Macabre “Dahmer” (Murder Music) [Music/Review]

9/10

Year: 2000
Genre: Murder Music
Label: Hammerheart Records
Album Versions: Discogs

When Jeffrey Was A Boy
He Didn’t Like His Toys
Instead He’d Dissect Roadkill
Because That’s What He Enjoyed
”Dog Guts”

Jeffrey Dahmer’s mugshot photos.

Dahmer committed his first murder in Bath township, Ohio, in 1978. A second murder followed in 1987, and during the next five years he killed – mostly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—another 15 boys and young men. Although other serial murderers had claimed far more victims, Dahmer’s crimes were particularly gruesome, involving cannibalism and necrophilia. In February 1992 Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms; a 16th consecutive life sentence was added in May for the murder he committed in 1978. Dahmer was murdered by a fellow inmate in a Wisconsin prison in 1994.

”Scrub a dub dub” is probably the best known track from the album

Scrub A Dub Dub Three Men In A Tub
Jeffrey Dahmer Took Showers
With Dead Men In His Tub
He Was Too Tired To Cut Them Up
So He Put Them In Cold Water
With Disinfectant
”Scrub A Dub Dub”

The American Chicago based band Macabre, famous for only making songs about true-life criminals/serial killers. They really have their own unique sound, mixing Thrash, Grind, Death and some ompha-bompa. They call it Murder Music.

They released their first album ”Grime Reality” in 1987, followed by ”Gloom” in 1989 and then their favourite among most fans ”Sinister Slaughter” in 1993. Behind the Wall of Sleep EP then came out in 1995, before a 4 year silence until the ”Unabomber” EP in 1999. Then in 2000, we got this one, my favourite ”Dahmer”.

”Dahmer” is a concept album about Jeffrey Dahmer, and only Jeffrey Dahmer. The songs comprise a biography of the life of Jeffrey Dahmer; therefore they are in chronological order.

Several songs take the tune of popular American songs and attach different lyrics to them:

  • “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (“In the Army Now”)
  • “Over the River and Through the Wood” (“Grandmother’s House”)
  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (“Jeffrey Dahmer and the Chocolate Factory”)

Many of the songs also allude to aspects of American popular culture, examples being how “McDahmers” refers to the McDonald’s Corporation and its use of “McWords” as well as its former slogan of being “a happy place”.

OPINION

The album opens up strong with ”Dog Guts”, and we’re off on a lovely trip into insanity. The tracks are in historical order of how Dahmers life progressed. Stand out tracks for me besides ”Dog Guts”, are the Punkish ”Grandmother’s House”, the thrashy “Bloodbank”, the weird “Drill Bit Lobotomy”, the Oi’ish “McDahmers”, the traditional/folksy “Coming To Chicago” and the insane “Scrub A Dub Dub”.

Tracklist
Dog Guts 3:15
Hitchhiker 3:30
In The Army Now 1:28
Grandmother’s House 2:24
Blood Bank 2:17
Exposure 2:15
Ambassador Hotel 3:52
How “Bout Some Coffee 1:57
Bath House 1:53
Jeffrey Dahmer And The Chocolate Factory 1:00
Apartment 213 2:38
Drill Bit Lobotomy 1:38
Jeffrey Dahmer Blues 2:27
McDahmers 1:30
Into The Toilet With You 1:52
Coming To Chicago 1:35
Scrub A Dub Dub 3:23
Konerak 1:51
Media Circus 0:21
Temple Of Bones 1:39
Trial 2:04
Do The Dahmer 1:35
Baptized 1:31
Christopher Scarver 2:32
Dahmer’s Dead 0:32
The Brain 1:17

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