Pyrexia
Feast Of Iniquity


2.5
average

Review

by BlissfulIrony USER (5 Reviews)
November 5th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pyrexia's fourth effort wears its influences on its sleeve, and, unfortunately, fails to move far beyond.

Having become a genre noted for its diversity and experimentation, it is difficult to argue Pyrexia’s place in the contemporary death metal canon. Formed in 1990, the year succeeding the release of the seminal Altars of Madness, it is clear that the titular Feast of Iniquity is hardly a dynamic progression. Sharper production and the occasional spark of inspiration aside, Pyrexia’s fourth album is doubtlessly derivative. However, it is to its credit that this does not fault it as an enjoyable- if imperfect- listen.

The influences of death metal in its nascence are abundant throughout Feast of Iniquity. Riffs offer a balance between weighty crunch and twinges of thrash, evidenced on notable opener The Pendulum; the effect is reminiscent of early Malevolent Creation, often leading to fresh and interesting song structures. Drumming is also solid throughout, complementing the guitars with engaging, although not innovative, patterns. Interesting shifts in tempo and time signature from all instruments allow Pyrexia’s notable technical ability to shine on particular tracks, the stand-out grooves of Panzer Tank Lobotomy an example. It is here that a spot of variation enlivens their otherwise template death metal sound. Unfortunately, such welcome diversions are few and far between; diversity tends to be mistaken for the differences between slow chug and repetitive shred.

Vocal performance ranges from average to questionable, styles varying from gutturals to more contemporary roars. In both cases, nothing captures attention- the lyrics are generic, if serviceable, and complement the instruments without overly impressing. On occasion, when taking a more traditional line, this trend is bucked- although these moments are few in number. This is Feast of Iniquity’s chief flaw: Pyrexia is a perfectly capable band, and produces strong groove-driven death in the 1990s vein, but fail in an increasingly evolving scene to provide anything arresting. That is not to label the music disinteresting, as Feast of Iniquity proves a technically competent and cohesive offering. However, it is to say that, excluding the unique Panzer Tank Lobotomy, it stands as something old rather than something new.

For a fan of traditional death metal and one not predisposed against a smattering of modern influences, Pyrexia’s fourth album will provide an engaging and nostalgic diversion. There is enough here for Feast of Iniquity to warrant a cursory listen, but little that will encourage the listener to return. Often tantalising, but more commonly painting by numbers, Pyrexia have birthed a solid but uninspired effort- an entertaining distraction, but just don’t expect anything more.


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psyclonus
November 5th 2013


128 Comments


heard this album the other day. i enjoyed it when it started, the first song got me pumped, but as it went on i got more and more disinterested. you're right, it's solid but uninspired. production is great though. is their other stuff better? and pos'd

Digging: Wolf - Devil Seed

trainofconsequence
November 5th 2013


1439 Comments


dull and too by-the-book

MosesMalone
November 5th 2013


1836 Comments


Pyrexia helped write that book though.

JasonCarne
November 5th 2013


243 Comments


I'd hardly call this derivative, it's just Pyrexia doing Pyrexia, and fairly well I might add. They've been around 23 years at this point, they even share the same the drummer from Suffocation's "Pierced From Within" album - if anything they're a under-appreciated/forgotten staple of (underground) old school death metal.

CaptainDooRight
November 5th 2013


29130 Comments


so much quee music coming out right now

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

KILL
November 6th 2013


71750 Comments


seamen of mockery wasnt so bad if i remember correctly!!

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

dumbassfuckingbitch
November 6th 2013


8 Comments


FUCK ALL YOU DUMBASS BITCH ASS SKANK HO'S AND CALL ME HANK

bosshog1301
November 12th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Pyrexia is a sad example of a New York death metal band that continues to cling to life even though their retirement is long past due. Their music is simplistic and boorish and makes me want to put on Gorguts or Suffocation to ease the nausea they cause. Feast of iniquity is just more scraps taken from the Internal Bleeding/Suffocation table.

clpz
November 15th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pyrexia is an absolutely underrated band who deserve WAYYY more credit for what they do. All of their albums are personal classics to me, they fuse groove and death metal like no one else, and this album is one of my favorite, straight up old school DM this year, and I don't see what's wrong with having a consistent style and sound, some bands don't wanna wank, they just are really good at being catchy and violent. I would give this a 4 easily, everyone seems to be underwhelmed which mystifies me. Then again, bands like Mastodon and Opeth bore me to tears with their meandering, so I guess I prefer a direct approach.

clpz
November 15th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also fail to see how having a place in a scene or relevancy has anything to do with your enjoyment or the quality of the record.

bosshog1301
November 25th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

oh come on cl, what are you in the band? lol

clpz
December 8th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha! nah man, it's just a really heavy, catchy album, and it's entirely consistent in it's quality for me.



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