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Enschede, The Netherlands (1986 – 1994, 2008 – present)

1) Pestilence is a death metal band from Enschede, The Netherlands founded in 1986. Later they incorporated more jazz and fusion elements into their music. They released four albums before disbanding in order to pursue other musical directions in 1994. Pestilence reformed in 2008 and released their album ‘Resurrection Macabre’ a year later in March. In late April 2011, the band released ‘Doctrine’.

Pestilence started in the Netherlands in mid 1986 as a thrash metal band. The lineup, consisting of Patrick Mameli (guitar, vocals), Randy Meinhard (guitar), and Marco Foddis (drums), recorded two demos before gaining the attention of Roadrunner Records. After the first demo, Martin van Drunen (bass, vocals) joined them. These two demos - Dysentery (1986) and The Penance (1987) - are raw, sounding mostly like a cross between Possessed and Schizophrenia-era Sepultura. After signing to Roadrunner Records, Pestilence released their debut album titled Malleus Maleficarum in 1988, further refining their approach to thrash metal. The new material was tighter and more focused than the demos. Shortly thereafter, guitarist Randy Meinhard left the band to pursue other musical goals in a new band named Sacrosanct.

Meanwhile, Pestilence recruited a new guitar player by the name of Patrick Uterwijk.


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  • metalkillthekin

    Consuming Impulse!

    18 Aug 8:38am Reply
  • Reflechissant

    Crushing riffs

    18 Jul 12:21pm Reply
  • Liberations

    Come to Moscow, or Kiev, or Minsk!

    30 May 8:49pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    ..really don't like their newer albums. Spheres is the most outstanding one imo.

    24 May 12:50pm Reply
  • MorbidParoxysm

    Only the first two albums really matter

    10 May 6:25am Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    "Testimony is a bit overrated. Worst of their first four" I lol'd

    3 Apr 1:48am Reply
  • Siffie91

    check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal!

    26 Mar 5:31pm Reply
  • Piss-Christ

    Obsideo = Brutal as FUCK

    15 Mar 8:43am Reply
  • milta

    death metal is just for hippies & this proofes it:

    12 Mar 8:52pm Reply

    please one gig in London !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1\m/

    20 Feb 1:16pm Reply
  • PussyRipper


    5 Feb 2:36am Reply
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    3 Feb 10:51pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    Testimony is a bit overrated. Worst of their first four.

    2 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • K696

    / TheArtofShred88 / Also, I don't see what the problem is about Obsideo. It's not a masterpiece or anything along those lines but it's still pretty good and enjoyable, much better than Doctrine. [2] solid, good death metal album with crushing sound. 4+/ 6, i like it, and older LP's.... no problem with XXI death meta era !!! AMSG, drink for Satan 666%

    1 Feb 1:17am Reply
  • HUNMasvidal

    I think Obsideo grows on you after some time. It has some absolutely great riffs and some melodic solos (something that was missing from the previous few albums)

    26 Jan 12:56pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    That's the biggest problem for me. I mean, Obsideo is pretty awful; I hate the boring, soulless riffs and solos and awful drum sounds, and you're not able to hear the bass at all (I was pretty disappointed that Thesseling left, he would've been one of the brighter parts of the album). I do like the song structures and Mameli's vocals. But even though it's a bad album, the biggest reason I hate it is the fact that I keep comparing it to their first four (although I shouldn't) and thinking that it should be something like that.

    20 Jan 4:13pm Reply
  • crazytribe

    I thought Obsideo was solid. Not as inspiring as their earlier albums, but what's the point of comparing them? It's been 20 years.

    20 Jan 5:13am Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    That's the thing, no one really explains what's wrong about it except for "it's shit" or "it's awful". No denying it can get pretty dull if listened to too often but as I said, it's enjoyable.

    20 Jan 1:45am Reply
  • AllenwearsDC

    15 Jan 9:01pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    The problem about Obsideo is that it's awful. Nothing else wrong with it, though.

    15 Jan 8:20pm Reply
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