Album of the Week: June 26th - July 2nd
Formed in 1988, Netherland death metal band Pestilence released an album with one of the most recognizable album covers. Consuming Impulse is Pestilence’s sophomore album. Not only is it damn good noise-wise, but get a load of the lyrics!
The first song, “Dehydrated” is about being stranded in and dying in a vast desert from dehydration. The second song, “Process of Suffocation,” is just as brutal but perhaps not a totally bad message. “Climates change, oceans vaporize/Woods becomes deserts; no vegetation/Species of animals exterminated/The earth makes its last rotation.” Amazing how a death metal band can make global warming sound so brutal? Here’s another section from that song: “The process of suffocation/Coming genocide/Biocircle's disturbed/Humanity's suicide.”
“Proliferous Souls” is a really cool instrumental track. It is almost power-metally with the guitar’s prominent solo over synths and strings. This two minute track sets the scene for the next and last song.
The last song, “Reduced to Ashes,” is one of my favorites in the album. It is a song about the Salem witch trials. I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves; “Limbs chopped off, viscera torn out/Mutilated venereal organs/Death in the name of the church/Decapitated or quartered.”