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Formed: 1986
From: Enschede, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pestilence News

Below is our complete Pestilence news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Marilyn Manson
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
God Forbid
Sacred Reich
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Parkway Drive
Negura Bunget

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Pestilence Posts New Song "Hate Suicide" Online

Dutch death metal legends Pestilence has posted a brand new song online entitled, "Hate Suicide." The song comes from their forthcoming new album, "Resurrection Macabre" which is their first in fifteen years. You can check out the song at the bands official Myspace page.

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Bands Announced For 2009 Maryland Death Festival

Below is a list of bands for each day of MDF 2009, which will take place May 22 - 24. There are several different scenarios on the table as far as stage setup goes, so we won't be announcing exact set times until sometime in March. Set times will be planned so you don't have to pick and choose what band you want to see because two are playing at one time.

Individual day tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 19th.

You can expect doors to open around 3:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These are only estimates, but not off by more than 30 minutes or so. More...

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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Pestilence Announces European Tour Dates

Dutch metallers, Pestilence, have recorded their first record in 15 years. The album, entitled "Resurrection Macabre," [cover art] features eleven new tracks and the limited edition first print will include three re-recordings chosen by fans. "Out Of The Body," "Chemo Therapy," and "Lost Souls" were voted most.

In order to promote "Resurrection Macabre Pestilence" will embark on a European tour. The tour dates are as follows:

04/09 - Inferno Festival - Oslo, NOR
04/10 - Atak - Enschede, NL
04/11 - Paaspop - Schijndel, NL
04/12 - Underworld - London, UK
04/13 - Underground - Cologne, DE
04/14 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, FR
04/16 - Transilvania Live - Erstfeld, CH
04/17 - Backstage - Munchen, DE
04/18 - Rock Planet - Pinarella, IT
04/19 - Sonar Club - Colle Val d'Elsa, IT
04/21 - Viper Room - Vienna, AT
04/22 - Steinbruch Theater - Darmstadt, DE
04/23 - Easy Schorre - Halle, DE
04/24 - Schutzenhaus - Oelnitz, DE
04/25 - P3 - Purmerend, NL
04/26 - Biebop - Vosselaar, NL
04/28 - AN Club - Athens, GR
04/29 - Milos Giorgiou - Thessaloniki, GR More...

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Pestilence Posts New Song Online

Pestilence have uploaded the new song "Horror Detox" to their MySpace page. The song is the first of three songs that will be uploaded before the release date of their upcoming album "Resurrection Macabre." The band has also issued the following update regarding production of the record:

"The recording has been finished for 'Resurrection Macabre,' only a few details on the artwork and we are done for the release on March 13 in Europe and April 14 in the US."

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Maryland Deathfest Announces 2 Replacement Bands

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.

Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.

Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms More Bands

More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:

Bolt Thrower
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Rotten Sound
Keep of Kalessin
Trap Them
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Complete Failure
Hero Destroyed

Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:

"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."

A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009

Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.

Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Pestilence Enters The Studio

PESTILENCE will enter Jacob Hansen Studios mid October to record the new album "Resurrection Macabre," which is released in 2009. The band will record 11 new songs and for the limited edition 3 bonus tracks.

The bonus tracks will be 3 classic PESTILENCE songs. The 3 songs will be voted on by fans and the 3 most voted songs will be re-recorded in the studio. Visit www.pestilence.nl to vote.

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Obscura Signs To Relapse Records

Germany's OBSCURA, (Steffan Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST): drums), are currently recording their second full-length and Relapse debut.

OBSCURA founder Kummerer commented on the signing and new album; "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the upcoming albums. We think Relapse is one of the best homes for progressive death metal in general and we are looking forward for this long time cooperation. We are putting the final touches on the mix and mastering for the upcoming album which will see the light in the beginning of next year. Obscura are back - stronger than ever!" More...

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Maryland Deathfest VII Lineup Taking Shape

Next spring, Baltimore, MD will play host to Maryland Deathfest VII on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Sonar. The following have been confirmed thus far, with many more to be added until the event:

Brutal Truth
General Surgery
Hail Of Bullets
Today Is The Day
Flesh Parade
Man Must Die
Entrails Massacre

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Obscura Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

German death metallers OBSCURA are currently recording their new album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios in Germany.

OBSCURA bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) comments: "I just got back from Landschut, Germany, where we've finished most of the recordings for the new album. I'm very excited about the new OBSCURA material; it sounds extremely brutal and technical compared with PESTILENCE's 'Spheres' (1993). We are looking forward to play most of the new songs during the upcoming shows."

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Hail Of Bullets Full Album Streaming On MySpace

Death metal band HAIL OF BULLETS' debut album, "…Of Frost and War" has been streaming in its entirety on the band's MySpace page since May 9.

The band is also getting front page features on the MySpace music-sites in the Benelux, Sweden and Germany.

Hail of Bullets consists of former PESTILENCE and current ASPHYX-singer Martin van Drunen, ex-HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, GOREFEST-drummer Ed Warby and both THANATOS-guitarists Paul Baayens (also in ASPHYX) and Stephan Gebédi.

"...Of Frost and War" was released yesterday, May 13.

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Pestilence To Remaster Their Debut Album

Pestilence is considered one of the most important icons of the technical metal scene. Known for mixing various influences, from thrash to jazz and fusion with classic death metal, the band became a legend a long time before their final split-up in 1993. Now, with the exclusive re-release of Pestilence's debut album "Malleus Malficarum", metal fans may once again witness the sheer genius of this truly unique formation.

The remastered version of Pestilence's "Malleus Maleficarum", digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc, will be re-released as a new digipak edition, limited to 2000 copies. It will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 19th May 2008 in Europe (except for Benelux) and on 8th July 2008 in USA (via MVD). The album's tracklist is as follows:

01. Malleus Maleficarum/Antropomrphia
02. Parracide
03. Subordinate To The Domination
04. Extreme Unction
05. Commandments
06. Chemo Therapy
07. Bacterial Surgery
08. Cycle Of Existence
09. Osculum Infame
10. Systematic Instruction

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Obscura Post New Promo CD Tracks Online

German death metallers OBSCURA have uploaded rough-mix versions of the tracks from their forthcoming three-track promo CD, recorded by Victor Bullok (DARK FORTRESS; CELTIC FROST touring member).

The songs available for streaming at this location are as follows:

01. The Anticosmos Overload
02. Choir of Spirits
03. Incarnated

OBSCURA recently announced the addition of former NECROPHAGIST guitarist Christian Muenzner to the group's ranks.

The band's new lineup is as follows:

Steffen Kummerer - Guitar, Vocals
Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Guitar
Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) - Bass
Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Drums

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Obscura Post New Sound Samples Online

OBSCURA issue the following press release:

"OBSCURA caused quite a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for SUFFOCATION on their European tour 2006 and when they independently released their debut album Retribution later on. Now they are back and stronger than ever before! Mastermind Steffen Kummerer (guitar/vocals) is now backed up by no one else than the former PESTILENCE bass player Jeroen Thesseling and the ex-NECROPHAGIST members Christian Muenzner (guitar) and Hannes Großmann (drums). Together they create their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements and technical as well as compositional demand. Something that the band simply calls extreme metal art. The focus lies on songwriting though and not just showing off technical riffs, blast beats and sweeps." More...

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Hail of Bullets Issue New Studio Update

HAIL OF BULLETS, featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen and GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, have entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording their debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records. The band have issued the following studio update from Warby:

"As we're entering the final stages of recording our full length album for Metal Blade Records, we thought we'd share some choice footage of the proceedings. First up is a four-minute glimpse of yours truly beating the shit out of his drums. You can almost see that one crash break! The song I'm doing here is one of the more brutal ones (well, they all are, I guess), with some cool fills and stuff to spice up the umta-umta onslaught. I think I broke an average of 3-4 sticks per song during this session. The forests weep..." More...

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Bunkur Signs To Displeased Records

Dutch nihilistic black doom metal band BUNKUR has signed with Displeased Records. Their new full length album, "Nullify," is expected in the summer of 2008. The band's renewed line-up features Martin van Drunen (Pestilence, Asphyx) on vocals. Guest appearances on the album include Wannes Gubbels (Asphyx, Pentacle).

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Ex-Pestilence Bassist Joins Obscura

OBSCURA has announced former PESTILENCE bassist JEROEN PAUL THESSELING as their new permanent bass player.

The band is absolutely stoked that THESSELING, who played on PESTILENCE's fourth album, "SPHERES" (1993), will play the upcoming tours and participates in the recording sessions for the new OBSCURA album, due in 2008.

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Pestilence's "Spheres" To Be Reissued As DigiPack

Metal Mind Productions reports:

"PESTILENCE doesn't require any introduction. Known for mixing various influences, from thrash to jazz, from fusion to classic death metal, the band has become a legend long before its final split-up in 1993.

"Patrick Mameli (guitar, vocals), Randy Meinhard (guitar) and Marco Foddis (drums) recorded their first demo, Dysentery, in 1986. However, it was only after The Penance, recorded in 1987 with a new member, Martin van Drunen (bass/vocals), that the band caught the attention of Roadrunner Records, who agreed to release their first official album, Malleus Malficarum (1988).

"Pestilence released four studio albums during their career. The final one, Spheres from 1993, brought along a thrilling mixture of jazz-fusion elements with death metal and, thanks to the extensive use of synth guitars, constituted a totally new quality in aggressive music.

Today, Metal Mind Productions presents the re-release of Spheres: classic material from Roadrunner Records' archives, released in a new digipack edition, limited to numerated 2,000 copies. The new version includes bonus material. It is released with new artwork: this, in fact, is the original artwork, done by UK artist Dan Seagrave, that wasn't used on the first pressing of the album.

Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc.

Release date: August 20th (Europe), October 10th (USA, via MVD).

Spheres tracklisting: 'Mind Reflections', 'Multiple Beings', 'The Level Of Perception', 'Aurian Eyes', 'Soul Search', 'Personal Energy', 'Voices From Within', 'Sphere', 'Changing Perspective', 'Phileas', 'Demise Of Time'. Bonus tracks: 'Demise Of Time' (Remix), 'Soul Search' (Remix), 'Mind Reflections' (live), 'Multiple Beings' (live).

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