Patrick Mameli on PESTILENCE First Tour in 16 Years

Published On May 30, 2010 | By Blissfulviolet | Uncategorized

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By BlissfulViolet

“Expect lots of enthusiasm and energy. There’s nothing better than being on stage, sharing your music with an audience that is into the songs,” says Mameli confidently.

Mameli agrees that resurrecting Pestilence and reentering the metal scene after sixteen long years has been sort of a spiritual rebirth, a new chapter in his life, with an optimistic future. “I don’t let things get to me anymore. I think it’s pretty easy like riding a bike to get into the writing mode. I’ve always been the one who composes the songs for Pestilence. It took a long time to get rid of that nasty feeling I had about the music industry and the whole scene in general because we felt very limited for awhile. But now looking back at it, we kind of dug our own grave writing the ‘Spheres’ album.” Last March, Pestilence unleashed “Resurrection Macabre,” a brutal comeback album that belches old school Pestilence with a resurgence of vitality. “I think it’s an ultra brutal album, it’s got a great sound and it’s still Pestilence. Hopefully with this new album we can top it again but you know, it took us 16 years to get a healthy appetite again. And I think it was good for us to step back from the scene, go back to our own lives. There was times that Pestilence left me, when I would get a bad review that would kind of affect my personal life as well. I would get down and stuff like that. Now we approach our music differently and it’s a healthier environment, especially with this new lineup.”

“We wanted to go back to that band feeling of having a band perform as a whole and not working with session musicians. With this new lineup it’s an all Dutch band now. Everyone speaks the same language; they know the same people in this little country called Holland. It feels more familiar. I’m very happy with this new lineup.” Mameli takes his life and Pestilence one day at a time. The band is no longer the center of his world but an appreciative balance has blossomed for both. “There’s no more pressure. I have a regular job, a wife and kids. Although Pestilence is a big part of my life, it’s not everything anymore for me. I can enjoy it way more than if it was my job,” assures Mameli.

Pestilence was founded in 1986 and released their debut album, “Malleus Maleficarum” in 1988. The bands second release, “Consuming Impulse” [1989] is often looked upon as stepping stone, a crucial highpoint for the death metal movement at the time. Mameli has since faced some fan and media criticism due to comparisons of former vocalist/bassist Martin van Drunen. Yet Patrick Mameli stepped into the spotlight shortly after Van Drunen’s departure and the fame of Pestilence spread-for awhile, until calling it quits in 1994. “The thing is, I don’t have any problems with Martin and he doesn’t have any problems with me at all. Music is like a picture, something that was created at a certain point in time. And you have your ‘Consuming Impulse’ fans and they swear that Pestilence was at its best with Martin Van Druen on vocals. People have to understand that things do change. Martin is where he is. He has Hail of Bullets, Asphyx and they’re doing well, we’re doing well. It’s good the way it is now, everyone is happy. Let the past be the past. He knows why he is no longer in Pestilence anymore and I know why. I’m happy that he has a future in music because he’s a great singer.”

Things have just started to unravel for Pestilence. The new lineup has already put Pestilence back on the death metal map. “I can enjoy things more and now being in control of my own merchandise, having a great record company behind me. Things are going well for us, we’re happy working together. Everyone’s leaving their regular jobs to come together, to create some good music and that’s what it’s all about!”  “Now at least I know what to expect of the music industry,” he exclaims. “When I was younger I didn’t know what to expect but I do know now. Things have changed now. Album sales are not the driving force anymore. Because of the internet, things have changed. So now the record companies have to focus on different things and I think that’s a healthier situation. Being with a smaller record company has also made a huge impact on Pestilence. It keeps the line short. If I call the big guy, he picks up the phone; we actually feel heard. If we have a problem, they will respond.”

Pestilence has already begun work for their six studio album, “Doctrine,” scheduled to be released in February of 2011. “We’ve written five tracks already, its way different than ‘Resurrection Macabre’. It’s more brutal, crazy-out there. We feel that we have to keep continuing to recreate ourselves. We stay true to the style but come up with different beats. We’re recording the album in September and a release is set for February. ‘Resurrection Macabre’ was more of a realistic topic album; although I would suggest that the new album has more to do with dogmas, doctrines and has some sort of a psychological theme.”  Mameli has also introduced the use of the Ibanez 8-string guitar, which has benefited the creative process. “When we started working with the 8-string, it gives more possibilities to create new music. We can go a bit lower, create super brutal music and keeping the Pestilence riffing. As opposed to the past, we never really tuned down, it was always a standard e,” he explains.

Pestilence is in full force and ready to unleash havoc in the states. “I’m really looking forward to stepping on U.S. soil again,” Mameli confides with ease. “The last I recall touring there was back in the 90’s; we were supporting ‘Death’ and got to visit so many nice places. I remember Colorado being a great state, many fond memories of Texas as well but it’s so hot over there. I love Texas, they have great food and I also loved New York and Cali. I think that’s what is so great about America, is the fact that it is so huge! There is so much of diversity. Every state has their own thing going and I think that is great. Here in Europe we have different countries and different languages but pretty much everybody speaks English. The fans in Europe are probably a bit more spoiled [laughs]. I like that the American fans really appreciate metal music but at the same time they will bash you if you don’t do your job well. The future looks great and we are trying to make it as fun for us as possible.”

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PESTILENCE w/ Warbringer, Vital Remains, Enfold Darkness, Sacrificial Slaughter

5/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD (as part of Maryland Deathfest)*
5/31/2010 Club Mosaic – Chattanooga, TN **
6/01/2010 The Bar – New Orleans, LA **
6/02/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
6/03/2010 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
6/04/2010 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/05/2010 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
6/06/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
6/07/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA
6/08/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/09/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
6/10/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/11/2010 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC*
6/13/2010 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
6/14/2010 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
6/15/2010 Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON **
6/16/2010 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC **
6/17/2010 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

* PESTILENCE only
** No Warbringer

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founded Beyond the Dark Horizon in 2006 and is currently running the online/print magazine as Editor-in-Chief, and writer. She is also a jewelry designer and mixed media artist for Violet Serpentine.

2 Responses to Patrick Mameli on PESTILENCE First Tour in 16 Years

  1. avatar Scott Roberts says:

    Hope the new Pestilence is good. Great interview thank you for sharing

  2. avatar Alex Shastine says:

    The Pestilence tour is fucking brutal. all that needs to be said we maushed for 7 hours straight to the sick line up they had for us at the riglea theater

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