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Good for what it is, but redundant... - 60%

robotiq, June 22nd, 2020

The first proper Convulse demo is an upgrade on their rehearsal demo in every possible way. The two songs from that tape are on here too, along with two new ones. The band sounds heavier, gloomier and tighter. There are no gargantuan leaps in the band's sound, but there are slight improvements that add up to something significant. The main change is that this demo has considerably more crunch in the production department. This should be expected because it would have been done as a proper recording session, rather than as a mere practice tape.

So yeah, this is rickety, rusty, honest old death metal. It is slightly above average. The vocals are gruffer than they were on the rehearsal demo. The band now sounds a bit like early Grave, but with some stunted, off-tune Slayer-esque solos. Convulse were never the most original Finnish band. They never had the methodical, confident sound of Demigod. They weren't as evil as Abhorrence. They weren’t as talented as Sentenced or Disgrace. What Convulse provided was unfettered, gutter-level violence. They sounded darker and more unhinged than most. Some of their musical explorations seem strange to the modern ear; there is a solo in the title track which sounds so unpleasant that I wonder whether it was intentional. I quite like it. I’m inclined to think that it was a result of cheap instruments, bad tuning and crappy recording equipment. Who knows?

The new song "Putrid Intercourse" is the best of the four songs here. I particularly like the latter half of it which moves from one great riff to the next. The final song on the demo is another version of "Powerstruggle of Belief". This version is much better than the one on the rehearsal, the intro sounds more practiced and the guitar has been tuned properly this time around. Being honest, I still think this song sounds like second-tier Bay Area thrash. I also don’t like how it ends without any thought or ceremony. As for the other two songs, they're good if nothing special in their incarnations here. There seems little point in discussing them in detail because all four songs appear on the debut album where they sound fresher, heavier and better.

This demo is not exactly a hidden gem. Convulse were better and nastier than your average death metal band but they were never going to move mountains with a demo like this. For some reason, the full-length album “World Without God” that appeared a year later was a massive improvement without sounding that different. As such, there is little chance of this demo ever gaining cult status. This is worth a casual listen because it is short, crushing and enjoyable, but it lacks the depth and darkness needed to sustain interest. My final thought on this demo relates to the brilliant cover art, which deserves a wider audience.

Resuscitation Of Evilness demo tape - 60%

ApochWeiss, December 20th, 2009

Resuscitation Of Evilness is the third (allegedly) demo tape by the Finnish band Convulse. The release features four tracks that, surprisingly, sound great for the time they were recorded, and for the fact that this was an independent production. The demo features some really heavy tracks that show great promise for the band with some simple, yet a few inspirational ideas for Death Metal in general.

Take "Godless Truth" for example, having a slightly melodic moment thanks to the distortion utilized on the guitar to create a haunting, almost keyboard-like sound that gives this dark track a brief gothic moment. The guitar solo on "Resuscitation Of Evilness" is something else that should be noted, as it fits the song perfectly and doesn't go too over the top with clashing speed and intensity. Aside that, the pure heaviness of the tape through the guitars, and the blistering drums, really do push the music along well and make it stand out as a release from a band that has a lot to prove, even if it some of it, like the drumming on "Resuscitation Of Evilness" does come off as a bit repetative of what you have already heard in the first two tracks, ending on the same note it started on with the track "Powerstruggle Of Belief", with an outro that kind of leaves you wondering if they actually had an ending for the track, or if it was just something they did to finish it up quickly.

All in all, Resuscitation Of Evilness is a pretty good demo. The clarity of this release is pretty good for the time it was released, but perhaps it is too clear for it's own good. The music is definitely heavy, but ultimately does leave something to be desired production-wise, leaving the music without any real bite to it. Aside that, Convulse shows that they have what it takes to create a formiddable Death Metal release. If you haven't heard their Resuscitation Of Evilness demo, it is definitely worth checking out, as it does hold some gems and stand out moments that weren't too common back when this one was released.

Originally posted on December 20th, 2009 at Apoch's Metal Review
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