LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE - "The bloody pyramid" - is a seven musician ensemble from Torino, Italy. The sound of the band is built on two guitars, two basses, one clarinet, one synth, several effects, drums and percussions.
There's a rich history in psychedelic music, and we all know it. The best trip is always the one yet to be embarked upon. And each trip is different from the one before. You can't jump into the same lysergic river twice. Don't even try. Instead, prepare to be washed away by the sonic waves of „Sette“ - a sunbaked stoner trip for both the funky freshman and the psychedelic veteran. The latter may find traces of Santana's „Caravanserai“ or Embryo's „Reise“ when listening - as well as some strong Spiritual Jazz vibes, resembling the Phill Musra Group and the likes. It's all there and much more.
Torino is a city crammed with dark apartment buildings. Layers of smog is hovering above and below the skyline, and people's life stories accumulate like filth along the sidewalk edges.
Misery and a sense of abandonment is the feel of Torino. But from the ashes, there is also rebirth. It comes in waves. From aged peeling buildings, laundry and more lives are hung. Fumes rise up from basements. Everywhere people are smoking, Living in Torino is like being in a film that makes the lungs impermeable.
People smoke and drink. Less often, they eat. Always hanging out.
"Sette" seems to sound like that. Dirty and volatile. Like a gas. The album possesses the nobility of dilapidated buildings and their toothless allure. It shares with Torino the subversive power of a family-like union among musicians, semi-musicians and friends that have contributed in so many different ways to this project. It’s not immobile. It throbs by day and coughs at night. LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE returns to Porta Palazzo, the square in Torino, and the black centre of a city whose grip, as if in a torture scene, they cannot break free from.
Torino’s mixed-blood parents have all traveled the road that stretches from North Africa up through Reggio Calabria in the south of Italy. Those guys at Porta Palazzo market know it all too well, they’re the proof of what really happened. Layer upon layer, generations of refugees and exiles accumulated. They are the true spirit of this nurturing city that did not refuse them. Every hole, every attic, every space was taken up.
LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE has mixed blood too. And the seven instruments combined serves as,a symbol of alchemical transmutation. In much the same way, this record becomes a nocturnal road movie through neighbourhoods redrawn by time, dragging the listener further and further south of heaven. It speaks no language and may even be a hallucination: After all, "Sette" does not only mean the number"seven" in Italian, but also "cults".