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This delightful little EP is basically acoustic folk music, with some original songs and some renditions of older songs. Only Macabre, one of the most uniquely strange death metal bands ever, could pull off an oddball release like this. Unlike many goregrind or porngrind bands, Macabre have truly mastered the art of making morbid lyrics funny, and if this wasn't evident enough in their death metal material it couldn't be more evident now. You find yourself laughing to lyrics like the following in spite of yourself:
"I met her on the mountain,
There I took her life;
I killed her on the mountain,
Stabbed her with my knife."
"There'll be Gein wear that's made of embalmed ladies
A heart in a frying pan and lips on a string
Some scraps and fats and skeletons and sure as you're born
The ugliest of all was the oozing corpse."
The calm nature of the music, helped by the vocals (which are sung simply and in a serious tone) combined with the darkness of the lyrics is what makes this album uniquely humorous.
The instrumentation on the album is surprisingly good. You'd expect something labeled as "Campfire Songs" to be nothing but strummed chords, but the guitars actually have some nice melodies in the songs, most notably in "The Geins", "In The Mountains" and "The Cat Came Back". The production is also surprisingly good, although I feel having it this perfect robs it a bit of the campfire aspect of the songs. The sound of an actual campfire crackling in the background, for instance, may have been good in helping to set the mood. But really, that's just nitpicking. Overall, this is s strange, but great EP. My only complaint is that it's too damn short.
Macabre has released a number of sickeningly humorous, and yet brutal, releases in their time but none have surpassed the sinister EP that is "Morbid Campfire Songs." With nothing more than acoustic guitars, a bass, and vocals carried by both Corporate Death and Nefarious, they deliver their humorously putrid lyrics along with genius instrumental all concentrated within a mere five track EP.
If I'm not mistaken, all the tracks are just parodies of already existing songs and children songs (The cat came back, In the mountains, Found a peanut). It's the sick lyrical twist on these songs accompanied by the gentle vocals of Corporate and Nefarious that glorify this release. For instance, in the song "in the mountains", there's this line that reads "He cut up the men in the mountains" which is sung in the same tone to the original "In the mountains" making it all the more humorous. All songs except "Found a peanut" reek of dark humor in the lyrics. "Found a Peanut", while instrumentally akin to the original, lacks the lyrical shape up needed to fit in flawlessly with the rest of the tracks, thus my only reason why this EP doesn't score a perfect 100%.
The guitars and bass are recorded very well. There's a solo on "The cat came back" that I'd say is undoubtedly Macabre's best. The production of this release is crisp and clean thus allowing you to hear every note plucked perfectly.
For sick fucks with a sense of humor equally sick. Truly a solid release. I just wish Macabre would release a full length album like this.