Review Summary: Technicality at it's finest but with a bit more, take it in multiple doses or leave it
I never really understood the argument against bands that are willing to use their technical ability to their fullest extent. I can understand the argument against a band that uses "technical Wanking" when they seem to run out of ideas and just start fiddling with their instruments in crazy ways to try and keep the listeners attention. However, there are multiple prestigious bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number Twelve Looks Like You that pretty mush only use "Technical Wanking" to create their sound. Psyopus also happen to fall under the category of Dillinger and Number Twelve, but they add a bit more to the mix, especially on Our Puzzling Encounters Considered.
This however is definitely not that clear though on the first five tacks of the album, especially of the first listen. they blaze by lightning fast riffs and blast beats at you these first five tracks and they do it with the same if not more technical proficiency than Dillinger and Number Twelve. then comes the sixth track, "Imogen's Puzzle Pt. 2" which in most circumstances would be a buzz kill for other math core bands because most of what they focus on is either beating you down (a good example of this would be Car Bomb) or just flat out wankery (Dillinger). the song may show you at first but upon the second listen (or third or tenth depending on how much of this kind of music you have listened to) it all starts to fall into place and you realize that technicality stands out in front for this band but there is so much more backing it than just the technicality. "Sioban's Song" also helps the listener with this realization that technical ability and odd time signatures are not the only focus for the band.
after listening to these two songs, listening to the rest of the album (meaning the crazines of songs such as "Insects" and "Scissor F*** Paper Doll") has much more meaning to them than they actually present at first. So sit back and take a few listens and you may realize that Pyopus have much more going for them underneath than what's on the surface.