Pestilence are a band from the Netherlands that has been around for over 30 years and also has had an album reviewed by this zine and played a technical form of death metal on this recording and this is a review of their 2016 compilation album "Reflections Of The Mind" which will be released in September by Vic Records and consists of an ultra rare 1992 demo and 18 rehearsal tracks from that era.
A very hard and heavy sound starts off the album along with some morbid sounding melodies and death metal growls and the music also gets very progressive at times while the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and soem tracks display a little off the experimental sound that can be heard on "Sphere"s.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also b ring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music gets more technical as the compilation progresses while some riffs also bring in elements of jazz fusion and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful. and some guitar leads also bring in a touch of traditional metal and the last track also brings in a brief use of acoustic guitars.
Pestilence played a style of death metal that was considered very technical for t he early 90's while still having more traditional elements of the genre, the production sounds very raw while the lyrics cover death, suffering and personal thoughts.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Pestilence and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Reflections Of The Mind" "Changing Perspectives" "Presence Of The Dead" and "Omens Of Revelations". 8 out of 10.