Every once in a while, a band appears out of nowhere and you wonder why you haven’t heard of them before. This is my experience with Pyrithion, although in all honesty, if I would pay better attention to music news, I wouldn’t have been as surprised as I was over how good it was when I first listened to this album. For those who also have not paid much attention to music news lately, Pyrithion is yet another side project of Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), as apparently Austrian Death Machine wasn’t enough to keep him busy. Personally, I think this project is resulting from Tim’s realization that As I Lay Dying isn’t making heavy enough music anymore and he needed an outlet for that, but then again, I am a bit biased in my views on the direction of As I Lay Dying. Actually, Tim has been quoted as saying something to that effect as well, so I’m not too far off the mark.
For Pyrithion, Tim recruited Ryan Glisan from Allagaeon and Andy Godwin (ex-The Famine and Embodyment) to provide guitars and song writing and then filled in drums and bass using at least one temporary musician.