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TH1RT3EN: Adding to the Arsenal of the Megadeth

Posted in Music, Opinion, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

Right off the bat, I have been looking forward to this Megadeth album which marks the return of David Ellefson. With the release of Anthrax’s Worship Music and Metallica/Lou Reed’s Lulu, Megadeth’s Th1rt3en was actually the one I was most looking forward to.

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Horrific Sounds of the Horrible, and Other Tales of Horror set to Music

Posted in Horror, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

This just scratches the surface of Horror in music. I know there are far too many artists to actually cover in this one post. In all honesty, I was not attempting to do a Horror in Rock 101 course. This could be viewed as a quick reference or cheat sheet.

When you think of music that contains themes of horror, which artist(s) pops in your head immediately? Is it Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Danzig, Samhain, The Misfits, Michale Graves, Alice Cooper, Blitzkid, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, I.C.P., or Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Personally, when I think of music that induces horror, images of: Beiber, Dixie Chicks, Pitbull, and John Mayer come to my mind. In all seriousness though, overtones of horror are present in many artists’ songs.

There are many bands that, while not using Horror as their image, have used elements of horror (both real life and fictional) in some of their songs. Serial Killers, Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Black Magic, and other staples of the horror genre have been focal points in some of the biggest musical talents’ songs. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft have all had their stories set to music at one time or another.

Anyone remember what albums are? Black Sabbath not only made music about dark subject matter, they also used it on their album covers. Check out the cover of their self titled debut. That picture is just haunting. The artwork for their fifth album Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath is another one that has very strong imagery.

Originally named Earth, the band began as a heavy blues rock group. Eventually they changed the name to Black Sabbath (taking the name of the 1963 Boris Karloff movie which was showing at the movie theater across the street from their rehearsal room) and incorporated horror and occult inspired lyrics with down tuned guitars.

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