Pylar - Límyte review
|Release date:||June 2023|
What lies at the limit of cosmic horror? More drone?
One of Spain's best kept secret, even if we've been telling you about them for so long, is the ritual drone metal entity Pylar, a band that has been unleashing strange distorted music for the past decade. I know a lot of stuff gets tagged as "spiritual" or "ritualistic" but the way that Pylar approached this went beyond a spiritual vibe, with a lot of the lyricism and themes stemming from the works of philosophers (with Límyte for example using Francisco Jota-Pérez as a source) as well as other occult or theological texts, and the sound taking a lot from the ritual ambient subgenre. There's something about it that just reeks of authenticity.
Límyte closes out a trilogy started by 2019's Horror Cósmyco (review here) and continued by last year's Abysmos (review here), a lot of which felt like Pylar's least metal work, with a lot of it being more formless than expected, with plenty of extra instrumentation and more influences from outside genres like krautrock and free jazz and avant-folk, something that obviously seems to be the case as well with Límyte. Split into two long 18-minutes tracks separated by a short interlude, there is a bit of personality in each of the tracks, with "Límite" being more meditative and "Ruptura-Afuera" being more metal.
In both of these approaches, the sound feels expansive, especially due to the extra instrumentation alongside the usual guitars, bass, drums. Some of it is due to the band collaborating with Teitanblood's CG Santos that contributed with a skeleton of hurdy gurdy and modular synths that the band built upon to create an ominous and often formless, but those are joined by strings and theremins and percussion and Lord knows what else, something that even with the very patient and slowly building sound can create an air of intensity within the sound.
With the trilogy concluded, Pylar has managed to make some of the most immersive and expansive ritual drone out there. Some of it may be less metal, not enough to clearly call "drone metal", but the band certainly haven't lost the dark foreboding heaviness that drone metal would imply.
||Written on 05.07.2023 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.|
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