Macabre (band)

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GenresDeath metal, thrash metal, grindcore
Years active1985–present
Associated actsMacabre Minstrels
  • 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 The Accüsed and Cryptic Slaughter to Possessed and Napalm Death. Macabre's sickening 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]



  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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