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Consuming Impulse/Testimony of the Ancients

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  • Consuming Impulse- A pinnacle in death and thrash, this 1989 release, however dated it may be, is one of the strongest efforts by any band in the genre. Every track is killer and will tear the heads from the unsuspected. My personal favorites are “The Process Of Suffocation”, “The Trauma”, “Chronic Infection”, “Defy Thy Master”, and “Reduced To Ashes”.

    Testimony Of The Ancients- A solid, albeit dissimilar in many ways, follow-up to 1989’s Consuming Impulse. This album is very similar to Atheist’s Unquestionable Presence. The instrumental intros to each song are somewhat unnecessary but those can easily be skipped. A very different album than most in the genre and a true case of Pestilence’s constant ability to push the envelope and redefine what metal is and can sound. Not for everybody but those with the right kind of ears will be pleasantly surprised with what they hear. Out of print for too long, this along with its predecessor, was reissued in a two-disc set by Roadrunner in 2003.

    Posted on November 25, 2009