The Bottom Line
- Under-appreciated musical skill.
- Humorous, creative songwriting.
- Never consistent.
- Scatterbrained album flow.
- Nefarious' vocals are an acquired taste.
- Released February 8th, 2011 on Willowtip Records.
- This is Macabre’s fifth album.
- Features a cover of Venom’s “Countess Bathory.”
Guide Review - Macabre - 'Grim Scary Tales'
Grim Scary Tales is yet another LP chock full of serial killers, murderers and the otherwise unsavory types, all delivered with the band’s trademark, tongue-in-cheek presentation and dizzying metal abilities.
Never one to rest on their creative laurels, each track here on Grim Scary Tales follows suit with Macabre’s penchant for, well…weirdness, reveling in childlike melodies at one point and relentless blast beats the next, all in the name of their own bizarre creative niche.
Unfortunately, this can prove to be a difficult listen for an audience, especially when Macabre releases tend to be so uneven. While the idea of Murder Metal is such a good one, the honest truth is that Macabre LPs will always tend to be more of a novelty than anything else, despite the band’s crisp, thrash riffs and steamroller rhythms.
While not deplorable in total, Grim Scary Tales isn’t really worth more than a few cursory, curious spins at best.