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Album Review

By 1989 when this album came out on Vinyl Solutions and quickly circulated around Europe, Macabre had been in existence for a few years and had developed their sound beyond the proto-death metal found on their shoddy debut, Grim Reality. Not by any means is Gloom a masterpiece and may not even warrant the status of being a landmark album — if anything, it's simply an important album. Like Grim Reality, the music on Gloom isn't exactly genius, and it's hard to get past the murky production, yet one must once again consider how pioneering such brutally fast music and such perverse lyrics were for it only being 1989. By being a template for the evolving death metal genre, Gloom awarded Macabre a cult following, and it also set the stage for the group's eventual breakthrough with Sinister Slaughter [The original version was released on Vinyl Solutions in 1989, who then re-released the album on CD with tracks from Grim Reality in 1990; Decomposed then re-released Gloom in the late '90s].


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

This long-lived Chicago trio became a cult favorite among death metal fans with their perverse themes that inspire just about as much boyish giggling as they do shock. Though Macabre was one of the first bands to ever experiment with the themes and songwriting that would eventually become widely known as death metal, the group remained primarily an underground band. In the early '90s they garnered considerable acclaim from the death metal community for their Sinister Slaughter album, and in 2000...
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