Murder metal ushers in holiday cheer at Macabre’s 20th annual Holiday of Horror | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Murder metal ushers in holiday cheer at Macabre’s 20th annual Holiday of Horror 

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Michelle Margaux

What better way to celebrate the joys of the holiday season than by listening to a bizarre, hyper death-metal track titled “What the Heck, Richard Speck?” Local trio Macabre—whose mashup of death metal, grindcore, thrash, and serial killer obsession has been dubbed “murder metal”—have been ringing in the holiday season with a showcase of twisted extreme music called the Holiday of Horror for two decades now. And they’ve been crafting their twisted homages to some of the darkest humans on the planet for even longer, starting with their debut release, Shitlist (which includes an early version of their ode to Speck), in 1987. Since then, Macabre have given the world tracks celebrating Ed Gein, the Zodiac Killer, the Unabomber, and less-recognized murderers like Jerry Brudos, who’s discussed on the delightful little chestnut “Fatal Foot Fetish.” Perhaps Macabre’s greatest mark on the world is the 2000 death-metal “rock opera” Dahmer, which explores—in exhausting detail—the life and death of the notorious cannibal of the title. This show is the 20th anniversary of Macabre’s Holiday of Horror.   v


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