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Review: Pestilence - Resurrection Macabre
Resurrection Macabre

Label: Mascot Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:31
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Resurrection Macabre

Rated 3.68/5 (73.64%) (44 Votes)

Well, I was a huge fan of Pestilence's old material, especially the awesome Consuming Impulse, but I did not have high hopes for the reunion album, as reunion albums are almost never great. Here mastermind Patrick Mameli has assembled most of the classic-era lineup and put together a new album that Pestilence fans will enjoy, and still respect themselves in the morning.

While to my mind this doesn't match the fury of the Van Drunen era, this is still an enjoyable slice of Death Metal. Pestilence remain complex but without the jazz-fusion approach that marred Spheres. This is largely less complicated than Testimony of the Ancients and not as heavy or brutal as Consuming Impulse, but it packs mega Death/Thrash riffs and maintains a high level of aggression throughout. Mameli handles the vocal duties here, and he does a good job, not bowing to trends or modern influences at all. The musicianship is solid, but the production is oddly trebly and a bit dry and thin, so Tony Choy's bass-work is hard to hear. Overall, this is not a major work for the Pestilence canon, but it is worthy of the name, and holds out hope that just maybe this band has another masterwork in their future. Worth a look.

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