|Classic Review: Pestilence - Consuming Impulse|
Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1989
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 4, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.47/5 (89.41%) (34 Votes)
Ahhh, finally I get one of my fave albums from back in the day on disc. I grabbed this back when it was released at the end of '89 (with Xmas money, as I recall. The irony.) and it was virtually cemented in my tape deck for months. Pestilence had gotten good press with their debut album Malleus Maleficarum, but this was their breakthrough release.
Already here Pestilence were showcasing the technicality that was to mark all their later efforts, but the focus here was still heavy, brutal Death Metal of the old Scandinavian breed – this was before everyone was jumping on the Entombed bandwagon. Consuming Impulse pretty evenly alternates between straight-ahead bashers like "Dehydrated" and "Suspended Animation", and more melodic, varied cuts such as the groovy "Process Of Suffocation" and the actually catchy "Out Of The Body". Not every tune is gold – "Reduced To Ashes" is actually kind of boring – but all the tunes are complex and executed with conviction. The production leaves a bit to be desired to a modern ear, but just crank it up and it will kill you just fine. Martin Van Drunen's vocals are killer on this disc, as he's extreme without being unintelligible. After this album he would leave Pestilence and go on to the even more awesome Asphyx, but his vocal work here is just right for this album. I don't think he would have suited their later, more progressive sound nearly as well.
Any of the old Pestilence albums are worth having, but this one and the following Testimony Of The Ancients are probably the best ones to have. A Death Metal classic from the bad old days.
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