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3 stars "The Penance" is the second demo cassette tape released by Dutch death/thrash metal act Pestilence. The demo was self-released in late 1987. Pestilence was formed in 1986 and on this release consists of Patrick Mameli (guitar, bass), Randy Meinhard (guitar), Marco Foddis (drums), and Martin van Drunen (vocals). The latter is new in the lineup compared to the lineup who recorded the "Dysentery (1987)" demo.

Stylistically the music is old school thrash metal with a death metal edge. So there are signs of the bandīs near future death metal journey, but itīs still only hinted at. Compared to the material on the "Dysentery (1987)" demo, thereīs been a significant improvement in compositional quality. The 4 tracks ("Into Hades" is a short intro) on the 15:15 minutes long demo are powerful, aggressive, relatively well played/sung, and above all much more memorable than the the case was with the material on "Dysentery (1987)". The addition of Martin van Drunen to the lineup has given the vocal part of the music a needed lift and although he hasnīt yet found his unique haunted/desperate growling vocal style, his more thrash metal oriented raw vocals on this demo are still well performed, featuring both bite and passion.

The sound production is relatively well sounding for a 1987 thrash metal demo, although itīs both raw and unpolished, but thatīs only charming in this case. So upon conclusion "The Penance" is definitely a step up from "Dysentery (1987)" although thereīs not even a full year between the two releases. It shows a band in a positive development process, and thatīs always praise worthy. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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