Pestilence – Testimony of the Ancients (Review on Video)

As Pestilence departed from their thrash metal beginnings for more musical territories, one product was the widely appreciated album, Testimony of the Ancients (1991). This record hints at Pestilence’s contrasting stylistic periods and manages to deliver with the heaviness of death metal.

At the record’s core, crushing death metal ignites, but other details give it that floating, experimental feel. A few noteworthy tracks are “The Secrecies of Horror,” “Lost Souls,” and of course, “Twisted Truth.” The album settles fittingly within the decade’s influx of technical and progressive influences on extreme metal, aligning with the jazz/fusion glints in Atheist and the drilling tech death metal from early Gorguts.


2 thoughts on “Pestilence – Testimony of the Ancients (Review on Video)

  1. A cool review of my favorite death metal CD ever! To this day I can not play the song ‘Twisted Truth’ without maxing up the volume. I also love the instrumental ‘In Sorrow’, because it is so short I set it to repeat to make a longer song of it.


    • Thank you for checking out the review! That’s a great idea to repeat it. The shorter tracks are so mysterious and interesting on that album.


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