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Review: Excoriate - On Pestilent Winds...
On Pestilent Winds...

Label: Sepulchral Voice Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 34:14
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
On Pestilent Winds...

Rated 4.23/5 (84.55%) (22 Votes)

Sometimes I just need to cut loose, and there's nothing better to help relieve the stresses of life than some pure raw, unadulterated old school death metal. That's where Germany's sadly defunct Excoriate come into the picture. The band's one and only full-length On Pestilent Winds... will no doubt become the stuff of death metal legend in years from now. Rightfully so, because this is cooler than some of the revered old school death metal albums I've heard. The bands sound is a suitably disgusting blend of Van Drunen-era Pestilence, early Sepultura, Asphyx and a dashing of good old Possessed.

The bands singer reminds of Martin Van Drunen, which is great. He sounds like a raving lunatic, gargling vomit and altogether perfectly indecipherable. The music has a dusty feel to it, which serves as a benefit rather than a detriment, giving the band an old school sound, if I hadn't had known this was a 2009 release I would have been none the wiser. The riffs are great, fast, violent and bludgeoning with some really sick thrash palm-muting thrown in, giving an early Kreator vibe in places. The album is sadly quite short at just under 35 minutes with only five out of the seven songs being proper songs (I don't really count the Sepultura cover, awesome as it is).

Overall this album is a happening slice of filthy old school death metal, leering behind a wall of decay, proudly slaying those who will listen. If you're a fan of any of the bands I've name-dropped in this review then I can pretty much guarantee you'll have a fun time with On Pestilent Winds... Recommended.

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