California black metallers LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH were recently invited to take part in the soundtrack to Undead Knights, a new PlayStation game from leading video game/publisher TECMO. The game was unveiled earlier this month at the illustrious E3 expo — the Electronic Entertainment Expo — an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry.
In Undead Knights, the player is the anti-hero, battling the wrath of fearless enemies to build the nastiest, most irreverent army possible. Your inherently foul-mouthed army and raging metal soundtrack helps you channel your inner anger. If you can deal with the gut-wrenching, smack-talking, fluid-spitting, and limb amputating ways of your battalion, you can embark on your journey of vengeance to defeat the king!
TECMO sought a supremely evil soundtrack to coincide with the game's morbid concept and thus, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, along with fellow black metal brigade VALDUR, was called upon to do the unholy deed. "Undead Knights follows a being from hell as he destroys his enemies and turns them into undead soldier-slaves for his army," said LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH vocalist Autarch. "Once the premise of the game was presented to us, it was clear that this rare opportunity provided yet another form of media that could be used to spread our message, without sacrificing the principles and ideology of the band. We also take delight in the idea of children all over the world receiving the glory of our hymns while enslaving the dead."
In related news, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH has a string of dates coming up this summer, including a spot on this year's Kansas City Power Metal Fest where LSOD will be the only black metal band on the bill. "Since our inception, we have always felt it necessary to perform this ritual beyond the comfort of Satan-centric gatherings," said Autarch from the confines of his dimly lit abode. "We take great pleasure in spitting bile, cursing upon the uninitiated. It's a feeling that could only be described as jubilation." For more information, go to this location. Photography: Courtney Frystak