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.
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.