PYRRHON – The Mother of Virtues
(Relapse Records – 2014)
Picture yourselves in the comfort of your home, warming your feet with one of those cozy socks knitted with such love and care by one of your motherly figures, a cup of hot chocolate in your hands and a couple of minutes available to listen to some new music. That’s when you decide: I know! I’m going to place my brain in a blender and listen to the PYRRHON album!
I don’t know about you, but after a few minutes listening to “The Mother of Virtues” I felt not only physically tired but also psychologically frightened! About an hour of an intense sound attack can do this to someone. The weird thing is I’m are not talking about furious blastbeat raids and stabs and extreme heaviness and speed thrown continuously at your ears! There are a lot of segments in this record where things become really slow and everything is forced to an almost gravitational pace. One cannot explain this properly. For some, this will not be easy to listen. Is it safe to say that “The Mother of Virtues” is not a record for everyone? I’m sure it is not. Not for everyone.
PYRRHON’s ability in leaving us in such an uncomfortable position happens mainly because they ignore the rules we are so used to ear by! Instead of a sometimes sterile safety zone, they choose to paint their riffs and time patterns with a rhythmic madness inspired by jazz and from that same freedom almost everything that we ear on “The Mother of Virtues” is born! Super heavy, amazing and against the tide. Not a record for everyone? I’m sure it won’t be. But if there is someone out there who ever wondered what if Salvador Dali painted extreme music, then this might just be a good answer to that question.
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]