Alcatraz Line up: 2018
In their heyday Pestilence were by far the most successful Dutch death metal band with seminal albums such as Malleus Maleficarum’ (1988), ‘Consuming Impulse’ (1989) and ‘Testimony of the Ancients’ (1991) that inspired hordes of new bands. The release of the demo collection ‘The Dysentery Penance’ (2015) apparently brought things full circle for Pestilence, not in the least because frontman Patrick Mameli had repeatedly confirmed in interviews that Pestilence were dead and buried. However, over the peast twelve months a live album and re-issues of old material kept Pestilence in the public eye. In the end there’s no denying what’s in your blood and in 2016 Mameli decided to resurrect the band for the second time. Pestilence have just come off a major European tour that was met with great enthusiasm. Pestilences’s new ‘Hadeon’ album fits in well with ‘Testimony of the Ancients’ and ‘Spheres’, making it a welcome addition to the Pestilence catalogue.