From the grand musicians who have brought you such profound metal acts as As I Lay Dying
, comes one of the newest giants in the modern death metal genre. They began in 2012
from Agoura Hills, California, where the collaboration of some very talented acts combined to establish a new modern metal battalion. Doing the vocals is Tim Lambesis, the founder of the project, who is the main vocalist for legendary outfit As I Lay Dying
, and the guitarists are Ryan Glisan of melodic death metal band Allegaeon
and Andy Godwin, formerly of death metal band The Famine
. However, entering the studio with the trio are drummer John Paul Andrade of The Breathing Process
and bassist Josh Gilbert, who is also from As I Lay Dying
. In 2013, the end result turns out to be the bandâs release of their debut EP, âThe Burden of Sorrow
.â This record may only carry three tracks and only lasts a little over ten minutes in running time, but the collaboration demonstrates that they are a force not to be taken so lightly.
Considering the lineup that Pyrithion has conjured in its roster, it would seem incredibly tempting to fall into the trap where the members merely show off their instrumental talents without tying into the actual tracks. However, this EP makes it clear that this band has no intention of doing so, and everything about the musicianship is powerful, along with the production and mixing. The vocal range of Tim Lambesis is very versatile, ranging from brutal low growls to high pitches to his traditional mid-pitch roars without sounding strained, and they teem with awesome ferocity. The guitars also perform their part incredibly well, packed with unrelentingly heavy riffs and wicked melodies which alone are enough to get the crowdâs blood boiling. The drums are excellent, managing to hold a solid ground and focus in the midst of their technical chaos and providing a vicious framework for the bandâs modern death assault. On top of all of this, the sound production is great, because not only does it let each instrument stand out without losing concentration, but it also gives the music itself a somewhat gigantic atmosphere, and thus makes the formula more destructive. As a whole, the musicianship and the production are executed wondrously in this fine, deadly release.
In âThe Burden of Sorrow
,â each of the three tracks that the release offers to its audience consists of pummeling rapid-fire modern death metal. Simply put, the album overall is incredibly fierce in its attack, but they do not compromise structure or engaging dynamic in place of this energy. All of the songs are well-built, having peaks and buildups that will definitely keep listeners engaged. The tracks never linger in terms of instrumental noodling or dragging out padded filler, and the end result is a well-focused piece of modern death metal. On top of that, the energy and intensity behind these tumultuous tunes is top-notch, with all elements of the musicianship coming together to generate three potent tracks to pummel the bandâs audience with. However, that being said, when going into this release, you should not expect anything necessarily new or groundbreaking for the groupâs own genre. But even so, they showcase it so well that it simply should not be overlooked. Although all of the three tracks are great, the best bet overall would be the last one, âRest in the Arms of the Paralyzed Beast
,â as it best showcases the bandâs explosive energy, build-up, and dynamic the best. In this stellar EP, the band demonstrates how a band can focus on engaging listeners in terms of structure while managing to hold tight to unflinching rage and energy.
âThe Burden of Sorrow
â has turned out to be an incredibly solid and enjoyable release. Pyrithion definitely lives up to its hype, having been generated from members of bands such as As I Lay Dying
and The Famine
, but the talent of these musicians alone is not the only thing that makes this EP so great. The structures are rock-solid and well-built, bearing some great speed and investment, and on top of that foundation, there is so much violent and fiery energy behind the music that it keeps listeners all the more engaged. As stated earlier, nothing innovative or earth-shatteringly new is exactly brought into the bandâs heavy genre, so people who wish for something inventive may not be too interested in this. However, that being said, fans of even the projects that the members themselves are involved in will really enjoy hearing them collaborate into this effort. Along with that, in the big picture, fans of feral and quite technical modern death metal will want to try out this dose of musical devastation. All in all, Pyrithion has certainly made their debut into the metal scene with this strong release.