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thrashfan07
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:16 pm 
 

Image

Tracklist

CD1
1. Descent (27:39)
2. Rotting in Dereliction (15:51)
3. Antim Yatra (04:40)
Total: 0:48:10

CD2
4. Consuming Lies (15:16)
5. Culmination (19:03)
6. Sick and Tired (15:46)
Total: 0:50:05

After 8 years, we finally get a new release from these guys! Esoteric unquestionably is my favorite funeral doom band, so I'm beyond stoked. I got into them shortly after Paragon came out so this is something I've been anticipating for a long time. This bit from the FB post intrigues me:

Regarding the new record, the band comments: "'A Pyrrhic Existence' is an album that deals with some of the darkest sides of the human psyche and the harsh realities of existence. The concepts of the lyrics deal with death, suffering, tragedy, lies and the breakdown of the human psyche. The title is a reference as to how existence can be perceived as something that inflicts so much devastation on the survivor, that it becomes tantamount to defeat. The music is a progression from previous albums, and is of an extremely psychedelic and experimental nature. It can be likened to a vicarious journey through the twisted passages of the broken mind."

I've always thought of Esoteric as being fairly experimental, so I'm intrigued to see how this album has progressed from their previous sound. What do you guys think?

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Gravetemplar
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Joined: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:08 am
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Location: Antarctica
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:21 pm 
 

Best doom band around. Their two previous albums were great so I'm pretty hyped.

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Ilwhyan
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:54 pm 
 

Very excited to hear this. The last two albums have been excellent, but it has been quite a while since Paragon Of Dissonance.
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androdion
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Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:34 am
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:04 pm 
 

Finally it's confirmed!!! :hyper:

There was this statement on FB a while back that said something along the lines of this album being a mix of the old and the new. That one that the OP quoted though says differently, so we'll have to wait and see what gives. Other than that it's two discs and 100 minutes over six songs, oh my oh my!

What I really don't get is that cover art, it has nothing to do with Esoteric's usual art. Looks almost like a Rigor Sardonicous cover.
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Wilytank
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Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:21 am
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:02 pm 
 

thrashfan07 wrote:
This bit from the FB post intrigues me:

Regarding the new record, the band comments: "'A Pyrrhic Existence' is an album that deals with some of the darkest sides of the human psyche and the harsh realities of existence. The concepts of the lyrics deal with death, suffering, tragedy, lies and the breakdown of the human psyche.

So, in other words, business as usual? That's good enough for me.

I'll admit that Paragon of Dissonance kinda fell off hard after not too long. Disc 2 was real hard to sit through. Definitely eager for new material from these guys though.
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Goatfangs
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:07 pm 
 

Oh nice! I actually have something to look forward to this November besides Doom Eternal and crippling wintertime depression!
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MikeyC
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:44 pm 
 

Great! Looking forward to hearing this.
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SculptedCold
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Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2003 11:26 am
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:49 pm 
 

Esoteric have a pretty hostile and alienating sound. Usually I like that in my metal but I prefer my doom to have some hook, and one thing I wouldn't call Esoteric is catchy. But they're a unique and overwhelming experience, so though it's hard to say i'll be looking forward to it, i'm interested. And one of the band is an old friend so i'll have to give it a listen regardless!

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TheLoneForest
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Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:16 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:41 pm 
 

Esoteric is excellent, but Early Skepticism blows them out of the water, just like they do to legit any other Funeral Doom band, including my own

Still fucking pumped though

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299796kms
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:58 am 
 

Can't wait. I was wondering if these guys were still active.
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Belial
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Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:39 pm
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Location: Tunisia
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 am 
 

I've seen them live at the Dutch Doom Days last year in November, they played 2 old tracks (Abandonment, Cipher) and 2 new ones. I was in an extreme state of altered consciousness and I can't remember anything from the new tracks, but it was by far the best experience of my life, so I'm excited as fuck for this!

Last year we also had Evoken's "comeback" album, and it was the best thing I've heard in years (at least the first 4 tracks of the album). I'm also going to see them in Belgium next September. Both bands are basically in my top 3 overall, so things are really looking awesome as far as I'm concerned.
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Gravetemplar
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:13 am 
 

First track: 27 minutes.

https://esoteric.bandcamp.com/album/a-pyrrhic-existence

Definetely more droning and meditative than Paragon of Dissonance, the weird psychodelic guitar solos seem to be gone. It reminds me a bit to their oldest stuff, specially The Pernicious Enigma and Metamorphogenesis with a modern sound but it's only my first listen.

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Goatfangs
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:50 am 
 

That track is incredible! This is definitely an album of the year contender.
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androdion
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:53 am 
 

I think I just shat myself a little... :drool:
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blackmantram
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Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:51 pm
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Location: Colombia
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:15 pm 
 

WHat!!! Why am I just seeing this... holy tooth man this is the greatest news of the year for me!!! Thank you very much to whoever bumped this thread.

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