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Relapse Records has announced the signing of New York City avant-garde, technical death metal quartet PYRRHON (pronounced “peer-on”). The band’s sophomore album, “The Mother Of Virtues’, will be released in early 2014.

Formed in 2008, PYRRHON released one EP (“Fever Kingdoms”, 2010) and one LP (“An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master”, 2011) via The Path Less Traveled Records and Selfmadegod Records, respectively.

A nightmarish blend of clanging death metal with surreal psychedelic elements, jazz rhythms, and delirious storytelling, “The Mother Of Virtues” was tracked and mixed by Ryan Jones (TODAY IS THE DAY, MUTILATION RITES, WETNURSE) at Saint Vitus Bar and The Sound City in Brooklyn in May and June 2013. The record was then mastered by Colin Marston (KRALLICE, GORGUTS) at The Thousand Caves Studios in Brooklyn in August 2013.

Vocalist Doug Moore commented on the signing: “When I was 15, I bought a copy of Relapse‘s ‘Contaminated 5.0’ sampler CD. Through it, I encountered SUFFOCATION, NEUROSIS, PIG DESTROYER, HUMAN REMAINS, and countless other great bands for the first time.

“We are thrilled and honored to work with a label whose output has done so much to drive metal forward, and which has meant so much to all four of us over the years.”

PYRRHON quickly became known for its mind-bending live show, playing with such notable acts as MISERY INDEX, HATE ETERNAL, ORIGIN, TOMBS, LITURGY, CANNABIS CORPSE, BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS and INTER ARMA.

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Panic! At The Disco has announced a March 29 release for “Vices & Virtues”.

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In the last few years, people have been bestowing the virtues of technicality upon the seemingly infinite onslaught of death and grind bands, with bands like Meshuggah, Necrophagist, Opeth, Brain Drill and The Dillinger Escape Plan often being cited as examples of extreme metal easily taking the reign of kings of tech. However, I honestly believe that those bands in the power prog vain are undoubtedly the kings of technicality within metal. Now, I know many are probably thinking that bands like Dragonforce are overrated and jokes in the metal scene, while others will this mentality even a step further by stating “most” prog power bands are stuck in the 80’s, a time when simpler measures were needed to appease the masses. I think people like this are flat out wrong, for one key factor: melody.

Yes, yes I know that virtually all forms of extreme metal have been using melody for years, but melodic death metal and melodic black metal are always just that — death and black metal with an emphasis on melody, meaning melody plays second fiddle to the ferocity of the extreme elements. I don’t want to state that melody isn’t effective with these types of music, on the contrary, I think melody highlights the strongest of extremes in metal. However, melodic extreme music is limited by it’s focus on the extremes rather than the almost limitless options of bands that use melody as their primary device.

Obviously, melody alone, cannot be a catalyst for technicality as it’s emphasis and effectiveness is only as good as the riffs that they play a part in, which is where my argument comes into focus. Progressive power metal has the ability to use virtually all the same virtues as extreme metal acts (speed, off kilter time signatures, and even dark atmosphere), but because they place their emphasis on the melody, that opens up the figurative pandora’s box to possibility. While death metal only highlights it’s essential assault with hints of effective melody, progressive power metal opens up an entire world to more than just rhythms and heaviness.

Another key factor lies in the vocal department. While extreme metal is often relegated to one type or another of growls and screams, melodic forms of metal cannot settle for the monotone rumblings of harsh vocals, they have to add a whole new element to the melodic dynamic with the voice of their respective singer. Once again, I don’t want to say one is better than the other per se, but rather to show that power metal is a genre that has a much more dimensional blank slate to work with when designing their material than death metal or black metal.

Now, I haveĀ  a few selections that I think emphasize my point quite effectively. Please watch and listen, and I welcome debate!
Angra — Unholy Wars
Pagan’s Mind — Through Osiris’ Eyes
Hibria — Tiger Punch

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