, but rather like a suspicious contact buzz.

The opener, "Solitaire," is a complete package from top to bottom. The guitar seems to dominate the levels, but is often so far askew of the plodding, bulldozing low end as to fall out of focus. Joy's vocals are audible but don't really take hold. This constant battle between expression and concept becomes an ingenious tool for the trio, resurfacing again in "Dark Stone". Joy sings "Cycles still repeat themselves" and the hypnotic score set up in the opener returns, proving the point and adding a few guitar flourishes as well.

Sheri Kadeche's vocal contribution to "Recognize" transforms it from another sprawling, sing/speak grunge-esque dirge to a calming, catchy number, the guitar only letting loose at the very end.

Nine great tracks that have nimble guitar work of Built To Spill quality coupled with the lumbering intensity of a Man's Ruin stoner rock outfit. Fans of Unwound, Hal al Shedad, Fugazi, Rye Coalition, GVSB or even Soundgarden would do well to check this amazing album out. Its easy for an honest, homely album like Pyramid Technology to get lost amongst all the big-name fall releases, but when found it is a true diamond in the rough.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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