Maximum volume yields maximum results
Words to keep in mind when diving into the mesmerizing depths of pyrosis’ self-titled release. Not only does loudness improve the perceived quality of music, but lower frequencies are easier to perceive as well. Taking advantage of this psychoacoustic effect, pyrosis write their music low and loud. So, when listening to this record: Crank that fucker up!
Together with some talented musicians, mastermind Reib Asnah created two songs with a playtime of more than 23 minutes. Alex Pojda of Holodeck Studios (Cosmic Doom Ritual by Hexer) is among the names of contributors. Responsible for mixing and mastering again, he also takes part in front of the microphones. A second glance on the line-up reveals an unusual instrumentation, with a trumpet, kettledrums and a waterphone being just the tip of the iceberg. Regarding Reib Asnah’s background in bands like BongBongBeerWizard, listeners should not expect such crude vanities, yet a more sophisticated approach on producing bass-driven ambient music.
Meditation through Incantation
Starting off with a singing bowl, a single bass-guitar riff drives the journey through polydipsie, submerged in mellow trumpet drones and melodies. Sunken in the rhythmic bass riff, the kettledrum’s pounding rhythm goes almost unnoticed. Monk-like chanting towards the end of the song ensures a perfect meditative immersion. By the end of polydipsie, one finds themselves in a deep conscious state.
Yet one has to realize that they were only preparing for what is to come as the heavier bass-riff of cardialgia suddenly starts, heralding a stormier part of the journey. After that the drums join the bass-trumpet-ensemble, playing a rhythmic pattern throughout the whole piece. Accompanied by Reib Asnah’s chants, the song indulges in meditative manner right in the middle, giving the listener time to breathe and get lost in the deep-wave-space once again. The meditation ends the way it began – with a single bass guitar riff.
pyrosis emerge with a solid first release and present a refreshing and well performed approach on bass-driven music. The production doesn’t need to shy away from comparisons to albums with a higher production budget and proves that quality does not depend on money, but musical creativity. This record stands out of the masses of ambient titled music.