Come one! Come all, to the demented, heinous bloodbath of a murder metal circus that declares MACABRE’s return; “Carnival of Killers”. As MACABRE’s first full-length album in almost 10 years since the release of “Grim’s Scary Tales” in 2011, and just in time for their 35th anniversary as a band, this latest instalment to the catalogue will butcher your ears and derange your psyche as to be expected! Judging by the title, one can positively assume “Carnival of Killers” contains stories of your favourite murderous psychos: Bundy, Speck, Gacy, Ramirez, and a slew of heinous killers never sung about by MACABRE, before now.
The album artwork, designed by Corporate Death (Lead Singer Lance Lencioni) and artist Laz Gein presents a “Where’s Waldo” style illustration of a colourful carnival filled with jovial children on rides, all amidst a slew of the album’s most memorable references: Bundy waving a woman over to his Beetle with his cast, H.H. Holmes displaying medical skeletons to passers-by, Bittaker and Norris hammering their latest victim in the face in public instead of in front of a camera… a touching, family-oriented, thrill-filled weekend! In true MACABRE fashion, a morbid sense of humour, as well as a refined taste in true death metal are most definitely required to appreciate the gruesome lyrics and the switches between complex guitar work, and bouncy, addictive themes. “Them Dry Bones” or “The Wheels On The Bug” ring true to MACABRE’s spoofy side as familiar melodies intertwine with the ghastly histories of H.H. Holmes and Ted Bundy. “Warte, Warte” is sung entirely in German to aid in referencing the authenticity of serial killer Fritz Haarmann’s insanity. “We did another Haarmann song (our 3rd one) that’s actually a remake of a hit German song from the 1950s but in the style of MACABRE,” explains Lencioni.
Meanwhile, fans of “Grim reality”, “Gloom”, and “Sinister slaughter” will instantly click with blistering tracks like “Your Window Is Open”, describing some of the Night Prowler Richard Ramirez’s most grotesque accomplishments. As is with the entirety of the album, Corpse Violator exemplifies Corporate Death”s vocal range as he exudes Mercyful Fate-Esque highs, amidst guttural, death-gore growls. The baroque guitar solos smashed against raging, dumpy riffs and psychotic drums howl with an excellent progression while remaining firmly engaged with an old school legacy. “Now It’s Time To Pay” will chime familiar to any fan of “Dahmer” with its sinewy riffs and feisty rhyme scheme. Toss in a few deranged musical interludes that leave you feeling maniacal, and “Carnival of Killers” is born! “When it came to recording, I researched some guys from the area and we ended up choosing our friend Tomek Spirala of StudioH34,” details Lencioni. “He really knew how to record a great vocal sound, and I wanted to focus on the vocals with this one.” Mark Walker of Kiwi Audio assisted in tracking the drums, with final touches and musical tweaks by J.F. Dagenais at JFD Studio, Dallas Texas. Prepare for another gore-filled thrill ride from a band that originated in the ’80s, yet progresses to the edge of modern metal with clear production, expanded variety, and with a whole mess of nostalgic pleasure.