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SPHERES

Pestilence

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.07 | 71 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 for sure

Pestilence is a dutch metal band that release some quite respectable albums in late '80's to early '90's , one of them is for sure their forth release named Spheres. Graced by a great cover art , first thing that comes in mind after listning to this album is how great keybords sounds here on this album, but after I read the booklet where is written big and clear "there are no keybords on this album" I begun to re listen again and again to know what is going one, musicaly. Now I know this album since it hits the stors in 1993 and is one of my first album I've got on CD. Still enjoing very much this kind of metal, death metal with jazz interplays, very much like like Death on Individual Thought Patterns, Atheist and Cynic , quite technical, hursh vocals melted over some fantastic musicicnship. One of the better albums from this scene, from early '90's Pestilence never gained a big popularity like other names like Death, Atheist, Cynic and even some of the passages remind me of Psychotic Waltz without that mean vocals, so they disbanded in 1994 and re united after a decade of silence releasing couple of albums in recent years. This album stood the test of time well, some pieces are killer like for ex maybe the smoothest from here Personal energy, excellent track where Pestilence realy shines. Finaly while is a good towards great album, some unenjoyble moemnts are present, to my ears is to much the same, talking about riffs and compositional direction, I mean sometimes I don't know if I'm listnig to one or another piece because the structure of the piece is the same, only the back ground synth guitars gives to the piece a more diverse sound, the synth guitar that I thought in first place are keybords, intristing and very well done moments on synth guitar. So, 3.5 is the best I can do, no more no less, even is good for sure, I prefer Death, Atheist or Cynic. Nevertheless one of the front albums of the genre.

b_olariu | 3/5 |

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