Convulse
World Without God


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2009 | 207 replies | 14,458 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before there was Whalecore...there was old school death metal and before there was any drunkard accordion toting warriors in Finland there was...Convulse

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

It’s a scientifically proven fact that Scandinavia excels at creating bomb ass heavy metal. Whether it be black, death, doom, power or experimental, the Scandinavians clean house in just about every major category. Finland however differs from their neighboring brothers and sisters in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Mostly producing gay melodic black, death, and folk metal bands, Finland has been branded as a bunch of drunkards that like to fiddle with the accordion (Fintroll), the violin (Turisas) and other various party instruments. Despite being grounded and pounded by the Vikings on numerous occasions, none of this seemed to translate into the raw aggression that birthed the Swedish death metal and Norwegian black metal scenes. Or so I thought…

Just when I thought I’d given up on acquiring brutal Finnish music I came across this nifty little outfit called Convulse. Formed in 1988, the band released just two full lengths before fading into obscurity. Their first release though, 1992’s World Without God, is a powerful blast of old school death metal that should appeal to each and every fan of the traditional Stockholm/Tampa Bay Sound. Muddy production, buzz saw riffing, guttural vocals, and crushing rhythms with a substantial amount of melody is the name of the game here. Fans of Nihilist’s demo compilation, early Dismember, Incantation and Entombed will have a field day with this competently arranged gem.

The aspect about old school Scandinavian death metal that stands out to me the most above any other scene is the primal musicianship and simplistic punk rock influenced song writing structures that no matter how many times done, it always sounds great and the hooks are always infectious. Starting with the vocals. Unleashed, Dismember, Nihilist, it doesn’t matter which band in the scene you take for example. Guttural growls/roars have become a tradition in this style of music and Rami Jamsa fails to deliver anything less than a stellar performance. His vocals provide an unearthly sense of aggression to tack onto the already vicious onslaught of brutality. Lyrically he remains obscured by the deepness of his roar but judging from song titles “World Without God”, “False Religion”, and “Godless Truth”, it’s pretty clear that their hatred is directed towards the guy up stairs in the pearly gates.

The band’s guitar duo, consisting of names I cannot spell or pronounce, exceeded my expectations with a mastering of tempos and arrangements. At times doomy and sluggish, Convulse can easily shift from dirge like nature to blitzkrieg at the drop off a hat, successfully marking their ability to manipulate aggression. World Without God isn’t just lumbering passages and break neck grooves though, the duo also craft compelling melodies and harmonies to break up the monotony. The opening clean guitar on closing track “Power Struggle” Of Belief makes for an epic introduction and the flickering solos found elsewhere play off nicely with the album‘s heaviness. Also worth mentioning is the experimentation of keyboards. The haunting church bells on “Putrid Intercourse” inject sinister ambience to the blistering death metal template. “Godless Truth” imports a decidedly Emperor-esque symphonic black metal flavor to crushing Scandinavian death. These sparse elements remain otherwise minimal therefore resulting in a sense of unpredictability and personality for Convulse.

Bass wise Juha plays his instrument pretty well and remains high enough in the mix to remain an object of interest. Most of the time you’re listening to an old school death metal record, the bass is tuned low, Dethklok style. Not here though, his tone permeates nicely through the dense layers of production. “Blasphemous Verses” is a prime example worthy of mentioning. Opening in an ominous manner with the bass and the guitar melody feeding off each other, the song metaphorically lacerates the listener for awhile before finally just severing the limbs and ending the predicament. Juha’s rhythm section partner, either Perr Lind or Janne Miikkulainen, I cant really verify, solidifies his position well with a steady stream of double bass and militant drum rolls. Adjustments are made to match the varying tempos of the music, but the patterns are always played consistently and competently.

Originally, I thought this album suffered from a bit of repetition here and there but the more I listen to the album, the more I love it for what it is. Other than that, I find no complaints and/or flaws with “World Without God”. Released before Slaughter Of The Soul and just after Like An Ever Flowing Stream/ Left hand Path, lies a satanic beast of a death metal record that lies in waiting to be uncovered from it‘s Megatron like entombment. Purists of the old guard will definitely love but I recommend this to newer listeners as well.



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Spare
July 22nd 2009



5251 Comments


Summary: Before there was Whalecore...ther
HAHAHA YOU MADE A TYPO HAHAHA AHAH AHAAA

but seriously kickass review

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


The band’s guitar duo, consisting of names I cannot spell or pronounce
awesome, will get

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


Just when I thought I’d given up on acquiring brutal Finnish music

HAVEN'T HEARD OMNIUM GATHERUM YET HAVE YA

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omnium Gatherum. LOL.

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


i thought it was funny too i'm glad someone appreciates my sense of humor

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


that was funny...shit

I'm still not selling my sole cd I have by them, I should probably listen to it again

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


you have Omnium Gatherum on hard copy i'm geelouse

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omnium Gatherum is basically Insomnium's autistic kid brother. They're not bad for a song or two but after that, I'd rather listen to two giraffes mating.

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


that's kinda what the singer sounds like, and I seriously cannot wait to post my insomnium review

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


Insomnium Gatherum

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


that's pretty gay

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


obviously it reveals that they are the same band and both worthy of 1/5

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You'd think Finland would produce more brutal metal. I suppose they were always drunk and happy when the Vikings came over to pillage and burn. Before and after.

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


finland are the incestuous children of the metal world whose mothers enjoyed fast amusement park rides and kvlt mike's hard lemonade while pregnant

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


you could've just said they're the new sweden

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Touche......Well, quite frankly, i'd take new Finland over Swedens poppy recycled melo bullshit. At least violins, accordions, and war painted women are awesome. Sonic Syndicate and Dimension Zero are not.They got no entertaining gimmics.

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


sweden makes awesome dark ambient wtf

fireaboveicebelow
July 22nd 2009



6837 Comments


you're on a different genre trickster, either way norway/russia wins

TricksterGRex
July 22nd 2009



2087 Comments


russians don't make music fireaboveliesbelow

BallsToTheWall
July 22nd 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


^^^win.


Sweden does make good ambient. Raison D Etre and Lacus Somniorum's latest rules face. ^^ I'll add Ukraine, Switzerland, and France to that mix.



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