Album Review of
Children Of The Stones

Written by Robert Silverstein
May 6, 2019 - 11:59pm EDT
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Following the 2016 release of the first album by Shining Pyramid, the duo of Nick Adams (guitars) and Peter Jeal (synths, keys) return in early 2019 with a second CD called Children Of The Stones. Written and recorded in the same spirit as their self-titled debut, Children Of The Stones may be a kind of play on words yet, in fact this is instrumental, impressionistic rock played with much precision and expertise. It's not by chance alone that the age of the DIY artist has yielded a bumper crop of outstanding new artists, because Shining Pyramid truly shines on Children Of The Stones. The music is still firmly in the throes of the finest Euro-prog elements – from Berlin style electronics in the spirit of T. Dream, Michael Rother and current German guitar wunderkind Alan J. Bound, yet the guitar-centric rock edge, also inspired by Steve Hackett, also says a lot about Shining Pyramid’s theatrical dynamic of instrumental progressive rock. Even without lyrics and vocals, Children Of The Stones is filled with a multilayered depth of emotion and sonic intensity. The seven tracks on Children Of The Stones seems to flow effortlessly into each other, with the song times ranging from three minutes to almost ten minutes in length. A good example of the mix of musical skill and devotion to all things prog can be heard on track 3, "Horses", also the longest track on Children Of The Stones. That track mixes a haunting melody with dramatic shifts in musical moods and directions that should impress even the most hard-core progressive rock fan. Those lucky enough to have heard the 2016 Shining Pyramid will be amply rewarded by the sonic might and majesty of Children Of The Stones, clearly one of the finest instrumental New Age / synth meets rock albums of 2019.