Testimony of the Ancients

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Testimony Of The Ancients
Studio album by Pestilence
Released September 3, 1991
Recorded March-April-1991 in Tampa, Florida (USA)
Genre Technical death metal, progressive death metal
Length 39:36
Label Roadrunner
Producer Scott Burns
Pestilence chronology
Consuming Impulse
(1989)
Testimony of the Ancients
(1991)
Spheres
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Testimony of the Ancients is the third album by the Dutch death metal band Pestilence, released in 1991 on Roadrunner Records.

Following the departure of former bassist/vocalist Martin VanDrunen, guitarist Patrick Mameli taking over vocal duties. Mameli steered the band towards a more melodic and technical approach. The resulting concept album, Testimony of the Ancients contrasted brutal death metal riffs with melodic interludes and tackled what John Serba describes as, "strangely philosophical, and oddly compelling, subject matter". After each song on the album, there was an instrumental outro track. This attempt to push the boundaries of death metal at a time when the scene was saturated with copycat "one track minded" bands, mirrored the efforts of fellow progressive bands Atheist and Death who released Unquestionable Presence and Human respectively in 1991, the same year as Testimony. The album can also be seen as a stepping stone on the way to the following Pestilence album Spheres, which departed still further from traditional death metal and headed towards jazz fusion.


Testimony of the Ancients was reissued along with Consuming Impulse on Roadrunner Records' Two from the Vault series.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Marco Foddis, all music composed by Patrick Mameli except where noted.
All Songs Copyright Roadster Music B.V.

No. Title Length
1. "The Secrecies of Horror" (Patrick Mameli, Patrick Uterwijk) 4:56
2. "Bitterness" (Mameli, Uterwijk) 0:30
3. "Twisted Truth" (Mameli, Uterwijk) 4:02
4. "Darkening"   0:30
5. "Lost Souls"   3:40
6. "Blood"   0:28
7. "Land of Tears"   4:47
8. "Free Us from Temptation"   0:31
9. "Prophetic Revelations"   5:21
10. "Impure"   0:59
11. "Testimony"   3:51
12. "Soulless" (Tony Choy) 0:32
13. "Presence of the Dead"   5:50
14. "MindWarp"   0:25
15. "Stigmatized" (Mameli, Uterwijk) 5:23
16. "In Sorrow"   1:11
Total length:
39:36

Personnel[edit]

  • Patrick Mameli - guitar, vocals
  • Patrick Uterwijk - guitar
  • Tony Choy - bass
  • Marco Foddis - drums
  • Kent Smith - keyboards (guest)

Production[edit]

  • Arranged By Pestilence
  • Produced By Pestilence & Scott Burns
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Scott Burns
  • Mastered By Eddy Schreyer
  • Cover art By Dan Seagrave

References[edit]

  1. ^ Serba, John. Testimony of the Ancients review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.

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