Pyrrhon
The Mother of Virtues


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (130 Reviews)
April 15th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 03/31/2014 | Tracklist


You’d be forgiven if you found Pyrrhon’s sophomore effort The Mother of Virtues too difficult to digest. It is an abrasive album with an opening track, ninety seconds in length that serves more as a road block than a welcome mat – this shit is like swallowing shrapnel – and it’s probably best if one dove headfirst into Virtues because there is no shallow end to ease into. There are no secret grooves to search for beneath the chaos employed. There are no clean vocal passages that lend some semblance of solace. Pyrrhon simply do not rest. Virtues is an intense fifty minutes that grows continually stranger by the second, rarely looking back at the destruction caused. This all sets up for a release that ultimately embraces its ugliness, using it as a weapon, driving insane riffs alongside frenetic drumming, creating a thick density – a gratifying factor – requiring multiple listens to unpack all of its nuances.

It’s hard to describe Virtues without using every synonym to crazy, because on its surface that’s all it is, a disjointed mess of guitars that sound engulfed in some manic war for dominance of sound with vocalist, Doug Moore, egging them on. It’s easy to get lost in. Tracks like “Sleeper Agent” and “Implant Fever” cut their dark jazz rhythms with razor-like precision, expanding and contracting heavy doses of dissonance before exploding with vigor. The band replays this concept often but it’s no gimmick. Pyrrhon’s technicality is impressive, to say, literally, the least, acting as an accent to the madness, pushing the edge they teeter along and remarkably avoiding capsizing. If there’s any beauty to be found it’s in how much control the band displays. Guitarist, Dylan DiLella, offers little in the way of cohesion opting to move against the grain of the rest of the group. This constantly uproots the bands rhythm but never their chemistry as they blend it all back together time and again before each track is said and done. Never is this more apparent than during “Eternity In A Breath” and to a greater extent “White Flag” with each starting “calm” enough, if not completely unsettling, before lacerating their atmosphere’s with breakneck leads and the ever-changing rhythm section.

And damn if that rhythm isn’t impeccable. Every now and again the bass will peak its head out and lead the onslaught of riffs before falling neatly back beside its drumming counterpart, aiding this fusion of guitars that teeter carefully toward becoming lost in nothing but a gust of noise – “Balkanized”. It’s hardly a fluid transition nor is it even very noticeable, but once caught evokes an awe of ‘How’d they do that!?’ which turns into a rather common aspect of Virtues. “Invisible Injury” is a psychotic trip into the depths of the mind tunneling through the ears with the ease of a jackhammer. It’s a potent display of vitriol as the album reaches its peak in pandemonium, however the momentum is hardly slowed thereafter with its rousing final two numbers; closer “The Mother of Virtues” is a ten minute monster that stands alongside the eight tracks before it summarizing the strength within each song upon ending the disc definitively.

Virtues’ greatest success is it’s unwillingness to play by the rules – and here in the dance driven world of 2014 all the more. It’s an album built off the backs of Gorguts and Converge but with legs spastically moving in directions akin to and opposite of those bearers. The replay value feels astronomical as identifying even the simplest of riffs feels like open heart surgery with the tension to match, but it’s that itch to keep digging, to hear more through the layers of feedback and bellowed growls that one finds rewards with the reaping. It certainly requires a certain psyche in order to be “enjoyed” maybe a fashionable straight jacket to boot, incidentally, a necessary accessory from the madness induced following The Mother of Virtues.



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fromtheinside
April 15th 2014


19138 Comments


this is like -- album of the year kind of shit

but for now, metal of the month aka week aka day

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climactic
April 15th 2014


19939 Comments


YES A FROMTHEINSIDE WORD SOLO

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Phlegm
April 15th 2014


5548 Comments


*Fuck.

edit: wow fti way to make my comment look more invalid than it already was

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Solbrave
April 15th 2014


317 Comments


this album goes ham

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2014


17227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

so far this year, this is the only "death metal" record I like. It's more noise tho.

Solbrave
April 15th 2014


317 Comments


can't understand rating this lower than a 3 at all...so damn good. like swallowing a tennis ball
covered in bees. in a good way

fromtheinside
April 15th 2014


19138 Comments


"It's more noise tho."

this. in fact i'm gonna change the summary to that

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2014


20153 Comments


good review

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titanslayer
April 15th 2014


2103 Comments


This just sounds like a big mess, could be wrong tho.

Futures
April 15th 2014


12337 Comments


fti review omg pos. this sounds like my jam. gotta give it a listen.

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Solbrave
April 15th 2014


317 Comments


Definite Colin Marston influence; a little like a more structured, more angry Behold...The Arctopus with more death metal in it.

Solbrave
April 15th 2014


317 Comments


More Dysrhythmia than BtA when I think about it.

LordePots
April 15th 2014


8959 Comments


might check this

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tempest--
April 16th 2014


14582 Comments


lol sweet this band

TheRubberbandMan
April 16th 2014


151 Comments


Jesus, this band fucking blows what the fuck is this shit

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2014


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is on my short-list for top album's of the year. Great write up. I've had this for a while and you've got to mull it over, it just clicks after a few listens

Solbrave
April 16th 2014


317 Comments


"Jesus, this band fucking blows what the fuck is this shit"

opinion discarded

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2014


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seconded.

CaptainDooRight
June 16th 2014


30331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thirded

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2014


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Carried.



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