Technical death metal legends PESTILENCE are pleased to announce their first US tour in over 16 years! Presented by Decibel Magazine and MetalSucks, the 17-date journey will kick off in Baltimore as part of the Maryland Deathfest at Sonar on May 30th and close at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on June 17.
Support will be provided by Warbringer, Vital Remains, Enfold Darkness and Sacrificial Slaughter.
Advance tickets will go on sale for all shows via EnterTheVault.com starting today.
PESTILENCE released their first studio record since the critically acclaimed Spheres full-length(1994) with 2009’s Resurrection Macabre (Mascot Records). The band currently features vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli (C-187), returning bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Obscura), new drummer Yuma Van Eekelen (The New Dominion, Brutus) and guitarist Patrick Uterwijk.Read More
Patrick Mameli (guitar, vocals) of the resurrected late ’80s/early ’90s death metal outfit PESTILENCE has released the following statement:
"The waiting has come to an end. PESTILENCE has found a new drummer for the upcoming U.S. tour and maybe even the next PESTILENCE album!!!
After, actually, a short period of time, after many mails and auditionings, our minds (Patrick Mameli and Patrick Uterwijk‘s) were already set in the same direction. Somebody caught our attention. Someone really special and driven. His blasts and double-bass drum parts are amazing and furious!! His way of thinking about Peter (Wildoer‘s) parts are phenomenal and give just the right vibe to the already recorded songs for the ‘Resurrection Macabre‘ album.
Video footage of the infamous audition will follow shortly.
His name is Yuma Van Eekelen. Remember that name! He’s gonna be VERY BIG pretty soon! He is a very worthy replacement of Peter Wildoer, who will remain a drumgod!
Let’s go back to Yuma for a second! We will follow up shortly with an update on this guy and show you parts of his audition so y’all can see this guy’s skills.
So, people, please don’t send in more stuff because PESTILENCE has found a NEW DRUMMER!!!
Stay tuned on what happens next!!!"Read More
Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (PESTILENCE, OBSCURA) will promote the Hellborg amplification line by Germany’s bass manufacturer Warwick. Thesseling, known for his signature six-string fretless playing in extreme metal, has played Warwick Thumb basses exclusively since 1993. Jeroen will be using a Hellborg stack during the upcoming PESTILENCE and OBSCURA tours in addition to Hellborg preamps for recordings of both bandÕs upcoming studio albums.
More information on Thesseling’s Warwick gear can be found here.
Thesseling joined the German progressive death metal band OBSCURA in late 2007 and played on the group’s second full-length album "Cosmogenesis". This past October, Jeroen rejoined PESTILENCE after a 15-year break. He will also join PESTILENCE during their 2010 tours.Read More
Obscura bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, who played on Pestilence’s fourth album "Spheres" (1993), will rejoin the Dutch death metallers Pestilence after a break of 15 years. Thesseling, known for his six-string fretless signature, joined the German progressive death metal band Obscura in late 2007 and recorded their second full-length album "Cosmogenesis", released in February this year.
"After such a long period of time it’s great to be part of Pestilence again. I’m convinced that this cooperation will result in brilliant technical death metal. In order to avoid misunderstandings I want to emphasize that I will continue to work with my German colleagues of Obscura as well.", says Jeroen in a statement on his website.
Patrick Mameli stated:
"I’m very happy to welcome Jeroen once again to the Pestilence camp. Also a big thanks goes out to Tony Choy, who succesfully participated on the "Resurrection Macabre" album and tour. We all wish him the best of luck in the future!!! Tony is just too busy that we had to find a suitable replacement. I’m convinced that Jeroen, just like Tony on "Resurrection", will put his signature on this new Pestilence album, that fans really don’t have to compare these two great bass players with eachother. Both have a great style. Also, I would like to stress that, by no means, this collaboration with Jeroen, will result in a "Spheres" part 2, since this is not our goal. Our goal is to create the most brutal and technical Pestilence album ever. I’m currently composing new songs with the 8 string Ibanez, which will give Pestilence a new dimension in our own style. Keywords: Low, chuncky and a-tonal morbidity!!! So be ready to be blown away!!!Read More
Well, the touring, the festivals and the travelling, it all has come to an end for us. I think we covered pretty much all the countries in Europe we really wanted to go to!
Also, I want to give props and a big thank you, to the guys in the band, Choy, Wildoer and Uterwijk for their input and strength to finish this tour. Also a warm shout goes out to all the fans that have attended our show(s). We really appreciate this!! Now we will have a nice and long break to regroup and I have already started working on new material for the upcoming new Pestilence album. It´s so exciting to compose new songs using the RG2228GK ( 8-string ) provided by HOSHINO/IBANEZ. Again, I will try to push the limit to new musical heights. The new material will be nothing like you´ve ever heard before from Pestilence yet I will be trying hard to maintain the Pestilence style to a maximum. By now everybody should be used to the fact that no Pestilence album sounds alike. This new material will be out of this world!!!
So hang in there, and for now Peace,