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Pyramaze part ways with guitarist and bassist

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by pyramazekeyboardist, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. pyramazekeyboardist

    Jan 4, 2004
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    Danish/American/Swedish metallers PYRAMAZE have parted ways with guitarist Michael Kammeyer and bassist Niels Kvist.

    Commented Kammeyer: "I have for a long time now struggled to find the mental surplus as well as the sheer time to put into the large endeavor that PYRAMAZE has become.

    "Back when I created the band in 2002, my private and professional life looked a lot different than it does today, and it has become increasingly taxing on me to find the energy that is needed to do all the stuff that I have to do. In fact, it has become difficult to the point where it's not justifiable anymore.

    "I have had to take a long hard look at what I must do, to avoid a mental meltdown, and, unfortunately, I have had to make a hard decision — in fact, probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make. I feel the time has come to stop my journey with PYRAMAZE.

    "The band has been a very important part of my life for the last 8-9 years. I've built it from scratch, and I've been working my ass off to get PYRAMAZE to where it is now. So it is truly with a heavy heart that I now close this chapter.

    "However, PYRAMAZE will go on. Jonah [Weingarten, keyboards], Urban [Breed, vocals], Toke [Skjønnemand, guitar] and Morten [Gade Sørensen, drums] have decided to carry on, and it is with a sense of comfort that I now leave the rudder in their capable hands. They are all great musicians, and I'm convinced they have some tricks up their sleeves in the songwriting department. I therefore hope that all of our awesome fans will continue to support PYRAMAZE.

    "I want to thank everyone who has helped the band through the years, fans as well as friends, family and business partners. I have always greatly appreciated your support. But most of all, thanks to my band brothers, who have made PYRAMAZE special to me.

    "I hope the songs that I've written will continue to inspire, continue to put a smile on your faces and continue to make you raise your metal fists to the sky shouting PYRAMAZE!"

    Added Jonah Weingarten: "This is a truly a sad day for PYRAMAZE, with Michael and Niels announcing their departure. You will both be missed, and, of course, remain my lifetime friends. You have both made a tremendous mark on establishing PYRAMAZE as an institution in the underground power/heavy metal world. I love and respect you both as though you were my own blood brothers. You guys have created so many memories that I will cherish forever. I speak for all of us when I say these things.

    "With that said, PYRAMAZE will carry forth, and the remaining members will carry the task of songwriting and orchestrating band responsibilities. We will do so with the intention of staying true and pertinent to Michael's vision; A vision of brotherhood and creativity indicative of musical integrity and honesty.

    "To me, PYRAMAZE stands for something rare in the music industry, with so many bands so quick to sell out with just a whiff of a big record deal or a few extra album sales. We will continue to honor our true fans, those who have been there since the beginning with 'Melancholy Beast' and 'Legend of the Bone Carver', in addition to those who joined the PYRAMAZE fellowship upon the release of 'Immortal'.

    "I am humbled and honored by Michael's faith in the remaining members to shoulder the responsibility of carrying on his vision, his creative child, if you will.

    "I would hereby like to announce that my performance and writing input on our forthcoming album is dedicated to you, Michael and Niels."

    Vocalist Urban Breed (TAD MOROSE, BLOODBOUND) joined PYRAMAZE in July 2008 following the departure of ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow.

    Barlow handled the vocals on PYRAMAZE's last album, "Immortal", which was released in the U.S. on June 24, 2008 via Locomotive Records.

    "Immortal"'s vocal sessions were helmed by producer Jim Morris, who has worked with ICED EARTH on the group's last few releases. The CD was mixed by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR, MERCENARY).

    Barlow originally joined PYRAMAZE as the replacement for Lance King who left the band in November 2006.

    (Originally posted on Blabbermouth)
  2. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Apr 1, 2005
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  3. Dustin

    Dustin C-C-Cool Beans!!!

    Feb 6, 2002
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    I have to sympathize with Michael, I know exactly how he feels. I could be wrong, but I recall a press release last year (?) mentioning that it was becoming difficult for him to juggle a job and family on top of keeping things moving forward with Pyramaze, and that the band would still continue, but at a much slower pace.

    I’m in the same frame of mind as he was a year ago… and I often consider throwing in the towel from time to time, but haven’t just yet. The way the climate is in the industry right now, with so much uncertainty, flooding of free market musicians, labels cutting back or holding off on advances, or being unwilling to really invest in artists, people (both fans and labels) expecting bands to tour like a tribe of gypsies to make their money back due to declining sales, and the band/artist themselves spending thousands of dollars out of their pocket just to get their music out on the market… and yet still try to live some quality of life??? Yeah, I totally know what Michael is going through – I want to give him a great big bear hug right now.
  4. AirGuitarLoonhouse

    AirGuitarLoonhouse Professional Headbanger

    Jul 23, 2007
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    Tough decision for all parties. Michael to give it up, and tough for the band to continue with big pieces missing. Best of luck and looking forward to hearing the new version of the band.

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