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The best old school Death Metal album from the Netherlands gets a well-deserved re-issue: Now available as a 2CD with two live shows plus a bonus demo track!
The Best Old School Death Metal album from the Netherlands gets a well-deserved re-issue! Now available as a 2CD with 2 live shows plus a bonus demo track.
Crushing, aggressive, abrasive, pounding, bone crunching... In an age when blast speed drums were still mostly used by grindcore acts (and some pioneers such as Morbid Angel) and now classic bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Deicide were still tiny demo acts, Dutch masters Pestilence released one of the best old school Dutch death metal classics ever to be unleashed upon mankind, the album that made a huge impact upon its release.
“Consuming Impulse” is one intense album. one could say this album is definitely up there with classic death metal albums such as Death’s “Leprosy”, Obituary’s “Slowly We Rot”, and Morbid Angel’s “Altars of Madness”. With “Consuming Impulse”, Pestilence created their greatest, most complete album, successfully marrying the primitive brutality of their previous effort ‘Maleus Maleficarum’ with the technicality of their later releases. Whereas their debut album “Malleus Maleficarum” had some hints of thrash metal, this was gone on “Consuming Impulse” although the up tempo beat was still of course very much present. The production was heavy yet remarkably transparent. The riffs of Patrick Mameli on “Consuming Impulse” are simply mind-blowing.
The presence of these straight forward raging death metal tracks was perfect to balance the dynamics and variety of the album. Songs such as ‘Chronic Infection’ and the classic ‘Out Of The Body’ incorporated some great interacting differentiating guitars and much more diversity in pace and riffing. On the entire album the leads and solo’s of both Mameli and Utterwijk were perfectly written to serve the compositions, incorporating technique and aggression or atmosphere when needed. On top of that, let’s not forget the vile, dirty and understandable vocals of Martin van Drunen which were the icing on the cake.
The album had everything a 1989 death metal fan could ask for. Speed, diversity, catchy tunes and riffs one could also enjoy humming or playing along. Apart from the sheer quality of this album, it also proved to be one of the most important and influential early Dutch death metal albums. Lots of Dutch bands have tried but none have ever achieved getting close to the grandeur of Pestilence.
For fans of: Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower
2. The Process Of Suffocation
3. Suspended Animation
4. The Trauma
5. Chronic Infection
6. Out Of The Body
7. Echoes Of Death
8. Deify Thy Master
9. Proliferous Souls
10. Reduced To Ashes
Live Veghel 1989
1. City Of The Living Dead / Antropomorphia
3. Echoes Of Death
4. Subordinate To The Domination
6. Out Of The Body
8. Cycle Of Existence
9. Suspended Animation
Live Bochum 1988:
10. The Trauma
11. Subordinate To The Domination
12. Cycle Of Existence
13. Extreme Unction
15. Bacterial Surgery Systematic Instruction
16. Consuming Impulse (Demo)
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