Metallic HAILS to Displeased Records for reissuing this album for us PESTILENCE-fans, complete with seven songs from the days of their infancy (before their plague was unleashed...MUHAHAHAHA!). This is standard, classic Thrash/Death Metal that bands like DEATH and POSSESSED played back in the day, but with the PESTILENCE-feel.
Songs like opener "Antropomorphia" and the sickeningly fast "Extreme Unction" feature Martin Van Drunen's nearly comedic vocal delivery, which somehow grows on you the more you listen. He sings nearly every song at the same pace that Tom Araya barely pulled off on "Necrophobic", but in a scratchy, hoarse, more death-y manner. That, along with the choppy riffs and frantic drumming, creates the unique vibe that only PESTILENCE could create.
The demo-tracks are barely even audible and sound like they were recorded with an old cassette recorder, but they're by the band "Pestilence", so I'm cool with it. The more you listen, the more you feel like you're being devoured by insects and vermin, which, when listening to Death Metal, is a good thing...