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Friday, February 23, 2024

INCOMING! Pestilence

 

Genre-defying Dutch death metal legends PESTILENCE have singled-out and re-recorded twelve emblematic anthems from across their 38-year career into "Levels of Perception"; the album is set for release on April 26th via Agonia Records. The release will be preceded by a three-week long headlining tour of Europe, which kicks off on April 3rd.






Patrick Mameli - whose signature vocal, guitar and songwriting skills constitute the hallmark of PESTILENCE - finds "Levels of Perception" to be a testament to the band's role in death metal's progression. "I've always wanted to do a best-of album, because it would mean that I've achieved something in the past; something that still has its value today," Mameli reflects. "To be able to choose from songs that I composed in the distant past, transporting them into the now, with the line-up of the recordings that consisted of Michiel van der Plicht (drums), Rutger van Noordenburg (guitar) and Joost van der Graaf (bass) - I found this to be of great value and sheer awesomeness."


Re-recording of the tracks has not only managed to breathe new life into them - half thanks to new line-up, and other half by implementing subtle changes which reflect Mameli's matured vision and refined with years of experience aesthetic - but also sets them apart from cheap, unimaginative compilations, by unifying the album's sound as befits a full-length release. "The album's title is Levels of Perception. Why? Because this is what has happened with the songs," Mameli explains. "Performed by different musicians, with their own views, musical abilities and interpretations, shining a new light on them. So here we are with new Levels of Perception."


The drums for "Levels of Perception" were recorded by Michiel van der Plicht in 2021, during a live stream held in T Paard (The Hague, NL). "These recorded drum tracks were so awesome that we just had to use them, fine-tuning the guitars and bass," Mameli comments. These and other re-recordings were done with Reaper behind the console at van der Plicht's own studio On Duty in Mijdrecht, NL. The latter engineered, mixed and mastered the album. "I've started to realize, after recording Exitivm, that when you can engineer, mix and master by yourself, the control over your own product is way bigger, through the honesty and passion for your own compositions; rather than hiring an engineer that has no feel for your music," PESTILENCE's frontman wraps up.



The cover artwork was created by Peter Suchy.

PESTILENCE was established in the Netherlands in 1986 and is considered to be a progressive death metal phenom, labeled on the same genre-defying scale as Death, Cynic and Atheist. The group is led by founder, guitarist and mastermind Patrick Mameli, who's been the band's binding factor through two breakups and reunions. Both a reinvention and a confirmation of everything the band has been standing for since 1986, PESTILENCE is more than ever breaking new grounds and exploring the further outposts of extreme metal on "Exitivm" (2021) - the last album, which landed on several Billboard charts; most notably including the top 200 best selling albums. In 2023, the band remastered & reissued its classic catalog, and announced "Portals" to be the title of its next studio album, which is currently in the works. PESTILENCE shows no signs of slowing down, starting 2024 off with a spring tour and a long-sought best-of album, "Levels of Perception" - both of which will roll out this April.


Tracklisting:

01. Horror Detox (Re-recording) 

02. Mvlti Dimensional (Re-recording)

03. Mobvs Propagationem (Re-recording)

04. Sinister (Re-recording)

05. Dehydrated (Re-recording)

06. Dominatvi Svbmissa (Re-recording)

07. Land of Tears (Re-recording)

08. Necromorph (Re-recording)

09. Deificvs (Re-recording)

10. Twisted Truth (Re-recording)

11. Sempiternvs (Re-recording)

12. Ovt of the Body (Re-recording)


Album formats:

- Jewelcase CD

- Box CD

- Black LP

- Clear LP

- Green LP

- Color in color LP

- Box LP

- MC

- Digital


Clothing:

- T-shirts


Tour dates:
23.03. NL - Kampen, Ukien
31.03. NL - Nijverdal, Cult Art
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Black Death Over Europe 2024
Pestilence + Carnation + Bodyfarm
03.04. DE - Munich, Backstage
04.04. DE - Trier, Mergener Hof
05.04. DE - Berlin, Orwo Haus
06.04. PL - Krakow, Kamienna 12
07.04. CZ - Jaromer, Narodak
08.04. CZ - Ostrava, Barrak
09.04. SK - Kosice, Collosseum
10.04. AT - Vienna, Viper Room
11.04. HU - Budapest, A38
12.04. IT - San DonĂ  di Piave, Revolver
13.04. 1T - Milan, Legend
14.04. FR- Marseille, Jas Rod
15.04. ES - Barcelona, Sala Boveda
16.04. ES - Madrid, Revi Live
17.04. PT - Lisbon, RCA Club
18.04. PT - Porto, Hard Club
19.04. ES - Zaragoza, Sala Lo Intento
20.04. FR - Limoges, C.C.J. Lennon
21.04. BE - Antwerp, Zappa
--
25.05. SK - Surany, Songs Of Hate Festival
21.06. DE - Protzen, Protzen Open Air
22.06. BE - Dessel, Graspop
27.07. BG - Sofia, Sofia Metalfest
28.07. GR - Athens, Release Festival
10.08. CZ - Brutal Assault
26.10. NL - Sneek, Bolwerk


"Levels Of Perception" recordings musicians:
Patrick Mameli - vocals and lead guitars 
Michiel van der Plicht - drums
Rutger van Noordenburg - lead guitars
Joost van der Graaf - bass 
Pre-order "Levels of Perception":
https://pestilence.store/levels-of-perception/

PESTILENCE on-line:
Website: http://www.pestilence.nl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pestilenceofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pestilenceofficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6JcFn4PlXFuXmhRXpOpsan

Agonia Records:
Website: https://agoniarecords.com
Webshop: https://agoniarecords.com/store
Facebook: https://facebook.com/agoniarecords
Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/agoniarecords
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords
Bandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/agoniarecordsofficial
YouTube: https://youtube.com/AgoniaRec

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