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Dennis The Menace (Macabre)

Interview with Dennis The Menace from Macabre
by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos at 05 December 2004, 11:54 PM

\[Conducted by: Katrina Thompson - 11/22/04 @ The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA - While on tour with Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Kataklysm]<br>These guys made driving 8 hours in non stop pouring rain and traffic (and almost getting killed a couple of times) from Memphis to Atlanta well worth the trip.  I had met them a few months before in Nashville, and when I got to the venue I saw Dennis The Menace (drums) and he remembered me. So the entire night, from about 6:00 P.M. til 2:00 A.M. I hung out with Macabre. I also got the awesome opportunity to be their guest on stage. At almost all of their shows, they will have someone dress up like the serial killers Albert Fish and The Zodiac.  While on the bus talking, I happened to ask Corporate Death (vocals & guitar) if they were going to have anybody dress up for this show. He said they didn't have anybody and asked if I wanted to do it.  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. So, being able to hang out with and be on stage with a band that I've been a huge fan of for over 7 years, was surreal for me and well worth everything we went through to get to the show. These guys are extremely cool and I thank them for making that show one of my most memorable.<br>- Here are links to their 2 main sites:<br> 1)<br> 2)

How’s the tour going so far?

So far everything has been great.  The crowd response has been good.

Has anything really strange ever happened while on tour?

Not totally, except for something pretty bad did happened.  I don’t remember exactly which venue it was, but a bouncer actually got is head caved in with a pipe.  Somebody ran up to him and smashed him in the face about 5 times, he fell to the ground and he was twitching around and stuff.  I guess the guy just took off in a car, it was some people that had gotten kicked out of a show previously a week before that, maybe, I’m not sure.  So yeah, someone got their head smashed in at one of our shows, the ambulance and cops came out, it was kinda nuts.  That was in New York, actually.

What were your musical influences growing up, what music inspired you to become a  musician?

Basically, my older brother played drums in a band, and I used to watch him when I was like 3 years old, and I started playing around 5, my brother actually influenced me to play.  From there I started watching Kiss. I was like, 7 years old and I was into Kiss. Then from Kiss I went to Led Zeppelin, then Black Sabbath. When I was 9, 10, 11 years old, I was listening to Sabbath, Judas Priest, stuff like that, and Rush, he’s personally one of my favorite drummers.  Those were my mentors. All those bands are the roots of Rock-n-Roll, the roots of Metal. The old rock bands are the roots of what you listen to today.

How did the 3 of you meet and how did you spawn the idea of Macabre?

To make a long story short, which is a very long story, ones of my brother’s friends knew a guy that lived next door to our bass player, Nefarious \[bass & backing vocals], and the guy told me that he would take me other there to play a song or two, just to go jam.  I was 12 years old at the time and the guy brought me over there and I played Over the Mountain for him, and he put me in the band like a week later.  Their drummer was 22 years old, so I replaced a 22 year old when I was 12, so that worked out pretty good. We’ve been together since 1981.

What gave you guys the idea of basing you music around serial killers?   

Our vocalist, Corporate Death, actually did some kind of high school documentary that had to do with serial killers, and it kind of spawned from there.

Unlike a lot of bands, Macabre’s music has a consistency that’s all it own, how have you kept that same style all these years?

We try to stay in that era that we pioneered from, it still has an old metal feel.  But we were one of the first bands to do the real fast stuff, there were a few bands back in the day, but only like 2 or 3, not hundreds. Back when we first came out we were one of the first bands to do that, though. On Grim Reality, it was all flying double bass, I was 17 when we did that.

Any plans for another album based on one specific serial killer?

Yeah, there’s been talk about it, I hate to say yes or no, but we’ve talked about maybe doing one.

Any plans for a DVD?

That’s coming up, a live DVD from our shows and festivals.

Next year will be the 20 year mark for Macabre, what can your fans expect from you guys in the future?

They can expect just more heavy brutal killing music. You’re going to hear more fast double bass, a lot more blast beats, just more mature music I guess you could say.

  20 years, how does that feel?

It feels great, I’m proud of it, I’m proud to be together, you know, the same 3 guys for a long time, we feel like brothers.

How does it feel to know that you’ve established an underground army that is as unique as your style of music?

I think its great, we’ve done it by our selves, and we’ve never had any help over the past 20 years.  Outside of our fans, we’ve done everything on our own.  Labels have helped us out here and there but have basically screwed us, we’ve had a lot of problems with Labels but we’re still surviving and we’re happy with our band.

Who’s music do you listen to the most?

I still listen to the old stuff, hear and there, Sabbath, Priest, Rush, I also appreciate some of the new stuff. I like old Death, I used to listen to them all the time, that’s one of my favorite bands as far as heavy stuff goes. I appreciate Death, I respect Death, it’s a shame Chuck passed away, but that’s one of the bands I idolize a lot.

What bands would you like to see reunite?

Some of the bands I’d like to see reunite, I already have. Black Sabbath is back together, Judas Priest got back together, Rush is back together, Iron Maiden is back together, that’s another one of my big bands, I love Iron Maiden. I bought all the vinyl when it first came out, The Number Of The Beast, everything. I was such a big Iron Maiden head when I was a kid, and I was one of the only kids in junior high that was.  I was like 13, 14 walking around wearing Killers shirts on.  

Are there any new bands that you like, anything that’s come out over the past 5 years?

There’s just so many new bands coming out, it’s insane. I like The Dillinger Escape Plan, they’re really good. The End is a good band, we toured with those guys, they’re really good musicians, a quality drummer. I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff, I don’t really have a lot of time to.

Is there anything that you’d like to say to your fans out there?

Just keep listening, and thanks for all the support that you’ve given us over the years, and we’ll never disappoint you with anything new that comes out it’ll never be a let down its always going to be better, I promise.


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