Massacra

Massacra was one of France’s leading death/thrash metal bands in the early nineties.

After recording three demos in the 1980s, they finally landed a deal with Shark Records from Germany, and released their famous debut, Final Holocaust in 1990. Unfortunately, they found themselves at odds with the label’s trend-following attitude and after two successful albums, Enjoy the Violence and Signs of the Decline, they terminated their contract in 1993.

They signed a new deal with the major label Phonogram. The band decided not to rehash the same songs over and over on later releases—by the time of their fourth album (1994’s Sick) the band had transformed rather remarkably to a groove-laden mid-paced thrash album, sounding at times almost like recent Metallica musically, with the vocals more along the lines of a more aggressive Ron Broder of Coroner. An interesting listen, but doubtless a disappointment to early fans of the group expecting more death/thrash metal.

The band broke up after guitarist Fred Duval died of skin cancer on 6 June 1997 at the age of 29. Some members of the band went on to form an industrial side project called Zero Tolerance in 1996, and released one album through Active Records.

  • Pascal Jorgensen – Bass & Co-Lead Vocals (1986–1997)
  • Fred “Death” Duval – Drums (1986), Guitar & Co-Lead Vocals (1986–1997; died 1997)
  • Jean-Marc Tristani – Guitar (1986–1997)
  • Chris Palengat – Drums (1986–1991)
  • Matthias Limmer – Drums (1992–1994)
  • Björn Crugger – Drums (1995–1997)

Timeline

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  1. Viking Life Blog · November 18, 2020

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  2. ᛋᛠᛉ · November 19, 2020

    Wicked cool. Have you ever heard of the band Gojira? Also metal, also French. Ish. Sings in English, which suits me, I don’t always care to hear French spoken. Lots of fine French folk, but I guess it’s the inborne biases of the Eternal Anglo. It’s probably because when I hear it, it’s much harder for me to see roots in their words. Feels far more foreign than German, Danish or Dutch.

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    • Viking Life Blog · November 19, 2020

      No, but the name sounds familiar. I will check them out.

      Yeah, French is very strange and non-Germanic.

      It seems as if Massacra has a gramma fault in one of their song titles. Or atleast it sounds strange to me “Nearer from Death” from their demo tape. It becomes “Nearer to Death” on the first album.

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 19, 2020

        Yeah… So, a lot of metal I like has huge grammar flaws. Fair enough, I guess from the outside English is a hard mistress. Too many loan words, and so on.

        My favourite band for grammatical errors is Kataklysm side project Ex Deo, founded by an Italian and some Frenchies. Great band. But I think when they hired a spell checker they just found some drunken Queeb passed out in a ditch and said “ey yo, Jacques, you know the English?” And Jacque said “gay pasta?” And Ex Deo was all “you’re hired!!!”

        But seriously. Ex Deo. Good tunes. Ever wondered what Cato would sound like if he was a metal song? Boom!

        Unrelated. But funny. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rkOPv626Nn4

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      • Viking Life Blog · November 19, 2020

        lol, I can easily imagine it.

        I was at a Kataklysm, Godflesh Apocalypse and Kronos concert a few years ago. The Kataklysm singer had a very thick French accent.

        I did not know Ex Deo, ‘Cato Major: Carthago Delenda Est!’ sounds very good.

        GOJIRA sounds pretty good, too.

        Harambe! Just awesome 🙂

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 19, 2020

        That must’ve been pretty heavy. I’ve never been to a metal concert.

        I have to admit, I like Pirate Metal. Must be the English in me, that and the selection of English (from Old England) metal is sparing. We’ve got Cradle of Filth, they can turn a phrase alright, but some of their stuff is odd. I do like them though, Nymphetamine is one of my favourites. I’m think of doing a parody of Gilded Cunt to be Filthy Kike. In Minecraft. Etc.

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      • Viking Life Blog · November 20, 2020

        Metal concert is a White thing, here.

        Yeah, I get that. I did not know, that Pirate Metal was a thing.

        There use to be a place where they uploaded movies and I watch ‘Pirates of the caribbean’.

        The ‘Nymphetamine’ song sounds pretty good, well made.

        Parody songs is a good ide and fulfill the need for music for us.

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 20, 2020

        Alestorm is a fun band. One of their albums is about fighting space Vikings or something. Pirate Metal, the truest form of metal for an Englishman… Unless they make Loyalist or Imperialist Metal. But that could go south real quick.

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      • Viking Life Blog · November 20, 2020

        I know Alestorm a little. I have a song named: ‘Alestorm – The Sunk’n Norwegian’.
        I will check it out, thanks.

        Maybe you should give RAC a try.

        I suspect, that you might value lyrics a little more than me. Or you just understand much more, than I do.
        I do understand songs that are clear and easy to understand, like the Harambe song.

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 19, 2020

        If you were not dead you could join my crew!!! Hooks out for Harambee!

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      • Viking Life Blog · November 20, 2020

        I am stamping my wooden leg. F

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      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 19, 2020

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      • Viking Life Blog · November 20, 2020

        I like the song and the full album. Any critic would be a little lack of growling.

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