Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Put any average Thrash Metal or Hardcore punk record on. Switch it to 45, wait That's right, Macabre, a mysterious three piece Chinese chicken meal from Chicago. One glance at the gnarly cover that is all at once gruesome and trippy, it's obvious that this isn't gonna be an ordinary Thrash listen. Macabre played an innovative blend of Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Grindcore at a time when the latter two genres where just trying on their first diapers.
Sadly they never got the recognition that Napalm Death and Repulsion got. Maybe because only of the original were pressed? Shame cuz this gem is one of the more unique pieces of vinyl surrounded by a mass of generic 'Tallica clones of ' Death plays tremelo riffs at an inhuman speed, never stopping to take a breath until he finishes telling the heinous stories Mass Murder - Macabre - Grim Reality such infamous celeberties such as, Ed Gein and Son of No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney - Give My Regards To Broad Street. Corporate Death's competent solos are icing on this delicous cake, uhhh, I mean childrens stew.
Mr Death's very original vocal style, just like every thing else, sounds sped up as well. His voice is a long deep growl with high shrieks stabbed in between each lyric, very bizarre and effective. It's actually incredible how powerful and tight this unknown band is. Hundreds of notes are played aggressively each minute with perfect time through a power hungry guitar tone, with double bass pounding a hole in your cranium.
Production is pretty much flawless, rare with such a lowbudget recording. No silly intros, Serial Killer gets things rolling with neck breaking riffs, nursery rhyme style, creepy lyric's and nightmarish vocals. A collection of solos known as Mass Murder ends side 1. Side 2 starts with a bang. A machine gun full of nihilistic, pissed off sheer power and energy in onslaught about the terrific serial killer Son of Sam who wasted many disco sluts and Guido's. When Mr C. Death throws a heavy midpaced riff in, Dennis beats the double bass as if the song sped up.
My kind of band. Great nuclear war lyrics here as the band tackles the beloved subject and hey what 80's band didn't? Ed Gein is loaded with tasty top notch riffs played with the force of a hammer to the face.
Yep this is a high grade for an EP but it's a terrific introduction for this unique band as well as very consistent reminding Zombi of the holy grail of EP's: Haunting the Chapel. Like that EP Grim Reality is a Monsterous assault by talented musicians who push the extreme envelope, as well as thrash out chaos but don't let it control them.
A pleasant surprise for Zombi and a hidden gem in a sea of mediocre bands, worth mentioning with your Scum's and Scream Bloody Gore's. What do you expect with a band who post Serial Killer facts on their liner notes? Bugged out to the max. Mass Murder - Macabre - Grim Reality debut is one of the strangest albums I've heard, and sounds different to pretty much anything.
Sometimes it sounds Mass Murder - Macabre - Grim Reality Death Metal, other times like grind, but most of the time it's more of a punkish thrash. The vocals go from a somewhat low growl, to squealing, sounding not dissimilar to a chicken.
Quite simply, this album is far removed from everything that came before it and after it. This is an oddity. While it can be very enjoyable due to it always catching you off guard, it's also a frequent source of annoyance, due to either Nefarious or Corporate Death's vocals often being painfully windy and screechy.
As I said, it's like a chicken, sneezing. Plus you'll always be confused as to what you're listening to, as songs will have a strongly death metal riff, followed by punky riffs, sounding similar to what grindcore would sound like if it was close to thrash metal rather than death.
It is short however, and any annoyances that I've had are easy to look past for the 15 odd minutes this thing runs. But on the other hand you're not getting a huge amount of content, but it's an Mass Murder - Macabre - Grim Reality so what can you expect.
The album does have quite a few positives to even it out, firstly and most noticeably, it's not like anything anyone had released before it, offering up some high speed thrashy, grindy, deathy, whatever-the-hell-it-is metal. The songs are usually well written, with only a couple of riffs per song, but always thrown together in interesting ways, the solos are solid, and they are fun to listen to.
It is nicely produced, and as there are only three instruments, the bass is huge on both Puff Puff - Magic - Thuggin instrument and the kick drums. This production helps you pick up what's going on with the music, because it's all quite weird, grinding and thrashing its way from track to track.
As you can see from the solo tracks, the band can play, they're not exceptional, but they certainly know their ways around their instruments. The drummer Dennis the Menace What a shitty fake name is really the only dull member. And I use dull loosely because he is full of energy, and his double bass sounds massive, but he just doesn't have a huge bag of ideas.
Again, the album is only 15 minutes long, so he won't be boring by the end; it only really hurts in the drum solo, where he kind of does one thing for 2 minutes. Grim Reality is an interesting piece of metal, and is good in its own right, not just as a piece of history.
While not my favourite album of all time, it's pretty high up there when it comes to EP's, I listen to this one far more than Flojos de pantalón - Rosendo - Salud Y Buenos Alimentos of my other EPs.
Highly Recommended. To be labeled a cult band is quite endearing. To still be kicking today is a challenge. To still be kicking today with your original members is virtually unheard of. Vocals screechy, vehement, and twisted mangle whatever intensity had escaped.
Sulfuric Acid, 2. Each feature of this band pushes the boundaries of extreme, from the Uzi flow of the double bass to the berserk ranting that runs a gamut of inflectional anti-paradise. In about two years, their debut lp, Gloom, would cement the band into a murder metal foundation that will carry them past the 20th century.
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