Apartment 213

Finally I’m on my way to Bloodstock. First a train trip to Burton on Trent to dump my bag at the hotel and meet up with the other half cut reprobates for a twelve hour stint of metal in a field. 

After tonight’s main stage headliners Ghost have competed their set, Illinois band Macabre bring the curtain down on Saturday’s proceedings with a dose of murder metal. They also have the dubious honour of being the only band I’m scheduled to see this weekend that I have never seen, so it should be worth the wait to still be there until midnight today.  I think it’s a very rare visit to the country and the only other appearance I can see is back in 2010. 

The trio of Nefarious, Dennis the Menace and Corporate Death have been together since 1984 and are considered one of the purveyors of the early death metal and grindcore scene. They haven’t been overly productive in their 33 year career only releasing five full length albums. 

I’m surprised I’ve not been into Macabre much more than I am considering their lyrical content is right up my alley and is based around the majority of the books that I have on my shelf on the bookcase. Yes, they like to write songs about serial killers. 

Their Dahmer album from 2000 is an inspired concept album tracing the life and events of the Milwaukee Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer in chronological order. Their most recent opus Grim Scary Tales surfaced in 2011 and is inspired by a bunch of more historical murderers. 

I owned a copy of their Grim Reality EP a long time ago, possibly while I was still in school. I’d already got a bit of a burgeoning obsession with the serial killer phenomenon, so a record with songs about Albert Fish and Ed Gein was something I had to buy, and the art work was pretty killer. 

There’s no promotional video that I can find for any of their tracks, so here’s the audio for  Apartment 213 from the aforementioned Dahmer album. It’s the second song I know of with its title taken from the Dahmer’s apartment number, the other being by GGFH – another band I need to feature. I’ve also gone for this album as I haven’t featured a track from an album released in the year 2000, not the greatest of years in music for me I must say. 


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