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Pyrexia Channel Grand Theft Auto By Way of Training Day in Their “Day One” Music Video


Earlier this month, Long Island, New York death metal outfit Pyrexia marked the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album System of The Animal by dropping a reworked version of it. Looking to give the slate of songs a fresh coat of paint using today’s lineup of Chris Basile (Guitar), Shaun Kennedy (Bass), Jim Beach (Vocals), and John Glassbrenner (Drums), they dropped a new music video earlier today for the track “Day One.”

Rather than fall into the common trope of death metal music videos, guitarist Chris Basile said the band’s vision for the song told a more believable story of crime and murder.

“We didn’t want to do the typical serial killer or running through the woods death metal video. I think we took it to the next level production-wise. Think Training Day meets Grand Theft Auto. Be offended.“

While it’s not typically a common practice for bands to completely redo an older album, Basile said it made sense to them, given the change in technology over the years and the people they now have in the lineup.

“The biggest thing over the past couple of albums is the jump in production and the main thing the band suffered from in the past was production value. The songs can be felt in the chest and the riffs can finally be heard with this newly recorded version of System of the Animal. I also felt it was ahead of its time in 1997. I don’t think a lot of people were ready for such a mix of Brutal Death Metal vs. Beatdown Hardcore. When people hear this material with the new production, combined with the fact that the music was written in the mid-90s. I think it puts Pyrexia in a whole new light for a lot of people. I think the songwriting is really going to stand out for listeners bored with bands that put out the same album over and over.”

System of the Animal 25 was released on June 6 and is available via the band’s label Gravitas Entertainment. In addition to the new video, they’ve also announced tour dates with Cerebral Incubation, Atoll, and Reeking Aura. You can find the dates below.

Tour Dates – Pyrexia w/ Cerebral Incubation (Unique Leader), Atoll (Unique Leader), Reeking Aura (Parasitic Records)
Aug 3 – Huntingtown, MD – 611 Cafe
Aug 4 – Richmond, VA – Another Round
Aug 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
Aug 6 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Aug 7 – Jacksonville, FL – TBD
Aug 8 – Tampa Bay, FL – Brass Mug
Aug 9 – Orlando, FL – Conduit
Aug 10 – Atlanta, GA – TBD
Aug 11 – Newark, DE – Halftime Sports Pub
Aug 12 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

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