Insidious Disease, ‘Shadowcast’ — New Album
Insidious Disease are the deadliest of the deadly — a blackened, extreme music for extreme people supergroup featuring Silenoz of Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death‘s Shane Embury, Old Man’s Child‘s Jadar, Angelcorpse/Nile drummer Tony Laureano and Morgoth‘s Marc Grewe will release their debut, “Shadowcast,” through Century Media on July 27. They’ve released an album trailer teaser — the clicking and the choppy footage make it sound and look like a reel-to-reel. If teasers make you more annoyed than anything, due to their limited nature, then head on over to the band’s MySpace page to watch the video for ‘Rituals of Bloodshed’ and to hear more music. None of that trailer bulls—, right?
Silenoz, who is a main songwriter in Dimmu, talked a little about ‘Shadowcast,’ saying that it isn’t just more copy-and-paste death metal with grooves and gore. He elaborated on the band’s embracing of things that might make the average man sick to his stomach, and while many death metal bands have broached political subjects in their lyrics, Insidious Disease are like a psychological experiment with theirs.
In a statement, he said, “The basic idea behind ‘Shadowcast,’ lyrically, is an attempt to describe the ‘misfits’ in this world: the misunderstood, mentally defect[ive] and depraved individuals that walk among us — rapists, serial killers, pedophiles, necrophiles and drug addicts, etc. It could be your neighbor, you just never know, it could be you!” That’s certainly metal-approved subject matter, since metal bands aren’t afraid to explore the darkest recesses and alley ways of the mind.
Silenoz continued, “Denial and self-denial are taboos that seldom are touched upon unless it’s behind closed doors at the shrink’s office. Even so, no matter how disturbing the subject might be, we hardly get to the bottom of it. Each text tries to approach the many outcast stereotypes we face in today’s modern society, and how most of them once caught get neglected and pushed away instead of being offered proper assistance, support and help through various institutions according to their ‘needs.’ Let’s face it, we humans equal s—.” Slipknot made that phrase famous with ‘People = S—‘ and Insidious Disease aren’t shying away from the sick thoughts that most humans entertain, but don’t speak aloud or act upon, given our litigious and politically correct society.
“In some countries where death penalties apply, the convicts also have to wait years before being executed, which is inhumane as things need to be dealt with as soon as possible,” Silenoz also said. “We humans are better at pushing things away and destroying than facing a problem and try to rehabilitate. Most people reading the lyrics and seeing the booklet photos will perhaps immediately assume that it’s all about glorifying violence and hatred, but if you read between the lines it’s actually kind of the opposite, portraying this very issue.”
He even went as far as to say ‘Shadowcast’ has a dual meaning. “All of these ‘actors and actresses’ star in the shadowcast,” he said. “They are the true stars of the underground, our very own dark backyard. The backyard we humans hate dealing with because it means interacting with other people and as they mingle among us daily they continue to ‘cast their shadows’ at us.”
This isn’t all lip service either, since Insidious Disease face problems with getting their album manufactured. In an argument that certainly supports the digital music revolution, pressing plants have refused to produce the original design of the booklet due to its violent content as well as print the equally controversial lyrics, Silenoz responded, “It’s quite fascinating that in the year of 2010 album artwork can be so scary that manufacturing plants don’t even dare to print it. I always thought reality still was more frightening compared to art in that sense, but I guess I was wrong! Controversy is still to be reckoned with in the world of metal and if we’re being censored for being realistic and touch upon human flaws through our lyrics and art — then so be it.”
Kudos the band for not backing down in the face of censorship.