Macabre (band)

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Lance Lencioni of Macabre telling the song's story
Lance Lencioni of Macabre telling the song's story
Background information
Years active1984–present
  • Nefarious (Charles Lescewicz)
  • Dennis the Menace (Dennis Ritchie)
  • Corporate Death (Lance Lencioni)

Macabre is an American extreme metal band from Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1] They blend thrash metal, death metal, and grindcore (sometimes with nursery rhymes and folk melodies) to form their own unique style dubbed 'murder metal'. Lyrically, they have a strong focus on serial killers, mass murderers and a touch of sick gore humor.[2] Most lyrics are based upon true stories and are about real infamous personalities.[2] The content of the lyrics is historically accurate, and band members actually have known and met with convicted serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy on a personal level. They also have a side project called the Macabre Minstrels that play acoustic camp fire songs. Their current label is Nuclear Blast.


Macabre's music was strongly influenced by US and UK hardcore, grindcore, and death metal acts, ranging from Venom, The Accüsed, Suicidal Tendencies, and Cryptic Slaughter to Possessed and Napalm Death. Macabre's dark sense of humor alienated casual metal listeners, however it helped to gain a small but strong cult status.[2]

Some of the serial killers mentioned in their songs are following:


  • Nefarious (Charles Lescewicz) – bass, vocals (1984–present)
  • Dennis the Menace (Dennis Ritchie) – drums (1984–present)
  • Corporate Death (Lance Lencioni) – guitar, vocals (1984–present)[2]


  • Shitlist (1987)
  • Grim Reality (1987)
  • "Shitlist" (1988, 7")
  • Gloom (1989)
  • "Nightstalker" (1991, 7")
  • Sinister Slaughter (1993)
  • Behind the Wall of Sleep (1994, EP)
  • Unabomber (1999, EP)
  • Dahmer (2000)
  • Capitalist Casualties / Macabre(2001, split with Capitalist Casualties)
  • Morbid Campfire Songs (2002, as the Macabre Minstrels)
  • "Drill Bit Lobotomy" (2002, 7")
  • Murder Metal (2003)
  • Macabre Electric & Acoustic Two CD Set (2004, 2-CD set including the CDs Murder Metal and Macabre Minstrels)
  • True Tales of Slaughter and Slaying (2006, DVD)
  • Grim Reality (2008) − re-issue featuring the remastered 1980s version and a Neil Kernon remix version
  • Human Monsters (2010, EP)
  • Grim Scary Tales (2011)
  • Slaughter Thy Poser(2012, EP)
  • Carnival of Killers (2020)


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason "Macabre Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015
  2. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 208/9. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.

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