It's a beast, superior to more successful thrash albums of 1988 like ...And Justice for All, So Far So Good So What, or The New Order. No two albums really sound the same, unless you count their latest Resurrection Macabre which seems to be a time capsule back to the pristine dementia of their first two full-length efforts. Aggression and ferocity are the weapons of choice instead of the sickening and gory DM gimmicks. In the next album though, the monolith of death metal that is Consuming Impulse, he acquires that full-on death metal scream that he is known for. But for myself, it was Van Drunen who brought this all together, with a bruising, tortured weight to his vocals that is rarely matched about 20 years and 20,000 death metal bands later. Yes, there are plenty of great breaks and riffs there but the compositions do not always make sense. While the song is quite stringent in its arrangement, it also bends to the will of high-wind velocity as well as more peripheral, droning passages for more character…a character that will lead into the saber-toothed beast that is “Extreme Unction”, a spring-loaded, electrified net that ambushes the captive listener with a surge of black-eyed aggression. “Cycle of Existence”’s strength lies in its off-beat, yet inventive main riff, and the addition of momentous rhythm/tempo shifts and a batch of twisted solos balances the forcefulness of the tune. “Parracide” is a full-blown sonic propeller that cuts with a chorus and pre-chorus mighty enough to overturn cement trucks. Malleus Malifecarum is unstoppable. On a well-produced album, I find that the first few hits of the guitar tone always sound nasty, but that this tone grows stale quickly and the genuine feeling of intensity is hard to maintain. … [Wikipedia]. The straightforwardly hammering opener gave a first impression of the band's talent to offer impressively constructed songs. How this band managed to have their ideas so clearly executed on their debut is beyond me...but it’s all for the best of course. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But then there are the titans...mighty forces of old who were 'defeated' or cast down by the gods, despite their infinite prowess and crafting of the very foundations of the form. So should you get this? Patrick Mameli’s playing sounds looser here than on Consuming Impulse and while his riffs are definitely of death metal nature, I should admit that Malleus Maleficarum doesn’t really feels as if it is a death metal album due any lack of evil noises from hell, filth and prominent guttural roars. haha. The Malleus Maleficarum, usually translated as the Hammer of Witches… was a bestseller, second only to the Bible in terms of sales for almost 200 years. In 2019 a DT era show from the Rockapalast was released…, PARADISE LOST COLLECTION PT. Five minutes of pure orgasm. “…final means of grace, time has taken your life away…” From the opener we already can see the awesome blend of thrash metal riffs, dissonant breaks and sudden fast restarts. Instead, a cold aura was omnipresent, not at least because of van Drunen's restless barking. Regardless, a fan of his vocal style on this record is what I’ve been. Standout tracks: “Extreme Unction”, “Commandments” and “Bacterial Surgery”. In 1988 Malleus Maleficarum took the underground death/thrash scene by storm. Rather aggressive than charismatic, his performance lived in perfect harmony with the instrumental inferno of his band mates. There are no blast beats either and vocals aren't as deep as the classic DM growls. I thought it was about time I wrote a review about Malleus since I did the rest a long while ago already. Highlights: Cycle Of Existence, Extreme Unction, Chemo Therapy, and pretty much the whole album! ‘’Parricide’’ has that massive mosh-worthy thrash break Anthrax wish they had come up with - ‘’Chemo Therapy’’ is made out of some serious vulgar axe-cutting guitar strikes that leave you crave for more and ‘’Systematic Instruction’’ has oppressive riffs storming over the verses like a god damn hurricane. Review by UMUR SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator "Malleus Maleficarum" is the debut full-length studio album by Dutch thrash/death metal act Pestilence. Having two guitarists is something they exploited since the beginning; there are lots of arrangements by Patrick Mameli while the other guy plays the riffs. The songs are fast, brutal death/thrash, but with … 18 And, by the way, they were successful. In it, there are gods, titans, heroes, priests and worshipers. However, with a pinch of serenity, they would had been even more effective. It’s named after the infamous “Hammer Of The Witches” treatise, yet Malleus Maleficarum is so magical from front to back that you could well suspect this band of sorcery. While death metal is well known as being the younger, more malevolent brother of thrash, Pestilence’s debut is derived from the same egg. These songs are good because the riffs are great, the performance is energetic but most important, the songs are excellently contrived and worked out. Raw demo production actually grows on you (let’s say medium quality demo production, I’m not saying worst is best); things like the tearing sound as a guitarist digs into an up stroke while sliding his power cord a half step up or down become more prominent and disgusting as a demo is listened to. Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . Disc 2, track 9: Teutonic Invasion (compilation). And lots of it. That could be the Slayer influence, which is also very well pronounced, especially in the tremolo picked sections. The final part... for now. Album Rating: 5.0 I meant that this was near Consuming. Highlights: Every second on the slab. Thrash Metal. Pestilence, hailing from Netherlands and fronted by vocalist and guitarist Patrick Mameli, were early Death followers on Malleus Maleficarum (Roadrunner, 1988), but death-metal truly conquered continental Europe via their second album, Consuming Impulse (1989), the natural link between Death and Entombed, with Patrick Uterwijk joining Mameli on guitar. Although they had yet to mature stylistically, Pestilence’s formidable songwriting and precision brutality makes this a must for fans of death and thrash. Side two is thrown to the wolves by the nasty “Chemo-therapy”. The strengths in this lp need no microscope to locate and no Geiger counter to measure. It's 'Draconian Times' again! The music on the album has little to do with the groovy thrash that was played around at that time. I would cite 'emotionally', except that the album is so highly successful at estranging emotions in favor of its volatile, murderous melange. A weapon in your right-hand, in your left a rosary Others have been impressive, no doubt: John Tardy, Craig Pillard, Chris Reifert, Jeff Becera, or even Chuck Schuldiner before he decided he was going to become a pseudo-intellectual cosmonaut. It's a prime example of almost everything I loved about the late 80s progression of thrash metal from its crude roots of broken glass, street fighting feel-good misanthropy through its bachelor's, master's and finally pHD in artistic expression. This seamlessly rumbles into “Antropomorphia”, a track whose main focus is a dramatic chorus and diagnostic lyrics that can resemble those of Carcass at times. The ultra-furious "Parricide" or "Extreme Unction" left a trail of devastation and they were anything else but bad songs. Cathedral – Midnight Mountain (Song Review), Post-festivities hangover? No gods, new or old, can keep this titan buried forever. The songs do a good job of switching between brutal and haunting, in a way that the two seam together and don’t sound forced or watered-down in the least. Melody is nearly non-existent, except for the intro and the melodic lead in "Chemotherepy" and "Osculum Infame." Every home should have this! Or the morbid, brightly blooded chords and dire melodies of the title track, which serves as an intro to the thrashing lead-in to "Antromorphia". This is how we got Trivium, for example. Out of their first four albums, this is probably their least unique. Pestilence are now known as death metal masters but on their 1988 debut album the Dutchmen were still in the process of pushing the Kreator-style thrash of their demos to increasingly aggressive extremes. I kinda like that tune, y’know… not really my usual thing, but it’s surprisingly melodic, dig the guitar ‘breaks’, and I don’t mind the vocals, either. 2095 Comments. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Marketplace. Those breakdowns could have come right off of Taking Over! I love that classic line Schwarzenegger delivers in Kindergarten Cop Their young squaller was named Martin van Drunen and their ambitious main composer Patrick Mameli seemingly created more excellent riffs than the whole of the rest of the Netherlands. Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum music album discussion and ratings. reviews; charts; news; lists; community; blog : login; browse genres. For myself, Pestilence would be one such entity, both my favorite Dutch metal artist since the dawn of the power chord, and the band responsible for two of my hands-down, absolute favorite metal albums period, in death, death/thrash or any other sub-genre. If you're a fan of stuff such as early Sepultura (thrash era) or early Death, then this album could very well be what you're looking for. The album-opener "Malleus Maleficarum/Antropormophia" starts the record off on a darker note with a kickass buildup featuring tremolo riffage which eventually leads to some thrashy riffs from hell. ( Log Out /  A band’s releases typically lose steam when it becomes clear that a shifting in style is being intentionally sought by the members (we have our exceptions like A Blaze in the Northern Sky and its masterpiece successor). If i had to pick a favourite song it would be Chemo Therapy, the riffs are of course sweet and the solo rules. This along with the nice remastering job makes this even more of a must-buy. This is Malleus Maleficarum - The Witches Hammer, lunatic ways of tormenting the heretics, women mostly, as they were more susceptible to the devil’s temptations, they were weaker than men and more carnal (The Malleus Maleficarum accuses witches of infanticide, cannibalism, casting evil spells to harm their enemies, and having the power to steal men’s penises!). The atmosphere in these tracks is one of the gloomiest ones in that period and still nowadays many bands cannot match it. The drums are extremely fast most of the time (they probably reach their most frenetic speed in Extreme Unction), while never approaching blastbeats of any kind. Truthfully, there isn’t a track present save “Osculum Infame” that couldn’t have ended MM with the power of a star that’s collapsed within itself, each one a capital investment of thrash songwriting and perseverance. In addition, I have a sweet tooth for the band’s rapidly evolving rhythms, dynamic songwriting sense, nomadic musical structures, and commanding lyrics that harked scientific, anti-establishment, and impious ends. Don’t sleep on Sacrifice’s Torment in Fire, either). The wicked riffs that are seemingly littered throughout this album could hang with just about any of the others heard on plenty 1988 releases. In this band, he also performed the bass duties live. The guitar tone is brutally tight and massive at the same time. The polytheistic-monotheistic war I doubt I can ever sufficiently repay you. Collaborators/Experts Reviews. Of course this is a simplification, as the whole scene evolved as one in this primitive decade, but using a handful of archetypal legends as descriptive tools is always effective. "Malleus Maleficarum" is also very varied and there are songs like "Extreme Unction" (1:30 short, totally fast death thrashing violence) and from the other hand there's "Commandments", an epic, that starts with acoustics and then moves into fantastic, Slayer'esque riffing, played in crazy speed and also "Osculum Infame" which is acoustic only instrumental. Now, having said that, Resurrection Macabre is an … This album shows that they had a unique sound coupled with precision and tightness that's surprising for a debut. Kalle Trapp's production is impeccable, the mix is perfectly balanced with punch and dynamics. Pestilence – Malleus Maleficarum (Review) July 3, 2018 Heavy Metal Overload 12 Comments. Here's a tasty helping of meat and two veg for you. Pestilence: Malleus Maleficarum (remaster) The Roadrunner remasters from Metal Mind Productions continue with the 1988 debut from technical death/thrash metal icons Pestilence, titled Malleus Maleficarum.While certainly not on the same level as subsequent releases Consuming Impulse or the great Testimony Of The Ancients, Malleus Maleficarum was an extremely strong debut from this … The recent 2020 reissue on…, Hungry for rock? “It’s not a bifurcation of the tumour”, WHAT THE fUCK is going on with that cover?? This phenomenon strikes me sharply when it comes to Pestilence’s first album (the hereby reviewed) and their second. Malleus Maleficarum» Back to review: Comments: Add a Comment : Previous; 1... 15; 16; 17; hexfix93 May 31st 2019. So often this band didn’t receive the right attention and now it’s time to re-discover them, also through their incredible debut album. Hadeon is the band's first album since their two-year hiatus from 2014 to 2016, and the first one since Malleus Maleficarum not to feature longtime lead and rhythm guitarist Patrick Uterwijk. My second Pestilence reissue review package will be in the new year encompassing Testimony of the Ancients and Spheres. Hell fucking yeah! The debut from the Dutch quartet hasn’t left my top 30 or so since it came out sometime in ’88, and I’ve probably played it enough times to rival the hairs on my head. It probably isn't even necessary to get into any kind of detailed intro for this band. This album is a real inferno of all the influences you could find in the extreme genre at the time, but redone in a personal and brutal way. The copy-paste feeling peeps around the corner. The album even offers a few hints at instrumental grace, like the doomed acoustics of "Osculum Infame" placed against a background of swelling synthesizer and screeching, wailing electrics. Of course the fact that the performances are so accurate and well executed would help the overall result. 73885 … They’re either great or mediocre. The second half of the album is dominated by two good songs, “Bacterial Surgery” and “Systematic Instruction”. “Commandments”, another maniac, rekindles the song-spinning properties of the original two tracks, then blows its top near the end, the wily solo of Patrick Mameli lighting the fuse, and with an acrid proclamation of the title the volcano overflows. -autothrall The barnstorming structures of the first two tracks coalesce into the massive force of “Subordinate to the Domination”. Bands so famous that they can launch and sell out world tours, support their great grandchildren through college with ease, and will survive on VH1 'best of' specials until the end of time. View all reviews for Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum. ( Log Out /  Change ). It's almost hard to believe this came out in 1988; Pestilence truly was one of the earliest, most innovative of the first wave of death metal bands to develop. Pestilence’s debut release’s main argument is thrash metal, in a very pissed off and heavy fashion. Even Martin Van Drunen's vocals are not the unholy roar of later albums. By Matt Tulini Click here to e-mail reviewer. The new material was way tighter and more focused than the demos. Product details . Consuming Impulse, the band’s sophomore effort, would be born in about a year to stand along side the rest of the death metal wonders. Within metal music, this translates to those bands who wrote classic, excellent albums that for whatever reason went over the heads or out of reach of the starved masses in the 70s and 80s. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum at Discogs. Unlike later albums, I don't hear very much Possessed on here. The rhythm section didn't really do anything overly impressive, but they did their job well and that's plenty enough to make the music here heavy and headbang-friendly. Pestilence is clearly a death metal band, however Malleus Maleficarum is full of thrash metal influences. The songwriting is absolutely brilliant here. The 1998 rerelease of this by Displeased Records includes both the Dysentery and The Penance demos, which is almost like a second mini-album on the same disc, as only Affectation would reappear on Malleus Maleficarum itself (under the name Cycle Of Existence). Martin van Drunen (Born 1966, Uden) is a Dutch death metal vocalist, who started out in the band Pestilence. The album’s producer, Kalle Trapp, lends his fingers to the keys of the somber synthesizer, acoustic, and solo instrumental called “Osculum Infame” that comes off a nifty about-face for the band. I hear East Coast thrash here. The recording process was handled in a very professional way I figure, the master tracks sound awesome but there’s something in the mix that doesn't convince me. There is not a single note here, even within the lead bursts that I would alter. Unfortunately the lyrics don't really deal with the inquisition topic and tell about completely different, more present problems (scientific experiments, totalitarian propagandas etc), but I definitely like the artwork on the LP. Van Drunen had yet to develop his signature death vocal, but he still sounds extreme to the core. The beginning is made of dark arpeggios to end in a total, devastating thrash metal impact riff. Heroes are those bands which rise to the challenge of the gods, upping the ante with faster speeds, technical arrangements, and modern production values that their deities simply never had at their disposal. But really, it's all about the vocals and the riffs. Inhuman rituals, biblical transgression The album finds its start with the fairly timid “Malleus Maleficarum”, a musical intro of sorts and rhythmically more free flowing than rigid. Sorry, I can’t buy this… I’m saving for Danzig. Pestilence are now known as death metal masters but on their 1988 debut album the Dutchmen were still in the process of pushing the Kreator-style thrash of their demos to increasingly aggressive extremes. Made out of technical riffs, atmospheric guitar solos that sound like they’re parts of experiments and cruel scientist-esque vocals, Malleus Maleficarum is an essential album and should be part of everyone’s bucket list. Insides died from all the turkey, yule log and Schloer you've shoved down your face? Mallevs shows a style that is primarily seeking heaviness, but is nonetheless rooted in classic thrash and not free from a subtle leaning towards melody and harmony (melody and harmony don’t always mean major and minor scales with rock’n’roll or heavy metal chord structures like the abomination “melodic death metal” implies. Let's just add this album to the list (and it's a pretty decent size list) of brilliant releases from the Dutch, sit back and bang our heads silly to some of the finest death/thrash to be bestowed upon the metal masses. The beginning is in death/thrash style for the demos and with the first, great album Malleus Maleficarum, the violent, schizophrenic music was already filtrated through a non common technique and a sense of progressive music. He performs both bass and guitar here on the album, and while the former is a little subdued in the mix, the rhythm guitars are enforced by Randy Meinhard (on his only Pestilence album, before Patrick Uterwijk would step in) and barely give you the time to notice. What of "Commandments", with its creepy acoustic plucking that cedes for an escalation into turbine powered thrashing violence? The riffs conjure up an eerie, almost haunting atmosphere at times. After listening to Malleus Maleficarum quite a few times, I think it holds up. "Cycle of Existence" When we hear Pestilence’s first two demos, we are hearing the natural bone breaking sound that you’ll also hear from nearby parts of the map at that time like Cyclone’s Brutal Destruction. A lot of the riffs on Mallevs are reworked and rearranged from the demos, and it is well within a band’s right to do this with their own music. Namely Anthrax and Overkill in their prime, but much faster. Although you do want some of the heavier breaks to hit a little harder, listen to this album enough times and you will occasionally walk away concluding this album is definitely heavy (no album has the same impact every time). Songs feature a strong sense of perspective at the time of writing in the way riffs drift from one movement to another, and there’s a lot of variety without losing the song’s identity. This album is the first of what would be a varied discography for Pestilence, as none of their full-lengths sound the same. The way he sang on "Malleus Maleficarum" was not the death metal brutal growling, but rather kind of furious, raw screaming, closer to Mille Petroza, Jeff Becerra, Max Cavalera or even early Chuck Schuldiner. Same idea as…. He recorded two albums with them, Malleus Maleficarum and Consuming Impulse. Knives have split the flesh and cut out the eyes, an axe has chopped the hand off... One person have been hanging, another burning on the stake, all experiencing the cleansing pain of divine tortures, made by the holy institution of Inquisition. Motorhead and Possessed are the closest in vocal similarity. His vocals were a little fainter here than Consuming Impulse, sounding much like a chain-smoking malpractice surgeon serial killer who just escaped hell and wound up at the local emergency ward. More raspy title bellowing shakes the song’s foundation while ever-changing rhythms rattle the debris. Learn how your comment data is processed. All three have a great chorus which saves the day. Pestilence recorded again with Kalle Trap and released their debut album, “Malleus Maleficarum”, in 1988, further refining their approach to thrash metal, and becoming leading in the genre, being seen as one of the most intense and brutal bands. After listening to Malleus Maleficarum quite a few times, I think it holds up. You can just sit back and headbang, or have it playing in the background while you work, etc. Pestilence: Malleus Maleficarum ‎ (Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1662: Poland: 1992: Sell This Version: HHR2017-13: Pestilence: Malleus Maleficarum ‎ (LP, Album, RE, Cle) Hammerheart Records: HHR2017-13: Netherlands: 2017: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r10949870] Release. HHR-2018-19; Vinyl 12"). And they go really well with the thrash feel of the album. What of the frolicking, plague-stricken rhythms of "Chemo Therapy", which play out like a cancer ward patient uprising? A good example of this is the title track intro, where one guitar lets a note drone on and on while the other guitar plays complex, emotional melodies underneath. Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum review: Warning, due to the graphic nature of this program, listener discretion is advised resulting in increasing chances of.... Parricide! Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. Pestilence also added a small interlude titled Osculum Infame so you can take a breather which is nice of them, as soon as thats over though its back to ***ing business. The atmosphere this album conveys is just unbelievable, and is part of why I rated this album so high. "Hadeon" is also the first Pestilence studio album since 1993 "Spheres" featuring a solo bass composition composed by bassist Tilen Hudrap, who also wrote the accompanying lyrics for the song. If you listen to all Pestilence albums, you'll notice that the band was constantly changing and none of their albums were the same. Armed with a proper Kalle Trapp knob twiddling (he has also mixed and produced work by Destruction and Blind Guardian, among others), Malleus Maleficarum has a pinpoint, eerie but honest tone to it, which seems strangely haunting even by today's far more advanced parameters. A friend of mine swears by ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ while I am clearly of the ‘Consuming Impulse’ persuasion. Pestilence introduce hooks to the songs, as the rhythm can change from breakneck to old school breakdowns that are absolutely crushing. All instruments revealed its full effect, especially during the less rapid sections. Though this isn't my favorite Pestilence album, it's every bit as flawless as Consuming Impulse, disintegrates the vast percentile of other metal albums of the past 22 years until they become dust, and belongs at the forefront of any thrash or death metal collection of taste. I’m not saying these are bad songs, just lesser. Now listen to it and behold its excellence! Over a decade and a half and a few worn out turntables later, it is now quite clear to me MM is a thrash album that stands waving on the brink of the death approach without actually shuffling over. It is a Thrash Metal one, although at times it can almost be mistaken for Death Metal, mainly because of the over-the-top deep raspy shouts and the overall intensity of the music. Although I won’t bow my head to it as I do the demos, Mallevs Maleficarvm is a worthy album to include in your one-year thrash rotation (two-year if you really have a fat collection). "Subordinate to the Domination" also demonstrated the power of the production. But really, it's all about the vocals and the riffs. After his departure from Pestilence, he joined Asphyx as the singer and bass player in 1990 and recorded five albums in total. There is far more than just speed to this band, the compositions themselves are impressive, and the album never leaves you hanging on a guitar line even bordering on uninspired, as Van Drunen howls above the seething mass a slew of serious business lyrics that made most thrash and death metal of the 80s seem absolutely infantile by comparison. Identifiers: Barcode (Text): 0 16861-9519-2 4 Barcode (Scanned): 016861951924 Matrix / Runout: W.O.