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This long-lived Chicago trio became a cult favorite among death metal fans with their perverse themes that inspire just about as much boyish giggling as they do shock. Though Macabre was one of the first bands to ever experiment with the themes and songwriting that would eventually become widely known as death metal, the group remained primarily an underground band. In the early '90s they garnered considerable acclaim from the death metal community for their Sinister Slaughter album, and in 2000 they sparked interest with a concept album based on Jeffrey Dahmer. Yet for the most part, despite their role as a pioneering band, Macabre never attained the recognition they were perhaps due, most likely because of their often-satirical approach. Forming in 1985, before death metal and grindcore even existed, Macabre -- Nefarious (bass/vocals), Corporate Death (guitar/vocals), and Dennis the Menace (drums) -- quickly developed a following with their extreme heavy metal, which they eventually dubbed "murder metal." The group's first release, Grim Reality, originally came out in 1987 and was followed a year later by Shit List Demo, which contained both studio and live tracks. Then in 1989, the group first began attaining global acclaim with Gloom, an album that had full European distribution thanks to its release on Vinyl Solutions (the album was first released as a split CD with the Grim Reality LP in 1990 and was later remastered, repackaged, and re-released in 1998 by Decomposed Records). The music that had originally appeared on the Shit List Demo record in 1988 was then re-released with a limited edition of only 666 copies by Germany's Gore Records, following the interest sparked by Gloom. Macabre then released the Night Stalker 7" on high-profile U.S. label Relapse and signed to another high-profile death metal label, Nuclear Blast, in 1992, which led to the release of their most-recognized and well-known release to date, Sinister Slaughter (an album basing each of its songs on different psychopaths). Following the acclaim of Sinister Slaughter, the group toured the world for most of 1994 and released the Behind the Wall of Sleep EP in 1995. After a few years of off-and-on activity without any releases where the band experimented with satirical "unplugged" shows, Macabre returned in 1999 with the Unabomber EP on Decomposed Records, which featured alternate versions of tracks from their then-unreleased Dahmer album, along with some out-of-print tracks from the Grim Reality album. Then in 2000, seven years after the success of Sinister Slaughter, Nuclear Blast re-released the classic album with the Behind the Wall of Sleep EP as bonus tracks, and the group finally unveiled their long-awaited Dahmer album, featuring production by respected producer Neil Kernon. Given the album's Grammy-winning producer and the ambitious status as a concept album that almost seems to play like a musical, Dahmer again sparked interest in the band. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1.   Song
  2.   Montreal Massacre
  3.   Scrub a Dub Dub
  4.   Dahmer's Dead
  5.   Fishtales
  6.   Mary Bell
  7.   Gacy's Lot
  8.   Dorthea's Dead Folks Home
  9.   Is It Soup Yet?
  10.   Jack the Ripper
  11.   Ambassador Hotel
  12.   What the Heck, Richard Speck
  13.   Countess Bathory
  14.   Grandmother's House
  15.   Jeffrey Dahmer and the Chocolate Factory
  16.   Fatal Foot Fetish
  17.   The Boston Strangler
  18.   Exposure
  19.   Hitchhiker
  20.   Shotgun Peterson
  21.   Jeffrey Dahmer Blues by Neil Kernon
  22.   Diary of Torture
  23.   Howard Unrah (What Have You Done Now?!)
  24.   Do the Dahmer
  25.   Killing Spree (Postal Killer)
  26.   Media Circus
  27.   You're Dying to Be With Me
  28.   Dog Guts
  29.   Christopher Scarver
  30.   Poison
  31.   Freeze Dried Man
  32.   How 'Bout Some Coffee
  33.   Bloodbank
  34.   Vampire of Düsseldorf
  35.   Edmond Kemper Had a Horrible Temper
  36.   Morbid Minister
  37.   Bath House
  38.   White Hen Decapitator
  39.   There Was a Young Man Who Blew up a Plane
  40.   The Wüstenfeld Man Eater
  41.   Lizzie Borden
  42.   Zodiak
  43.   Drill Bit Lobotomy
  44.   Slaughter Thy Poser
  45.   Trial
  46.   Temple of Bones
  47.   What's That Smell?
  48.   The Ted Bundy Song
  49.   The Hillside Stranglers
  50.   Konerak
  51.   Behind the Walls of Sleep
  52.   Baptized
  53.   Coming To Chicago
  54.   Acid Bath Vampire
  55.   Albert Was Worse Than Any Fish in Then Sea
  56.   The Iceman
  57.   McDahmers
  58.   Into the Toilet With You
  59.   In the Army Now
  60.   The Brain
  61.   Fritz Haarman Der Metzger
  62.   Nightstalker
  63.   Sniper in the Sky
  64.   Apartment #213

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