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, the original members, Corporate Death (guitar and vocals), Nefarious (bass and vocals) and Dennis The Menace (drums) are still together. 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 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.
Like MACABRE's beloved 1993 classic "Sinister Slaughter", Murder Metal's 13 tracks encompass tales about a lethal assortment of serial killers. It spans the centuries, ranging from a ditty about the 16th century "Werewolf of Bedburg", through "Jack the Ripper" in the 19th century, to a host of more recent murderers like the "The Iceman" and the "Hillside Stranglers". The band revisits Fritz Haarman, the German butcher whose tasty sausages made unsuspecting cannibals of his customers. The new song is sung in Fritz' native tongue.
Asked if he could make up any of these fiendish tales, Corporate Death admitted, " I could, but then it wouldn't be true crime."
File Murder Metal under non-fiction.