PENTAGRAM CHILE have announced several guest vocalists who appear on their first-ever studio album “The Malefice”.
Rodrigo “Pera” Cuadra of Chilean metal pioneers DORSO contributed his evil laughter to the re-recording of the demo track “The Malefice”. Marc Grewe of reactivated German death metal innovators MORGOTH laid down a blood-curdling scream on “La Fiura”. Tomas Lindberg of Gothenburg’s finest AT THE GATES sang a verse on “Sacrophobia” (listen at the link below). And, last but not least, Schmier of German thrash legends DESTRUCTION recorded half the vocals on “Spontaneous Combustion”.
“Guest appearances may not be a very ‘old-school’ or ’80s’ thing to do,” explains band leader Anton Reisenegger, “but I think back in the day bands didn’t do it because they didn’t have the technical means, not because they didn’t want to.”
“‘Pera’ of DORSO recorded the original laughter on the demo version of ‘The Malefice’, so it was pretty obvious to have him re-record it for the album. It actually turned out even more macabre than the original.
“‘La Fiura’ is about this mythological creature from the South of Chile, which emits this really piercing, high-pitched scream that literally melts people’s faces. When we were playing the Maryland Deathfest last year, MORGOTH were on while we were getting ready, and all of a sudden we heard this insane scream. We all looked at each other and said: ‘That’s it, that’s La Fiura!!!’ So we approached Marc and he immediately agreed.
“Tompa and I obviously play together in LOCK UP, and knowing he’s a big fan of PENTAGRAM from back in the day, I just had to ask him. He chose the song with the most blasphemic lyrics on the album. We recorded his vocals in a backstage toilet in Prague while on tour.
“And DESTRUCTION were one of our main influences when we started the band back in 1985. I had met Schmier several times at festivals and stuff, and he had always been totally cool and respectful of the fact that I come from the same era and used to correspond with their original drummer back in the 80s, when I was still doing my fanzine. So he didn’t think about it twice. I gave him the track with the most obvious DESTRUCTION influences and he nailed it.
“I think in all cases the guest vocals work really well within the context of the song. I think they will give the album some more variety and colour, and – why not? – maybe draw some more attention towards the record,” Reisenegger concludes.
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