Death thrashing legends Deceased have been inducted into Decibel Magazine's popular Hall of Fame series with a seven-page feature about the making of their 1997 classic 'Fearless Undead Machines.' The feature can be found in Decibel Magazine's April 2012 issue, which is on newsstands now.
"After years of trying to sound brutal, the eureka moment for Deceased came when they realized how pointless it was to follow the death metal bands' leads, and how good their music sounded when incorporating elements from the music they grew up on—that being classic heavy metal and early thrash from the first half of the 1980s. It would all build up to the kind of perfect storm every band strives to achieve: the concept was inspired—the Night of the Living Dead-style storyline had never been attempted in such detail—guitarist Mike Smith emerged from out of the blue to become an absolute riff machine, Fowley's arrangements and lyrics were stronger than ever, and the band was very tight thanks to constant rehearsing over the course of two years."
"The end result would be 1997's stunning 'Fearless Undead Machines', as unique a hybrid of early death metal, thrash and traditional heavy metal as there ever was, the product of hard work, greatly matured songwriting skill, a big argument over the artwork, and some truly bizarre recording sessions held in rural Maryland featuring a band that didn’t know how to make an album sound right and a flaky, shoe-throwing producer from California whose mind was clearly elsewhere. It's only fitting that an album so one-of-a-kind was created under such odd circumstances, and all four musicians who played on it, some scattered as far away from Virginia as Texas and the Virgin Islands, were more than happy to tell the inspiring, often hilarious tale of how this Romero-esque masterpiece was brought to life. And, now to the Decibel Hall of Fame."