Macabre - Gloom review


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Band: Macabre
Album: Gloom
Release date: 1989

01. Embalmer
02. Trampled To Death
03. Holidays Of Horror
04. Fritz Haarman The Butcher
05. Evil Ole Soul
06. Harvey Glatman (Your Soul Will Forever Rot)
07. McMassacre (James Humberty)
08. David Brom Took An Axe
09. Cremator
10. Nostradamus
11. I Need To Kill
12. Ultra Violent
13. Rat Man
14. Hey Laurie Dann
15. Patrick Purdy Killed Five And Wounded Thirty
16. Exhumer
17. Dr. Holmes (He Stripped Their Bones)
18. The Green River Murderer (He's Still Out There)
19. Funeral Home
20. Disease
21. Natural Disaster

This album should come with a little tag saying "Warning: this album may cause severe neck trauma and dark laughs"; Gloom is a mixture between ultra-fast aggression with insanely dark humor; the music is really catchy and violent at the same time, then the lyrical content is oddly humorous, this is more o less like Nelson Muntz singing "Joy to the world the teacher's dead…" to Lisa Simpson, just imagine that Character singing the exact same song (about how they flushed the teacher's severed head down the putty), then add awesome riffs, catchy and complex Drum-beats, impressive bass-lines, some guitar solos, and finally add shrieked/guttural/clean vocals; that's a glimpse of what Gloom sounds like, that's incredibly overwhelming in my books.

The tracks are structured amazingly well, there are several chromatic chords and a lot of scales, not many Grindcore/Death/Thrash/Murder Metal acts manage to do this kind of musical patterns…well starting with the fact that they are the only band doing that genre, so that's pretty cool believe me. Anyway, the tracks are wrapped in bridges, breakdowns and a lot of twists, so the songwriting is also very good; most tunes are fast as diarrhea, but there are other tracks with slower pace or even songs like "Evil Ole Soul", a tune with a bohemian acoustic guitar and tiny lyrical content.

This type of old Grindcore still holds those Punk prototypes, but that's not a bad thing at all, those Punk patterns are few to begin with, and the ones we can actually hear just add tightness to the music and that's all, so no harm done.

The band sent me the third "Gloom" dressing, so this one has (apart from better production due to the good re-mastering) 6 live bonus tracks with dirty sound, the band sounds great in those live tracks, and apparently the audience is excited and all, so I guess their live performance must be very cool then. This album is actually memorable, I mean "Gloom" became a "Cult" record some years ago; it would be stupid not to have this CD, so if you don't already own a copy, go now and buy one man, you won't get tired of hearing it I promise.

Greatest Cuts: "Trampled To Death", "Disease", "Ratman", "Funeral Home"

Written by Herzebeth | 08.10.2005



Comments: 1   Visited by: 36 users
09.02.2007 - 18:09
Baz Anderson
yes indeed - this is a fantastic album like all of the Macabre albums
they really dont get the credit that they deserve - this album is well deserving to be in any extreme metal fans collection
fantastic stuff indeed!

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