In the 90's, a french channel called 'M6had' had a broadcast called "Best of Thrash", every Friday evening. It was a great way to discover new songs and metal bands, via video clips, at a time where there was no internet. They played lot of songs from Machine Head, Pantera, Sepultura and lesser known bands like Konkhra with their "tube" called Warzone.
I immediately was amazed by this mechanical, crude, and cut mid guitar tone, surrounded by Anders Lundemark growls and that martial drumming. I ever wondered why this amazing band never had a better recognition.
I first heard this song, from the same titled album, on a french metal compilation, around 96/97.
This song, like the entire album, is devilishly loud, massive, chaotic and insane. Before that, i never heard a such brutal snare drum sound, such raw guitars playing haunting melodies. A kind of "Altars of madness" on steroids. Honestly, after more than 10 years of recording and mixing (with my modest level ), i never understood how Krisiun managed to this fucking sound.
This song is very particular to me, for several reasons.
First one, it s a great song.
Second one, Attila sings on it. I always liked his unique style and the guy sings on one of the best black metal album ever recorded: "De Mysteriis dom Sathanas"
Third one, and the most important, is the use of the drum machine. The album was released in 2001, during a time where i already have the NKVD sound in my head, and was struggling to recruit musicians to develop it. And the most important thing was to have a drummer, which was nearly impossible. And this song made me believe in the drum machine. Not because it sounded like a real drummer, but because it sounded martial, mechanical, and not like a "saucepan". So i decided to learn to program drumming, instead of looking for musicians who were impossible to find.
I had the chance when i was younger, to have an underground record shop not far away from my home, which was called "L'autre". A dark record store full of underground music.
I think i was 12 or 13 years old, i heard about an extreme music called "Black Metal", without really knowing what it was. So i asked the guy from the shop what kind of stuff "black metal" was.
And he took a cd, and played "Funeral Fog". It was like if i had caught Aids or any other mortal disease, i knew that i ll have to live with this thing, black metal, and that my life won't be the same.
To me, White Zombie, is one of the greatest industrial and metal band bands ever, especially with their album "La Sexorcisto, devil music". Nasty guitar tone, killer groovy riffs, industrial samples, great songs, unique style, unique look. I have been asked a lot of times, which were the best industrial influences for both NKVD and Autokrator, people suggested me Ministry or Godflesh, but i think that the answer is White Zombie.