Dutch death metallers Pestilence have parted ways with drummer Septimiu Harsan.
According to the band, it was due to personal and professional matters partly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band have found a replacement in Michiel van der Plicht (live drummer for countrymen Carach Angren), with who Pestilence will record their upcoming album ‘Exitivm’, tentatively slated for release later this year on Agonia Records.
The band issued a statement saying that right before the drum recordings for the new Pestilence album, they got news from Harsan that he would not be a part of it.
“Recent developments regarding the covid-19 pandemic, the financial aspect and travel situation made him decide to stop pursuing a career in music on a professional level.
“We, Rutger van Noordenburg, Joost van der Graaf and mr. Pestilence himself, of course, wish him health and all the best for the future.
“But this does not stop us from delivering you the virus, that is the black plague, to your ears.
“We contacted Holland’s finest, Michiel van der Plicht, to record Exitivm for us.
“After hearing the raw demos he was very excited to say the least.
“Michiel, who is also the live drummer for Carach Angren, is currently negotiating with them, about the possibilities of playing live for Pestilence as well.
“But for now we will focus on recording the album with him and see what happens in the future.”
van der Plicht said he was proud to be in the fold.
“I’m very proud to be playing on the upcoming Pestilence album. Be prepared!”
Pestilence was established in the Netherlands in 1986 and is considered to be progressive death metal.
The group is led by founder, guitarist and mastermind Patrick Mameli, who’s been the band’s binding factor through two breakups (in 1994 and 2014) and reunions (2008 and 2016, respectively).
Pestilence’s last album, 2018’s ‘Hadeon’, was followed by extensive tours of Europe and South America, alongside many other shows throughout 2018.
In 2019 the band hit the road again and performed to crowds in UK, Europe, USA, Singapore and Japan.
Earlier this year, the virus outbreak forced Pestilence to postpone their North American tour with Possessed.