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Obsideo [VINYL]

Pestilence Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (18 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Back On Black
  • ASIN: B00FBFR44Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M.G.A
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since their return to the fray with 'Resurrection Macabre' in 2009, Pestilence have stayed on the upward curve, delivering albums of quality, precision death-metal.
New album 'Obsideo' sees latter-day Pestilence move through the gears as they create the perfect marriage of the brutality of 1989s 'Consuming Impulse', the classy, starry-eyed arrangements of 1991s 'Testimony Of The Ancients' & - to a lesser extent - the far-reaching prog tendencies of 1993s 'Spheres'.
Mainman Patrick Mameli and his longtime co-hort Patrick Uterwijk team up for real as their complex guitar riffs intertwine in classic Pestilence tradition, packing the necessary crunch for the gut-level intensity that death-metal demands, while retaining the suppleness of touch that always made Pestilence seem like a cut above the blood'n'guts death-metal crowd as the band sought to breakout of the confines of the genre and explore new territory with each new release.
The new rhythm section (Georg Maier-bass & Dave Healy-drums) bring their a-game as they play an invaluable supporting role to the 'two Patrick's' dual attack.
The arrangements are powerful yet melodic, as Pestilence conjour a sound and style that fits in perfectly with the band's illustrious history, all the while forging ahead. This is the third album since their return, and all the promise of the the previous two offerings has been fulfilled as Pestilence reach a new peak, making it hard to believe it really has been two decades since their 1989-1993 glory years.
Put simply, 'Obsideo' is their strongest album of technical death-metal since the 1991 classic 'Testimony Of The Ancients' making it a must have for death-heads of any persuasion. Try it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Corker! 26 Jan 2014
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I would just like to start by pointing out that I have been A keen Pestilence admirer since the very early 90s'. This is the third offering from the prolific Dutchmen since their rebirth. Another very good album with some very typical Pestilence riffage delivered with Crisp, heavy but clear guitars! The musicianship on offer here is what you would expect from this band. A short, intense album, Obsideo fits in nicely to the very rich Pestilence catalogue . If you are A fan of intelligent Death Metal and you have not yet done so; Check this or any other recent Pestilence album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pestilence--Obsideo 19 Nov 2013
By J. Hill - Published on
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"Obsideo" is the third album since Pestilence returned to the music scene after a long absence. Patrick Mameli and Co. came back with 2009's "Resurrection Macabre", a crushing death metal assault that matched the intensity from the days of "Testimony of the Ancients", although neglected the band's more experimental aspects. Then, in 2011, Pestilence delivered "Doctrine", which went a completely different direction, re-establishing the weird tech death solos and bass lines, highlighted by the return of the master, J.P. Thesseling, on bass. But, not long after the release of "Doctrine", Thesseling left, and I worried that losing a prized, unique feature of the band might dampen my appreciation of their next album. Mameli and longtime guitar partner Patrick Uterwijk always deliver the goods, but I was highly bummed after I heard about the departure of Thesseling. Pestilence seemed to be on a decent roll after "Doctrine", so I really hoped it wouldn't interfere with the momentum the band has built since their comeback.

It's 2 years later, and now we have "Obsideo". This album does a nice job of combining the approaches of the two previous albums into a more realized, consistent batch of songs that offer everything from brutal death metal, spacey tech solos, bizarre guitar synth textures, and bouncy grooves ala "Spheres". My favorite tracks so far are "Transition" and "Laniatus", which would be good reference points for how the overall album sounds, as well as "Displaced". On "Doctrine", some complained about Mameli's odd, higher pitched, frequently cracking vocal style. On "Obsideo", he's reined it back in, and sounds nearly as brutal as on "Resurrection Macabre", although not quite as deep. The new bassist definitely does not have the same presence as J.P., but he contributes a fine performance, with a few nice flourishes here and there. The new drummer can play, peppering the album with tons of double bass, speedy fills, and precision blast beats. I don't hear any filler at all here, just ten dynamic songs in the 3 minute range that capture those distinctive tones unique to Pestilence. It's a great addition to their discography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! 27 Nov 2013
By Brian Nallick - Published on
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I've been a huge Pest. fan since Consuming Impulse.
Their comeback album was a welcome one.
Doctrines really didn't do much for me but then I started hearing advanced tracks from Obsideo and was really impressed.

This is easily the best of their three comeback albums.
Some truly classic moments abound on the disc.
Excellent production.
Brilliant riffage and lead work.
Drums and bass brutally pound the listener with precision and technical prowess.

If I had to compare Obsideo to the bands past catalog I would say it's a more modern, brutal Testimony of the Ancients.
It really seemed like Pest was trying to find their groove since coming back and with this album they have done just that.
Stand out tracks...all of them.
There really isn't a weak song to be found here.
For those of us who remember Van Drunen era Pest fondly than this disc is a must buy.
Recommended and a late 2013 contender for best extreme album of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, brutal, but little surprising 2 Dec 2013
By Ralf M. Leonhardt - Published on
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As expected, this is one more very solid release by Pestilence. Fans of the band are used to the high degree of technicality and the good production and they won't be disappointed here. I am impressed by the in-the-face brutality of the songs, mainly due to Patrick Mameli's angry growls and aggressive riffing. Moreover, what Dave Haley plays on the drums can hardly be topped. The songs are overall strong, I cannot find a "filler" on the album. My most favorite track is Distress (song 6). If you want to listen into an example song, I would listen into that one. My only little problem with the CD is that it doesn't really offer anything novel. Everything you find here, could just as well have been on the past two albums and on some tracks even Testimony and Spheres shine through. Overall, I find very little if any development of the band. Of course, on the other hand, one doesn't need to re-invent the genre with every release. I recommend the CD and give it four stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre album. 31 Dec 2013
By N. Robinson - Published on
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Let's face it, the last 3 albums will never hold up to the original 4. While new drummer Dave Haley from Psycroptic is totally capable, I don't like how his style fits in with Pestilence. The band has lost its old school vibe, and the songs here all kind of sound the same. I guess the only saving grace here is Patrick must have realized how bad his vocals were on "Resurrection..." because he fixed them on "Doctrine" and the same here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I had a consuming impulse to listen to this new album 31 Dec 2013
By Donald Roberts - Published on
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Pestilence are a band I gave up on when they released the Spheres album. I loved their first 3 albums but haven't listened to them since the polarizing aforementioned album. Recently, I picked up Resurrection Macabre and enjoyed it in spite of critics who panned it as generic death metal . Obsideo is a beast all its own . This album has a heavy Hate Eternal vibe running through it ...specifically akin to the I , Monarch album. Eerie solos , twisted leads, pummeling double bass drums. Patrick Mameli, while not as barbaric as Martin Van Drunen, showcases more vocal prowess on this album . I listened to some samples of the Doctrine album and thought it was weak ; this album crushes it . Nothing too original here but Pestilence have a distinct sound all there own . The dynamics of the songwriting are not boring and the production is solid . If you like recent Cannibal Corspe, Suffocation or Hate Eternal'll dig this latest offering from one of death metal's pioneers .
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