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Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum

8.3 | 156 votes |
Release date: September 1988
Style: Death metal, Thrash metal


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01. Malleus Maleficarum / Antropomorphia
02. Parricide
03. Subordinate To The Domination
04. Extreme Unction
05. Commandments
06. Chemo Therapy
07. Bacterial Surgery
08. Cycle Of Existence
09. Osculum Infame
10. Systematic Instruction

Additional info
Patrick Mameli - guitar, bass
Randy Meinhard - guitar
Martin Van Drunen - vocals
Marco Foddis - drums

LP released by RC Records.

This album has since been re-released by Displeased Records and the re-release
includes the first two demos:

11. Against The Innocent
12. Delirical Life
13. Traitor's Gate
14. Throne Of Death
15. Into Hades (intro)
16. Before The Penance
17. Affection
18. Fight The Plague

Re-released in digipack through Metal Mind Productions in 2008, limited to 2000

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12.07.2012 - 17:31
Rating: 10

I think this one is even better than their later death metal albums, which I also like. One of my favourite thrash albums.
22.12.2012 - 01:54
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Not as refined and well thought out as efforts after it but its a fun thrash-fest.
08.03.2013 - 18:26
Rating: 10

Chemo Therapy and Bacterial Surgery are my two favourite tracks.
22.01.2019 - 04:26
Pvt Funderground
Quite an awesome Death/Thrash album, probably one of the best of its kind.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
22.03.2019 - 17:33
Rating: 9

Excellent. Damn.
09.07.2020 - 01:41
Rating: 9

Crazy-awesome, technical/brutal thrash metal album
Love how Van Drunen sounds on this album. One of the best albums, and arguably the best debut release in extreme metal history

don't understand why it's listed as death metal though. It's...not death metal.
07.09.2021 - 00:43
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Written by sgtrobo on 09.07.2020 at 01:41

don't understand why it's listed as death metal though. It's...not death metal.

I know what you mean, it sounds more like thrash than death. Still, I think we should also keep the death metal tag, because if you think back to the first death metal albums, and the year 1988 is not far away in time from those very beginnings, then almost nothing sounded like how we imagine death metal nowadays.

To my ears, anyway, this is a fairly balanced blend of DM and TM, and in this respect very similar to the debuts of Incubus (US-LA) and Sadus released in the same year.
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