February 26, 2008
According to Pro-Rock magazine, Dutch guitarist / vocalist Patrick Mameli has set "Resurrection Macabre" as the title of the new album from the resurrected late ’80s / early ’90s Death Metal outfit PESTILENCE, tentatively due in early 2009 via Holland’s Mascot Records. Joining Mameli in the group’s new lineup are Tony Choy (ATHEIST, CYNIC) on bass and Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, NON-HUMAN LEVEL) on drums. Patrick is currently working on new material which he has described as a modern fusion of "Testimony Of The Ancients" (1991) and "Spheres" (1993), but even more technical and brutal. The group’s new album will tentatively be recorded this fall by Danish producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) and produced by Patrick himself. Speaking to Blabbermouth.net regarding his decision to bring PESTILENCE back from the dead, Mameli stated last month, "It’s not a reunion, because I will not be playing with any of the old lineup guys, except Tony Choy (who played on "Testimony…"), of course so… I always stated there will never be a reunion, and there won’t be, since I never look back at the past and I refuse now to play with people that are not on the same musical level as I am. I sang on "Testimony…" and "Spheres", so no need for (original PESTILENCE frontman) Martin (Van Drunen). This because of the above statement I just made. Furthermore, Martin is doing other things. Good for him. So now you have two members that were in PESTILENCE before and one new guy. The reason why I bring PESTILENCE back to life is that people / fans keep asking me for this. The time is right now and Mascot is giving me the opportunity to do so."
Germany’s Ván Records have signed THE DEVIL’S BLOOD. The first release of this co-operation will be the 7" EP "The Graveyard Shuffle" (limited to 1000 copies, red vinyl) which will include a re-recorded version of the titletrack as well as the brandnew song ‘A Waxing Moon Over Babylon’. The release is scheduled for April 17, 2008 at the Roadburn Festival where the band will play its first gig.
The fourth album of OBTEST "Gyvybes Medis" will be released early April in three different formats – the digipak compact disk and picture vinyl record will be handled by Osmose Productions, while the collectors’ A5 sized CD book will be released by Ledo Takas Records.