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Pyrrhon Issues New Album Track-By-Track Breakdown

In celebration of this week's North American release of "The Mother Of Virtues," the latest full-length from New York experimental death metal peddlers Pyrrhon, New Noise Magazine is currently hosting an in-depth, track-by-track breakdown of the record.

Excerpts are available below, and you can read the breakdown over here. The album was recorded by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice).

"The Oracle of Nassau:" This was one of the last songs we wrote for an album, and it was kind of a lark at first — a “how zany can we get?” experiment. The section that runs from 0:39 to 0:52 sounds like random noise at first, but it’s actually one of the most complex and technically demanding passages on the whole album. I tried to pack as much into the lyrics as I could in an effort to keep up with the music.

“White Flag:” This was probably the most challenging song on the album for us to assemble and fine-tune. We recorded a working version in the summer of 2012 for a demo, but it changed considerably for the final cut. The doubled vocal on the final riff was the result of in-studio happenstance. Doug tracked a high and low part separately so that we could compare the results; someone suggested that we listen to both simultaneously and the results were devastating.

“Invisible Injury:” I started writing the main riff of this song while I was on an airplane flying back to the east coast from San Francisco. Up until that point, most of my riff-writing for this album began with a guitar in my hands, as opposed to with pen and paper. I realized with this song that it can be easier to pinpoint the musical ideas swimming around in my head if I sit down and patiently jot them down before picking up a guitar and refining them.

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