Pestilent Reign – Pyres (Review)

Pestilent ReignThis is the debut album from German death metallers Pestilent Reign.

I found myself drawn to this album quite naturally. The band name, their logo, the album cover, it all said to me quite clearly “Listen to me, you will like me…”. Seeing that the band were on Rising Nemesis Records sealed the deal, so I pressed play and prepared myself for…

As sample…but then we get quickly introduced to the band’s brand of technical brutality.

Actually, Pestilent Reign sound different than I imagined; the elements of the aforementioned qualities that drew me to this album spoke of a more modern, brutal proposition. While Pyres certainly does have aspects of this, it’s more a of a Dying Fetus-influenced affair, offering groove, blast, and technicality in varying amounts.

Melody is used well here too, and somehow this area of the delivery feels like you are really starting to feel the band’s own personality shine through.

Looking into the promo blurb it lists bands such as Dying Fetus, Dyscarnate, and Psycroptic as prime influences, and that’s as good a place to start as any with Pestilent Reign.

Pyres is an enjoyable foray into bouncy, blasting, technical aggression. Check it out.

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