Last year, I covered five classic rock songs designed to give listeners the chills. In that two-part article, I referenced that when it comes to spooky songs, many people think of the heavy metal genre. So, for 2012, I have picked five heavy metal songs dedicated to the horror genre. All five of these songs will give listeners the chills, particularly when driving the kids around on Halloween night. Part 1 of this article covers two of the five songs, with Part 2 covering the remaining three compositions.
The Vision Bleak: “Night of the Living Dead”
Formed in 2000, Germany’s The Vision Bleak is dedicated to the horror genre, using music genres such as gothic metal, black metal, and death metal to weave tales inspired by masters of horror in various media, from literature to filmmakers. In 2004, The Vision Bleak unleashed the full-length studio CD titled The Deathship has a New Captain. The second track on this CD, titled “Night of the Living Dead,” pays homage to George A. Romero’s classic black-and-white film of the same name, which forever changed what people thought about zombies.
Also on this CD are songs dedicated to horror master H.P. Lovecraft (“The Horror of Antarctica” was inspired by Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness), John Carpenter’s film The Fog (“Elizabeth Dane,” which features the narrative of John Houseman), and the science fiction classic Metropolis (“Metropolis”).
King Diamond: “Halloween”
Having achieved success with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond in 1985 formed his own band (using his stage name as the band name). Along with the new name came in change in direction for Diamond. Instead of focusing on satanic concepts, King Diamond would weave CD-length tales of horror. Diamond has used this approach with solid success, producing stellar albums dedicated to hideous and powerful specters (Abigail), black magic (Voodoo), manipulative ghosts (Them and Conspiracy), and possessed puppets (The Puppet Master).
King Diamond made their debut with 1986 with the full-length studio CD titled Fatal Portrait. Unlike later releases, Fatal Portrait was not a concept album, although five of the nine songs did make up a concept story. Of the remaining compositions, “Halloween” celebrates the scariest holiday of the year. Diamond’s lyrics for “Halloween” are sparse but to the point, asking the holiday to give him horrible nightmares and to continue in perpetuity, regardless of day or season.
Drop in tomorrow for Part 2 of “music to spook by.”