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PESTILENCE Return After 15 Years with New Album

March 5, 2009

O.G. death metallers, PESTILENCE, are back after 15 years of deathlike silence. The band are set to release a brand new studio album entitled Resurrection Macabre. 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 (ATHIEST, CYNIC) and powerhouse drummer Peter Wildoer (ARCH ENEMY, DARKANE). Guitar player Patrick Uterwijk will join the band for the live shows.

Mameli explains: “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.

“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.”

The new album also features some re-recorded classic PESTILENCE songs: “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,” commented Mameli. “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.”

The band plan to hit the road following the release of Resurrection Macabre.

Check out a new track, “Devouring Frenzy”: [audio:]

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