The deathlike silence that surrounded Pestilence for 15 years will be blown to pieces in early 2009 with the release of the brand new studio album Resurrection Macabre. It’s a stunning musical statement that will bring back the band to the forefront of the international death metal community. The album is a display of the timeless power of brutal death metal brought with the modern day technique and skill of experienced musicians.
The brand new album was recorded in Denmark, with producer Jacob Hansen behind the desk The new incarnation of Pestilence consists of original band member Patrick Mameli, the American bass wizard Tony Choy (Atheist, Cynic, a.o.) and powerhouse drummer Peter Wildoer (Arch Enemy, Darkane, a.o.). Guitar player Patrick Uterwijk will join the band for the live shows.
Pestilence erupted in the mid 80’s from the eastern part of Holland as one of the earliest European representatives of a brand new extreme kind of music: death metal. It’s debut Malleus Maleficarum from 1988 had a huge impact on the then current metal scene. Pestilence spread like wildfire during the years that followed. The band managed to bland brute force, morbid imagery and musical perfection into music that was truly groundbreaking and highly influential. Consuming Impulse from 1989 and Testimony Of The Ancients from 1991 were internationally received masterpieces that helped to define an era and a musical genre.
Pestilence developed itself in a spectacular way in a few frantic years, despite relentless touring and promotional obligations. And... Patrick Mameli was never the one to play it safe. So in 1993 he started composing and recording what was to be the Spheres album. A growing fondness of fusion music found it’s way to the new style that Pestilence presented. In recent years the albums had been heralded as a adventurous and daring piece of work that was ahead of it’s time. Way back then it was misunderstood and fell on many deaf ears. It created tension in and around the band.
In 1994 the band came to a crushing halt. For many years Patrick Mameli, who had been such a vocal factor in the international death metal community, seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth. His appetite for musical adventure and stubborn character shaped the music of his new band C-187, that debuted in 2007. Although the album brought him no new successes, it marked his long awaited return to the world of heavy music. It did not take long for fans around the world to voice their desire for a return of the mighty Pestilence.
,,When so many people asked to resurrect Pestilence it got me thinking. 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 wet 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.”