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PESTILENCE @ Audio, Glasgow, 30 Jan 2018
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 15 Jun 2018
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Pestilence death metal live 2018
Pestilence took the metal world by storm at the end of the '80s but after a very promising beginning they called it quits four albums later, to focus on the members' other endeavours. Captain Patrick Mameli brought the band back to life some 15 years later and with a completely refreshed line-up backing him, he just hit us with the impressive "Hadeon". But on the current European trek dubbed "Fight the Plague Tour" he decided to do what many fans had surely dreamed of - play an old-school-only set.
Audio was well-packed by the time the debut album intro "Malleus Maleficarum" was played back over the PA system and the crowd was bursting with anticipation when the band got into the first actual song "Anthropomorphia". Those familiar with Pestilence's back catalogue quickly noticed that the next few tracks were taken from the debut release too and as it turned out the band decided to keep the chronology in order, playing some of the best songs from each consecutive release, in the same sequence as they appeared on the actual albums. The Scottish maniacs seemed a bit shy at first but they had become more vigorous by the time the band closed the "Malleus Maleficarum" chapter with "Commandements" and as the show progressed to the "Consuming Impulse" era, the crowd-surfers had appeared and the mosh pits were already going strong. Tunes such as "Dehydrated" and "Chronic Infection" went down extremely well as did the "Testimony of the Ancients" material, represented in the setlist with five tunes, including the heavy "Twisted Truth" and the speeding "Land of Tears". Sporting a cool "Testimony" T-shirt Patrick traded solos with his Romanian partner in crime Calin, using his magic weapon of choice, the headless 3 pick-up Steinberger axe, while the nicely locked-in two remaining members of the new line-up, Tilen (bass) and Septimiu (drums) were driving it all forward. The proggy/fusiony/jazzy riffs of "Mind Reflections" announced the beginning of the fourth and last part of the gig, but the band played just this one tune from the experimental album "Spheres", then the frontman introduced his bandmates and after the galloping "Out of the Body" from the second album he closed the show with "Thank you, good night."
Surely, I wasn't the only one to think that Patrick just had to take a pee-pee break as he had drunk some 10 pints of milk (yes, milk) during the set, but that was really it. Clocking at just over an hour, the show was disappointingly short, but on the other hand the band ripped through the 14 tunes with full energy and the setlist wasn't that bad at all, ha-ha! In the end it's always better to play a short but truly killer set than artificially extend the performance time with fillers or senseless banter, and that's exactly what Pestilence went for tonight.
Text and photo by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Pestilence website: www.pestilence.nl
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Tags: Pestilence, death metal, Hadeon, live
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