Monday, February 15, 2010
macabre - sinister slaughter (1993)
I was lucky enough to pick up this album on cassette at Amoeba on Saturday, and it was easily the find I was most stoked about. A death metal concept album about serial killers? It's so obvious, you know someone had to do it. Lucky for all of us, the band that took that concept and ran with it is Macabre, and they RULE. The three hillbilly-type fellas surrounded by murderers in the paean to "Sgt Pepper" above, these guys from Chicago crafted metal that is not only nasty and ugly and worthy of the subject material, but also pretty funny, too. Each song on "Sinister Slaughter" tells the story of a different killer, and may or may not include: crunchy down-tuned shredding, blast beats, children's sing-song melodies, virtuoso acoustic guitar playing, guttural bellowing AND ridiculously high pitched singing (think Beaker from the Muppets), and in the song above, toy piano playing. If you like "weird" death metal and have a fucked up sense of humor, get this!!!