Murder Metal - United States

Macabre Band

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.

MACABREs 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 MACABREs signature style. First heard on their 1987 release “Grim Reality”, its 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. Macabres vocals arent delivered with death metals sewer-pipe growl, but are belted out with knife-edge precision, interspersed with Corporate Deaths patented (back when he was a toddler) screech.

MACABRE have brought mayhem to the world in the past decade, playing in dozens countries. MACABREs rabid fans, relish the bands tight and increasingly sophisticated music; they exult in their musical chops as much as in the bands 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 MACABREs 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 MACABREs beloved 1993 classic “Sinister Slaughter”, Murder Metals 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 wouldnt be true crime.”

File Murder Metal under non-fiction.


  • Corporate Death : guitar and vocals
  • Nefarious : bass and vocals
  • Dennis The Menace : drums

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.