MACABRE - Grim Scary Tales CD
Genre: Murder Metal
I have to thank my good friend Big Jon for turning me onto the "kings of murder metal" not too long ago. He presented me with two of the band's releases, Dahmer from 2000 and Murder Metal from 2003. From there I picked up the band's Sinister Slaughter from 1993 and the world has never been the same since. This Chicago band's return here after eight years is a concept album (what else?) with fourteen tracks based around the exploits of the world's most nefarious killers albeit not all household names. I guess that depends on your household. So if you knew that Gilles de Rais was a French aristocrat who cut up children and then masturbated on the body parts, as described in the song "The Black Knight", then you know your legendary sick fucks. Of course MACABRE's way of telling the story on here with an almost Folk Metal style and twisted sing-song vocals really pushes the laughter button. Only MACABRE can make the life of 16th century werewolf and cannibal Gilles Garnier into a metal nursery rhyme "The Big Bad Wolf". Some people might get turned off by the band's use age of more clean vocals then before plus there's a lot of country and folk elements thrown in as opposed to the straight grinding death aka: murder metal from their previous works. Don't disparage since there's a spot on cover of VENOM's "Countess Bathory". There's a few more metal influenced cuts but in all honesty I like the whacked out material because it fits the twisted mindset of the characters.