If you like As I Lay Dying, appreciating the musicianship and Tim Lambesis‘ death growls, but could do without the emo/metalcore elements, then you’re in luck. Lambesis has been working on a side project, Pyrithion, which he describes as a “heavier and more traditional metal band.” Also on board for the Pyrithion project are Ryan Glisan (Allegaeon) and Andy Godwin (The Famine). With years of perspective and experience, the three members of Pyrithion have created a dark and intense death metal record seemingly overnight. The individual members’ prior success aside, the music speaks for itself – it’s heavy, likeable, and brutal.
For evidence of Pyrithion’s brutality, check out the lyricfor “The Invention of Hatred” above.
Singer Tim Lambesis, who is best known for his work as the frontman of As I Lay Dying, explains:
“I have wanted to do a heavier and more traditionally metal band for a while. Being that I own a recording studio, I thought a great place to start was by asking my engineer who the best guitar player is that he has recorded. I wanted to team him up with one of my favorite guitar players growing up.”
Shortly thereafter, Ryan Glisan from Allegaeon and Andy Godwin (ex-The Famine, Embodyment) began sending ideas back and forth. Those ideas would form the foundations of the first three Pyrithion songs. Glisan elaborates further on the band’s expedited origin:
“When Tim first reached out to me to ask if I was interested in starting a new project, I was really intrigued as to where the overall sound would go. Given the short time frame we had to work with, the ‘newness’ of all the members, and an uncertainty of an overall direction, I wasn’t initially 100% confident in how the end product would turn out. After spending a weekend collaborating, recording these initial three songs, and beginning to write new songs going forward, I can say with absolute confidence now that this band will be a major force in the metal scene.”
Pyrithion’s debut release, The Burden of Sorrow, stands as a showcase of what the members are capable of putting together over what merely amounted to an extended weekend. The total potential in Pyrithion is incredible and there is much anticipation for how the band will continue to develop as they prepare for a full-length record.
The Burden of Sorrow will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on April 16, 2013.
Rock Hard \m/