Grim Scary Tales
Style: Murder Metal
Release date: 31 January, 2011
Playing time: 45:47

In order to enjoy a Macabre album, any Macabre album, you have to wear your Macabre hat. The Macabre hat is one crazy son of a bitch hat, and it is extremely bloody.

I'm wearing that hat right now and I'm loving it.

As always, the mad trio from Chicago present the unsuspecting listeners to authentic stories of gore, depravity and pure murderous madness. This time, the stories are not taken from recent history, but over a span of several hundreds years of world history.

And as usual, nothing is straight-ahead in the world of Corporate Death, Nefarious and Dennis the Menace. Death metal it is. But it is certainly also grind, punk, thrash, folk, rock, polka and nursery rhymes. Yessir, this album is just as over the top as anything you'd expect from Macabre. From the outset, the three murder freaks unleash the steel with Locusta (a murderess who in the first century's Rome specialised in poison). This is of course followed by a nursery rhyme-ish polka tune with the occasional spin of the double bass drum pedals about the mad Roman emperor Nero.

More grinding steel follows, and more nursery rhymes. Insane melody intervowen with blast beats. Rocking drive and pure, straight-on killer grind. Even a Venom cover has found its place here - I suppose if Countess Bathory didn't fit into this company of mad butchers, then who would?

Some days, this is too much. Not all days are Macabre days. That's just the way it is.

However way you turn it, my hat is off to Macabre for doing this insane thing since 1985 and still being up for a true challenge of our ears. They are unique -  both as musicians and as entertainers. They write incredibly heavy music. And they write really odd music. Any fan of metal music should try Macabre at least once in their life time, that's just my opinion. So, if you haven't already been there, this is a good place to begin - you might even learn a thing or two about the history of insane killings!


01. Locusta
Nero's Inferno
The Black Knight
Countess Bathory
Burke & Hare
Mary Ann
The Bloody Benders
Lizzie Borden
The Ripper Tramp from France
Bella the Butcher
12. The Kiss of Death
13. The Seet Tender Meat Vendor

Label: Hammerheart Records
Distribution: Hammerheart Records
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 26 January, 2011