Pyrithion is an interesting new project that has recently surfaced from the minds of Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine), Ryan Glisan (Allegaeon), and Andrew Godwin (ex-The Famine, Embodyment). When you hear these three names, you wouldn’t think that these guys would have come together to collaborate and create a mixture of old and new style death metal. However, after hearing the first single from this EP, “The Invention of Hatred”, I can safely tell you that any sort of doubt I had in my mind before has vanished. Pyrithion – The Burden of Sorrow is set for an April 9 release via Metal Blade records.
The whole idea behind Pyrithion started with Tim just wanting to start a project along the lines of a more tradition style of death metal. Now I’ve heard of many situations like this where a band member of a popular band wants to start up something different compared to what they have been doing for years. So of course, I was a bit skeptical of this whole thing. However, as this idea progressed, Tim picked up Ryan, and I became much more curious and even excited about how this would all turn out. Soon after, the first track was released, and as mentioned before, I became stoked for this release.
Diving into The Burden of Sorrow, you’re first faced with the already released track, “The Invention of Hatred”. Clocking in at around 4 minutes, this first third of the release gives you a good feel of what is to come later on. Tim demonstrates a new side to his vocals, which is quite refreshing from what he has done with As I Lay Dying. He is able to dig quite a bit deeper than his usual style and adds quite a bit more brutality as well. He also incorporates his noticeable songwriting, which touches on similar themes from his other project. This fusion of modern death metal and the throwback sound of some of the older style of death metal creates an explosive impression.
You can also hear other influences, especially from Ryan, in the guitar work. These end up sounding eerily similar to that of Allegaeon’s riffs, very much so from their latest album, Formshifter. Andrew also adds into the mix, fusing some of his sound with that of Ryan’s. The basis of all this is held up with energetic drums and a greatly fortifying bass (these were studio musicians, I believe they aren’t a part of the “official lineup”).
“Bleed Out” starts off immediately with punch-in-the-face drum work that demonstrates more of that old school death metal feel. Layered onto this, is the accompaniment of guitar playing that incorporates the use of some noisy distortion. The strength of this track ends up being how short it is. This shows how these guys are able to transition their styles and create something totally different from the previous. Another detail I noticed was that Tim throws out a variation of vocals that comes off as something familiar to his usual but an addition of coarseness on top of that.
The final, “Rest in the Arms of Paralyzed Beast”, clocks at five minutes, making it the longest tune of this release. Allegaeon influence is demonstrated very quickly in the beginning, with a beautiful light strumming much like that off of the track “Behold (God I Am)” from Formshifter. Again, variation is demonstrated well here already. I rank this track as my favorite of the EP, simply due to the instrumentals. Unlike the other track, the guitar work has sections that show off a sort of elegance and at the same time they are absolutely powerful. I’m not usually too fond of flashy guitar work, but in this case it just fits.
The final verdict? I see this EP coming up later in the year on a list for sure. The modern take on old school influences is refreshing and explosive. I can’t wait to see what else these guys can come up with for their planned full length album. If they are able to take the ideas from this EP and take them even further, I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with much sooner than most expect. Check it out and go buy it if you like it!