(This is TheMadIsraeli’s review of the new ninth album by Pestilence, which is out now on Agonia Records.)
Patrick Mameli is a musician in the extreme metal music space I’m often conflicted about.
One one hand, I think he is an absolute genius. What he’s created with Pestilence and continues to do under the Pestilence banner never has been replicated convincingly, and probably cannot be replicated. He has an unparalled command and mastery, both as a guitarist and as a songwriter of dissonance and chaos. Pestilence is one of the few bands out there (and the only band that does it the way they do it) who completely shun away from conventional melody while using a jazz bent to create a twisted brand of death metal that I can only say sounds like what it feels like to experience real and severe mental illness and terror. There is a pathos to Pestilence that is undeniable.