Pyrrhon
Growth Without End


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
June 2nd, 2015 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A welcomed return to form for the genre-bending New Yorkers

Pyrrhon’s sophomore album – The Mother of Virtues – was a perplexing endeavour, for more than just the simple fact that it was extraordinarily dissonant and chaotic. For a band that debuted with something as well-executed as An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master, it was odd that their grasp of organised chaos and accessibility-in-moderation seemed to have vanished on their awaited follow up. Teeming with ideas but lacking the tact required to piece them together effectively, it felt as though Pyrrhon were overextending themselves, but there remained an inkling that the New York foursome would soon master what was periodically beyond them. Their newest offering, a brief EP entitled Growth Without End, confirms my suspicion that it was just a matter of time before Pyrrhon grew into their new style, improving upon all facets of their ambitious but hit-and-miss opus of last year.

Growth Without End sees Pyrrhon further stripping back the death metal constituents of their sound, opting for a style that is now primarily mathcore. Save for the infrequent use of death growls, you’ll notice far more parallels with The Dillinger Escape Plan, IDYLLS and Jane Doe-era Converge than you will with Gorguts, Artificial Brain, or any other tech-death band of the “dissonant” persuasion. Doug Moore boasts some remarkably versatile vocals, ranging from said gutturals to high-register screams, often blending his false chord projections with a somewhat “clean” shout, resulting in a throatier, more percussive delivery. Even spoken word is utilised with regularity, albeit contorted in a manner that fits the eerie musical backdrop. Instrumentally, Growth Without End takes the blueprint of The Mother of Virtues and runs with it, only now sporting an edge of cohesion. Schizophrenic, shape-shifting riffs work in tandem with the incredibly dextrous drumming, the latter of which can occasionally come across as just one fill after another, but repeated listens unsheathe a scrupulous level of attention to detail.

No longer do the songs operate under a veil of discordance to mask their flaws but instead utilise said discordance to enhance the experience. Pyrrhon’s long-time association with producer Colin Marston has always paid dividends, and Growth Without End is able to breathe unimpeded as ever, thanks to Colin’s excellent mastering, which compliments the arrangements. Album closer “Turing’s Revenge” is the most clear-cut example of the band’s sense of balance between unity and disarray. Beginning with a flourish of hacksawed riffs, the track steadily dissolves into a nebulous cloud and allows the leads to take centre stage, before concluding upon the same set of motifs that duly opened it. Contrast this with the EP’s centrepiece “The Mass”, which has the same bookended configuration as the aforementioned track, but the structural decay and subsequent reassembly is more abrupt that it is incremental. Whichever the approach, Pyrrhon consistently exhibit poise and self-assurance, and following what was ultimately a dip in form for the New Yorkers, Growth Without End has comfortably reaffirmed their song-writing prowess.

The direction that Pyrrhon take from here onward will be a fascinating one, assuming they continue to recognise and exploit their strengths without letting gaudy experimentation curtail their judgement. Without trying to sound platitudinous, Growth Without End’s title is – whether intentionally or not – apt, foreshadowing works of a much grander scale but casting the pathway to success in an ambiguous light. Regardless, this EP’s content bodes well for all.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2015


14773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds right up my street, will check



Good review jac

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ComeToDaddy
June 2nd 2015


1813 Comments


Haven't heard these guys at all but the review sold it. I might give their whole discog a try, I love being able to hear a band progress. Great work on the review as always

NLD
June 2nd 2015


589 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last one was cool, gotta check this

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
June 2nd 2015


10692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked the first song they released so Ill probably check this out. After their other albums of course

emester
June 2nd 2015


8271 Comments


Yeah this is kinda different from Virtues. Really digging it so far

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
June 2nd 2015


6750 Comments


Definitely preferred MoV over this

worthlessscab
June 2nd 2015


1232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This reminds me of Today Is The Day in a not very flattering way. MoV was excellent though. Hope they come up with something more intriguing for their next LP

Dmax28
June 2nd 2015


749 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hmm they are asking about $1 per minute to buy this thing.

I know you can stream the whole ep right there. So is this $1 per minute like a donation type idea? Still, it would be nice to have it on CD. I didn't hear too much MoV so I can't compare, but sounds similar from what I know.



Reading this review made me think that maybe it was a lot softer than I remember this band being, silly me. haha

Veldin
June 2nd 2015


3900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as the LP, but this is a damn refreshing EP! "Regressed"??? Killer artwork

NLD
June 3rd 2015


589 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just jammed this and really digging it, regression or not

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
June 3rd 2015


10692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it but I like the first album better 4 sure

Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 19th 2015


50999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is dope

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 19th 2015


50999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they are no YG

Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 19th 2015


50999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if yg is gangster shit then snoxall has a pair of balls

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2016


14773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

said this sounded right up my street then never checked lol



checking now and yeah this is sick nice rev jac

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2017


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq_8hrj_5GQ



s'alright

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2017


14773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its nothing spectacular but its cool



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