Convulse: World Without God (2010 Reissue)

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Convulse: World Without God (2010 Reissue)
Death Metal
Thrash Records, Relapse Records (2010)
July, 1991
Release length: 36:25
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The debut full length album, World Without God, by the Finnish Death Metal act Convulse is one of those releases that many people overlook. Not only is it an important release since it was one of the very first few Finnish Death Metal releases to come stateside, but it’s also one hell of a release. The material on here is heavy with some great production and brutality that greatly rivals even some of the more establish U.S. Death Metal releases of the time.

As said above, the best way to describe this one is simply that it is heavy and brutal. The introduction track on here, “Introduction”, does lead you in the wrong direction of what to expect, since it sounds almost like something that would have come off a Black Metal release moreso then a Death Metal one. But, as soon as the title track, “World Without God”, kicks in, you’ll be hooked. Musically, the album is simple. Pounding drums, fast guitar riffs blended with some slower held chords here and there, well done gutteral, all in a ballistic assault that simply doesn’t stop.

Every track on this release is simply punishing, but the only one on here that really doesn’t seem to live up to the rest is “Blasphemous Verses” due to it’s slower moments that seem to bog the music down a bit. But tracks like “Incantation of Restoration” and the blistering “Resuscitation of Evilness” more then make up for the out of place segments of that song. While that track does feature some slower aspects, the introduction to the track “False Religion” kicks the action in slowly, but still works well with the song and the overall dark and grim environment that this recording possesses. While some of the material on here may wind up coming off as a bit repetative through the album, some of the real shining moments lie within the guitar work. Yes, the structures aren’t all too original from time to time, once in a while sounding like something you already heard, but the guitar solos on here are often intense and awe-inspiring, or, in the case of the track “Godless Truth”, the slightly melodic guitar moment mid-song shows real innovation towards the Death Metal scene even back then.


While the only real difference in the amount of material offered on this reissue and the Eternal Darkness Productions reissue is the bonus live version of “Incantation of Restoration”, there’s one huge difference that does make this one a deal breaker. The album has been digitally remastered, which really fixes some of the production errors from that time with the music levels. The remastering of this album is great and makes the music all that more intense to listen to, though something could have been done with the cymbols on the track “Powerstruggle Of Belief” since they seem to sound a little more overmodulated then anything else on the release. The demo tracks on here are surprisingly clear as well thanks to the remastering done, and show that not much changed between the demos and the original recordings found on World Without God except a better quality that make things sound darker. The live tracks on here aren’t much to go nuts over, though, due to the recording quality, but regardless are still a nice piece to have for the rabid Convulse fan.


If you have never heard World Without God and call yourself a Death Metal fan, then you need to pick things up a bit and pick this one up. With only two album’s under the band’s belt, and this being their only straight forward Death Metal full length, Convulse has issued an album that shows the potential that not only the band has, but the style has as well, even for the time of it’s release. With various remastered versions available now, it’s easier to come by, and simply a must have that, even to this day, holds it’s own as very intense and brutal release in the Death Metal field.

Initial Pressing:
01. Introduction – 0:49
02. World Without God – 4:55
03. Putrid Intercourse – 3:22
04. Incantation of Restoration – 3:45
05. Blasphemous Verses – 4:28
06. False Religion – 4:46
07. Resuscitation Of Evilness – 3:45
08. Infernal End – 3:34
09. Godless Truth – 3:00
10. Powerstruggle Of Belief – 4:01

2010 Reissue:
11. Putrid Intercourse (Demo) (Bonus Track) – 4:02
12. Godless Truth (Demo) (Bonus Track) – 4:25
13. Resuscitation Of Evilness (Demo) (Bonus Track) – 3:39
14. Powerstruggle Of Belief (Demo) (Bonus Track) – 3:06
15. Countess Bathory (Venom Cover) (Bonus Track) – 4:33
16. Incantation of Restoration (Live) (Bonus Track) – 3:48

Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

2010 Reissue Score: 9.5/10
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