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Top Ten: Creepiest albums

by The Concordian October 25, 2011

10. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells: This album is best known as the haunting soundtrack to the film, The Exorcist. The creepiness permeates through the first portion of the album but dissipates as it progresses. However, the lesser known B-side brings the horror factor back by introducing cryptic howls and shouting, played in reverse.

9. Carl Orff – Carmina Burana: If you plan on staying home and giving out candy on Halloween, there is no better music to blast than the Gothic choir sounds of Carmina Burana. You can’t help but imagine a cult sacrificing children when you hear this – exactly what you want the kids at your door to think you are doing.

8. The Hypnophonics – The Last Band On Earth: A Montreal-based psychobilly band (emphasis on “psycho”), The Hypnophonics have been tearing the flesh off audiences for a few years now, without the cliché song lyrics featuring zombie girlfriends and the like. Instead they go for the guts of the listeners with songs like “Dead Meat” and “Romance with a Rapist.”

7. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath: Not only is the title track of this album a song about Satan, written after an apparent firsthand account by the bassist, but the band wrote the song using the obscure, diminished fifth harmonic progression, also known as diabolus in musica, or, the devil in music – and that’s only the first song!

6. The Nekromantix – Curse of the Coffin: This Danish psychobilly musical lovechild, famed for lead singer Kim Nekroman’s upright bass made from a coffin and crucifix headstock, The Nekromantix indulge in everything horror-related. You would be hard-pressed to find a single song by the band that is not about monsters or murder.

5. Bauhaus – Crackle: The Best of Bauhaus: Known for being the first Gothic rock band, Bauhaus created an atmosphere of horror without delving too far into the campiness that comes from the horror/rock genre. Their sound is dark and ominous, two words that should be synonymous with Halloween.

4. Rob Zombie – Past, Present & Future (explicit version): This album features nineteen tracks of dirty rock ‘n’ roll by one of the best in the horror biz. Zombie is not just a great macabre musician, but also a horror movie director, having (mis)guided House of 1,000 Corpses and the remake of Halloween, just to to name a few.

3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads: Murder Ballads is exactly what it implies: ten songs about murder, but not every song has just one murder. You can expect countless excerpts about ending life written and arranged with beauty. With lyrical gems like, “With an ashtray the size of a really fucking big brick I split his head in half,” you can’t go wrong.

2. The Cramps – Off The Bone: A collection of devious zombie punk ‘n’ roll only The Cramps could deliver. Off The Bone was originally packaged with a pair of paper 3D glasses which obviously lent to a full musical experience… Okay, it was just fun, horror-driven rock ‘n’ roll.

1. The Misfits – Walk Among Us: This is not only the first and best horror punk album by the first horror punk band, but it’s also one of the best punk albums. Period. To give you a taste, a few track names are: “Braineaters,” “Hatebreeders,” “Skulls,” “All Hell Breaks Loose,” and “Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?” Need I say more?

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