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Pestilence
Malleus Maleficarum + Demos
January 1999
Released: 1998, Displeased Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Original Release: 1987 (RC Records)



I have no idea what made Displeased Records re-issue this disc, but I welcomed it with open arms! This is the first album from Pestilence, which displays a brutal combination of thrash and primitive death metal. The album features Patrick Mameli (lead guitar) and Marco Foddis (drums), who’ve appeared on every Pestilence album, plus Martin van Drunen on vocals (who appeared on their second album Consuming Impulse), and their original guitarist Randy Meinhard (who left the band after this album to form Sacrosanct). If you are a Pestilence fan, you need this album. If you like death metal and classic ‘80’s thrash, you may also find this album of interest. There is loads of great guitar work in every song, fabulous lyrics, and good energy.



But what’s most interesting about this re-issue is the inclusion of Pestilence’s 1986 Infected demo and 1987 Dysentery demo…seven bonus demo tracks in all! And what’s really kick ass about this is that only one of the seven songs re-appeared on later albums! So if you do your math, that means six songs unreleased songs! The demo material is along the same lines as the rest of the material on this CD, so if you like Malleus Maleficarum, you’ll like the demos. But realize that these are demos, so don’t expect a polished sound. But for being from the mid ‘80’s they sound really good!



All of the original artwork, band photos, and lyrics are still intact. And the album wasn’t remastered or any of that bullshit. So the re-issue remains true to the original, which is great. However, I think it would have been really cool if Displeased Records would have expanded the booklet with more photos and information or history on the band, including an explanation as to the reason why the album was re-issued in the first place. Nonetheless, this CD is a must for diehard Pestilence fans! Thank you Displeased Records for the treat!!
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