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Consuming Impulse / Testimony

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dehydrated
  2. The Process Of Suffocation
  3. Suspended Animation
  4. The Trauma
  5. Chronic Infection
  6. Out Of The Body
  7. Echoes Of Death
  8. Deify Thy Master
  9. Proliferous Souls
  10. Reduced To Ashes
  11. The Secrecies Of Horror
  12. Bitterness
  13. Twisted Truth
  14. Darkening
  15. Lost Souls
  16. Blood
  17. Land Of Tears
  18. Free Us From Temptation
  19. Prophetic Revelations
  20. Impure
  21. Testimony
  22. Soulless
  23. Presence Of The Dead
  24. Mindwarp
  25. Stigmatized
  26. In Sorrow


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0000C0FIL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Consuming Impulse, Spheres, Testimony of the Ancients, this is a classic band with classic albums. Especially Consuming Impulse, that's an all time classic.
However, these roadrunner reissues are garbage. The Dynamic Range is extremely low because of the loudness war. Every instrument is pushed up to 11. This in turn causes horrible distortion, and makes these editions essentially unlistenable. It's truly difficult to understand what is going on with these two from the vault reissues, the music sounds confused and choked by loudness. If you have original editions keep those. Luckily Roadrunner went out of business and got bought by Warner Bros. Perhaps WB will think of reissuing these early albums from the label again with a good remaster with dynamic range. Heck, they did it for the Grateful Dead, why not Death Metal and Roadrunner's early thrash albums?

I bought these two from the vault reissues but had a terrible time with them. I spent money on ORIGINALS just to be able to hear how these albums should actually sound. I'd've much rather been cheap. But my curiosity got the better of me.

I leave it up to the consumer to decide, but be forewarned. There's a karmic reason Roadrunner records was shut down. They prop up their bad music and forsake the stuff that made them great. They must have spent hardly a minute on these two from the vaults. Bad sound (the worst I've heard in pretty much any remaster I've encountered), no lyrics, no notes, these are cheap crap. Whoever had a hand in doing these back in the day should be ashamed of themselves.

The remaster will give you an idea of the album, but if you end up really enjoying these (it could happen) you may end up just splurging for an original anyways.
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Feeling nostalgic, I recently ordered this set, the jewel of Roadrunner Records' "Two from the Vault" series of two-for-one reissues, and now I can't seem to get it out of the CD player.

The package collects 1989's "Consuming Impulse" and 1991's "Testimony of the Ancients" by Pestilence, Holland's superb answer to the first wave of real death metal. The forerunners of the genre were spawning in Florida and England but "Impulse" was regarded as something of a landmark at the time, in large part due to the tortured vocals of Martin Van Drunen, who was also posing as the group's bass player at the time. By his own admission, Van Drunen had been hired as the lead vocalist, but as Pestilence had no bassist at the time, they handed him an instrument and told him to play. His inexperience resulted in guitarist Patrick Mameli playing all the bass lines on "Impulse" and its rawer predecessor, "Maleus Malefecarum." By the time of the release of "Consuming Impulse", Van Drunen had become a true vocal maniac, somewhere between Jeff Beccera of Possessed and John Tardy of Obituary, comparisons I certainly don't take lightly. He screams like his shorts are on fire throughout the album, giving distinctive character to the violent riffery of Mameli and newly recruited second guitarist Patrick Uterwijk.

The musical backdrop combines thrash-metal aggression with a burgeoning technicality that would come to full fruition on later releases. In a few spots on the CD, Mameli and Uterwijk step out of typical death metal confines by blending seperate rhythm guitar parts for a deeper web of sound, most notably on the fan favorite "Out of the Body." They also suggest their later prog tendencies with the quirkily timed opening riffs of "Echoes of Death.
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I am an audiophile. I have owned both the original print and this re-master and there's no comparison. I am talking strictly the merits of the audio quality here. If you want the best - this is the best this album has ever sounded. Trust the old man.
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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.
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If you don't own both of these already, you need to buy this right now. Pestilence was one of the best, and most brutal Death / Thrash Metal outfits to ever be created. The pure brutality displayed here cannot be measured. It's incredible....

The early 90's spawned some of the best Death Metal we've ever heard, and Pestilence was one of the best IMO. "Consuming Impulse" is raw, and down right terrifying at times. This is also one of my favorite releases back in the day, and to hear it now, over 10 years later, I still get chills. BRUTAL TO THE CORE!!!

"Testimony" is yet another excellent offering by Pestilence. It's cleaner, and more mature than "Consuming Impulse". It's also a different singer. That's by no means a bad thing either, it packs one ferocious punch. The truth be told, "Testimony" may be a more favorable listen, but "Consuming Impulse" is where it all started, and it's still my favorite Pestilence rlease....

You get them both here!!!...If you enjoy the best that Death / Thrash Metal has to offer, and you don't but this immidiately, you need serious help...
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