Pestilence
Obsideo


2.5
average

Review

by James Lentil USER (9 Reviews)
November 13th, 2013 | 66 replies


Release Date: 11/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And the cycle repeats itself. Not completely terrible but very generic.

When most people think of Pestilence they think of Consuming Impluse’s tasty riffs ala the dueling powers of Mameli and Uterwijk, not to mention the respectable vocals of Martin Van Drunen. Fortunately those same guitarists are present on Obsideo but now the original guitarist Patrick Mameli has taken the center stage in handling guitars and vocals. If that isn’t disappointing enough, the value of the guitar work on Obsideo is anything but glorious. Obsideo is comprised of solid riffs but the main problem is almost everyone on planet earth has already heard these riffs time and time again from not only Pestilence but also from many other bands in the death/thrash metal genre. Basically what you’re going get out of Obsideo is a combination of generic-boring riffs with occasionally moments that may be above average in delivery. To reiterate, I don’t mean ‘boring’ in the sense that the riffs aren’t any good, I mean ‘boring’ in the sense that if you had to eat oatmeal everyday of your life for every meal you would definitely be pretty sick of it.

Now that I’ve laid out the expectations of Obsideo let’s talk about the production. As with most bands putting out modern metal you will notice a rather ‘clean’ style to the approach. Envision a mix of Demolition Hammer’s Epidemic of Violence and Gorgut’s Colored Sands. So, as you may know, both of these bands actually have pretty good eq levels despite their ‘modern-clean’ nature. The same goes with Obsideo and I actually like the production quality found here but again what’s missing are the good compositions of music writing that compliments the production.

As mentioned earlier, the riffs in Obsideo are generic and boring because they’ve been done over so many times. But, you will get the whole flare of alternate riffings and tremolos and the drums are actually solid as well but when it comes to death/thrash music if the riffs are generic it doesn’t really matter how amazing the drums are. After multiple listens I can still find myself listening to a large portion of Obsideo without too much conflict but at the end of the day I’d rather listen to Consuming Impulse, Malleus Maleficarum, and Testimony of the Ancients. This is what makes me sad: a band with so much talent should be working towards putting out surpassing music or at least writing an album that rivals their past efforts, not falling into the same rut so many revival bands experience. Current guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli should focus on his songwriting and beg for Van Drunen’s return.



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JamesLentil
November 13th 2013


59 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wished Patrick Mameli would have opted for a greater bass presense of George Maier during his producing phase. I believe that would have made things more enjoyable.

FrozenVain
November 13th 2013


2482 Comments


I'm sad to read this becuase I kinda had high hopes. Pos'd.

JamesLentil
November 13th 2013


59 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@ Sputnik - My apologies for having more than one review on the front page. I did, however, wait a full 24 hours before posting this.

Edit: Thank you FrozenVain.

Krieg
November 13th 2013


15 Comments


Stupid losers here.
This is a very very good album.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013


15203 Comments


Listened to the title track and it was okay, not really interesting enough for me to check the whole thing though. Those vox are shit though.

@Krieg, you don't belong here obviously.

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Krieg
November 13th 2013


15 Comments



??????

FrozenVain
November 13th 2013


2482 Comments


ohh snap I wouldn't take that, jac

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013


15203 Comments


Someone put me in the freezer I just got burned hard.

lol editing his comment, nice one.

tempest--
November 13th 2013


14614 Comments


what did he say

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013


15203 Comments


Somelike like "I don't belong here? You don't belong here bitch!"

Was a topkek

TheSpirit
November 13th 2013


18002 Comments


Band is toast

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

bloc
November 13th 2013


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hard to believe this is the same band

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2013


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, where's the passion.

demigod!
November 13th 2013


45254 Comments


Stupid losers here. [2]

bet this sucks

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FearThyEvil
November 14th 2013


12759 Comments


I'll check in hopes of it being at least decent.

tempest--
November 14th 2013


14614 Comments


hahahah jac, classic

Krieg
November 14th 2013


15 Comments


Childish people around here.
And Lloyd shut up.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2013


15203 Comments


You want some ice for that assburn?

tempest--
November 14th 2013


14614 Comments


fuk

SlMBOLlC
November 14th 2013


5296 Comments


lol krieg more like not



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