New York City progressive death metal collective and recent Relapse signees, PYRRHON (pronounced peer-on), emerge from the urban decay with a nightmarish offering of physically and psychologically mauling extreme metal. Titled The Mother Of Virtues, the band’s sophomore full-length is a mind-bending fusion of clanging death metal, surreal psychedelia, dark jazz rhythms and delirious storytelling. Recorded with Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the nine tracks comprising The Mother Of Virtues takes its listener on a harrowing journey into the darkest corners of musical severity. Recommended for demented souls who worship at the altars of Gorguts, Ulcerate, Cryptopsy, Portal, Deathspell Omega, Today Is The Day and the like.
Elaborates vocalist Doug Moore: “We focused on capturing an organic, spontaneous sound on this album. Consequently, we tracked most of the album live; most of its quieter moments and solo breaks are partially or entirely improvised. We like to let the chips fall where they may.”
Sear your ears with teaser track “Balkanized,” currently at THIS LOCATION.
The Mother Of Virtues Track Listing:
1 The Oracle of Nassau
2. White Flag
3. Sleeper Agent
5. Eternity in a Breath
6. Implant Fever
7. Invisible Injury
8. The Parasite in Winter
9. The Mother of Virtues
In related news, PYRRHON will bring their odes of crudeness to the streets next month on a near-two-week run of live assaults. Slated to embark on March 7th in Richmond, Virginia, the journey includes a pair of appearances at this year’s edition of SXSW in Austin and will come to a close in Brooklyn, New York on March 28th. The band will be joined by hometown avant brutalizers, Psalm Zero.
PYRRHON Live Assaults 2014
3/07/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
3/08/2014 The Spring Water – Nashville, TN
3/09/2014 TBA – New Orleans, LA
3/11/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/12/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15/2014 Skihouse – Carbondale, IL
3/16/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/18/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/19/2014 Berkley Front – Berkley, MI
3/20/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
3/28/2014 Trans Pecos – Brooklyn, NY
The follow up to 2011’s critically-adored An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master, The Mother Of Virtues will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally in North America via Relapse Records on April 1st, Germany/Finland/Benelux on March 28th and UK/World on March 31st.
Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.
Dylan DiLella – Guitar
Erik Malave – Bass
Alex Cohen – Drums
Doug Moore – Vocals
“Put PYRRHON on your radar because they could be one of the bands leading the death metal pack in the very near future.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“… the music is both mental and physical in a way only death metal can deliver. Like later Gorguts, Morbid Angel and the early Willowtip catalogue.” — Invisible Oranges
“Technical death metal with atmospheric guitar work, crazy riffs and time changes, and top-shelf musicianship…” — Metal Underground
“…progressive death metal that mixes shiny technical skills with dank atmospherics.” — Pitchfork