Carcass

Carcass

Along with originators Napalm Death, Carcass pioneered the heavy metal subgenre of grindcore, a style that in its purest form consisted of extremely short, chaotic blasts of guitar/bass/drums noise overlaid with guttural, bleeding-throat vocals. Like Napalm Death, Carcass eventually shifted towards more traditional song structures, and then into a more accessible yet still highly intense thrash/grindcore hybrid. Where Napalm Death concerned itself with social protest in its often barely comprehensible lyrics, Carcass' early vocabulary was taken straight from medical textbooks and glossaries, achieving a bizarrely humorous gore factor most metal bands could only dream of; underneath song titles like "Vomited Anal Tract," "Excoriating Abdominal Emanation," "Crepitating Bowel Erosion," and "Cadaveric Incubator of Endo-Parasites" lay an almost pathological disgust with flesh (human and otherwise) that probably explains why everyone in the band is a vegetarian.

Carcass was initially formed in 1985 in Liverpool by guitarist Bill Steer, drummer Ken Owen, and an Indian vocalist known only as Sanjiv. Steer eventually joined Napalm Death, where he met medical student and Electro Hippies bassist Jeff Walker; Walker was added to Carcass' lineup in 1987 as both bassist and lead vocalist. Unable to pursue both musical projects at once, Steer left Napalm Death to concentrate on his original band. Carcass made its recorded debut in 1988 with the album Reek of Putrefaction, which made a strong impression in the metal underground with its astoundingly graphic artwork and lyrics, as well as the band's brutal musical attack. 1989's Symphonies of Sickness only upped the ante, throwing in enough multisyllabic medical jargon to lend an air of black humor to the band's tone. For 1991's Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious, Carcass added ex-Carnage guitarist Michael Amott, but it was apparent that the band was beginning to dig itself into a rut. After taking some time off, a reinvented Carcass returned in 1994 with Heartwork, a still crushing yet surprisingly accessible offering that introduced elements of melody and songcraft while toning down the cartoonish gore. Adding former Devoid guitarist Carlo Regedas, Carcass refined this tack on 1996's Swansong, which collected rave reviews from most metal critics despite some who thought the band had sold out its original ideals. Unfortunately, the latter viewpoint was held by Steer, whose departure was signalled by the record's title. Carcass subsequently disbanded, with several members reuniting in a project called Black Star; a rarities/outtakes collection called Wake Up and Smell the Carcass appeared later in 1996.

Macabre

Who said nothing good ever comes from evil? Certainly not MACABRE.
The Chicago-area trio have been crafting sublime art from the
heinous crimes of serial killers since the mid-1980s.

Macabre blends elements of true crime, math rock, nursery rhymes, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more into an energetic, catchy and unmistakable amalgam. Murder Metal, the title of their latest release, refers to Macabre's signature style. It's a genre of one. The all-too-true tales of man's inhumanity to man are delivered with knife-edge precision, interspersed with Corporate Death's patented
(back when he was a toddler) screech.

Fast and heavy, 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 have brought mayhem to the world in the past decade, playing dozens countries over the years. Macabre's rabid fans, including members of bands ranging from Carcass to Slipknot, 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 grammy award winner 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 murder musical 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 (Nuclear Blast), Murder Metal's 13 tracks encompass tales about a lethal assortment of serial killers and mass murderers. 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.

Look for the debut release of the Macabre Minstrels (Macabre unplugged) soon,
featuring folk tales and children's songs with an evil twist.

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.

MACABRE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN:
CORPORATE DEATH: LEAD VOCALS & GUITAR
NEFARIOUS: BASS & BACKING VOCALS
DENNIS THE MENACE: DRUMS

DISCOGRAPHY:
1987: Grim Reality LP (Decomposed Records)

1988: Shit List Demo

1989: Gloom LP (Vinyl Solutions)

1990: Shit List Vinyl 7" (Gore Records)

1990: Grim Reality / Gloom split CD re-release (Vinyl Solutions)

1992: Night Stalker 7" (Relapse Records)

1993: Sinister Slaughter LP/CD (Nuclear Blast Records)

1995: Behind the Wall of Sleep--EP (Nuclear Blast Records)

1998: Gloom CD re-mastered and re-packaged (Decomposed Records)

1999: Unabomber CD EP (Decomposed Records)

2000: Dahmer LP / CD (Decomposed Records)

2001: Gloom CD re-issue release with six bonus tracks (Decomposed Records)

2002: Drill Bit Lobotomy Vinyl 7" (Hater Of God Records)

2003: Murder Metal LP / CD (Decomposed Records)

2004: Macabre Minstrels--Morbid Campfire Songs CDEP (Decomposed Records)

Macabre have licensed off a number of their titles from their label Decomposed Records to other partners around the world

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Monday, September 23 · 8:00 PM at Reggies Rock Club

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