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Pyrexia - Sermon of Mockery
Review: Heavily influenced by New York's Suffocation, so much that the greatest criticism of this band will be "Suffocation clone," Pyrexia wrest blasting structuralism from a handful of power chords and an interval to move in. While the style is dependent on the work of percussive speed/death coming before, in Pyrexia a uniquely linear and recursive interpretation of this makes for a labyrinthine but pummeling listen.
Instrumentation is impressive and vocals, for the punching guttural slack-throatedness drawn taught by anger, while arrangements extract the strengths of these players and allow them to collaborate. High hat riding percussion slides over glissando lead guitar and a constant mechanical churning of power chord riffs altering one another through friction energy. As this style was, for as short as it lasted, more influential than most other styles in death metal itself, Pyrexia directed the consciousness of the genre toward more-impact oriented music just as black metal began to influence the audience.