Legendary Dutch death metallers Pestilence have commenced recording their ninth studio album, with a sharing title Exitivm. The band’s main composer Patrick Mameli is known to constantly reinvent his musical self and it’s no different in case of Exitivm. The album is set to explore new musical soundscapes, with emphasis on sick and twisted riffs, heaviness and brutal grooves.
Mameli had this to say on the progress they made so far:
“Pestilence is very pleased how the 10 new compositions are developing and taking shape. Not even in my wildest dreams I could have ever imagined this monster taking shape like it is doing right now. I think it has something to do with this line-up and sound engineer too. Not only are the new guys: Rutger (lead guitars), Joost van der Graaf (bass guitars) and Michiel van der Plicht (drums) extremely talented but they fit the Pestilence style. They fill in their parts on a high professional level. My guitar sound for this new album Exitivm is more brutal and heavy than on previous albums so that it crushes the scull and pierces right through the soul. The collaboration with studio engineer Jory Hogeveen at Pitchnote Productions, has been very relaxed since he is a musician himself (guitar player for Shinigami), so we speak the same musical language. So far we finished recording drums, guitars, bass and some leads. It already sounds DEVASTATING. Up next are vocals and the rest of the leads. Then we add some intro’s and soundscapes to further take the whole concept to a much darker place because the lyrical concept is about mental illness and inner and outer entities aka demons.”