On May 6, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli of resurrected late '80s/early '90s death metallers PESTILENCE. Patrick talked in depth about coming back to the U.S. after 16 years; PESTILENCE's comeback album, "Resurrection Macabre"; finding the right people to get the band going again; progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's next album, bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling's position in the band; how technical death metal has developed during PESTILENCE's absence; and Patrick's other projects. You can now listen to the chat in three parts below.
Quality fan-filmed video footage of PESTILENCE's performance at this year's Neurotic Deathfest — which was held April 30 – May 1, 2010 at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands — can be viewed below (courtesy of "letthedeathmetalflow").
PESTILENCE recently posted a new song called "amgoD" on the band's MySpace page. According to the group, "It's just a rehearsal [recording] with new drummer Yuma [Van Eekelen]. Just guitars and drums...but it turned out pretty sick and we wanted to share!!"
PESTILENCE will embark on its first U.S. tour in over 16 years in May/June. The 17-date trek will kick off in Baltimore as part of the Maryland Deathfest on May 30 and will close at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on June 17. Support on the tour will come from WARBRINGER, VITAL REMAINS, ENFOLD DARKNESS and SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER.
Tickets can be purchased via EnterTheVault.com.
PESTILENCE 2010 is:
Patrick Mameli - Guitar/Vocals
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - Bass
Patrick Uterwijk - Guitar
Yuma Van Eekelen - Drums
PESTILENCE is working on material for a new album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Mameli states, "The new material will sound, again, way different from the previous albums, and is going to top all previous PESTILENCE material, stated by insiders already.
"The new songs have the rawness of [1989's] 'Consuming Impulse', the theatrical [quality] of 1991's 'Testimony Of The Ancients' and the brutallity of [2009's comeback effort] 'Resurrection Macabre'. But this time we will try to top all our material by using the RG2228-GK [Ibanez guitar].
"Now we have eight strings to maim (y)our ears and brains.
"The RG2228-GK allowes us to come up with the most technical riffing, sick Holdsworth-like chords and mind-boggling solos.
"To complete this new material, we have the mighty Jeroen P. Thesseling with amazing six[-string] fretless mayhem and Yuma with his ultra-brutal and fast, off-beat technical drumming.
"So be prepared for low, chunky and a-tonal morbidity!!!"
PESTILENCE's latest album, "Resurrection Macabre", was released on March 13, 2009 in Europe (April 14, 2009 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) that were included on the limited-edition first pressing: "Out Of The Body", "Chemo Therapy" and "Lost Souls". Patrick previously described the material as a modern fusion of "Testimony of the Ancients" (1991) and "Spheres" (1993),but even more technical and brutal.
Joining Mameli in PESTILENCE's most recent recording/touring lineup were Tony Choy (ATHEIST, CYNIC) on bass, Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, NON-HUMAN LEVEL) on drums and Patrick Uterwijk on guitar.