Pestilence
Hadeon


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (274 Reviews)
March 17th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Partly forgettable, partly fancy, fully inconsistent.

Once upon a time, Pestilence were known as one of the frontrunners for death metal's most forward-thinking, progressive and experimental recesses. That time was 25 years ago, back when Spheres was as much derided for its bizarreness as it was beloved for its uniqueness. Since the reformation of the band in 2008, it would appear that Pestilence have slowly but surely been forgotten about, in no small part due to the explosion and hype-ridden current state of technical death metal and progressive metal: Surely two styles which owe it all to Pestilence's work in the early 90s.

Latest effort Hadeon may encapsulate a sample of what worked for Pestilence all those years ago, but it sure as hell doesn't capitalize on it. A record which is mostly filled with short, seemingly incomplete run-of-the-mill death metal tunes doesn't exactly sound thrilling, but alas this is what Pestilence's latest album entails. Whilst none of the songs here are bad (above average material in fact), listening to the grainy vocals and run-along riff work of "Non Physical Existent" inspires absolutely nobody who decides to listen. "Materialization" and "Manifestations" (almost the same song with different individual titles) may have slightly twisted solos and the latter even details quite a few changes in pace, but none of it really feels inspired enough to make Pestilence stand out from the crowd. Even at just short of fourty minutes' runtime, Hadeon seems to be clutching at straws in attempting to fill the void.

There's still golden moments here however. "Astral Projection" starts as if to roll out yet another tired main riff, before warped, robotic vocals, psychedelic background and fizzled ambiance arrives and suddenly you're trying to figure out if it's the same band that rolled out "Non Physical Existent". "Ultra Demons" gets pretty weird in the same way but extends this sound, ensuring that the guitar work remains unique and the elaborate solos become more and twisted until the song's abrupt end. "Layers of Reality" quickly becomes a short, snappy albeit chaotic exercise in being as fast as possible whilst never forgetting the technique of the band's individual compositions. The momentum of these songs are also never ommitted, soundly confirming that Pestilence still have tricks up their sleeve-it's just that they're few and far between when they should be examples in near enough every song on Hadeon.

That's essentially why Hadeon renders itself so damn inconsistent. For every middle-of-the-road song here, there seems to be another that further explores Pestilence's deeper, more progressive and experimental tendencies. Unfortunately, in 2018, a band of this style of death metal needs to go the full hog if there's ever a chance of sparking interest amongst the community. Otherwise, you're left with an album which is ratioed 50/50 with irrelevant, run-of-the-mill material and inspired musicianship.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2018


2568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

c/c welcome as always.

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BlackwaterPork
March 17th 2018


4321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice write up mate, agreed with the rating

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bloc
March 17th 2018


52995 Comments


I gave this a 2.5, but yeah I can see a 3.0 or even 3.5 as well

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zaruyache
March 17th 2018


19834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

inb4 snox lol



dec album tho agreed it's pretty inconsistent.

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Darius the Great
March 17th 2018


18447 Comments


inb4 snox and his 5

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2018


2568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How does everyone know that snox is going to rate this a 5. Are you all psychic or has he (she?) been hyping it up to justify a 5?

zaruyache
March 17th 2018


19834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

On the news articles for new songs he's been consistent in saying they rule.

Astral Abortis
March 17th 2018


6736 Comments


ALBUM RULEZ

Astral Abortis
March 17th 2018


6736 Comments


Not a 5 though, more like a 4-4.5

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2018


9077 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review Robert

jesterhead92
March 18th 2018


5471 Comments


That album art is awesome

zaruyache
March 18th 2018


19834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

HA see I told ya

jesterhead92
March 18th 2018


5471 Comments


I’m digging this. It’s like everything after Spheres never happened

bloc
March 19th 2018


52995 Comments


Yeah the art is sick

ChaoticVortex
March 19th 2018


687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Suprisingly solid DM, possibly their best since Spheres.

SuzyC
April 9th 2018


45 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh... I liked Resurrection Macabre a good bit more. I liked Spheres and Consuming Impulse the most.

Maco097
April 19th 2018


2936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

much better than the last three albums.

Hawks
April 19th 2018


62425 Comments


I listened to the first few songs and they were kinda boring so I never listened to the rest.

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2018


14068 Comments


cant stop laughing a tthe pic of the frontman with white dreads which he captioned "still alpha"

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2018


24368 Comments


last person i would expect to be such a vehement trump fan

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