Zombie Inc.
A Dreadful Disease

1. The Chaosbreed
2. Deadtribe Sinister
3. Challenge of the Undead
4. Horde Unleashed
5. We must eat!
6. Bloodrain Overdose
7. Grim Brutality
8. Horror Fills This Hollow Earth 9. A Dreadful Decease.
10. Planet Zombie

Martin Schirenc - Vocals
Wolfgang Rothbauer - Guitars
Gerald Huber - Guitars
Daniel Lechner - Bass
Tomasz “Nefastus” Janiszewski - Drums


Recorded and mixed by Martin Schirenc at Vato Loco/Austria, 2010/11
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound/Sweden, 2011

Released 2011-08-26
Reviewed 2011-10-01


Ten evil tracks of horror, that is how this Zombiefied company describe their debut album. Zombie Incorporated’s debut album is called A Dreadful Disease which is also accentuated by the spoken word intro that speak of a virus bringing the dead back to life as zombies, it is a bit strange that the board of Zombie Inc. doesn’t see this as something positive as it would be a very good pool of possible employees to chose from. The singer of this band has a past in the band known as Pungent Stench which is of course logical considering the hygienic regime of Zombies, I guess their stench is quite pungent. Considering the many aspects of this austrian company called Zombie Inc. their main business plan is to make music and that is what we are going to have a look at in this review.

It starts with a spoken word part that tell of a virus that makes dead people come alive, then it breaks loose with aggressive extreme metal of the classical old school configuration. This means that it is fast chuggy riffing, heavy blasting on the drums and growly vocals, their music offer no real musical surprises. Their production is rather modern even though music is old school, sound is alright for what it is. The album called A Dreadful Disease has ten tracks, it is 41 minutes long which makes it no longer than an ordinary vinyl record.

The album’s opening track, the spoken word part makes me actually hope that this will be one of very few zombie related albums that might actually appeal and not only be bad. The speak of a virus that brings the dead people back to life, does that ring a bell? T-Virus? It reminds me of the classical video game Resident Evil that has this as a plot. So it might be an interesting thing opening up with this track, that is what I thought. But, I say but as there is one of those when the opening track ends it is business as usual. It is unimaginative, ordinary death metal with no surprises whatsoever, it may be well done for what it is but what it is is not particularly interesting in the first place. I think that the main problem with this album is the lack of variation, the album become very monotone to listen to when the songs sound more or less the same and it all just becomes a cavalcade of growls and chugging riffs and heavy drums.

It is not that I want to bash this band in any way but when looking around at other reviews there were some things that struck me, there were to begin with quite few easily found reviews when using a search engine to check the band’s name which might indicate that many did not particularly like them and decided not to review. The reviews I found were mostly mildly positive with not so high ratings and remembering that most internet reviews often give overly high ratings to begin with. There were however a few good reviews for the album as well so some people at least did really enjoy this album. But there were not a logical conclusion to be drawn from reviews either which makes me wonder. I did not fancy it very much, maybe it was not bad but it surely was not particularly good either.

I think that if you tend to enjoy the old school death metal you may like this album as well, if you don’t I am very sure that this album will not change you opinion. It is quite typical classical death metal, nothing more, nothing less. That means it is quite monotone and the songs sound rather alike, that makes me who like varied albums a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with what I hear.



Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Hollenthon/Pungent Stench/Belphegor
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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