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Pyogenesis: A Silent Soul Screams Loud

Whether you think you’ll like this album or not, you have to check out its opening riff. Listening to it will only take a few seconds, but it will give you the kind of delight that only a solid riff can. If you choose to dive more deeply into the album, you’ll quickly discover that there’s much more going on than just heavy riffs. Pyogenesis has often pushed themselves musically and creatively and this album is no exception.

For those who haven’t kept up with Pyogenesis lately, the band started a trilogy of albums in 2015 that marry elements of steampunk and 19th century cultural and intellectual history. On this album, the band explores topics including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Freudian psychoanalysis, the Napoleonic Wars, and Marx’s Capital. If you’ve followed the trilogy thus far, this is probably a highly anticipated new release that, hopefully, will fulfill your expectations. If you are just coming to Pyogenesis, the ambition on display here could grab your attention but you may also find that the band’s experimentation is a mixed bag. For me, the band sounds best when they are lost in the riff. When things get more expansive than that, things shift in ways that work more or less well. For instance, the song about Frankenstein (“Modern Prometheus”) is highly emotive, as was the novel, but I’m not sure that it captures the energy of that science fiction / horror classic. Similarly, “The Capital” is a fascinating reflection on Karl Marx and the power of his voice, but the experimentation of the song occasionally overwhelmed its central ideas. Still, I have to admire Pyogenesis for their sweeping and creative take on the 19th century.

If you’re curious about this album, check out “Survival of the Fittest," especially for its main riff. "Mother Bohemia" is also a solid and powerful track. Beyond that, I’d suggest two or three random tracks so you can hear the band’s overall range. This is definitely not an album to enjoy casually. Along those lines, make sure you check out the cover art. It’s rich and detailed in ways that reward time spent looking at it carefully.

Track Listing:
1. Survival of the Fittest
2. Mother Bohemia
3. I Can’t Breathe (Prologue)
4. I Can’t Breathe (Monologue)
5. High Old Times
6. Modern Prometheus
7. Will I Ever Feel the Same
8. The Capital (A Silent Soul Screams Loud)

Added: February 14th 2020
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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