My extended gratitude goes
out to the good people at Hammerheart Records. Why? Simple. They are about to
reissue one of the most fantastic metal releases ever. It was an album that I
never actually owned myself, originally released as it was in 1987 by Decomposed
Records, and therefore not so commonly available in my vicinity. I had a
cassette tape copy that I cherished until the bloody tape broke!
I'll respect, perhaps even accept, that you upon listening to the debut release
of serial killer lovers Macabre will wonder what the fuck
I'm all about and why this is so utterly superb.
I'll also respect that you either A. were born yesterday
and therefore don't understand shit about shit, or that you B. have
so-called taste and consequently possibly no sense of
Fact is that this EP blew me so completely way somewhere in 1987 or 1988 with
its over the top drumming, over the top bass, over the top guitars and ditto
singing. Not to mention the weird as hell production that was certainly nothing
like Whitesnake, Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth or whatever we were used to at the
time. It was NOTHING like anything we knew!
This EP opened wide the gates to murder metal and the musical onslaught that was
then and still is Macabre, a weird trio from Chicago
without whom metal would have been so much more dull.
The reissue comes with the original version of the EP plus a
version of all songs remixed by Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Flotsam & Jetsam,
Deicide, Nile, Nevermore, Exhumed). Not that the remixes are necessary - I'm
happy with just the original versions!