Another round of kudos to Relapse is in order for unearthing more classic late '80s/early '90s death metal, packaging it up nicely, and releasing it to a new generation of extremists. After last year's excellent NIRVANA 2002 package ("Recordings 89-91") comes a reissue of CONVULSE's 1992 release "World without God", an album that had previously been unavailable for 10 years.
In addition to the spot on remastering and repackaging efforts, you get 60 minutes of damn fine death metal, which not only includes the 10-track "World without God", but also the equally gnarly "Resuscitation of Evil" demo from 1990 and two live tracks of decent recording quality, one of which is an über-cool version of VENOM's "Countess Bathory". It is the proper "World without God" portion of the release that is truly an underappreciated classic. Consider something along the lines of early GORGUTS meets BOLT THROWER with shades of ASPHYX and a sizeable serving of doom-death and you'll be pretty damn close. More than just festering with repulsion and dripping with dread (both of which it does deliciously well), the album represents a kind of death metal coming of age in that it is neither singularly straight death groove, traditional doom-death, nor straight up OSDM; it is in fact all three. It grooves and romps at speeds that are often up-tempo, but it also churns and sickens, both of the latter attributes enhanced with the use of creepy keys (e.g. "Intro" and "Godless Truth"), whispers ("Incantation of Restoration") and spooky clean picking ("False Religion"). They key here is that "old school" does not equate to "dated" or "simplistic", a central reason why the album continues to stand the test of time.
In other words, "World without God" offers the listener a well rounded example of early '90s blasphemous, horrific death metal that is memorable, adeptly performed, and stinking of decaying flesh. If you missed it the first time around and you fancy yourself a fan of the vintage stuff, then your golden opportunity has just presented itself.