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3.02 | 3 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Against the Innocent (4:04)
2. Delirical Life (4:46)
3. Traitor's Gate (4:24)
4. Throne of Death (4:05)
5. Into Hades (0:59)
6. Before the Penance (6:43)
7. Affection (3:27)
8. Fight the Plague (4:00)
9. Before the Penance (live) (5:20)
10. Fight the Plague (live) (3:47)

Total Time 41:35

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Releases information

Compilation, Vic Records, November 30th, 2015

Tracks 1-4 taken from "Dysentry" Demo 1987,
Tracks 5-8 taken from "The Penance" Demo 1987,
Tracks 9-10 recorded live in Eibergen 1988.

All 10 songs are remastered by Dan Swano at Unisounds Studios.

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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "The Dysentery Penance" is a compilation album by Dutch death/thrash metal act Pestilence. The compilation was released through Vic Records in November 2015. Itīs a compilation of the material from the bandīs two pre-album demo cassette tapes "Dysentery" and "The Penance" (both originally released in 1987), and two live tracks recorded in Eibergen in 1988. Both live tracks appear in their studio version on "The Penance" demo. The material on the 10 track, 41:35 minutes long demo has been remastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios.

Pestilence is mostly known as a death metal act, and later a technical/progressive death metal act, but on these early demos they played a raw type of thrash metal, which sounds like itīs greatly influenced by "Hell Awaits (1985)"-era Slayer and artists like Sodom and Kreator. So basically old school thrash metal in the brutal and aggressive end of the scale.

The 4 tracks from the "Dysentery" demo are relatively simple, predominantly fast-paced, and aggressive thrash metal tracks, while the 4 tracks (one is a short intro) from "The Penance" demo are slightly more advanced, but still old school raw and aggressive thrash metal. While itīs both raw, brutal, and aggressive there are only few nods toward death metal on the demos. The death metal elements are mostly heard on the tracks from "The Penance". The two live tracks feature a raw bootleg type sound quality and are not the most interesting material on the compilation. The material from both studio demos is relatively well produced considering that itīs thrash metal demo material from 1987. The remaster sound is a little more "polished" and well defined, than the sound on the original cassette tape demos.

So "The Dysentery Penance" is a bit of a mixed bag but if youīre interested in the early beginnings of death metal and raw 80s thrash metal in general Iīve heard worse releases in the genre. Especially the material from "The Penance" is worth a listen. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars

PESTILENCE - The Dysentery Penance

OK, class! It's time to do some math today. What do we get when we add:

PESTILENCE - The Dysentery (Demo)


PESTILENCE - The Penance (Demo)


This album is as simple as that. This is nothing more than a remastered compilation of the band's first two demos PLUS two live tracks which includes "Before The Penance" and "Fight The Plague."

See reviews for the two demos separately. The two live tracks are of inferior quality and don't warrant investigation unless you're a diehard collector who wants to own everything the band has done. While not essential by any means, this is the only way to obtain the band's two demos in a remastered form and on CD. Decent but not OMG brilliant at this point

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