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Pestilence - 'Resurrection Macabre'

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Pestilence - Resurrection Macabre

Pestilence - Resurrection Macabre

Mascot Records

The Bottom Line

Comeback from Dutch death metal OGs finishes strong but doesn’t match hype.
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Pros

  • Return to uncompromising death metal.
  • Stellar drumming and guitar solos.

Cons

  • Chugging death sound worn out after second song.
  • Not the brilliant return everyone expected.

Description

  • Released April 28, 2009 by Mascot Records.
  • Recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark.
  • First Pestilence album since Spheres (1993).

Guide Review - Pestilence - 'Resurrection Macabre'

Sixteen years is a long time to be out of the metal game. Pestilence and frontman Patrick Mameli headed to the hills in 1994 after the dismally reviewed jazz-laced Spheres. The Dutch band recently decided to add their name to the comeback roster with new music and a few shows. The resulting album Resurrection Macabre isn’t the return to form most were expecting from Pestilence and Mameli’s retooled 21st century lineup.

The album is fast, aggressive and boasts several tightly-wound solos. But much of the music doesn’t grow on you after repeat listens, and the songs on the first half of the album sound redundant. The end result is a schizophrenic album that switches between dogmatic death metal and tech-tinged passages.

Pestilence is out to prove from the get-go that they can perform exacting death metal despite their absence. However, chugging tracks like “Devouring Frenzy” and “Horror Detox,” offer few sonic delights save their momentum. The exception to this is “Synthetic Grotesque;” the riff burrows into your brain and refuses to let go. Pestilence seems to hide most of the goods until late in the album. The slower tracks are the best offerings. The eponymous track “Resurrection Macabre” in particular features Mameli’s best songwriting on this effort, mostly because it veers from the straightforward death template.

Resurrection Macabre closes with three re-recorded tracks from classic Pestilence records that showcase music from the band’s vital early career. While the new album will likely win plaudits because of nostalgia, Resurrection Macabre seems to lack a bit of what made Pestilence and albums like Consuming Impulse so powerful.

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