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Pestilence - Dysentery (Demo) CD (album) cover

DYSENTERY (DEMO)

Pestilence

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.46 | 3 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "Dysentery" is the first demo cassette tape released by Dutch death/thrash metal act Pestilence. The demo was self-released in early 1987. Pestilence was formed in 1986 and on this release consists of Patrick Mameli (guitar, bass, vocals), Randy Meinhard (guitar), and Marco Foddis (drums).

Stylistically the music on "Dysentery" is raw thrash metal influenced by "Hell Awaits (1985"-era Slayer and artists like Sodom and Kreator. Patrick Mameli has a fairly raw voice and delivery, the riffs are simple and predominantly fast-paced, and the drums follow suit. So this is still pretty classic old school thrash metal and there are only very few hints of the death metal style they would soon turn to. The 4 tracks on the 17:24 minutes long demo are all decently written, but nothing out of the ordinary compared to the best output in the genre, and the material does sound a little old fashioned for a 1987 release. It´s quite obivous that Pestilence had not yet found a sound of their own at this point. The lack of an original sound is a bit of an issue to my ears, as Pestilence does come off as pale imitation of their influences.

The sound production is alright considering that "Dysentery" is a raw thrash metal demo from 1987. Again nothing out of the ordinary but definitely decent in quality. The musicianship is a bit unpolished and at times slightly untight but that´s to be expected. So upon conclusion "Dysentery" is a fairly good quality first release by Pestilence. There´s nothing here which would suggest that they would go through an almost explosive development in sound and style over the next decade, but a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is still warranted for a solid first effort.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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