I liked Pestilence back in the 80's. Had the first 2 discs. 'Consuming Impulse' was a blistering and tight death metal album. I really liked it for its intensity. I didnt buy the 2 following discs as of yet, so the review is based less on their experimental sound. Seems as if they went back to the Death metal delivery full force on this, but they did it with many more modern influences.
To tell the truth, it is very well executed, but pretty much what I expected. The sound of the Vocal and Bass drum is great! The songs are avg. Length (4 Min Avg) and Speed intensive, but very controlled. Not too long to bore you and many sick riffs with structure changes. Comes across as a mix of early (Bloody Gore, Leprosy era) Death, Blood Red Throne, Possessed and add touch of Coroner's technicality along with some guttural vocal and toxic waste(literally). I cant say enough about the good quality recording, especially for this style of music which can be hit or miss. It does crank.
The songs themselves are technical but not to the point of overkill. Basic riffs abound and hold your interest long enough to get to the more complex song structures, very 'off' Guitar riffs, good Solo's and incredible Drumming. The blast beats really give this band a kick in the as*.
The music itself isn't groundbreaking, it is just executed well. Has a very fresh/updated sound, but man, the twisted sounding riffs really do get to you. Really dark stuff. The Vocal delivery is what it is, SICK. But perfect for this genre of music. Its more about Brutality than Originality on this comeback disc.
Upon repeated listenings, it only gets better.
Best tracks are 'Hangman'(Brutal), 'Y2H', 'Fiend' (Sick and twisted song with many layers and structures), 'Neuro Dissonance'(intense and blistering blast-beat drumming)'the Title track has a really cool mid-section and 'In Sickness and Death'.
The other tracks are good as well. Really no throw outs and no surprises once 'Devouring Frenzy' kicks in.
'Synthetic Grotesque' is a Drummers track, as they are incredible here. Very intense. In fact, if anything, this disc has brutal drumming throughout and they are more prominent and dominant in the mix than on the bands older material. Maybe its just better technology seeing the older stuff wasn't the best sounding, but they are crystal clear on this disc, and extremely well done.
The Bonus tracks are great! A new version of 'Out of The Body' is on here and sounds much different. I like the updated style and clear production. The vocals are actually clean! Classic track that kills. Probably my favorite overall Pestilence song.
'Lost Souls' sounds a lot like (Scream Bloody Gore style) early Death/Obituary. Its a re-make off of their 'Testimony of the Ancients' disc that I never bought. I may have to pick it up after all.
'Chemo Therapy' is a good as well. Remake from their debut album. Their first disc was good, but lacked in terms of sound quality (like so many albums of that time did). This is a welcome update. Seldom do you find quality with bonus tracks.
A good Disc from a good band. This style of music is really limited, but Pestilence delivers the goods on this. Technically proficient and well executed. Buy it if you like Death Metal. One of the better releases for the Genre this year.