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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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  2.   Gacy's Lot
  3.   Baptized
  4.   Vampire of Düsseldorf
  5.   Countess Bathory
  6.   Lizzie Borden
  7.   McDahmers
  8.   You're Dying to Be With Me
  9.   Konerak
  10.   The Hillside Stranglers
  11.   Ambassador Hotel
  12.   Apartment #213
  13.   Exposure
  14.   Montreal Massacre
  15.   The Boston Strangler
  16.   Howard Unrah (What Have You Done Now?!)
  17.   There Was a Young Man Who Blew up a Plane
  18.   Freeze Dried Man
  19.   Bath House
  20.   Albert Was Worse Than Any Fish in Then Sea
  21.   Acid Bath Vampire
  22.   Edmond Kemper Had a Horrible Temper
  23.   Killing Spree (Postal Killer)
  24.   Temple of Bones
  25.   Christopher Scarver
  26.   Fritz Haarman Der Metzger
  27.   Nightstalker
  28.   Slaughter Thy Poser
  29.   What's That Smell?
  30.   Scrub a Dub Dub
  31.   Into the Toilet With You
  32.   Bloodbank
  33.   Poison
  34.   Hitchhiker
  35.   Zodiak
  36.   Jack the Ripper
  37.   Jeffrey Dahmer and the Chocolate Factory
  38.   Jeffrey Dahmer Blues by Neil Kernon
  39.   In the Army Now
  40.   Coming To Chicago
  41.   Behind the Walls of Sleep
  42.   Trial
  43.   Dahmer's Dead
  44.   Do the Dahmer
  45.   Drill Bit Lobotomy
  46.   Morbid Minister
  47.   Fishtales
  48.   The Iceman
  49.   White Hen Decapitator
  50.   The Ted Bundy Song
  51.   Sniper in the Sky
  52.   What the Heck, Richard Speck
  53.   Mary Bell
  54.   Fatal Foot Fetish
  55.   Shotgun Peterson
  56.   Diary of Torture
  57.   Grandmother's House
  58.   Dog Guts
  59.   The Wüstenfeld Man Eater
  60.   The Brain
  61.   Is It Soup Yet?
  62.   Dorthea's Dead Folks Home
  63.   Media Circus
  64.   How 'Bout Some Coffee

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