Here is the third annual instalment of my Halloween playlist. Perhaps it’s the fact I am off my meds, but haven’t been feeling an extra spark of darkness so far this October. Normally, it at least feels like the rest of the world is finally on the same page as me, this year, not so much. Maybe it’s the more Apocalyptic tone the rest of the world around me is taking. Regardless, music has always been the great escape for me, so that is why celebrating the creepy is even more important. If you are a virgin being sacrificed to the playlist, then keep in mind, we are steering away from the 80s night standards and going for darkwave, death-rock, metal, industrial and otherwise sinister sounds intended to put a different bump in your night. I try to avoid artists used in previous years to increase the difficulty rating and appease my general OCD tendencies. Sink your fangs into these favorites of mine and maybe find something to carry into midnight hours of the rest of your year.
T.S.O.L – “Black Magic”
I love punk…as long as it’s dark enough to make a vampire’s eyeliner drip.
Wumpscut – “the Beast Sleeps Within You”
I like my darkness with a side of industrial.
The Shyness of Strangers – “Blood”
Not being one to remain stuck with the ghosts of the past, here’s a 2017 release from this project out of Poland.
Virgin Prunes – “Baby Turns Blue”
This is what happens when death-rock decides to get Coked out and hit the dance floor.
Radio Werewolf – “1960 Cadillac Hearse”
Burn out on the Cramps? This blast from the past is campy as hell, but tis the season.
Rosetta Stone – “the Witch”
From the crypts of the Cleopatra records years, attention hipsters… we liked Sisters of Mercy worship back in the 90s.
The Haxans – “Chains”
Time to take another step into the present. This is one is just big dumb fun in the vein of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult when their sex was on wheels.
Miranda Sex Garden – “Suspiria”
Half the fun of this is digging up gems like this one that I had almost forgotten over the years. Wow, some good shit came out in 1993, and I was tripping too hard to realize how good I had it.
Tiger Army – “Incorporeal”
These guys are more a guilty pleasure, as some of their more pop punk moments are fast forward classics, but this ghost story has just enough shadow to it to appease me.
Woods of Yprese – “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery”
After Peter Steele died, I thought this band would fill the void Type O Negative. Then this band’s singer died as well. So here’s to remembering the beautiful gloom this band cast on us.
Agents of Oblivion – “Endsmouth”
I’ll close this out with one from Dax Riggs’ post-Acid Bath band, because why would you not need a power ballad inspired by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.