Everybody always hears about Phoenix or Tempe bands moving to California, but occasionally, a Cali band moves here - especially if they can thrive around the Valley's always-strong metal scene.
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That's exactly what Lustmord, a five-piece black metal band, did in 2008. The year before, they released a full-length album, the raging After Death (Death Star Records) and toured internationally. The band's been working on a follow-up in Phoenix, and most recently contributed a track, "Zombie Disease," to the indie horror film Feed.
"Zombie Disease" features some phlegm-tastic black metal vocals, backed by scratchy thrash guitars and machine gun-fast drum beats. It's pretty much in the same key as all Lustmord's songs - hard, fast, and loud. Even the band's cover of the creepiest Christmas song ever, "Carol of the Bells," is rendered wicked with a menacing, metallic march that explodes into a lurching melody layered with sickening, screeching vocals.