Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood’s guitarist Shane Clark discusses a haunting rumour surrounding the bands latest album Fire up the Blades, heavy metal in the horror genre, his top five horror flick picks, and the Boogeyman.
There is a rumour that your engineer saw a ghost in the studio while you were recording your latest album Fire Up the Blades.
Yes he did. We did the recording of this album in a few different studios the one in question is called Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. It’s a very old building that was built from the ground up to be a studio in the late 60s early 70s. There are legendary stories of this place being haunted. I’ve heard crazy stories from people. Once someone swore they heard a piano falling from the ceiling in the next room and they walked in the room and the piano was just fine. Apparently the manager of the building died in California and made his way back to the building and still goes to work every day.
Dan Turner, our engineer was in the control room and the manager’s ghost was looking over his shoulder and checking his work.
Why is heavy metal and hard rock so prominent in the horror movie genre?
It’s all about the aggressive sound. Some people listen to aggressive music when they work out because it gets them pumped up. The aggressive nature and the minor keys that heavy metal is usually played in almost sound scary. I don’t think you’d have the same effect if you’re watching a horror movie with Michael Myers walking around the corner and have Norah Jones playing in the background than you would if Slayer is on the soundtrack.
What are your top five horror movie favourites?
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is a timeless movie and one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. It has the good looking girl being chased scenario but it doesn’t have the melodramatic soundtrack. It’s grainy and it’s almost like you’re there. There are so many elements that make this movie freaky. It’s just a horrible situation that makes your skin crawl. A good horror movie is disturbing.
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968) was the first of its kind and an amazing movie. George A. Romero invented the rules of zombie movies that all other zombie movies do or should follow.
3. 28 Days Later (2002) A complete apocalyptic scenario! The movie scared the sh– out of me! The topic is eminent. I’m also a fan of post-apocalyptic movies like Mad Max.
4. Return of the Living Dead (1985) is a really silly billy 80s “punk” movie. It’s horrible but really funny.
5. Evil Dead (1981) comes in last but definitely not least!
Do you believe in the Boogeyman?
I believe there are dark souls on this planet. There is an actual trial going on in B.C. about a situation much like the theme of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A serial killer owned a pig farm and they found DNA of so many missing women on this farm. It’s horrible. The real Boogeyman is the dark side of humanity. Watch your back and live life to the fullest.