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Jul 20, 2009

It's probably a cliche, but these are difficult times we live in between work, money problems brought on by work, family problem brought on by work, a frantic pace with no time for individuality or creativity brought on by work, and the ever-present wars/famine/disease (which I haven't found a way to blame on my day job, but give me time).  For those of you who take solace in music, can I give my wholehearted recommendation to Active Live Infection as an excellent way to relieve the stress and anguish of an unappreciative, go-nowhere day job?   Or is it just me that needs this kind of thing?

As I stated in the interview, what drew me to these guys was that they seem to be the most unlikely group of people (two PhD biochemists, a PhD/MBA computer geek, and a young, virtuoso guitarist) ever to form a death metal band together.  Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into when I drove out to the woods in the middle of small town Indiana to interview them -- vivisected corpses? ... animal sacrifice? ... mad scientists? ... genetic experiments gone haywire? -- I just knew there had to be story in there somewhere, and I wasn't disappointed.  In fact, they weren't terribly different from any of the other band's I've met over the years -- eager, energetic, ready to play, and extremely witty.  Just with better day jobs.

The music speaks for itself:  Ozzy's thundering bass, Roadkill Will's lightning fast guitar licks, the thunder and lightning blast of Chris D.'s drum kit, and the guttural growl of Wild Bill's vocals (which truly need no microphone to cut over the other instruments).  This is serious stuff, folks, but a fun, tension-relieving release at the same time.

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