Patrick Mameli (guitar, vocals) of the resurrected late ’80s/early ’90s death metal outfit PESTILENCE has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
“The waiting has come to an end. PESTILENCE has found a new drummer for the 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!!!”
Fan-filmed video footage of PESTILENCE’s July 25, 2009 performance on the Aardschok stage (powered by Jägermeister) at this year’s Zwarte Cross (Black Cross) festival in Lichtenvoorde, Holland can be viewed below (clip uploaded by Erhan Düzey).
PESTILENCE’s latest album, “Resurrection Macabre”, was released on March 13 in Europe (April 14 in the U.S.) via Holland’s Mascot Records. The band recorded a total of 14 songs during the session at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark — 11 new tracks and three classic PESTILENCE cuts (as chosen by the fans) that were included on the limited-edition first pressing: “Out Of The Body”, “Chemo Therapy” and “Lost Souls”. Patrick has previously described the material as a modern fusion of “Testimony of the Ancients” (1991) and “Spheres” (1993), but even more technical and brutal.
Check out audio samples on the band’s MySpace page.