- 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)
Consuming Impulse / Testimony
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I purchased this product because I wanted to hear the albums as the artist intended, at the highest available quality. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Aaron
If metal is your thing, or if you are interested about getting into death metal, you cant do any better than these two discs right here. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by J. P. Kennon
These guys are unbelievable. I picked this up with the Gorguts "Considered Dead/The Erosion of Sanity" double cd and I must say, they are both worth the 18.99 price tag. Read morePublished on February 6, 2005 by Joseph D. Losch
Pestilence is not just any death metal or prog metal band. They're a mixture of both, and I am super lucky that Roadrunner records was able to combine the group's finest albums,... Read morePublished on November 6, 2004 by Bill Lumbergh
Wow, I heard of this band, but never heard them before, wow, what have I been missing, they were a great band, both of these albums rule, the vocals on Testimony remind me of Chuck... Read morePublished on June 9, 2004 by Obiturized