Published Jun 01, 2006"Its basically like this: the world is horrible and it sucks but you cant give up, says Michael D. Williams on the seemingly contradictory threads of desperation and hope strung throughout his first book, Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of Worlds End (Southern Roots Publishing, www.Southernrootspub.com). "I throw stuff in there like that because thats how I truly feel. I have a survival instinct about me everybody does that no matter how negative and nihilistic everything is, you cant help but struggle.
Williams has been struggling, battling demons of addiction and abuse while surviving and preaching the "end time message for close to 15 years with pioneering Southern doom/sludge legends Eyehategod. And for almost that entire time, some form of Cancer has been in the works. "There are two different stages; theres working on it, and theres working on it, Mike laughs. "Theres stuff from lyrics Id written, from 88 to a week or two prior to it coming out. Its been in the works for a long time, mainly because Im a procrastinator; I wanted it to be perfect. For fans of Eyehategods subversive truths or Williams various writings (which included a stint as Associate Editor for aggressive music bible Metal Maniacs), Cancer is the perfect medium, expanding and documenting the broken, fractured, beautiful stream of consciousness prose Williams has become infamous for. Of course, when someone pours their heart out about the struggles of existence, and actually lived it, the urge to tag them "a voice of the disenfranchised is hard to resist, but Williams sees it as a compliment.
"I never want to be fake; I couldnt sleep at night if I wrote something fake. I dont feel that I am that, necessarily, but I would love to be.