Metal Review – Pyrrhon – An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master (2011)

Pyrrhon - An Excellent Servant But a Terrible MasterAn Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master is a self-released technical death metal effort from New York-based Pyrrhon. They are also a very young band with the oldest member being 24, but you would not be able to tell from the accomplished musicianship on this album. For fans of technical death metal, this is a metal fan’s wet dream. The members basically go apeshit all over the place, but all in time to one another. There is some serious good writing in a lot of what they do here. You will find plenty of death metal influences bleeding all throughout the album as well as jazz and psychedelic rhythms. It is well thought out.

A nightmarish blend of clanging death metal with surreal psychedelic elements, jazz rhythms, and delirious storytelling, An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master features 45 minutes of crushing, modern death metal from this promising young act. Recorded by Dan Pilla at Bad Lab Studios in Tabernacle, New Jersey in early 2011, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves Studios in Queens, New York, the cover art and layout created by Caroline Harrison, and the completed album self-released by PYRRHON directly. This August, Polish record label Selfmadegod will officially reissue the album with proper distribution and promotion worldwide.

PYRRHON formed in 2008 after a chance meeting on a subway platform, and have been honing their increasingly twisted take on the genre ever since. Their debut EP, Fever Kingdoms, was released by The Path Less Traveled Records in October 2010, and has consistently received laudatory reviews. Since their formation PYRRHON has gigged extensively in the greater New York City area and has shared the stage with Misery Index, Evoken, Liturgy, Cannabis Corpse, The Binary Code, Gloominous Doom, The Communion, Hung, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, Humanity Falls, Flourishing, Abdicate and more.

An Excellent Servant But A Terrible Master Track Listing:
01. New Parasite
02. Glossolalian
03. Idiot Circles
04. Correcting a Mistake
05. Gamma Knife
06. The Architect Confesses (Spittlestrand Hair)
07. Flesh Isolation Chamber
08. A Terrible Master