heavy metal

Halloween Playlist Essentials: More Metal

I’m going to wrap this playlist post series up with one more entry based around heavy metal.

Cradle of Filth. Another group that you could drop whole albums into a list and they would fit. Basically you can just grab some songs from the Lovecraft and Witch Hearts compilation.

  • Creatures That Kissed In Cold Windows.
  • Dusk and Her Embrace.
  • Beneath The Howling Stars.
  • Her Ghost in the Fog
  • The Twisted Nails of Faith.
  • From the Cradle to Enslave.
  • For Those Who Died.
  • Once Upon Atrocity.

Slayer. Classic death metal and you can’t go wrong putting Hell Await and Angel of Death into a Halloween play list.

Crisis. A female lead metal group. They’ve got some good stuff, but I went with their song Wretched.

Arch Enemy. Another female fronted group. I’ve gone with Heart of Darkness and Dark Insanity for the list.

Emperor. The history of black metal is pretty creepy all alone, but the music fits Halloween like a tailored glove. I’ve gone with Thus Spake the Night Spirit and Curse You All Men! From Scattered Ashes.

Immortal. Ditto on the history. I went with Sons of Northern Darkness for the list.

In Flames. Not the creepiest group, but they’ve got some good songs. The Quiet Place is the one I’ve put in the list this year.

Iron Maiden. Can’t be a proper Halloween playlist without some maiden. I’ve gone with the classics, The Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

Kamelot. The entire album The Black Halo is pretty good for a Halloween playlist. I like March of Mephisto, and The Haunting for the list though.

Dimmu Borgir. Another group you could just drop whole albums in, but I’ve gone with Reptile, The Insight and the Catharsis and Blood Hunger Doctrine.

Do you have any heavy metal must haves for Halloween? Tell me in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: Assorted Heavy Metal

Most heavy metal can work in a Halloween play list. It’s really the nature of the beast. But some bands stand apart and above. Or perhaps they’re just ones I happen to like more. Either way these are my picks for metal bands that have some of the best stuff for Halloween lists.

  • Metallica. Not an obvious choice really, but I think they actually have quite a few that are good for this list. Mostly their early instrumental tracks. The Call of Ktulu and The Thing That Should Not Be, are both pretty obviously inspired by Lovecraft’s works. To Live is to Die, Pulling Teeth, and Orion are all very good, and have a haunting quality.
  • Gwar. Some find them ridiculous, but they put out some good stuff over the years. They also made a lot of stuff that works well for Halloween. Gor-Gor, Sammy (which is a silly song about Sammy Davis Jr, but I like it), Rag Na Rok, Penguin Attack and Crush Kill Destroy all made it in this year.
  • Dethklok. Whether you love or hate the animated Death Metal homage/parody the man and his band that are behind them have released some good songs. Murmaider, Into the Water, Hatred Copter and Murdertrain a Comin’ all make it in this year.
  • Judas Priest. Another one that’s not an obvious choice, but the Nostradamus album has a creepy tone to it, and the track Prophecy is on my list. Also their cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, The Green Manalishi (with the two prong crown). Which is a heavy, creepy ass song. The original is also damn good, but I like the Priest cover for my playlist.
    Story has it that the song is about Peter Green’s (the guy who wrote the song) disillusionment with success and money as well as his use of LSD, and mental illness (he was later diagnosed as schizophrenic).

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: 

Halloween Playlist Essentials: King Diamond and Mercyful Fate

Aside from Rob Zombie there is only one other man who embodies the ideal of music for Halloween better. King Diamond. Not just because of his persona, but because most of his albums are concept albums that tell a story. Each and every one a horror movie just waiting to be made.

Let’s start with some tracks from Mercyful Fate. While not concept albums, most of their songs are inspired by ghost stories and occult lore.

  • Into The Coven. A song about joining a witches coven.
  • Gypsy. A great song, and one I wouldn’t do a Halloween play list without.
  • The Oath. Another excellent song. About making an oath to Lucifer.
  • The Bell Witch. About the story of the haunting of the Bell family. Which inspired a few movies as well.

Any of his solo albums would fit in on a Halloween playlist, but here are some more choice cuts.

  • A Mansion in Darkness and Black Horsemen from Abigail. A demonic girl is born, then bound in a horrific ceremony. Until a descendant arrives with his young bride years later.
  • Eye of the Witch. A witches necklace that takes whoever invokes it’s spell back to witness any event it’s “seen”.
  • Invisible Guests and Sleepless Nights. A creepy, haunted house. A family with evil secrets.
  • Burn. Abigail reborn returns to the house of her demise and resurrection, only to fall victim to the evil that waits within.
  • Halloween. An absolutely essential Halloween song!!

Don’t forget to check out my creepy Halloween music!
Kravenhurst Asylum Soundtrack:
A Dubstep Halloween:
The Beast of Blue River:
Dark Days In The Underground: 
A Classical Halloween: 
Unspeakable Overture: