Unholy Requiem - Pyrexia

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Unholy Requiem will be a plate that goes over the history of music. The first half of the are the highest pulled forward as a textbook example on how not to let themselves be inspired by other bands. Which is a pity for the other half of the plate. For the stores on a small handful of songs that actually are quite well written, they are overshadowed, unfortunately, just the total of the first half's totally uninspired game of death metal. Had Pyrexia just summoned a number of independent third parties for a listening session, it could have turned out with a quite excellent EP with some good groovy death metal.

New lineup = great new ideas?

Pyrexia from New York has since 1990 delivered the death metal of the easy, brutal and groovy art to the masses. A few demos, an EP and a handful of plates it has, and here on the 25th anniversary of their debut they throw so their fifth album, Unholy Requiem, on the street. It is also their first album with the new crew in the near guitarist Chris Basile, who has been with since the beginning, so that new ideas ought to be plenty of. In the course of the 28 years they have between each album, slightly adjusted, on how brutal a game of death to be played, and how big a spoonful of groove that should be thrown in the mix, some times with more success than others.

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Unholy Requiem is a short little case: eight songs spread over 25 minutes. Pyrexia does generally not for long albums – the longest is the debut album Sermon of Mockery in 34 minutes. From the first stanza of the title track "Unholy Requiem", it is evident that we operate within the death metal a la Deicide. It goes quickly, and there is not so much the piss with intronumre or long atmospheric instrumentalpassager. It is right on and cut to pieces, seasoned with a simple solo here and there, there is nothing new under the sun in that sense. So generally speaking, the Pyrexia very true to the style of death metal they play. They know the inside out and know how to cut, there is no new-fangled strange inspirations or alien elements here, it is death metal in the more Deicide-inspired spirit: It is heavy, profane and fast.

It is so here, we run into the biggest problem with Unholy Requiem. The first half of the record is so insanely uninspired written, that you almost would think that they had found the checklist for death metal 101 forward and followed it slavishly, and eventually to add a little extra Deicide. On the track "The Annointed" will get it even so very much extra Deicide, that you could have placed it on Scars of the Crucifix, and you would only notice it, because it was a lower quality than the remaining numbers. The ends even the number of Glen Bentons almost trademark-esque "deep-growl-with-a-layer-scream-upstairs"-vocals. If it is, what the new bandsammensætning can perform, so it can only go too slow to get changed line up once again.

But then, when we round the number to the "Path of Disdain" and embarks on the latter half of the album, something happens. The songs are generally a little slower, there is more change of pace and an interesting element, which is best described as being a New York hardcore tough guy attitude, a little along their byfæller in Suffocation. The clothes, Pyrexia, and it actually sounds like an independent band and not a clone. Here, too, served the plate without a doubt the best track, "The Fall of Eden", with its more groove-oriented pace and fine little guitar lick shows that the Pyrexia in fact, you can write interesting numbers.


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