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.
If that sounds like your cup of spiked tea, check out Lustmord on Saturday, May 21, when they appear at Phoenix Fear Film Festival to promote Feed. For more information on the Fest, visit www.phxfearfilmfestival.com. To stream songs by Lustmord, check out their page at www.lustmord.us.