Convulse: World Without God-1991.

Convulse is a Finnish death metal band from Nokia, Finland, active between 1988 and 1994 and again since 2012. They were one of their country’s first extreme metal bands and considered by some to be the forefathers of the local ‘Nokia’ metal scene.

Discography:

RehearsalDemo1990
Resuscitation of EvilnessDemo1990
World Without GodFull-length1991
Promo 1992Demo1992 
Lost EquilibriumEP1993 
ReflectionsFull-length1994
Inner EvilEP2013
Evil PrevailsFull-length2013
Days of DeathSplit2013 
Cycle of RevengeFull-length2016
The SummoningSingle2018 
The SummoningSingle2020 
World Without God – Live in Tokyo Asuka Deathfest 2018Live album2020 
DeathstarFull-length2020
Juha Telenius
Bass (1990-1994, 2012-present)
See also: ex-S.D.S.
Rami Jämsä
Vocals, Guitars (1990-1994, 2012-present)
See also: ex-Empire Falls, ex-S.D.S., ex-When the Empire Falls, ex-Funeral, ex-Havoc, ex-Pornophans, ex-Puhelinkoppi
Tomi Ylönen
Drums (2021-present)
See also: Manzana, ex-Elias Viljanen

Past Members:

Juppo PaavolaDrums
See also: ex-Flounder, Hi-Lo & In Between, Jahnukaiset, ex-Feedback, ex-Hehkumo, ex-Jazzgangsters, ex-Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri, ex-Puhelinkoppi
Perttu LindDrums
Kimmo HäkkiläGuitars
Aki Yli-SalomäkiVocals
See also: ex-Flounder, ex-Puhelinkoppi, ex-Shade Factory
Janne MiikkulainenDrums (1990-1994)
See also: ex-S.D.S.
Jani Kuhanen (R.I.P. 1992)Guitars (1990-1991)
Toni HonkalaGuitars (1991-1994)
See also: ex-Purtenance
Rolle MarkosDrums (2012-2021)
See also: When the Empire Falls, ex-Empire Falls, Pornorphans, ex-Cream Crackers
Kristian KangasniemiGuitars (2012-2014)
See also: Katra, ex-Nocturn, ex-Sonicmind
Songs
Side A
1.Introduction00:49  instrumental
2.World Without God04:55  Show lyrics
3.Putrid Intercourse03:22  Show lyrics
4.Incantation of Restoration03:45  Show lyrics
5.Blasphemous Verses04:28  Show lyrics
Side B
6.False Religion04:46  Show lyrics
7.Resuscitation of Evilness03:45  Show lyrics
8.Infernal End03:34  Show lyrics
9.Godless Truth03:00  Show lyrics
10.Powerstruggle of Belief04:01  Show lyrics
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1 Comment

  1. __Ziltoid__, July 11th, 2011

    Ah, Convulse…

    Today, I present to you one of my personal favorite Finnish death metal albums, Convulse’s World Without God. Released way back in 1992, this doozy got a bit more attention in 2010 when Relapse gave it a re-release with some additional content in the form of demos and stuff. While the 2010 version is loud and compressed, the original had shit production as well, so it’s not like they killed a classic by remastering it, and the additional content is great for collectors. Let’s put it this way, the remaster job is nowhere near as awful as the hack job that Dan Swano did to Molested’s Blod-Draum. That’s basically my comparison point for remasters these days. So back on topic, this shit is awesome! What we have here is some guttural, murky, and somewhat doomy death metal that incorporates every aspect of the Finnish sound that you know and love.

    I love generic, cheesy, pretentious, over-the-top synth intros. Honestly, as horribly fake and lame as they sound, they represent an attempt at something that might have passed as “epic,” and I like that ambition. However, most of them end up being like bad horror movies–sure, you love them and cherish their place in society, but you can acknowledge that they’re awful. That’s what we get here with the cleverly titled ‘Intro.’ As ill-fitting as it is, I always dig this kind of stuff for some morbid reason that I can’t quite pick out.

    Anyway, once the actual death metal starts, we’re presented with some immediate riffwork that clarifies that this is, in fact, a death metal album with the first track, ‘World Without God.’ Not only that, but we’re quickly exposed to the varying speeds that convulse implements. While their most memorable riffs are the slow ones, they can easily adapt and write some very enjoyable fast-paced sections as well. Still, I find that Convulse is at their best in the slow sections. Just listen to the short bit starting at 1:38. Sure, it’s a very small segment of an oft-changing song, but that little lead melody, in my opinion, adds a lot of definition the the song, giving what is otherwise one of Convulse’s faster songs a slb of that doomy touch that they’re so good at utilizing. The speed contrasts are, in my mind, what make this such a good song.

    ‘Blasphemous Verses’ is my favorite song here, with that drum intro that feels so vacant that it leaves you in anticipation of what’s going to happen next. Sure, it’s a short intro, but I love the effect it has on the rest of the song. Oh, and I can’t forget the great riffing throughout this song, which is full of the Finnish goodness that we’ve come to know. The 2:26 mark brings my favorite slow section of the album, which consists of the sickeningly doom-laden riff and a harmonized version of it. That riff gets me every time, and I absolutely love the fast section afterward. As you see, speed contrast is one of the key aspects of Convulse’s sound, and they do a damn good job of implementing it well.

    To me, this is a very versatile death metal album. Between the speed changes and riff changes, World Without God dances around our image of what death metal should be, simultaneously sticking to the rules, while also being a bit adventurous on its own. To some, this may sound like any other death metal album. Well, I’ll just say that I kindly disagree. Everything here melds together in a way that other albums just don’t. This overall sounds creates an amorphous, murky atmosphere that evokes darker imagery than most death metal albums of this time. Every layer here has its unique role, but the convergence of the layers is what makes this a top-tier Finnish death metal album, for in that regard, it stands near the top of the pack.

    Written for http://thenumberoftheblog.com/

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