Zombies are big business these days. Everywhere you look, there's some new zombie-themed enterprise: movies, books, video games, comics — you name it. Naturally, zombies have been lyrical fodder for death metal from the subgenre's very birth (Death's' Zombie Ritual', anyone?). But the link between zombies and DM goes deeper than sheer horror thrills. Zombies are a metaphor for this beloved, belligerent subgenre: death metal refuses to die, its corpse continually (re)animated by its sheer stubbornness to conform or else, its millions of poisonous, parasitic cells (read: bands) perpetually keeping that corpse walking, stumbling, and sometimes sprinting forward, forever content to stay rotten and retrogressive.
Not to suggest our cover stars Cannibal Corpse are 'retrogressive' by any means. Rather, they truly embody the eternal, undead nature of death metal, and extreme metal in general. They continue to be themselves, album after album and tour after tour (and they've done A TON of both), and they draw ever more converts to their zombified flock. And that flock is legion — few, if any, of 'em want Cannibal Corpse to be anything but Cannibal Corpse. And judging by the unanimously positive reaction to new album Torture, the song should stay the same. Forever may they rot.
Quickly now, I'd like to personally apologise for a cock-up in our last issue. In its UGBM section, the feature on Pestilential Shadows accidentally featured a photo of Erebus Enthroned. They're both Australian and both black metal, but NOT the same band. So, in the news section you will find a photo of Pestilential Shadows in what hopefully amounts to an Official Retraction — sorry, lads.
Lastly, a bit of shameless self-promotion. I contributed a chapter to a book entitled Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness, which should be out soon from the good folks at Black Dog Publishing. Our very own Louis Pattison contributes a chapter, as well — how can you go wrong?! For my part, I'm writing about a familiar topic but (hopefully) in a less-than-familiar way. Or is that vice versa? Whatever: just read it if you see it!
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