Genre: Thrash/Death Metal/Grindcore
Origin: United States
Formed in Chicago in 1985, Macabre have been delivering their masterful tales of bizarre true crime for over fifteen years without ever having a single line up change. Brilliant musicianship combined with diverse songwriting and storytelling have established them as genuine originals. Each song takes you on a historical journey, telling tales of horror.
Macabre's intense drumming combined with seven string guitar and six string bass attacks create music that crosses boundaries and barriers. Not to be constrained by any single musical style, Macabre combine folklore, nursery rhymes, classic, jazz, rock, punk and certainly healthy doses of real metal to deliver their refreshing no two songs alike releases.
"Murder Metal", the title of their latest release, refers to Macabre's signature style. First heard on their 1987 release "Grim Reality", it's a genre of one. Fast, heavy and furious, with a focus on things that make happy shiny people cringe.
Macabre's vocals aren't delivered with death metal's sewer-pipe growl, but are belted out with knife-edge precision, interspersed with Corporate Death's patented (back when he was a toddler) screech.
Macabre have brought mayhem to the world in the past decade, playing in dozens of countries. Macabre's rabid fans, relish the band's tight and increasingly sophisticated music; they exult in their musical chops as much as in the band's sense of humor, their killer music, and its deadly subjects.
"Murder Metal" is produced by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse, Queensryche). He did a masterful job on Macabre's 2000 magnum opus, "Dahmer" - a twenty-six song life story of the man who made Milwaukee infamous. Corporate Death, serial killer scholar and connoisseur, attended the trial, taking extensive notes that became the basis for the concept album.
As Macabre's lyrics encompass tales about a lethal assortment of serial killers, when asked if Corporate Death could make up any of these fiendish tales, he admitted, "I could, but then it wouldn't be true crime."
In 2003 the members of Macabre started a side project called Macabre Minstrels. They play classic Shel Silverstein melodies with acoustic guitars, enhancing the songs with new lyrics about death, serial killers and other macabre dealings. The first release contains five morbid campfire songs.
- Gloom (1989)
- Sinister Slaughter (1993)
- Dahmer (2000)
- Murder Metal (2003)
- Grim Scary Tales (2011)
- Shit List (1987)
- Grim Reality (1987)
- Nightstalker (1993)
- Behind the Wall of Sleep (1994)
- Morbid Campfire Songs (2002)
- Human Monsters (2010)
- Drill Bit Lobotomy (2003)
- Nuclear Blast Promo EP II (1993)
- Macabre / Capitalist Casualties (2001)
- True Tales of Slaughter and Slaying (2006)
- Unabomber (1999)
- Slaughter Thy Poser (2012)
- Macabre Electric & Acoustic Two CD Set (2004)
Nefarious - Bass, Vocals (backing) (1984-present)
Dennis the Menace - Drums (1984-present)
Corporate Death - Guitars, Vocals (1984-present)