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  • Vinyl (22 Jan. 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00008FPNE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Hazeldine on 18 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Another overlooked band from the late 80's, Pestilence contained many great death metal musicians, and were fine purveyours of technical death, at a time when not many people were interested. This is the second album, after 'Malleus Malefecarum', and the first on Roadrunner (Roadracer was a special Death Metal imprint from Roadrunner - lots of good bands were on it back in the day, Sepultura, Obituary, Suffocation....)
They were one of the first bands, along with people like Death, Nocturnus, Suffocation, and Cynic, to incorporate more technical playing, and arrangements into their style. Their most radical changes would come later, with 'Testimony Of The Ancients' being a song-interlude-song based album, which I haven't seen the like of ever since, and 'Spheres' was almost a jazz-death metal fusion.
As you would expect from death metal, there are nice low-end guitars, pounding drums, and incomprehensible vocals. Add to this decent bass work (something rarely done in the early 90's), and some interesting new arrangements, that mainly concentrate on building up in stages, before the all-consuming crush. I think that's what they were trying to aim with on this album, and it comes out best in songs like 'Out Of The Body', where there is a great under-use of the double-bass drums, which creates the feeling of being consumed slowly.
They also have the trademark thrash speed that characterised many a great death metal band from the late 80's to the early 90's (like Possessed, or Sepultura), and include some nicely worked solo's.
Another of the essential albums to buy if you want to know what death metal used to be...
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By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this is a fine death metal album, heavy, catchy enough with fine vocals. Only a few tracks really stand out though and the band would do better although some would say this is the bands finest hour, i dont think it is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
a jewel is unearthed... 23 July 2000
By Joey from the Bronx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally, after I don't know how many years of unavailablity, Pestilence's 2nd senses shattering disc is available for the unaquainted. Not being a huge fan of their debut cd ("Malleus Malficarum"), I bought this on cd format(!), in mid 1990, along with Possessed's "Beyond the Gates" and Exodus' "Bonded By Blood" (the cd frenzy got to me big time as I re-bought everything that was available on cd format). To put it mildly, I was blow away by the band's agressiveness, compostion skills, and by Martin Van Drunen's quite inhuman vocal roar. Other than Death and Obituary, there weren't very many vocalists quite like Martin. His voice was on of a rabid grizzly bear, bellowing and quite nerve wracking, but at the same time his phrasing was excellent and the lyrics (which were way ahead of their time) quite clear. And the songs! "Deify Thy Master", "Chronic Infection", and "Out Of the Body" are tremendous, straight ahead death metal classics, with a dose of technicality and wild, improvisational/jazz-like soloing. Each song hit you like a slab of concrete; hard, fast and with deadly intentions.
It's hard to imagine that this monstrous cd is 11 years old now, but like fine wine, this cd just gets better with time. Their follow-up disc was the even better "Testimony of the Ancients", a dizzing array of death metal, fused with jazzy rhythms and containing magnificent musical interludes between each song. A fabulous testament to a very influential and very creative band. Let's see some record company put out re-issues of Exciter, Razor and Purgatory. Long live the underground (and the Great Thrash Movement of the 80's!).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
GET THEM OUT OF MY BODY! 18 July 2003
By Patrick Stott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this was more than slightly disturbing on first listen all those years ago! Such was the anguish and pain in Martin Van Drunen's voice as he squeezed out these strangled words; it was almost possible to believe there was a colony of er... cockroaches or maggots living inside him. It put a chill up my spine anyway...
In '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.
While this was Pestilence's second album, the band was still constantly learning about dynamics and how to play their instruments. This album predates the blast beat cliché, but Pestilence could hit the turbocharger when needed, judiciously using faster passages, accenting the mid-paced sections. This was incredibly heavy for it's time, as guitarists Patrick Mameli and Patrick Uterwijk (classy first names there!) had developed a technique playing in tandem where they would let a chord ring on at the end of a riff, creating some chunky harmonics as the guitar sounds merged. Not being a musician, I don't know if this is a technically accurate description of what they were doing, but as a Death Metal fan, I do know it makes your hair stand on end!
Lyrically, Pestilence showed a good grasp of English for a Dutch band, but a lack of imagination in subject matter. They fell back on the trusty old faithfuls of gore, God, and doing nasty things to people. The previously mentioned "Out Of The Body" and lead off track "Dehydration" are probably the most convincingly executed. The instrumental "Proliferous Souls" is unusual in that it is not the normal acoustic guitar mood piece, instead staying fully electric and conjuring up images of spirits drifting in the wind across the landscape in search of a final resting place.
Martin Van Drunen later left the band to front the far less complex Asphyx, while Pestilence took the space cadet/ultra technical jazz/prog direction. This is both Pestilence and Van Drunen at their best.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have a consuming impulse to listen to this a lot... 8 April 2008
By robotiq - Published on Amazon.com
Pestilence played blistering, vital death metal for one album only. This is a bracing, poisonous record, mixing the uncontrollable extreme thrash of 'Reign in Blood' with the detuned pummelling of 'Scream Bloody Gore'. Deranged screams of audible agony bellow out macabre portraits of death, whilst maniacal, torturous leads are threaded through punishing hypnotic rhythms.

Foremost, this is an intense, frightening experience to numb the senses, but it also possesses surprising subtlety. 'Consuming Impulse' is actually far more progressive than the overly calculated 'Testimony of the Ancients'. The songs here are dense, complex, and make creative use of keyboards and effects; the break in 'The Trauma' showing a clear precursor to Norwegian Black Metal. Of course, it is also far more entertaining; 'Out of the Body' is utterly incredible. Four and a half minutes of unrestrained chaos, a string of devastating riffs and solos, with lyrics matching the harrowing cover art.

The production is perfect; clear but tough and jagged, perfectly capturing the band's old school thrashing fury inside a barrage of newfound death metal heaviness. This gives it a harsh feel that sets it apart from the muddier sounds of their Florida contemporaries. `Consuming Impulse' is more relentless than 'Leprosy', more intricate than 'Deicide', more consistent than 'Slowly We Rot' and more fun than 'Altars of Madness'. If Pestilence had been from Florida, this would be in your collection already.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
UNSURPASSED! 23 Oct. 2010
By R. S. Whitehair - Published on Amazon.com
I'll keep this simple. This is one of the greatest albums ever made! It's not only heavy and fast, but the musicianship is fantastic. There's hundreds of bands that play fast and heavy, but mostly the resulting songs are interchangable crap. Pestilence performs death metal at its highest level. If you don't get this album you're cheating yourself. It seriously is comparable to other classics like Reign in Blood or Carcass's Necroticism album. Amazing!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Overwhelming Assault 24 Aug. 2009
By Orphan of Sickness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pestilence's second album, "Consvming Impvlse" (as it says on the cover haha), is a vicious swarm full of energy and riffs. It crosses the line between the thrash assault they had with Malleus Maleficarum and the beginnings of death metal that was carried on by Death, Obituary, Possessed and the like. Nonetheless, "Consuming Impulse" is a must have for fans of either genre. The riffs are nothing short of amazing, whether it would be that speedy intro to "Dehydrated" or the trademark riff on "Out of the Body", there is plenty of them to be found on this album. The solos will also bring a smile to your face if you love them fast and blistering. However, if there is anything else that this album deserves, it's the vocal delivery by the legendary Martin Van Drunen. His tortured cries only enhance everything that was splendid on this masterpiece. This is nothing short of amazing; this is an overwhelming and destructive assault and, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Pestilence's career.
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