Macabre: Behind the Wall of Sleep

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Macabre: Behind the Wall of Sleep
Death Metal, Grindcore, Thrash
Nuclear Blast Records
July 25th, 1994
Release length: 11:56
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There seems to be a lot of speculation about the release of the notorious Behind The Walls Of Sleep by Macabre, and no matter what you look up about it, it all seems to somewhat conflict in one way or another. Many claim the EP was by a band including Vance Campbell of a band called Eyegouger, but that name is not associated with Macabre at all. Another bit of information out there is that the band titled this after H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “Beyond The Wall Of Sleep”, which is absolutely ridiculous. But, however it falls, the Behind The Walls of Sleep EP is a rather rare find when it comes to the actual pressed version, and is a nice piece to have, regardless of how short it is, and the quality of the material found on it.

The only two real Macabre-like tracks on here are “Fishtales”, which features some nice, if not too low background gutteral vocals, as well as the track “Freeze Dried Man” which seems to be drug out about half way through. Both of these tracks feature the expected harsh falsetto-esque vocals, as well as material about serial killers (“Fishtales” being about Albert Fish and “Freeze Dried Man” about Jeffrey Dahmer). “Slaughter Thy Poser” is a killer track (no pun intended) that is void from the typical substance of the band, and supposedly was written back in 1985, predating even the Grim Reality EP of 1987.

The title track of this EP, however, is actually pretty bad. Clearly it was not recorded to be serious, but musically it lacks any form of heaviness that appears on any of the songs on this release, and the vocals are so obnoxiously bad that they simply aren’t comical after the first listen and come off more as simply aggrivating. With that it’s hard to say whether this is really worth picking up or not. This EP has been reissued, so it’s not that hard to come across at this point. If you want the original however, with only two songs on here that really are worth any attention (with “Freeze Dried Man” being a song you’ll have to listen to a few times to truly appreciate), it would probably be easier on you to just buy the MP3s from an on-line store.

0. Fishtales – 1:49
0. Behind The Wall of Sleep (Black Sabbath cover) – 3:52
0. Slaughter Thy Poser – 2:15
0. Freeze Dried Man – 4:00
Initial Pressing Score: 4/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.