Fear Emptiness Decibel



Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is DecibelHere’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…

Within the next five years, some stupid deathcore band will probably make a concept album about The Walking Dead. The “dialogue” in that show is basically all grunting and posturing anyway, so it’s really kind of perfect. Team Decibel are just slightly more impressed by Deceased’s Fearless Undead Machines, the perfect Hall of Fame for our one-off zombie extravaganza. The 1997 album has two qualities that get a lot of respect in this office: not only did the Beltway bashers divorce themselves from the gory DM norm to pursue their own retrofied sound, but Fearless is an epic 11-song riff on Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead.

Getting out of the cemetery was by no means easy, though. As iconic as the record’s foreboding smokestack cover art may seem today, it was pretty much the opposite of what then drummer/vocalist-now frontman King Fowley wanted. And if you think in-studio horror stories about Ross Robinson are something, trust us: Fearless “producer” Jim Barnes takes the idiosyncratic cake. Read all about how Deceased vaulted every obstacle in their path to render an intestine-ripping modern classic, a fine centerpiece for this special issue’s rotting core.


he April 2012 issue of Decibel, which also features Cannibal Corpse and an awesome Municipal Waste flexi disc, is available for order hereBut why not just get a full subscription to ensure that you never miss an issue?

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