Pestilence
Consuming Impulse


4.5
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Review

by ffs USER (18 Reviews)
September 24th, 2010 | 582 replies | 28,998 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal. No bullshit.

14 of 14 thought this review was well written

What's the deal with death metal these days? It's all about technicality this, brutality that, slamming guttural mosh whatever the hell, and it's probably best to not even think about deathcore. Let us once again be nostalgia's bitch and hark back to the good old days, when young death metal was basically just a heavier and infinitely more deranged version of his big brother, thrash metal. Old school death metal indeed, death metal in it's purest form; with psychotic vocals, relentless drumming and plenty of mother***ing RIFFS.

The Netherlands' Pestilence is about as old school as death metal gets, forming in 1986 at first as a thrash metal band, before adopting a distinctly heavier style that would become known as death metal for their 1989 release Consuming Impulse, considered by many to be their best work and a classic within the genre. Consuming Impulse is clearly old school death metal epitomized; and opening track Dehydrated makes no issue of making that absolutely apparent. Wasting no time with a stupid, irrelevant sample or pointless build-up, the song punches straight into an excellent tremolo picked riff backed by great, audible bass and furious but tight drumming. Shortly after we're introduced to vocalist Martin van Drunen; while he doesn't employ any of the vocal techniques such as gutturals that death metal is known for today, his style was clearly influential within the genre. His voice is hoarse, frantic and completely unhinged. He sounds like an insane religious fanatic reciting some forgotten scripture to an already-dead congregation. Around half way through, Dehydrated breaks down into a slower, mournful riff, while van Drunen whispers sneeringly into the microphone, before increasing in pace again to climax with the memorable line "Without any water, you won't last // die in the desert, death comes fast," just as an excellent solo shrieks and finishes off the song. Every single song on the album retains this high standard, with a myriad of first class riffs and an overall sinister atmosphere, often courtesy of creepy, ethereal sounding effects used in songs such as Echoes of Death.

The solos on Consuming Impulse definitely indicate Pestilence's past as a thrash band, they are technical and abundant and often come at the climax of a song. Thankfully they are varied enough to keep the listener interested, from the intense tapping on the likes of Suspended Animation to the far slower and more melodic Proliferous Souls which is not really a song but a two minute solo. Despite all this, the solos never come across as masturbatory. The guitar tone used is a high pitched wail, which sounds like something akin to a dentist's drill, which obviously reflects the overall punishing feel of the album.

Lyrically, Consuming Impulse is up to par, the lyrics aren't mind blowingly amazing but they are definitely well written especially considering English isn't the band's first language, and there is some surprisingly clever world play such as "Deify thy Master". The biggest asset of the lyrics is that they are actually relevant; van Drunen is far more intelligible than any of the gurning guttural vocalists associated with modern death metal. With themes concerning death, decomposition and torture, Consuming Impulse set the standard of death metal lyrics for years to come.

Consuming Impulse definitely deserves it's status as a death metal classic. This is one of the albums that laid the foundation for one of the most famous and controversial genres in music, and it's still an absolute heavyweight when contending with anything more recent. For everything death metal should be and a few riffs more, listen to this album.

4.3/5



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ffs
September 24th 2010



4816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the album art is fucking awful though come on

Darkvoid67
September 24th 2010



383 Comments


Not a bad review. You go on about Van Drunen a bit too much, but i am an amateur as well so i would have done the same

FadeToBlack
September 24th 2010



10913 Comments


nothing wrong with the album cover

major props for reviewing this such a classic album

BigHans
September 24th 2010



26455 Comments


BlackToFade

SCREAM!
September 24th 2010



9964 Comments


it isnt great but it isnt bad

although they could have done something beastly with a title like that

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

FadeToBlack
September 24th 2010



10913 Comments


The original cover was a group of people eating each other, but at the last minute, without the band's permission, Roadrunner replaced the cover; the band never liked the outcome.

i like it though, fits perfectly with Out Of The Body

ffs
September 24th 2010



4816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what kind of noob gets eaten by ants

SCREAM!
September 24th 2010



9964 Comments


prob some core scene kid

Phrike
September 24th 2010



1691 Comments


it isnt great but it isnt bad


ok

SCREAM!
September 24th 2010



9964 Comments


you get it? good job

Phrike
September 24th 2010



1691 Comments


ty

DetJohnKimble
September 24th 2010



83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, definately needed a review. Personally prefer testimony of the ancients but still really enjoy this one.

Thor
September 24th 2010



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

motherfucking riffs

ffs
September 24th 2010



4816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

abridged version of review:

the riffs are very good!
*3 paragraphs of dumb shit no one cares about*

SCREAM!
September 24th 2010



9964 Comments


oh well in that case ill pos

jingledeath
September 24th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album ruless

bloc
September 24th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It certainly does

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

NeutralThunder12
September 24th 2010



8742 Comments


smallhans

Xplisit
September 24th 2010



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

destroysdestroysdestroys

Zip
September 24th 2010



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think my favorite part about this album is that it's "80's Death Metal." That just sounds cool amirite?



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