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New EP forthcoming from Pyrrhon despite label backing out


Brooklyn’s Pyrrhon made an interesting announcement a couple of days ago when they told their fans that, despite the critical acclaim of their 2014 full length The Mother of Virtues, it apparently failed to live up to commercial expectations, and as a result their label Relapse Records has decided not to extend the contract.

Never fear, fans of nihilistic and angular death metal, as Pyrrhon have taken the chance to announce not only the split with Relapse but also a new EP called Growth Without End. This EP – in their words, the band’s “fastest, scabbiest material to date” – will be released by Handshake Inc. Handshake have released some great music,but to make a single recommendation I’d say go for Couch Slut‘s My Life As A Woman (NSFW; the cover art is quite explicit).

The release date for the new EP is still TBA but the tracklist is as follows:

01. Cancer Mantra
02. Forget Yourself
03. The Mass
04. Viral Content
05. Turing’s Revenge

Fortunately the band’s European tour will not be affected by the contract termination, so if you’d like to experience the fast and scabby music of Pyrrhon live check below if they’re playing a gig near you where you can support their ongoing quest to conquer the world of odd death metal.

4/10/2015 Cirque Electrique – Paris, FR
4/11/2015 TBA – Poitiers, FR
4/12/2015 Canadian Café – Tours, FR
4/13/2015 Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
4/14/2015 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
4/15/2015 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR
4/16/2015 L’Assomoir – Saint Etienne, FR
4/17/2015 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, FR
4/18/2015 Caffette – Bern, CH
4/19/2015 Epplehaus – Tubingen, DE
4/20/2015 Péniche Inside Out – Liege, BE
4/21/2015 Unicorn – London, UK
4/22/2015 Temples of Boom – Leeds, UK
4/23/2015 Northumberland Arms – Newcastle, UK
4/24/2015 Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
4/25/2015 Tiki Pub – Plymouth, UK

In case you’re not already familiar with Pyrrhon, now’s as good a time as any to give them a spin and see what you think, so check out a track from last year’s The Mother of Virtues below and tell us how you feel about this situation? Is Pyrrhon a victim of piracy and file sharing who would have thrived on Relapse otherwise or is there just not a large enough fanbase for this kind of music for a label like Relapse to find them financially practical?

Jón writer banner Jan 2015