If you haven’t heard Pyrithion‘s music yet, you’re going to want to mark your calendar for April 16th, that’s when their debut EP, The Burden of Sorrow, will be released. The music contained on this EP is of the sort that will make you want to maul your pit neighbor, then buy him a beer and talk about how fucking epic it is.
Pyrithion is comprised of three principal members: Tim Lambesis on vocals (As I Lay Dying), Ryan Glisan on guitar (Allegaeon), and Andy Godwin also on guitar (ex-The Famine, Embodyment). Lambesis, whom we spoke with over the phone, is the driving force that brought the death metal band together with the desire for something heavier. And that it is: It is something that’s darker, heavier, and more brutal than you’ve ever heard from Lambesis.
Nothing is for sure yet, except the release of The Burden of Sorrow, and Lambesis couldn’t even talk in depth about the summer plans for As I Lay Dying… but there are some nuggets of speculation within his words.
Enjoy our interview with the frontman of Pyrithion and As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis:
No.1 How did Pyrithion come together?
I’ve been wanting to do something on the heavier end for a while and I started talking about the idea with my engineer who I run my studio with back home. He said he recently recorded with a guitar player [Ryan Glisan] he thought would be a perfect fit, so I got in touch with him to see what kind of ideas he had. I also talked to another guitar player, Andy, who had been in the band The Famine that had broken up (I was a fan of The Famine), so I said to him that I thought he was a great guitar player and should keep writing and kind of encouraged him to join the project as well. Because all three of us live in different areas we had to use the modern technique to get our ideas around until we had a good foundation to go record.
No.2 Do you like that recording process or do you prefer the more traditional way?
It’s kind of nice. I’ve done so many records the traditional way that it was cool to be able to sit on the material for awhile. I was on tour and I’d be able to sit on a song for a couple of weeks before I actually had to think about getting together in person and fine tuning it. Everything was really organized when we actually got together.
No.3 Was “something heavier” something that As I Lay Dying was unwilling to do?
I really like the sound that has developed with As I Lay Dying with the strong sense of melody. A lot of bands get to that point where they say, “Oh, I would also like to do this” and they kind of change their original band and do something that may shock their fans. I didn’t really want to lose that sense of melody with As I Lay Dying. I just wanted to do something else in addition to it, so I thought the best thing to do was to have another project.
No.4 Do you know where the desire to do something heavier came from? Was it about getting back to your roots?
It’s really hard to say where that comes from. There is a certain element of metal that is much darker and on the aggressive side that I wanted to still have an outlet for. It’s what initially turned me on to metal.
No.5 For bands that do experiment with their sound, do you have any thoughts about the fans who get pissed off at them for changing it up?
I can understand both sides of it. There are some bands that put out records that are almost indistiguishable. Like Slayer for example: they’ve always been very dependable to their fan base, but at the same time you’re not going to get any groundbreaking new material with a new Slayer record. On the other end of the spectrum, like Thrice, they had a pretty aggressive sound and toward the end of their carreer they had a folky, singer-songwriter-ish type of stuff. I actually like both incarnations of Thrice, but I wish, as a fan, that they had done two separate bands.
I think every band wants to expand, and As I Lay Dying we want to expand, we have some songs that are heavier than we’ve done in the past and we’ve done songs that are more melodic than we’ve done in the past, but I think to pull it to a drastic end of the spectrum like Pyrithion, that warrants a second project.
No.6 What’s the backbone of Pyrithion?
I think the backbone is good songwriting, but it’s definitely much darker. We’re not necessarily trying to cross over and appeal to different audiences, we’re pretty much a death metal band.
Will Pyrithion go on tour? Find out after the jump…