Legendary, genre-defying and long-running progressive death metallers Pestilence, originally established in the Netherlands in 1986, have signed a worldwide record deal with Agonia Records, by the courtesy of Hadeon Records. The band is currently working on their new album titled “Exitivm.”
From auspicious thrash metal beginnings, which earned them a deal with Roadrunner Records, to a spot-on death metal transformation, which turned them into a genre pioneering phenom, Pestilence is alive and kicking after decades since its fateful inception in 1986. Labeled on the same genre-defying scale as Death, Cynic and Atheist, but also Obituary and Deicide, with whom the band shared the same label-home throughout the 90s, Pestilence exists as an influential, innovative and distinctive player, despite a turbulent history featuring two breakups (in 1994 and 2014) and reunions (in 2008 and 2016, respectively). The band’s binding factor and leading creative force throughout all cycles has always been founder and guitarist Patrick Mameli. The latter had this to say about the signing:
“Pestilence and Hadeon Records [the band’s own imprint] are very excited to be joining forces with Agonia Records in an exclusive, worldwide agreement to explore new pathways in writing history together”.
The next Pestilence album is still a mystery, so keep a lookout for more news surrounding their debut release for Agonia Records, titled “Exitivm“.