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Towards The Bestial Armageddon -- Gold Vinyl 7" (Fudgeworhy Records)

By: Jeb Branin

These boys are more than mere traditional sounding black metal... they could be the headmasters of the oldschool. With all due respect to bands like MORNINGSTAR who are plying their trade as purveyors of the ancient arts of blackness (ancient - as in mid eighties), PEST have really hit the nail on the head with this single. Everything from the cheesy cover art to the production on this slab could easily fit the Neat label circa 1985. The keyboard flares and the sometimes epic quality of the music makes me think that PEST probably had early BATHORY records melted down and injected intravenously. Even their logo is a take on the old POSSESSED logo, devil tail and all. The only real straying from the past they do is in the vocal department. They utilize dual style vox, one a black screech and one a deep hellish roar. Although I can't imagine what bearing it would have on whether you wanted to buy this record or not, I personally enjoy this flavor of black metal more now than I did when it was timely. Maybe it has aged real well... A note for collectors... This is limited to 500 copies so start digging through the couch cushions for you spare change now and send off an order.
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