Monday, March 22, 2010
Macabre has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Not only are they incredibly underrated musicians (honestly, I think Dennis The Menace is the best drummer I have ever heard bar none) but their albums extolling serial killer exploits are witty, funny and extremely well-written. What other band could pull off a Tommy-like rock opera about Jeffery Dahmer without missing a beat? On Morbid Campfire Songs, the trio (performing as the Macabre Minstrels) belt out five acoustic jams adapted from the works of poet/musician Shel Silverstein (mass murder parody lyrics added by the band, 'natch). Fans of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical will enjoy "In The Mountains", a similar retelling of Colorado cannibal Alferd Packer's ghoulish story although "Found A Peanut" is my favorite track. The songs work so well they can almost pass as children's music - so grab your acoustic guitar, learn these ditties and be the hit at your next family camping vacation.