Pyrexia
Feast of Iniquity

It’s been 6 long years since Pyrexia’s last album, Age of the Wicked, was released and what we have here folks is Feast of Iniquity, the fourth album in this legendary NYDM band’s repertoire and it’s a bulldozer of an album.

WOW-Zeus mixed and mastered this bad boy at his Planet Z Studio and one thing is for certain is this is the best sounding Pyrexia album to date.  The drums sounding so ferocious on the entire album and as an added bonus, Suffocation drummer Dave Culross plays on 4 of the songs.  Eric Shute’s vocals sounding ferocious on this too, still sounds similar to former Pyrexia singer, Keith DeVito, having that mid-range gruff approach with some higher register tones.  Also I noticed some vocal layering, similar to Glen Benton, from Deicide and some Once Upon the Cross influence in his delivery-good stuff.  The 2 minute part of opener, “The Pendulum”, is stunning with the double bass and a little while later Chris Basile treats us to a nice little ditty of a guitar solo.

There is a layout problem with the cd back and booklet, the second song is actually “Infliction”, not “Death Wish”.  I get irritated with shit like this and this happens more than you think on albums.  I knew this was incorrect, because Chris had actually sent me “Infliction” a while ago to preview and this is the song the band has recently made a video for. One of the best songs Pyrexia has ever done.  I love the guitar riff that opens the song; it’s heavy and has a real dirty sound to it, Chris, also played bass on the album and sounds great as he does a super nice evil bass slide a few seconds later.

Main drummer Doug Bohn does some killer drum work here and the 1:54 double pounding part that goes into a blast beat alternates between this pattern for a bit and is outstanding.  The 2.47 part, no joke, will have you doing windmill assaults in the pit, during this slam part.  “Death Wish” has a massive slam in the beginning with a nice old school galloping part soon thereafter, which erupts into a blast beat.  The chorus at the 1.50 part is nice and catchy that goes back into a slam with varying mid range vocals.

Do you want another song description, because you’re still unsure about picking this album up??  Ok one more, last track, “The Feast” has quite an epic buildup that goes into a stunning blast beat and man, Basile’s guitar sound is so frickin heavy.  You have some killer drum rolls and fills, courtesy of Mr. Culross, more slams, blast beats and nice mid range vocals.  I guess if you are still unsure about picking this up than you need to be dealt with accordingly.

This is one of the best releases for 2013 and certainly a release that Pyrexia needed to bring to the table to show everyone-‘Hey We’re back and ready to bludgeon you to death”.  Despite the track switch-up in the layout, the booklet is well designed, with pics and lyrics.  The album cover is a continuation from their last album and you have demons looking like they’re having a last supper of sorts while raping and pillaging all around them.  At a mere 30 minutes Feast of Iniquity should be replayed again and again-it’s ferocious, brutal, slammin’ and I love every minute of it.  Buy or Die by “The Pendulum”.

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Written by Frank Rini
December 9th, 2013

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