Band Photo: Pestilence (?)
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.
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...
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:
Hail Of Bullets
Today Is The Day
Man Must Die
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."
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.
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
03. Subordinate To The Domination
04. Extreme Unction
06. Chemo Therapy
07. Bacterial Surgery
08. Cycle Of Existence
09. Osculum Infame
10. Systematic Instruction
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
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
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...
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...
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).
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.
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).
DAN SWANO To Produce New Band Featuring PESTILENCE, GOREFEST, THANATOS Members ~
Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Swano (EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD) has agreed to mix/produce the upcoming demo/CD from HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring THANATOS guitarists Stephan Geb?di and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen, GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen. The recordings will take place in June/July and the band hopes to have it all finished before the end of the summer.
Geb?di previously stated about the group's upcoming CD, "We trust it will be a classic death metal album in more than one way. The material we've written so far is very strong stuff ranging from slow, doomy parts to the occasional blast beat. Funny thing to mention is that drummer Ed Warby has written most of the guitar riffs so far."
THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens have joined forces with former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX-singer Martin Van Drunen, GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen in a brand new project. The as-yet-unnamed band will record a three-track promo CD later this year. "We're simply going to crank out some brutal old-school death metal stuff — nothing more, nothing less!" says Gebédi.
The PESTILENCE Land Of Tears website (www.pestilence.fan.pl) reports that a live album from the defunct Dutch technical metallers, entitled "Chronicles Of The Scourge", is now available through Metal War Productions.
The album features the following tracklisting: Kix Festival - Veghel, Holland (June 24th, 1989): 'City Of The Living Dead'/'Antropomorphia', 'Parricide', 'Echoes Of Death', 'Subordinate To The Domination', 'Commandments', 'Out Of The Body', 'Chemotherapy', 'Cycle Of Existence', 'Suspended Animation'. Live Die Zeche - Bochum, Germany (November 18th, 1988): 'The Trauma', 'Antropomorphia', 'Parricide', 'Subordinate To The Domination', 'Cycle Of Existence', 'Extreme Unction', 'Chemotherapy', 'Bacterial Surgery', 'Systematic Instruction' Unreleased bonus track: 'Consuming Impulse'.
The band lineup on the album includes: Patrick Mameli (guitar), Patrick Uterwijk (guitar), Martin Van Drunen (bass, vocals), Marco Foddis (drums).
Former PESTILENCE members Martin Van Drunen (vocals) and Jeroen Paul Thesseling (bass) have teamed up in a brand new band called PROJEKT TABUN. PROJEKT TABUN was founded by Thesseling and KING LOCUST guitarist/producer Niels Drieënhuizen. The band, who recently spent time at at studio Het Lab in Schaarsbergen, the Netherlands, are describing their sound as "a unique blend of Moorish-oriented lines, brutal grunts and palmas rhythms." An official web site is currently under construction.
Former Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling is currently available for progressive and technical bands or (studio) projects, according to a posting on his official website.
The latest confirmed guest to work on the Death/Chuck Schuldine tribute project "Within The Mind" is Luc Lemay of Gorguts. That brings the total new additions to 4 in as many days. Luc joins other recent additions Richard Christy (Iced Earth, Ex-Death, Control Denied), Patrick Mameli (Ex-Pestilence) and Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm).