Reviewed by Steven Ecott
Having performed live only three times, in 2006 and 2007, and none subsequently this doom metal band from Switzerland have focused all of their time on recording music. This album, to be released on 3rd June is, in fact, their sixth full-length release and their second on America's Roxx Productions, who in 2012 released Pÿlon's 'The Harrowing Of Hell'. For this release Pÿlon recruited Nomad Son frontman Jordan Cutajar for microphone duties. Jordan brings a different dimension to the tracks. 'Homo Homini Lupus' features six original songs along with a "special" cover which was kept secret up until recently, more of that later. The record launches straight into the fray with "Crowned", a track that truly sets the mood for the rest of the album with its grimy, doom laden guitar providing a throaty undercoat to Cutajar's voice. The two contrast in style, but blend perfectly. "Al Ha'Har" is the longest track, and rightfully so. Even for those who have no interest in doom or heavy metal will find themselves engrossed in this track's complexity and depth. It builds with slow, timid guitar that cascades into power-driven ensemble work. Arguably the peak of the track is ex-member Jan Thomas giving a quiet, murmured reading in modern Hebrew, all whilst a bone-chilling guitar is plucked away softly in the background. "Il Se Donnet Du Mal" and "Crucifier" provide prime examples of Pÿlon's unique quality and ability and would become crowd-pleasers if ever performed live. The highlight of the album has to be the final "secret" track, a cover of Slayer's 1988 hit "South Of Heaven". A controversial choice, the move to record the track is not only a bold one, but one that pays off. Pÿlon add a subtle yet distinctive twist through guitarists Matt Brand and Oliver Schneider in their tribute to one of thrash metal's most popular songs. Pÿlon prove how versatile they are and adept at combining Christian faith and doom metal.
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