Pyrrhon – Abscess Time

Rating: 3.5/5
Distribution / Label: Willowtip Records
Released: June 2020
Buy The Album: Willowtip Bandcamp
Website: Pyrrhon Facebook

Band Line Up:

Doug Moore – Vocals
Dylan DiLella – Guitar
Erik Malave – Bass
Steve Schwegler – Drums

Tracklisting:

01 – Abscess Time
02 – Down At Liberty Ashes
03 – Teuchnikskreis
04 – The Lean Years
05 – Another Day In Paradise
06 – The Cost Of Living
07 – Overwinding
08 – Human Capital
09 – Cornered Animal
10 – Solastalgia
11 – State Of Nature
12 – Rat King Lifecycle

Review:

Starter and title track “Abscess Time” is a slow and open dirge that has been crafted to make the listener feel ill at ease and certainly succeeds in preparing you for the rest of the album without it jarring the listener into unfamiliar territory. Death metal may not be the genre you may expect Pyrrhon to be in, with their own brand of discordant brutality; only the traditional growls you’d be accustomed to towards the end of the track is a hint to the genre. Whereas “Down At Liberty Ashes” definitely edges the band back into the furore we would be used to, with each track edging more and more into the anxiety & discordance that genre defilers Ion Dissonance, Benighted and the like have done before them. That isn’t to say that Pyrrhon is a clone, there is something unique and a bit special about this band for sure.

Colin Marston of Gorguts & Krallice fame has had the task of taking the helm to engineer, mix and master this intense slab of a record and fault cannot be picked with the way it’s come out. There isn’t a moment anything gets lost in the mix, which can very easily happen when you blend so much anger, force and brutality into a record. Each track has a purpose, which you will definitely feel by the end of closer “Rat King Lifecycle”. You can feel the deranged and throat-shredding venting throughout the album’s twelve tracks.

When speaking of the title track, vocalist Doug Moore has said: “One of the most odious aspects of modern life is the insistence that you always act like you’re insanely lucky and blessed to be doing what you’re doing, whether it’s a job or a creative pursuit. Projecting optimism and gratitude is basically a social requirement in most situations, even though the vast majority of people don’t feel like that at all! Performing that sense of false cheer makes me feel like an evangelist for a religion I don’t actually believe in.”

Brutality, dissonance and vicious precision is the aim here and they’ve definitely succeeded.

 

Review By:

Andrew Shirley

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