This is the latest EP from Pythian, a post-metal/sludge band from the US.
Understanding in Light is a 30-minute journey into shaded mood and crushing sludgescapes. Pythian play Neurosis-esque apocalyptic post-metal/sludge mixed with elements of expressive doom metal and formidable crust.
There are four tracks on this EP and all of them are well-written and delivered. The music is mood-based and atmospheric, and some of the band’s melodies are specially affecting and emotive. The post-metal build/release mechanic is well-utilised, and the band craft dark auras and grim soundscapes with seeming ease.
Pythian are not above peeling off a good riff when needed. Atmosphere is the prime mover overall, but sometimes you just need to take a more direct route and kick out the sludgy jams with wild abandon, or tear out a fast crust punk section that just rages. When this is called for Pythian do not disappoint.
The vocals consist of harsh shouts and deeper growls, and I like that they’re frequently interspersed and layered with each other.
Understanding in Light is an enjoyable release that showcases the band well. Pythian clearly have a lot of talent and know how to put together good music. Their influences are worn on their collective sleeves, and if they can develop their style and personality even further, then the future should hold some very promising things for this band.
A recommended listen.