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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween's Coming: 5 Spooktacular (sorry) Metal Songs

Once again we have found ourselves at the end of October, one of the year's most metal months.  It's chilly, windy, cloudy, and generally miserable.  It includes a holiday devoted to the spirits of the dead, and the October airwaves are dominated by spiteful, misleading, and angry political ads.  Metal.

In the spirit of Halloween, here are 5 metal songs sure to scare the pants off of your Coldplay-loving, stuffed-animal-collecting friends.

5.  Five Finger Death Punch - "Meet the Monster"
Matt Snell's thumping baseline goes bump in the night to jumpstart this song, and Ivan Moody's angry-as-hell vocals kick in moments later to make you fear for the life of whoever this song was written to address.  It even has a bit of a Frankenstein vibe to it with the line "IT'S TIME YOU MET THE MONSTER YOU HAVE HELPED CREATE!"  Excellent song.

4.  Slayer - "Raining Blood"
This entire list could have been comprised of Slayer songs, but I decided it best that I limit it to one per artist.   Raining Blood is the quintessential Slayer track, and also a spooky classic.  The sound of rain in the night in the intro, leading into the classic, foreboding main riff, makes for a perfect Halloween song.
Raining blood
From a lacerated sky
Bleeding its horror
Creating my structure
Now I shall reign in blood!

3.  Rammstein - "Du Riechst So Gut"
Rammstein is creepy enough when you factor in lead singer Til Lindemann's vocals and the simple fact that they're Germans, but Du Riechst So Gut takes the creepy to another level.  Literally translated as "You Smell So Good," the song is reminiscent of a werewolf pursuing a woman through the Bavarian forests, while at the same time being an extremely catchy groove.  Add to that the spooky music video, and you have another Halloween classic.

2.  Lamb of God - "Walk With Me In Hell"
LoG's music is full of hellish themes and descending, sinister riffs.  This song is no exception, and is in my opinion the finest example of what Lamb of God is all about.  The intro riff is eerie and reminiscent of horror movie themes, and the lyrics deliver on the hellishness.  While the actual meaning is relatively uplifting ("take hold of my hand, for you are no longer alone, walk with me in hell") the overall tone is definitely one that will send shivers down your spine.

1.  Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark"
Do I really need to explain this one?  This song is fear and paranoia in musical form, and a fine form it is at that.  Listen for yourself, and enjoy your Halloween.

Honorable Mentions (thanks for the suggestions, readers, keep 'em comin):
-Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
-Metallica - Enter Sandman

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