Zombie virus spreads to contemporary music

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By Ryan Asselin

After a week of paranoia, the campus-wide Human vs. Zombie battle has ended. Coincidentally, the theme of zombies has become more and more prevalent in modern-day popular culture.

In television shows, movies, books and music, zombies pervade more than just comic books.

“You think you’re safe, but we know what there is to be afraid of,” sings The Wonder Years’ frontman, Dan Campbell, on “Zombies are the New Black.”

The song, featured on an album with other songs about pirates, cowboys, ninjas and more, talks about zombies on the surface. If listeners dig deeper into the song’s meaning, however, it could also double as a lyrical criticism of something, anything; the beauty of music.

Hardcore band The Devil Wears Prada released a concept EP in 2010 entitled Zombie. Inspired by The Zombie Survival Guide, lead singer Mike Hranica proposed the idea of the concept album, which the band readily accepted.

Thinking a zombie-themed project would be fun, the band enjoyed it so much that it forever turned their music, taking them into a darker and more intense place than ever before. Starting with the revving of a chainsaw, The Devil Wears Prada released some of their fastest and heaviest music yet with Zombie.

“Don’t bother screaming, don’t bother crying, ignore all hope of mercy,” yells Mike Hranica on “Escape.” The end is near; the fabled zombie apocalypse is real.

Maybe it is the subtle poetic properties of the idea of the living dead feeding on the living, or maybe it is just people thinking zombies are cool, but either way, the theme of zombies has exploded into popular culture and it does not seem to be dying off any time soon.

 

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