by Dr. Abner Mality

Did Pestilence time travel from 1992 and relocate to Italy in 2014? That's the impression I got upon hearing Resumed for the first time. "Alienations" is so much in the style of "Testimony of the Ancients" that you will be looking for Patrick Mameli's credits on the songs. No, Mr. Mameli has no involvement with Resumed and in fact may not even be aware that this band exists, but I'm guessing his jaw would drop to the floor after hearing the likes of "Dead Inside" and "Seeking Perfection". This band is more "pestilential" than Pestilence itself.

As the cover imagery indicates, this is death metal with brains. The twisting guitar arpeggios, the catchy riffs that switch tempos with mathematical precision, the phlegm-filled vocals that sound like they come from a corpse...they're all here. Sure, it is very much a knock-off of Pestilence in the "Testimony..." years, but it is done brilliantly, with reverence and skill and in many cases equals if not surpasses it's inspiration. It's technical but not to the level of tomfoolery. Fans of classic Atheist and mid-period Death should also like Resumed a lot.

By the end of the album, the slavish devotion to the Pestilence sound becomes a little creepy and monolithic, but the quality of the songs stands out. "U.F.O." and "Into the Trip" are two more shining examples of Resumed's quality songwriting.

It's not like there are tons of bands out there paying homage to Pestilence. "Alienations" is an extremely strong technical death metal album.