||'PRESENCE OF THE PEST': A CLASSIC REMASTERED LIVE PERFOMANCE FROM DUTCH EXTREME METAL BAND PESTILENCE
I don't often review older re-released material, instead I prefer to be forward looking and listening but there are always a few exceptions to rules and early Pestilence were one of the leading and most influential Dutch Extreme Metal bands of their era so 'Presence Of The Pest', a live recording of the Dutch legends at Dynamo Open Air Festival, Eindhoven, in 1992 is one such exception.
Formed in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Patrick Mameli and drummer Marco Foddis, Pestilence released seven full length albums over the years including milestones such as 'Consuming Impulse', 'Spheres' and their debut album 'Maleus Malefaricum' and influenced a whole generation of bands in the process.
As well as the Dynamo performance the album also contains tracks from the tour Pestilence did with Monstrosity and Torchure the same year, recorded in Rotterdam. The album comes with very special liner notes from Dutch rock journalist Robert Haagsma (Aardschok) the cover and booklet artwork is by Arco Wolf (Eternal Solstice, Phlebotomized, IDES) and all songs are re-mastered by Tom Palms (Phlebotomized).
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I have mixed feelings about live albums as I do with this; it has a great sound because of the re-mastering, but it's a little choppy between tracks so some of the flow and banter of a live event is lost in the editing but that fact is greatly outweighed by the positive aspects.
The sound quality is superb, as is the content and band's performance. No live album lives up to the live event but this is the next best thing.
Presence Of The Dead
The Process Of Suffocation
Out Of The Body
The live Dynamo gig has also been previously released in 2015 by Marquee Records as 'Presence Of The Past' so it's already done the rounds a bit but this is a cleaner version and comes with different bonus tracks.
Ultimately 'Presence Of The Pest' is not just a nostalgic listen but a crushing chunk of Extreme Metal history and well worth a listen and a collector's must have.