Saturday 24 June 2017

Pyreship - The Liars Bend Low (Album Review)

Release date: May 28th 2017. Label: Black Bow Records. Format: DD/Vinyl

The Liars Bend Low – Tracklisting

1.Gravity 07:22
2.Machine Men 06:58
3.When Leaves Turn To Blood 06:15
4.Die-Sect 07:54
5.... Are We Dead yet? 06:46

Band Members:

Sam - Guitar and Vocals
Jason - Guitar and Vocals
George - Bass
Steve - Drums


Pyreship's blend of music incorporates elements of Noise, Grunge, Sludge, Stoner, Psych and Doom that shows their own highly original take on Hard Rock/Metal. Their debut album - The Liars Bend Low - is an album containing a deep political message throughout especially on the epic second track - Machine Men. Though I'm jumping ahead of myself.

Opening track - Gravity - opens with a distorted psychedelic sound before a grunge style atmosphere opens up the album up to heavier sounds and cool vocals. The song becomes heavier with Pyreship now starting to play their heavy hybrid sound that stretches across the different musical boundaries contained throughout the album. A distinctive sludge/noise groove fills the doom based atmosphere but with an uplifting vibe that appears at different parts of the song. The song takes a heavier route around the half way mark and Pyreship proves they are no pushovers in the volume departments. As this album has the perfect balance within the loud VS quiet style moments on the entire album.

Second track - Machine Men - is a deeply haunting song that comments on the political surroundings currently going on around the globe. Splicing the classic speech from Charlie Chaplin classic film - The Great Dictator - and merging it with heavy sludge, doom and psychedelic stoner grooves is a work of genius. Sure I've heard this speech before merged with the theme tune from Christopher Nolan film - Inception. I have to say Pyreship's take on that speech is the more dynamic and genuinely exciting as they write hard-hitting social lyrics and riffs that pack an emotional punch.

The production on the album is excellent as the whole tone and sound of the album is always constantly evolving to match the mood for the individual songs held on the album.

Third track - When Leaves Turns To Blood - is another sombre affair that sees the band aligns themselves to the world of classic nineties sounding Grunge/Noise Rock with a haunting modern gloomier atmosphere. The vocals are more restrained with on this song compared to the other tracks. It allows Pyreship to focus more on their music as the overall feel of the album becomes louder and more chaotic.

The final two tracks Die-Sect and … Are We Dead Yet - offer two more final rounds of doom and gloom sounding distorted riffs with bleak topical themes that you cannot ignore. On the last song Pyreship show deep understanding of the current political climate happening around the world with their choice of soundclips that they use against their own music.

Pyreship is perhaps one of the most exciting bands I've heard in years and they have delivered the goods with The Liars Bend Low. As this is a COLOSSAL album in every sense of the word.

Words by Steve Howe

USA Customers can buy vinyl here from the band directly
European Customers can buy vinyl here via Black Bow Records.