"Spread this disease" said the promotional flyer/poster announcing the release of "Testimony Of The Ancients" LP back in 1991. And the music was so good that yes, the disease was spread enough to consider this album as one of the best releases of that year, and perhaps quite enough to include "Testimony" among other classic albums as one of the best death metal records.
Despite the departure of Martin Van Drunen, replaced on vocal duties by Patrick Mameli, whi did a great job. There´s no sense to debate about different vocal skills here, besides, there was no need to "shine" on vocals when the brilliance came from the guitar riffs, melodies and solos of Patrick Mameli and Patrick Uterwijk, the bass lines by Tony Choy, and Marco Fodis´ drumming, all in one, excellent in its architecture and execution.
Having said all this, the album will be re-issued in November on LP (see flyer below) 2CD (with bonus tracks) and cassette, via Hammerheart Records.
On the other hand, I was never hooked to "Spheres", I have nothing against the experimental vibe of the album, nor the jazzy style or the Guitar synth textures (NOT keyboards, as the band reflects in the booklet) the final result does not satisfies me.
There is a "space" aura through the whole recording and all in all is a display of progresive, technical music, but never raised my interest nor did I enjoy listening to this album, except for some specific passages, althoug I hail the band for making an unusual album.
"Spheres" will be re-issued in December on LP (see flyer below) 2 CD (with bonus tracks) and cassette.