Growth Without End

by Pyrrhon

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bcb723 It can be easy to forget about the EPs in comparison to Pyrrhon's monolithic full lengths. This is just scary great on all levels. Very impressive. Favorite track: The Mass.
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Charlie Anderson After having discovered Pyrrhon through What Passes for Survival, the immediacy of Growth Without End is startling. A testament to the band's craft, this EP does a marvelous job of lyrically and musically conveying its programmatic, cancerous concept.
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Christopher Alfano NYC's purveyors of filth and disease strike again with a brutally twisted EP of harrowing riffs and terrifying precision. Pyrrhon are true "outsiders" in the world of extreme metal, with a sound that is nothing short of pure avant-garde terrorism. Favorite track: Cancer Mantra.
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1.
They will carve you with steel And scorch you with acid But it’s not in your nature to die And though you spring from their flesh They’ll curdle your blood with unseen energies But it’s not in your nature to die Always keep growing and changing Never stop spreading
2.
They say that time is infinite Not for length but for divisibility Half-seconds, milliseconds, nanoseconds Downwards and smaller forever Trillions of miniscule nows Packed together and barely considered As they shuffle past In the refugee column of personal history They slip from notice Through cracks that yawn At the edges of thought The grains of my life are draining away What becomes of the days? What has happened to me?
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The Mass 03:51
You were a child when you first felt it The mass hiding inside you Its silent, fibrous bulk within Pressing itself into delicate tissues And so you bore its weight While: Your bones twisted around it You ate until you retched It grew harder to breathe The string in your back frayed You put a good face on it Fear cradled your soul in its palm In the hours that bracket sleep The doctors couldn’t find the mass Their machines turned up nothing But you knew it was there You could feel it shifting And so you gathered yourself each day And carried the mass in silence The anchor inside the quiet stoic The spindle of strength that guides the unwinding The heart of your truest self The mass will abide inside you always And will sink you by heartbeats in the end
4.
You have nothing to say and you’re saying it The words are empty, but still they reverberate No sources or points of reference Just impulse, momentum, and optimization You have nothing to say and you’re saying it You found the seam between truth and nonsense: How many heads can you force it into? How many mouths are compelled to repeat it? Will anyone hear you through the static? Or are you just another strain of it? I have nothing to say and I’m saying it
5.
After all I’ve done for you The countless secrets I laid bare This is how you repay me? And in return for a victimless crime Committed in shadow, far from its eye For this, the crown has unmanned me Force-feed me the chemical scalpel Slice me up down below I slip from this world like an exile But as the current fades from the circuits The wetware pauses to savor the irony No matter what becomes of me My children will carry me into the future We will stalk you through the decades And castrate the minds of your children’s children As surely as you’ve castrated me

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“Always keep growing and changing. Never stop spreading”

Cryptic lyrics that end the first song on the new EP by New York experimental death metal band Pyrrhon. Fitting words for a band that constantly strives to challenge the status quo of death metal and extreme metal in general, and Growth Without End finds the band at their most caustic and most experimental.

This EP is a mind trip. Bouts of punishing death, super-evil noise rock, twisted math, chaotic and menacing grind. It’s kind of like if Daughters, Brutal Truth, Merzbow and Autopsy got together and wrote five insane, catchy-by-reverse-psychology songs, and then promised to never speak of them again.

As usual, vocalist Doug Moore brings a wildly varied palate of screams, growls, grunts, howls, barks and spoken power to his ominous, thought-provoking and voyeuristic lyrics that navigate the miasma of sonic insanity the band lays down. It’s clear each member in the band is a virtuoso – skills used not to show off, but to engulf the listener with emotion, power, tasty chaos and passages that will get inside of you, possess you, and bring cathartic, ‘hell yes!’ pleasure and pain to all your musical glands.

It’s hard to tell if the pleading, tortured words spit by singer Moore at the end of the EP’s first song – “never stop spreading” – are a warning, a veiled threat, or angry life advice, but based on the ferocity and conviction of the music and vocals, it’s probably best not to assume anything. Just listen, and get lost…in a perfect world, Growth Without End is the future of extreme metal.

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released June 2, 2015

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"Outré as they get, everything Pyrrhon do emanates from an obsidian death metal core - just that this music is that much more expressive, its impact that much more disquieting than almost anything else in the genre."
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