Greek metal webzine Metal Hunter conducted an interview with with Patrick Mameli (guitar, vocals) of the resurrected late '80s/early '90s death metal outfit PESTILENCE on April 28, 2009 in Athens, Greece. Watch the chat in two parts below.
PESTILENCE was forced to cancel its appearance at last weekend's Maryland Deathfest due to the band's detainment at the U.S. border.
Upon entering the U.S. and stopping at customs, Mameli and Uterwijk discovered that the paperwork for their travels, which was sent to them, was not properly completed for the required working visas. Originally they were told all was in order and to proceed on the trip to the U.S.
Mameli and Uterwijk were kept in custody for several hours and sent back to the Netherlands on Saturday, May 30.
They spent a total of 44 hours in flights and detainment.
PESTILENCE's latest album, "Resurrection Macabre", was released on March 13 in Europe (April 14 in the U.S.) via Holland's Mascot Records. The band recorded a total of 14 songs during the session at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark — 11 new tracks and three classic PESTILENCE cuts (as chosen by the fans) to be included on the limited-edition first pressing: "Out Of The Body", "Chemo Therapy" and "Lost Souls". Joining guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli in PESTILENCE's current recording lineup are Tony Choy (ATHEIST, CYNIC) on bass and Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, NON-HUMAN LEVEL) on drums. Patrick has previously described the band's new material as a modern fusion of "Testimony of the Ancients" (1991) and "Spheres" (1993),but even more technical and brutal.
Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.
PESTILENCE 2009 touring lineup:
Patrick Mameli – Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Uterwijk - Guitar
Tony Choy - Bass
Peter Wildoer - Drums