Released: Jan 1990
Label: Roadrunner Records
With their second album, Dutch outfit Pestilence transmogrified into a straight death metal unit. Whereas their debut had shown the trappings of the thrash they started out with, this 1989 seizure was marked by stolid riffage, a serious drop-off in complexity, and alternating gurgly-guttural and harried-nutjob vocals. Years after its release, Consuming Impulse is a perfect artifact of the early death metal era, with both Obituary and Sepultura informing the sound, not to mention cover art that positively screams 1989. Things get fun with "The Trauma."