Pestilence are a band from the Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style I would describe as being progressive death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Obsideo" which was released by Candlelight Records.
"Obsideo" opens up the album with some sound effects and a few seconds alter heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with drums kick in along with a mixture of high pitched screams and deep death metal growls as well as a small amount of blast beats and the song alternates between slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"Displaced" start offs with some heavy and technical guitar and bass riffing along with some drums and growls before getting slightly faster along with a brief use of blast beats and halfway through the song synths are added in for a few seconds before going into a melodic guitar lead and towards the end there is a brief use of screams.
"Aura Negative" begins with some heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before speeding up a bit as well as adding in some melody and deep growls along with some groove metal elements and melodic guitar leads and halfway through the song screams are added in certain sections.
"NecroMorph" kicks off with some spoken word parts before djent style guitar riffs and drums kick in and a few seconds later death metal growls start to come in along with some powerful sounding bass guitars as well as some melodic and technical guitar leads.
"Laniatus" has its beginning with some melodic, technical and heavy guitar riffs along with some bass, drums and deep growls and after a minute guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song.
''Distress" has its start with some melodic guitar riffing and drums before getting brutal with some blast beats and growls and after awhile t he song goes into a more mid paced direction along with some screams and halfway through the song djent and groove metal elements start kicking in along with some progressive sounding guitar leads.
"Soulrot" starts up its sound with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs and drums along with some deep growls a few seconds alter along with some screams and halfway through the song guitar solos and leads start coming in and out.
"Saturation" when it opens has some heavy guitar riffs and drums that start to get fast along with some blast beats but slows down once t he bass guitars and growls start to kick in and a minute later technical and melodic sounding guitar leads start coming in and out of the song
"Transition" when it begins has some heavy guitar and bass riffs along with drums and the growls kick in a few seconds later and you can hear some melody being utilized in the guitar riffing and a few seconds later guitar solos and leads start to come in and out in certain sections along with some synths a few seconds later.
"Superconcious" which is also the last song starts up with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some blast beats and then the growls and technical elements start to kick in and after awhile guitar leads and groove elements start to kick in.
Song lyrics cover dark, gore, scientific and philosophical themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion while t his is another great sounding recording recording from Pestilence and while it is not a return to their older sound it is at least an improvement from t his last album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Obsideo" "NecroMorph" "Soulrot" and "Transition". RECOMMENDED BUY.