Drawn and Quartered
Congregation Pestilence


3.4
great

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
July 10th, 2021 | 26 replies


Release Date: 07/02/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your resident meathead in mind.

These days death metal seems to be a whirling point of talent, at least in terms of instrumental proficiency. What I mean is you’re unlikely to hear a death metal guitarist churn through a three chord progression with the careless grace of Angus Young as some beer-toting neck-beard screams through verses of failed love and macho refrains. Seriously though, it probably goes without saying that if the guys and girls behind this little sub-genre couldn’t play their instruments...none of us would be here talking about it. Putting aside this sweeping, ridiculous standpoint to which I’ve so laboriously started this review, I can’t help but look for something simpler than the everyday trend wagon of bands outdoing each other with every chance they get. You know...less saxophone, more riffs. Drawn and Quartered’s Congregation Pestilence only ticked some of the boxes.

Not that any of Drawn and Quartered’s 2021 release could be seen in a negative light, for Congregation Pestilence is a grower, taking the very staples of death metal that appeal to the average fan and add a nuance that’s not quite individual but impressive all the same. Largely, Drawn and Quartered’s newest is proficient, meaty and all-around solid if not new to the world of death metal. Congregation Pestilence is a grower of a record, quietly expanding on the basics of a genre all too soon dismissed for its sameness and occasional blending moments.

Congregation Pestilence’s make up however is one of mirth and death metal bred from the bowels of a cavern. One wrong step and you’ll find yourselves ankle deep in the mucus like slime seeping from the walls. Like a revolving door of Incantation motifs, Drawn and Quartered take on the mirth of this cavernous dirge and add their own flair, upping the tempo and intensity; cultivating a sound that’s intrinsically straight-forwards, without stopping to smell the feculent roses on its path. “Death's Disciple” is a burly, unrelenting opener—churning through a number of riffs while supplying followable leads. “Age Of Ignorance” further relies on melodic hooks, Kelly Kuciemba’s guitar lines flirt between simply existing and forming little earworms before the frenetic ripping guitar solo cuts through the fray with squealing abandon. It’s these leads that float above the mix with sonorous intent. As the listener finds themselves further along Congregation Pestilence’s thirty-nine minute run time, Drawn and Quartered’s writing chops begin to deliver in full.

“Dispensation (Rise Of The Antichrist)” is a testament to “proper” death metal built from a no-frills style while directing riffs into a circle pit of organic sounding drums, bellowing bass and cavern-led growls. You could forgive a new listener for mistaking the track’s more humble nuances for ‘another blending’ moment, especially alongside beefy cuts such as “Six Devils (Trepanation)”, “Carnage Atrocity” and the monstrous title track which bookends this primal display of death.

Admittedly, Congregation Pestilence isn’t going to be the “be all, end all” of death metal albums this year and a lot of the Drawn and Quartered musical formula may sound too average to less learned ears, but it’s the little things that help this Seattle based group excel in the simple things. That doesn’t mean Congregation Pestilence is top tier in a world of blast beats and gruffer vocal passages, but neither does it condemn the act to the bowels of the genre, absent of the accolades they so deserve. Congregation Pestilence’s take is a fervent take on organic death metal, belched from a cavern of gritty snare beats and crisp riffs.




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3.4
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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

A week behind the times on this one. Anyone got any good nice ravioli suggestions? I want to play with duck jus, truffle and porcini - but white wine butter or Grana Padano cream?



https://krucyator.bandcamp.com/album/congregation-pestilence

butt.
July 10th 2021


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review! I really enjoyed this one. The only other album I’ve jammed is Hail, which I loved. Really need to check out more of their catalogue

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2021


16652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I've been waiting for this review for a while now hahah. I really love this. One of my favorite DM releases of the year so far.

Digging: Carcass - Torn Arteries

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I don’t normally like to keep you waiting Notrap.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 10th 2021


18514 Comments


Lol. Amazing how avg matches the reviewer s rating. Papa trve metal pope.

Digging: Carcass - Torn Arteries

bloc
July 10th 2021


66549 Comments


Vintage album art

Digging: Turnstile - Glow On

butt.
July 10th 2021


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah very vintage, I love it

DDDeftoneDDD
July 10th 2021


18514 Comments


Very death

Funeralopolis
July 10th 2021


14570 Comments


I found this album hillarious, this band clearly ripped off Immolation with their earlier stuff and now this album is a rip-off of their new 'Majesty and Decay' sound.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I love jokes, they put a smile on your face.

butt.
July 11th 2021


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uhhh this album feels not similar to Majesty and Decay in any way tbh, happy to hear you out though. btw, every death metal band going for an old school sound is ostensibly ripping off the 3,000 bands that have already done that but hey it's sounds good so I have no issue.



But I really really have to reiterate that this sounds nothing like Majesty and Decay

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Opinions, yo.

parksungjoon
July 11th 2021


35745 Comments


Not Allowed

objective reviews only !!

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

That makes sense too

ShadowRemains
July 11th 2021


26639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band is consistently good but i'm not sure they'll do anything that tops hail infernal darkness or extermination revelry

sonictheplumber
July 12th 2021


13502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the beatles >

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2021


15133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Reported

Hawks
July 12th 2021


75355 Comments


Gotta hear. Band slayz.

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mindleviticus
July 14th 2021


10266 Comments


I found this album hillarious, this band clearly ripped off Immolation with their earlier stuff and now this album is a rip-off of their new 'Majesty and Decay' sound.


Sounds nothing like it but okay

mindleviticus
July 14th 2021


10266 Comments


Also this rips



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