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Pestilence: No Longer Pestilent

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Pestilence Band Photo 2013Pestilence, the Netherlands’ greatest export besides weed hidden in American tourists’ shampoo bottles, are calling it a day. Guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli made the heartbreaking announcement via Facebook early this morning:

Dear Peeps,

Current update:

As of now, Pestilence is no longer active in recording new material. As a matter of fact, it’s on a permanent hold, as I want to concentrate fully on my new project Necromorph. The style will be more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death. I’m pretty sure all my fans will dig this! Please don’t be sad about Pestilence. We’ve been holding the Pest flag strong for 25 years and we feel it’s now done. I thank all my fans for being there and supporting us all the way.

If there is any interest in Pestilence doing old school shows in the future, me and Patrick Uterwijk, will surely think about the options. I thanks all the Pestilence members since ’86 for their musical talent and input.

HAILZ TO THE FANS, we all love you.

Now, let’s give birth to NECROMORPH!!!!!!

Of course, this isn’t the first time Pestilence have thrown in the towel: the band previously split up in 1994 before reuniting in 2008 and going to on release three excellent new albums, starting with ’09’s Resurrection Macabre and concluding with last year’s excellent Obsideo. So if they stick to roughly the same schedule this time, we can expect a Pestilence re-reunion sometime in the vicinity of 2028. I will most likely be dead by then, but hopefully some of you will be around to enjoy it.

In the meantime, hopefully Necropmorph will be cool…

Thanks: Ruben S.

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