Pestilence Release First Album In 15 Years
March 4, 2009
returns after 15 years of deathlike silence to release the brand new studio album, 'Resurrection Macabre'
. It’s a stunning musical statement that will bring the band back to the forefront of the international death metal community. The album is a display of the timeless power of brutal death metal with modern day technique and skill of experienced musicians.
The brand new album was recorded in Denmark, with producer Jacob Hansen
. The new incarnation of Pestilence
consists of original band member Patrick Mameli
, the American bass wizard Tony Choy
, a.o.) and powerhouse drummer Peter Wildoer
, a.o.). Guitar player Patrick Uterwijk
will join the band for the live shows.
“When so many people asked to resurrect Pestilence
it got me thinking’” explains Patrick Mameli
. “For many years it was a closed chapter. I have always been very clear about that. The last couple of years I discovered, to my amazement, that the band had not been forgotten, but still meant a lot to many fans. So there were a few things that got the ball rolling. First of all the fans. I also noticed that old school death metal was making a come-back. It did whet my appetite. I discovered that I felt the urge to get involved again with the great musical tradition that is death metal. I wanted to leave my own mark again. Another important factor was that I knew that with Tony Choy
and Peter Wildoer
by my side I had found the right people to make this dream come true. These guys are both absolutely stunning musicians. Simply the best one could wish for. Their creative input on the album is invaluable.”
The result of many months of hard work is aptly titled 'Resurrection Macabre'
. The new album has everything to offer that a fan of Pestilence
– old and new – possibly could wish for. And more. It has the dark atmosphere, brutal vocals, sheer power and technical skills – always the trademarks of Pestilence
. Patrick Mameli
stresses that his band is not going to take the easy ride of nostalgia. "I don’t want to rely on successes of the past. This is not a reunion, but a second life for Pestilence
. That’s why we wanted to mark our comeback with a new studio album. Stylistically it goes back to the days of 'Consuming Impulse'
and 'Testimony Of the Ancients'
, but it’s also apparent that time did not stand still. I am a better musician than a was back then. Compared to the old days the technical possibilities are limitless.”
Another link to the glory days of the past are the three old Pestilence
songs that get a new life on the new album: "Chemo Therapy
", "Out Of the Body
" and "Lost Souls
", all coming from the first two Pestilence
albums. "It seemed like a good idea to connect ourselves to our musical past. Apart from that I liked the idea of revisiting those old songs and to see what they would sound like when performed and recorded in this advanced day and age.”
Following the release of 'Resurrection Macabre'
will support the album old heavy metal style: by hitting the road for a still growing number of gigs worldwide. The first responses of fans, promoters and media are overwhelming and unanimous: Pestilence
For more information on Pestilence
, go to http://www.myspace.com/pestilenceofficial