Following the departure of former bassist/vocalist Martin VanDrunen, guitarist Patrick Mameli taking over vocal duties. Mameli steered the band towards a more melodic and technical approach. The resulting concept album, Testimony of the Ancients contrasted brutal death metal riffs with melodic interludes and tackled what John Serba describes as, “strangely philosophical, and oddly compelling, subject matter”. After each song on the album, there was an instrumental outro track. This attempt to push the boundaries of death metal at a time when the scene was saturated with copycat “one track minded” bands, mirrored the efforts of fellow progressive bands Atheist and Death who released Unquestionable Presence and Human respectively in 1991, the same year as Testimony. The album can also be seen as a stepping stone on the way to the following Pestilence album Spheres, which departed still further from traditional death metal and headed towards jazz fusion.
This is Pestilence’s most interesting album, I cannot say if it is the best because “Consuming Impulse” is one of the best death metal albums ever, but its way more conventional, this for all who want to know who the true masters and originators of the genre are.
Patrick Mameli Patrick Uterwijk Tony Choy Marco Foddis
the forest ambassador games of the year were collaboratively determined by a group of friends of the forest. all games that were posted this year were eligible regardless of their original release date. congratulations to all the winners!
Friendliest Fingers - Keyboard Party Creepy Shapes Award - The Rapture is Here and You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home Best Choices & Consequences - Find Me a Good One Best Game to Play Before Bed - Solaris Most Satisfying Tentacle Physics - The Majesty of Colors Most Slapsick - App Escape Davish “Pops” Krail Memorial Award - Accelerator Least Convoluted Web of Lies - Argument Champion The Inverse Joffe Award for Least Accurate Zoological Information - Fruit Mystery Sexiest Vision of a Cyberpunk Future - Reset Best Romance With a Cat - Dating Sim Most Melodic - Kyoto Most Sparely Evocative Illustrations - Zombie Ninja Confessional Most Pups - W▲TCH DOGS
Most Realism - Martian Middle School Dance Parallel Universe 2013 Nuovo Award - Save the Date Saddest Sunset - To What End Damned If I Know Award - how do you Do it? Most Creative Use of Three-Dimensional Space - Projective Best Ferry - To The Other Side of the World Best Performance by a Duck in a Leading Role - One Duck Most Demanding Tree - A Moose’s Love Most Neurotic - Pale Machine Best Use of Weaponized Genitals - Lo-Fi Dick Fight Best Game About Sex - Negotiation Most Chaotic - DNCE PRTY
Ruggedest Announcer - Hotline Trail Most Soothing - Doki Doki Best Game In Which Everyone Wins When You Stop Playing - Transgression Raddest Pong - Corruptong Most Unnerving Power Imbalance - Weird Egg & Crushing Finger Prettiest Memory Palace - Death Paradise Best In-Game Haiku - reProgram Best Pollack-Inspired Platformer - Action Painting Pro Most Adorable Player Character - Cactus Block 2013 Creepiest Corridor - Colour is the Keyboard Best Use of Ass Eating as Mechanic - Queer Power Best Flashlight - Night in the Woods
Most Melodic Shades of Green - Cosmogonie Only Extant Game About Future Bear Sex - Jamco Matefest 3013 Most Foucauldian - Nothing to Hide Most Egregious Title Pun - Get ‘em Hard Filthiest - Brooklyn Trash King Most Addictive Pulsation - Heart the Beat Best Game with Armor and No Dragons or Kings - Your Lover Has Turned Into a Flock of Birds Best Physics-Based Puzzle Featuring Annelids - Wrrrmz Most Clutter - Dehoarder Most Satisfying Fail State - Tony Eagle Amateur Skateboarding
Best Stories Within a Story - Sister’s Little Helper Least Demanding - Colorscope Best Mechanical Storytelling - Beloved Sickest Beats - Lounge Lord Stubbornest Cats - Cats Best Adaptation of a Game Popularized on LCD Mobile Phones - Candy Worm Most Ecstatic Vision of a Queer Utopia - Slave of God Chillest Game - Snaquia Too Real Award - The Hunt for the Gay Planet Most Action-Packed - Party Time Most Likely To Incite Spontaneous Acts of Kindness - HUGPUNX The Yoshi Prize - UMAI!
Best Nontextual Depiction of a Complex Economic System - To Build a Better Mousetrap Best Adaptation of a Major Novel About a Trans Woman - Nevada Special Achievement in Background Rock-Formation Design - Be Reasonable, Diane Cutest Fairies - Small Armor Best Use of Keyboard Controls - No, Birdie, No! Best Parody of Police as Insitution - Crime Zone Best Use of Strategy Guide as Raw Material - Unpredictable Storyline Twists 2 Loveliest Game Made By a Couple - Dance Party The Foddy Prize for Brain Rewiring - Fignermukre Best Two-Player Duel - Cat Gentlemans Play: Insult Spinner 10 Cents Most Unexpected Use of Puzzlescript - Vine Most Compelling Exploration Game - Marble Safari Best Dialogue - Bite Me
Most Resonant - Gonubie Hotel Most Frenetic - … (Trembling Dots) Coldest Alternate Ending - Super Leg Shaver II Turbo Most Hopeful - For Political Lovers, a Little Utopia Sketch Most Claustrophobic - Reverberant Most Potent Combination of Curious Bliss and Ambivalence at the Prospect of Its End - Scaling the Sky Starseed Pilgrim Prize - Temple of the Faceless Minotaur Who Sees the Burning Light Best Resolution - 3x3x3 Most Likely to Elicit Squeals of Horror/Delight - Horse Master Most Ambitious - Crypt Community
DK Prize for Jungle Beats - Rain Best Genre Fusion - Lexicopolis: A-B-City Best Distillation of a Genre - Ernesto Most Relaxing Deadly Space Flight - 7 Light Years Most Calming - Morning Coffee Slickest Visual Design - Delve Voight-Kampff Prize for Best Android Interrogation Scene - Electric Tortoise The Doublecakes Prize - Space Wrestler Spookiest Castle - Pontefract Tool-Assisted Speedrun Award - Surf Camp Dreamiest - The Wait Bogost Prize for Existential Starkness - Get X, Avoid Y Best Romance With a Bird - Legacy Bird Best Collision Physics - Last Chance Supermarket Merriest Game, Verily - The Faeries’ Curse Cutest Robots - Probe Team Detritus Prize for Best Game About Leaving - Notes on Departure
Least Videogame-y Art Direction - Humanoid 47 Best Rhythm/Evasion Game - Battle Cube Best Use of Mouselook - The Dark Third Broderick Prize for Most Curious Game Where the Only Way to Win is Not to Play - Shower Sim Most Unhappy That Simulator Simulator Won Most Recursive - BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH Best Use of Visual Effects in a Text-Based Game - Capsule The Andrew WK Prize - Party Business Most Melty - Journalière Longest Tongue - Realistic Kissing Simulator Most Dashing Mohawk - Coming Out Simulator 2014 Best Performance From a Dog - Corgi Simulator 2071 Most Recursive - Simulator Simulator Most Juxtapositional Title - How to Be Happy Lovely Voice Award - Secrets Agent Best Musical - Jazu Best You Feel Smart For Getting The Borges References - Intimate, Infinite
Best Dancing that Kills Video Games - Quing’s Quest: VII: The Death of Videogames Most Atmospheric - No Wave Best Molleindustria Game Not Made By Molleindustria - Zerstört Zerstört Most Advanced Human-Computer Interface - Manifest Best Fairy Tale - Line Crossing Most Economical Mod - Circle Breakout The Why Didn’t I Think of That Prize - Faif Cutest Murder - Chef Best Use of Hygiene Products as Projectiles - Tampon Run Most Compact - Tiny Crawl Most Serious Red - Space is Red BF Skinner Award for Excellence in Behaviorist Minimalism - Unislot Best Virtual Arctic Playground - Scribbly Walrus Most Prescient - Tuboflex Best Color Scheme - Cyroad TJ Thomas Award for Elegance in Mechanics - Side to Side Procedural Music Award - Equestria Most Lively Bones - The Fastest Skeleton
Best Numeral Exegesis - Venus Meets Venus Best Performance by a Cephalopod in an Office Drama - Fax These to Smith Most Original Concept - Wunderheilung Best Michael Brough Game Not Made by Michael Brough - Substratum Best Sci-Fi Horror Story - Stowaway Surprise Hit - The Worm Most Unsettling - The Sun Does Not Exist Wickedest Kitten - Hummingbird Best Digital Analogue to a Physical Puzzle You’d Find in a Dentist’s Waiting Room - Wrlddivision Most Spare and Terrifying Prose - LQN-21 Most Groanworthy - The Wonderful World of Dad Jokes Sherlock Prize for Lonesome Wandering - Colt-55 Egg - Egg Boss Golden Sneakers Prize For a Platformer That Actually Tells a Story Well Through Play - Five Stages Dreamiest Love Story - Eden Best Use of a Sexpocalypse - God(s)
Pleasant Anxiety Award - A.void Most Annoying Roommates - Artpartment Crunchiest - Frail Shells Capitalest - A(s)century Most Mysterious - The Ybuwyn Most Desolate - Gray Desert Award Award - Entire Screen of One Game Fullest English Breakfast - Full English Breakfast Most Appreciated Pain - Hurt Me Plenty Hungriest Ducks - Feed Some Ducks Most Stark Depiction of an Economic Reality - Capitalism Spookiest Circumference or Trippiest Road - GhostRing Trickiest Simulation - 33rd Street Most Difficult - The Ocean Pointiest - The Handsomest Echidna Most Satisfying Audio - Frying Bacon