Back in 1989 Tom, Lawrence and Patrick started up a band called Bacterial Disease. They were playing traditional grind/hardcore, heavily influenced by Napalm Death and Carcass. They wrote some songs like "War With Strings", "Chemical Huppeldepup", and "Going Up, Going Down". Much fun, indeed, but after a while that didn't seem satisfying or challenging enough to go on with. With the release of albums such as Severed Survival, Lost Paradise, The Key and Piece Of Time, the band felt inspired and so the first steps towards Phlebotomized's own style were set: combining brutality with melody...
Late 1993, Barry left and the band recruited another member of the legendary Ploink, the band in which Maarten played bass for at the time. Dennis joined in March of 1994. The band signed up with Cyber Music and recorded their debut that summer. Immense Intense Suspense was released in September 1994 at the Overkill Festival in Hoorn. Consequently, the band had a lot of press coverage and did a lot of gigs from 1994-1995.
During the summer of 1996, Phlebotomized recorded Skycontact. By that time, Maarten and Patrick had already left the band. Jordy would soon follow, but not until after the recordings. Jaro had already replaced Patrick on bass, and ended up as Maarten's replacement on violins as well. After the recordings, but before the release of Skycontact, Peter joined joined the band. Eventually the album was released in February 1997, after which Phlebotomized performed live just eight more times. Jaro left, replaced by Ivar. Several months later Phlebotomized disbanded. Their final gig was in Roermond on October 17, 1997.
The band has announced it's reformation in 2013. To celebrate the releases, Phlebotomized has 4 members of their heyday lineup: Tom Palms (guitars), Jordy Middelbosch (guitars), Patrick Van Der Zee (bass) and Maarten Post (violin), teamed up with special guests Bastiaan Boekesteijn (keys), Gerben Mol (drums) and Carl Assault (vocals) to take Phlebotomized back to the venues. Their setlist will be made of their classic debut album Immense Intense Suspense. According to the band, further shows will be announced.