Three years: a lifetime ago in the Earthly tumult that is metal’s muse. More than enough time for The Mother of Virtues to become a landmark work in extreme music, the most forward-thinking and brazen death metal album of the decade thus far. When I reviewed it, I mused that “A more difficult album [was] hard to come by.” What Passes for Survival is that and more. Pyrrhon‘s collective talents have expanded in every direction available. This album is more technical, more disturbing, and more lyrically biting than The Mother of Virtues or Growth Without End. It is peerless.

What Passes for Survival requires more than just a disc or a download to listen to; it absolutely necessitates a lyric sheet. I’ve been calling Doug Moore metal’s best lyricist since I first read the liner notes for The Mother of Virtues, but this album is a different beast; a poetic masterpiece of fractal depth and detail, where poverty, intolerance, and pollution dance in an ecology of corruption. If Moore hasn’t been reading Jason W. Moore1, I’m sure he’ll start soon. His bitter discontent paralleled only by his ability to express it, Moore runs rampant across this album, each stanza bursting with meaning, entangled in itself. These lyrics adhere to each other so tightly that even when pulled apart, songs have bits of each others’ themes stuck on. “Tennessee” takes on a very human topic, but when it sets the scene, Tennessee is “Where the land rolls rusted / and kudzu strangles the trees in green.” The album’s themes are not quite new for Pyrrhon, but one need not be an astrophysicist to know their inward bend is due to a mass at the center.

Yet What Passes for Survival does not constitute a mere poetry slam2. Moore’s dazzling laryngeal legerdemain harnesses text in service of sound, rather than the opposite, making the lyric sheet all the more necessary. Nonetheless, his vocals are only one quarter of Pyrrhon. The real man behind the curtain is guitarist Dylan DiLella, whose inimitable playing style and fervid disregard for conventional tonality make Pyrrhon so fiercely unique. His battered riffs defy simple description, but I can tell you that every one of them is worth hearing. Many a bent note and scraped string spawn his structures, bodies made all of elbows and fingers bent back.

“Tennessee” sees the guitar at its most accessible – if only because it’s slowed down – and serves as a stepping stone into this music. Bassist Erik Malave and new drummer Steve Schwegler kick off with a simple but unsettling groove, and the muddy pace of the following group improvisation allows for a uniquely comprehensible look into the band’s chemistry. Later on in the song, there’s an all-too short solo spot for DiLella, and his sideways acrobatics are turned front and center. Earlier, “The Invisible Hand Holds a Whip,” gives the band a chance to showcase their precision – a word that might as well be Schweigler’s middle name – as they execute odd riffs in odd time. The drumming is tight and busy, and the boisterous fills and rapid-fire snare work sound physically dangerous to play.

The best writing deserves the best production, so Pyrrhon got it.  Recording, mixing, and mastering were all handled by Colin Marston and the result is stunning – he’s outdone himself. The sincerity of this production is such that the production itself becomes invisible. Any trace of process is unnoticeable; each note leaps into the air newborn. While The Mother of Virtues and Growth Without End were not ill-produced, they tended towards a sort of frequency clutter that made the sound’s dirtiness seem a bit too caked-on, and intentional rather than organic. What Passes for Survival absolutely hits the mark for balance, clarity and dynamic range. The last album I heard that sounded this rich was Ad Nauseam‘s Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est. Metal-Fi, you can stop your yearly search here; this is 2017s best-sounding album.

I’ve been writing about metal here at Angry Metal Guy for a little under four years now. Just after I began in 2013, I heard Altar of Plagues‘ Teethed Glory and Injury, an album that I consider to be for all practical purposes perfect. It’s the most recent on the very short list of albums that I have no complaints about. Albums that are uncompromising in their construction and unencumbered in their execution. What Passes for Survival finds itself in such company, and not by accident; it is the result of a confluence of uncanny talent and revolutionary vision, a piece of art that truly expands the canon from which it draws.


Rating: 5.0/5.0
DR: 10 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Willowtip Records | Throatruiner Records
Websites: pyrrhon.com/bandcamp | facebook.com/pyrrhon
Releases: August 11th, 2017

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Capitalism in the Web of Life: recommended reading
  2. And slams there are. See “Goat Mockery Ritual”  for a serious but nonetheless hilarious take-down of black metal aesthetics. Will Watain vs Doug Moore be the next NWA vs Ice Cube?

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  • Yolo Swaggins

    First 5.0 of the year?

    • GardensTale

      Pretty sure this was the first in like, 2 years or so.

      • Thranenkind got a 5.0 from Mark Z. last year.

        • GardensTale

          But why?

          • Sean Sky

            That was my exact question after hearing that album lol

  • mindbleach

    5/5? Sounds alright, I guess.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Meh. It’s been done.

      No wait. It hasn’t. 5/5

  • Cavetroll

    Whoa, 5/5 is a strong statement. At first it didn’t blew me away but let’s give it a more spins. Excellent sounding record for sure.

  • Nathan McCain

    Ever since these guys dropped Growth Without End, I’ve been salivating to hear their newest full-length. The Mother of Virtues was just a bit too much for me, and I think it was the longer songs that did it. Is this one closer compositionally to the EP?

    • Kronos

      It’s hard to say, but you should certainly take a swing at it.

      • Nathan McCain

        Preordered and I’ve jammed the 3 available tracks a few times. I can’t believe they cram so many vocal hits and catchy bars into the churning muck.
        And right after that, I put on Realm of Chaos and found a dozen different things to love. God damn I love death metal, what a diverse and beautiful subgenre.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle
  • ashcindersmoke

    My god I can’t wait. Preordered the vinyl of this monster.

  • AndySynn

    “dazzling laryngeal legerdemain”

    Sir, I tip my hat to you.

    • [not a Dr]

      Since “legerdemain” is derived from “léger [tour] de main”. Which means something like “a light trick with the hand”, this semantic construct deeply troubles me.

      • Kronos

        Don’t stare too closely at my prose.

        • [not a Dr]

          For a minute, I thought you were referring to Dr Fisting’s approach to dentistry.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Or his approach to his namesake.

      • GardensTale

        Laryngeal trick with the hand? Since he does occasionally sound like he’s being strangled, I’ll take it.

      • sir_c

        Is it the metal version of the vocal fry maybe?

  • drug_genosh

    already spun this a few times in full (thanks decibel!) and while im not sure about the 5, its definitely up there. Im not a pyrrhon super fan but ive kept my eye (ear) on them because they rub their potential in your face (not in a bad way, more like a “you don’t have a choice” way) and I got to say they’ve really capitalized on that potential with “what passes…”. Cant wait to give this more listens and im kicking myself for not doing the pre-order.
    one observation: im getting a heavy early-mid 2000s metallic hardcore / grind / tech vibe here, bastardized and pulled through puke, of course. I hear ed gein, engineer, psyopus, maybe even daughters, but especially the Red Chord. Am I alone here?

    • Name’s Dalton

      You’re not alone. I hear Craw, Dazzling Killmen, Colossamite, Lightning Bolt, the Jesus Lizard, The Flying Luttenbachers, US Maple, etc.

      Pyrrhon are peerless.

      • drug_genosh

        This shouldn’t work, but it does!

  • Huck N’ Roll

    Wow! Doesn’t seem like my style but if it’s a 5 I need to get it. Great job Kronos.

  • metalcasket

    Totally not my thing, but it’s about time we got a 2017 5/5 AMG album review!

  • Dethjesta

    Great review Kronos, definitely going to have to get the lyric sheet for this one. I already had this down as essential listening for Friday but now I’ll have to raise it to an even high level of importance: Imperative!

  • David D.

    It’s starting to click the more I listen but it still seems extremely dissonant and inaccessible. I’m looking forward to listening to the full album.

  • Goldicot

    Spot on.

  • Wojtek

    They’ve actually made unlistenable very listenable. I am intrigued by the sample, will check the rest out.

  • Gage

    Technical dissonance metal is not my cup of tea, but im glad somebody likes it. Ill give this one a chance but I’m not making any promises.

  • Eli Valcik

    I’m still mad Vektor didn’t get a 5.0. But this is good too.

    • Gage

      If THIS gets a 5 then every Vektor album is an automatic 5. Very inconsistent.

      • Different reviewer, different tastes. There is no scientific formula for reviewing music.

        • Eli Valcik

          I know, I’m just throwing shade.
          Edit: but to change up the mood, I am still happy you gave Shining that 5/5.

        • HeavyMetalHamster

          I was led to believe that AMG had achieved said scientific formula and thus making all number scores irrefutable.
          My entire life is predicated on this one truth.

          • We usually just consult the Magic Hate Ball™.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            My life……is a sham?

          • No. Well, maybe a ShamWow.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Nevermind……I will ponder my existence in the cold embrace of Temple of Void……
            And a box of double stuffed….

          • Eli Valcik

            Mmmmmmm Temple Of Void is delicious

          • Eli Valcik

            Oh, I always thought you guys prayed to Jorn for guidance.

          • Ironwood_Druid

            Speaking of Jorn when is AMG going to review his League of Legends metal, amirite?

        • Name’s Dalton

          If that’s how you want to gage it, fine.

          • Master of Muppets

            Proud of you.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          A concept too complex for the average blog commenter.

  • Apple Tree

    This is the sort of record that i get legitimately pissed at for not being released yet

  • Ferrous Beuller

    How does this get a 5 and Hinder doesn’t??? This place sucks – I’m out of here.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      See ya!!!!!

      • Ferrous Beuller

        I’ll take you with me, old man!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Bring it!! I’m ready!!

    • If you leave transponder range the implant will explode, causing instant death. We said as much in the AMG employee handbook.

      • Ferrous Beuller

        “Implant”… is that what we’re calling what happened in that room…

        • It was the Implant Room, so yes.

          • Ferrous Beuller

            Then why was “The Way You Look Tonight” playing…

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            That’s just my favorite song. I always have it playing in the office. You can hear it now coming up from the HR dungeon.

          • It was supposed to be “Fist of the North Star.”

          • John Mosley

            Animated or live action version?

          • sir_c

            ♬♫ These boots are made for walking..

    • Grymm

      And this is a 320 kpbs copy, no less!!!

  • Robin Klink

    A perfect score on AMG??
    I’m calling the cops…

  • Not my call, but the mix dynamics in the drumming and bass line are superb! :)

  • Nukenado

    Why did that intro remind me of W.B. Yeats???
    Great review, Kronos, and you have piqued my interest.

    • Nukenado

      Just read the lyrics to “Sleeper Agent”.
      Holy fucking shit is this good. Not pretentious, not crude, just poetic.

    • Kronos

      I’m flattered.

  • Really wish I enjoyed Pyrrhon. I’ve tried many times, but it’s just a load of fuckery to my ears. (Yet, I love Dodecahedron and Artificial Brain, go figure)
    I enjoyed the review more than the music, great read Kronos.

    • Kronos

      Thanks.

    • Same experience here. I’ve tried with The Mother of Virtues, but after reading this review I’ll give Pyrrhon another try.

      • Nathan McCain

        Give the EP a shot. That was my gateway into this band, because I find 15 minutes of insanity easier to digest than an hour of the same!

        • Not sure which EP you’re referring to, but I just tried Growth Without End. I actually rather enjoy a song from that EP, The Mass.

          • Nathan McCain

            That’s the one! Let it rattle around in your brain for a bit. The Mass is a fantastic song; the slower sections remind me a lot of the noodly bits Mastodon’s Blood Mountain. For my money, the first and last song are the pinnacle of avant-death metal.

  • Westpaceagle

    Warning, this is going to come across as being harsh. Nothing personal Kronos you are still the man. Sorry not sorry
    This is utterly unlistenable. Guess I don’t ‘get it’. I mean, I am all about extreme music; this is forcing a bunch of atonal, arrhythmic nonsensical riffs with some sort of angsty yet angry screaming and pointless breaks and mixing it all together and calling it avant and forward looking. This screams poser hipster bullshit to me…oh shocker they are from Brooklyn. Maybe for the Deafheaven crowd that felt New Bermuda wasn’t hard enough. Sorry, I don’t have the back ground on these guys, if you like them that’s cool and all but giving out a 5.0 is inviting a reaction.

    • Kronos

      You’re certainly right about atonal and arhythmic – some of what you’re hearing is group improvisation, one thing that really separates Pyrrhon from other metal bands.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Didn’t they know they had studio time coming up?!? Get your shit together beforehand, people! 🙄

      • Mollusc

        Like King Crimson, particularly on Starless and Bible Black, blurring the distinction between composed and improvised sections/pieces.

      • Tom Hardy

        Speaking of improv my dear Kronos, ever hear Encenathrakh? They’re among those at the pinnacle of technical brutal deathmetal.

        • Kronos

          I’ll check ’em out.

        • Vivisectionist Exhibitionist

          Ah, another one of the Mick Barr/Colin Marston fuckfests that I’m almost certain they made as a joke?

          It’s still pretty sick.

    • herrschobel

      Naming Deafheaven and this is a far stretch. Besides that there are actually PEOPLE living in Brooklyn…always have. so that doesn´t say much…and it shouldn´t. It´s a vibrant place..so what ?

      • Westpaceagle

        The Deafheaven reference was a cheap shot, thanks for calling me out on that. And I am willing to concede there are probably several decent hard-working, non-trust fund self righteous hipsters living in Brooklyn. But I will not concede that this band and whatever sound they are after is awful to listen to. Then again I actually think Djent and most avant metal is horrible, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I am sure these guys are talented but until they bow the fvck down to Baphomet (joking not joking) this is hard pass for me, and no amount of gauged out earholes or frappacinos or artisanal muffins will convince me otherwise. Seriously, don’t hipsters ironically hate themselves by now? I know, I know, get over it…taking a deep breath…and I’m done. Thanks for letting me vent!

        • sir_c

          Hipsters? Okay, I do see three and a half cultivated beards, but there’s no man bun!

          • [not a Dr]

            post-hipsters?

        • herrschobel

          I respect a man who is willing to admit that he might be wrong…we all are…very often so

    • Nathan McCain

      Ok, ok, wait a sec. I saw the ToH article. Are you kidding? Was this comment sarcastic? I know the article was calling it bad sarcastically, but… what??

      • Westpaceagle

        At the urging of some people who’s opinions and taste I highly respect, though don’t always agree with, I am giving this another chance and let’s say my opinion is ‘evolving’. Still not willing to say 5.0 and I won’t be going to their shows, but I am willing to concede that this is not entirely hipster poser bullshit as I first suspected. And I will probably buy it, and be impressed, but begrudgingly so. Angry Metal Poster. But is a pentagram or a metal t-shirt in the band photo too much to ask? These guys look like they just left Nordstroms.

        • Nathan McCain

          To be fair, guy on the right has a Neurosis shirt on

          • Kronos

            Yeah but he’s new.

    • you’re famous

      • Westpaceagle

        That’s great. Well played indeed

  • Planex

    The system is rigged. Kronos was saving up review points while he was gone.

  • well shit. Was planning on getting this via Willowtip but now I’m psyched to hear it even more, what with the production comparison to that Ad Nauseum and all. Great writeup and looking forward to digging into this.

  • Barbacuprum

    I don’t think I’ve read a review but instead the transcript for the sounds of a reviewer getting wet like a sponge drowning under the blasts of Niagara Falls.

    not surprised, this shit is massive!

  • El_Cuervo

    This record rips. I think the production point you made is the difference-maker compared with Mother of Virtues – there is more clarity which allows the insane guitars to shine.

  • Perfect score??

  • Name’s Dalton

    Yeah but what about that new Hinder album?

  • GardensTale

    Well put me in a tutu and call me Sally.

    • It must be Tuesday.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      OK. Just don’t make us slap your ass and call you Skippy.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    Moore is the author of my anatomy book. I like the anatomy of what i hear :)

  • wayne the devil

    Yet another band to catch up on…a sonic train wreck..I love it so far. Great review.

  • Kmill

    Having just a four year degree is maybe not enough to appreciate this Phd level of music. I don’t get it at all.

    • It’s an acquired taste, like hobo wine.

      • Kmill

        Hobo wine consumed with this would help for sure.

        • wayne the devil

          They sound to me like Gigan on several lines of coke…or maybe Gigan sounds like doped up Pyrrhon..not sure who was around first….coke, dope and hobo wine…whats not to like?

    • I don’t get it either. To me it sounds like Pyrrhon – What Passes for Metal These Days ™

  • IndignantN00b

    I’m pretty cynical these days when it comes to the so-called “atonal” black/death bands–ain’t none of them truly atonal and the majority sound like they’re papering over the lack of their own ideas with overcooked Gorguts and Deathspell material. Pyrrhon is one I usually say I *respect* more than I *enjoy* but I’m interested to hear this. I dig that cover for sure.

  • Here’s Johnny

    I can smell the hipster off this album…5/5 on here of course.

    • We bashed Deafheaven as you may or may not recall.

      • Here’s Johnny

        Yeah but secretly you were passing it to each other under the table.

  • TJ

    Kronos: Break the Internet

  • Sean Sky

    I couldn’t get into their last album but I’m willing to give it a try

  • OzanCan

    A 5? Wow! It’s been awhile since…????

    • Kronos

      Never before from me.

  • Huck N’ Roll

    The best thing about this page is the sponsored link to Susan Boyle at the bottom.

    • I prefer the one about “death foods.”

      • Huck N’ Roll

        I don’t have that one. Maybe it’s linked to browsing history.

        • Big Boyle booster, eh?

          • Huck N’ Roll

            Research.

        • Kronos

          Mine link to rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and (no joke) Hitler’s tomb.

    • Westpaceagle

      Susan Boyle is surprisingly metal

      • Here’s Johnny

        For sure, she is one of the top metal babes alongside Cristina Scabbia and Alissa White-Gluz.

  • Lee

    Wow. Quite the review Kronos! Totally agree with “Teethed Glory and Injury”. Embedded track sounds like Pig Destroyer crossed with Cryptopsy on acid (to me). Need to steel myself for the challenge and hit “buy”. AMG give me strength lol

    • Kronos

      Strange but true: I had to compete with Steel to review Pyrrhon’s last record way back in 2014. I lost, but he had too much power metal to review so he let me have at it. ‘Twas the beginning of something beautiful.

  • HairyToeKnuckles

    Of all things that have been reviewed on this site, THIS gets a 5?! A 5?! A perfect score. THIS?! All credibility out the door.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Stop. You’re killing me with the jokes.

  • Love you, Kronos.

    • Kronos

      Thanks for your support!

  • Frost15

    This definitely got me interested. Pleiades’ Dust was my favourite album (along with Terminal Redux) last year and I think this could achieve a similar thing in my mind…

  • Mollusc

    The auditory equivalent of liminal areas like that in the band photo – rusty metal and vegetation breaking through concrete. And I’m not talking about the beards.

  • Slam Grandpa

    Someone reminded me of this album not too long ago… seeing that it got a 5/5 I definitely see myself purchasing this album off of their bandcamp

  • John Mosley

    Nice review. Couple years back I saw Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and Gigan at a shit hole venue in Fort Worth. Greatest and dirtiest death metal show of my life.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Oh. My. God.

    • Artander

      Lucky guy

    • AndySynn

      I assume you’ve only just NOW recovered the power of rational thought?

      • John Mosley

        Hardly. In some important ways, I remain there still…

    • and I saw the same show at a shithole in upstate NY…was the best, most brutal show that no one went to.

      • Where upstate if I may ask?

        • that would be Albany, NY at a place that is no longer in existence!

          • Saratoga Winners?

          • Bogies Albany was the place. I wish Winners didn’t burn to the ground, I do miss that particular shithole.

          • Ah, Bogies. I forgot about that place. I loved Winners. I lived right by it while in grad school and thought it was a fun place to see a show.

          • That’s cool as hell…when did you go to grad school? You might have seen my old band play there once or twice haha. I saw so many great ones at Winners.

          • I went to Albany Law School and lived in the Albany/Waterford area from 92-93 and 95-98. What was your band?

          • my main old band was Held Under, which was post 1998. We were “local heroes” from roughly 2000-2007, haha! If you used to live in Waterford, I’m pleased to tell you there’s a “new place” for metal-oriented shows not too far from SW, right in Waterford now. And it’s not bad! It’s called Chrome and they’ve been mainly hosting all of the has-been hair bands, but are now expanding into the modern stuff.

          • Wow, I missed your band’s run but it’s cool to hear there’s a metal bar in tiny Waterford. I can’t imagine where they put it though.

    • Kronos

      Sounds awesome! Pyrrhon toured with Plebeian Grandstand around this time last year, another fantastic bill. I wrote up the concert here – if you haven’t read that already, check it out!

      • John Mosley

        I shall

  • Tabs please.

    • sir_c

      Tip over a three pound bag full of rusty nails and make a picture of it. There you go.

  • The Dillinger Escape Plane’s “Calculating Infinity” should also get 5.0.

  • I was surprised that there is no mentioning to The Dillinger Escape Plan.

  • ozzyzak

    Just can’t get into these guys, don’t get it.

  • Wilhelm

    This sounds like three different songs played at once, absolutely terrible.

    • [not a Dr]

      How can less be more?

      • Master of Muppets

        It’s not possible.

  • This sounds like someone drove a truck full of avant-death albums and crashed it into a Recommended Records warehouse.

  • Artander

    The review feels rushed, failing to capture the greatness on display. Come on Kronos, you can do better than this: make the metal world gasp in awe, not just with a provocative 5.

    • Kronos

      If only I had the space! There’s much more to say, but listeners are sure to discover for themselves.

  • herrschobel

    oi! i didn´t know this was my new favorite band. damn it ! the only thing that bothers me is that i can´t directly wire this into my brain…perfect indeed.

    excellent review. the last paragraph makes a strong case why this is such a perfect record. Besides the fact that it just clicks with me personally.

  • Bas

    Not bad ;-) ..I didnt expect it, but I like the three embedded tracks…

    Curious about the lyrics. Are they in the cd booklet?

    I am not competent at all to rate an album like this… I guess it won’t be my favourite of the year but its definitely interesting and good.

    • Robin Klink

      You can find the lyrics on their bandcamp.

  • Ondřej Hanus

    Extremely diffiCULT, but also extremely rewarding. Like surrealist poetry or post-modern novels. A masterpiece for some, poseur shite for others…
    Nevertheless, excellent review. I would be interested in other good lyricists in metal…

    • Westpaceagle

      “poseur shite for others…”
      Indeed

  • WelhavenT

    I tried to like this band, but they are a bit too much for me. Anyway, still grumpy you guys gave my favourite album in 2017 so far (Tchornobog) only 1,5/5.

  • Frost15

    Ok, I’ve just given this a spin (if you can say that in bandcamp) for the first time and it left me desiring to give it a few more listens. Definitely not a 5/5 in this first spin, maybe between 3,5 and 4. It sounded like a mix of a few mathcore bands like War From a Harlots Mouth with Gorguts oriented tech-death… Interesting mix; I’m willing to read the lyrics and enjoy the “whole experience”. I’m one of those purists that think every album should be listened with the lyrics sheet in your hands and it seems in this case it could have a big impact…

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Nice one Kronos I’m very keen to get stuck into this. Though I would say that great lyrics shouldn’t need a lyric sheet

    • Kronos

      It’s a difficult line to walk, for sure.

  • TheCurlyMetalhead

    This is pretty cool, they remind me of Dillinger, very chaotic, atonal, arrhythmic. The production is amazing I agree. Will check it out for sure, a 5 isn’t common on AMG. Excellent read Kronos :D

    • Vivisectionist Exhibitionist

      Think Dillinger on PCP.

  • Greg Hasbrouck

    There’s part of me that simply feels like saying, “I don’t appreciate this style of music”. However, there’s another part of me that feels like I don’t appreciate this style of music in much the same way I wouldn’t appreciate the appeal of being forcibly sodomized in prison. 0.0/5.0

    • Dead1

      Well said.

  • Westpaceagle

    Hey good job Kronos keeping things lively. Nothing wrong with a little controversy to stir the pot. I honestly think AMG is better with a little bickering. (there is just something wrong with this band…namely they sound awful!) All in good fun though, all in good fun

  • Nate Sweet

    I just don’t even know. I know It’s not my type of music but I can tell it’s very interesting. There are moments that are great but you have to listen to so much painful awfulness to get to them…

    I could see myself being intrigued enough to listen to this enough for it to be good.

  • PretentiousFuckwad

    At this point a 5.0 was kind of overdue. All other qualifiers fell into the hands of angry critics, and it fell on Kronos to do the deed.

    I mean it is questionable that he chose a Gorguts inspired free death jazz act that an eighty year old concert goer with hearing loss might mistake for noise rock with a side of tinnitus, but in many cases the 5.0 was willed into existence by lord Jorn himself, and who am I to question the decisions of his godliness?

  • Westpaceagle

    So that escalated quickly over at TovH. I am sure this is all part of the diabolical AMG master plan.

    • Kronos

      I’ll have your head!

      • Westpaceagle

        Or maybe its part of my master plan…?

        (has no master plan)

        This is even better than the time I got Lich King to call me out and I had to walk back another snap judgement. I actually ended up picking up a couple of their albums. Cool guy. Pretty ripping band as it turns out too.

  • Master of Muppets

    Streaming this now, the music isn’t really my thing but the lyrics to Goat Mockery Ritual are too fuckin perfect.

  • Dobbie03

    Yeah, this kicks arse.

  • Yolo Swaggins

    I’m trying to enjoy this; but I still think Venenum’s Trance of Death is the death metal AOTY.

  • Jeffrey Dean

    I had to check three times to make sure the song was the only audio playing and I hadn’t accidentally set something playing at the same time in another window… I don’t know. I like all types of metal, from the fastest techdeath, to power cheese, from melodeath to doom, but this? I’m gonna channel my inner uncool parent: It’s just random noise. Sorry, I just don’t get it, and I tried. Just sounds like a bunch of people in a room jamming random ideas all at the same time with no rhyme or reason while a guy shouts over it trying to be Mike Patton or something without the skill.

  • My first impression after giving this album a few spins is that I’d like to see these guys go on a tour with Anaal Nathrakh. I’m imagining an unhinged duet between Doug Moore and Dave Hunt, to see who can throw up their voice box on the floor the fastest. And the music is as ugly and beautiful as that cover art is. That production…when I’m cranking it and they hit those slow chugs, holy shit, I guess THAT’s what “dynamic range” is all about.

  • Gage

    I tried… I really did. I’ve listened to the album 5 times. I still don’t feel like I’m listening to a 5/5, more like a 3.5/5. I’d say you’re full of shit, Kronons, but you DID introduce me to Unfathomable Ruination, so I can’t be mad at you