Pyrrhon “An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master” CD

Pyrrhon - An Excellent Servant But a Terrible MasterFrom Selfmadegod Records comes "An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master", the debut full-length from New York's Pyrrhon (which was originally self-released by the band). I'm not always a fan of this chaotically technical and challenging brand of death metal, but these guys seem to have both the chops and the creativity to pull it off in a convincing manner that's somehow tangibly listenable. The vocals alone contain bitter snarls, burly (almost shouted) growls, gang backups, and then some; while the songwriting is loaded with intense tremolo picking, crazy bends/dives/slides, totally warped harmonics, etc. And then they'll break into some jazzy percussion and fuzzy, freakout solos, or maybe slow things down for a killer run of churning dissonance with chunkier, more straightforward rhythms. I've only seen lyrics for two tracks, but those are quite strong, which I find to be an especially important factor when dealing with music this non-linear and potentially grating. And the production's pretty solid, too. The caustic elements of the guitars and vocals can tend to push forward a touch, so if there's a way to retain a hint more clarity for the rhythm section in the future that would be excellent. Don't get me wrong, for as busy and off-the-wall as this stuff is it sounds very good, but there's so much cool shit happening across the board that it seems like some of the nuances of the basslines and drumming might be getting lost. Believe me, there's far more at work within these compositions than what I've touched upon here, but I think you'll understand why I'm not exactly sure how to communicate what's going on. So check out a few tracks for yourself and see what you think:

Let's hoard grains of sand and worship junk data. Let's build a palace of static and lose ourselves inside. Let's march around and around and around again...

This one's not very widely distributed at the moment, but hopefully that will start to change shortly...

Get It

Selfmadegod Records
The Omega Order


  1. The album is also available via The End/The Omega Order ( and Big Cartel ( The rest of the lyrics are available here: . Cheers!

    9.28.2011 | By Pyrrhon

  2. Reminds me of Obscura era Gorguts and an early Ion Dissonance, albeit with more restraint. Pretty killer!

    2.15.2012 | By jim fucking winters