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Candy apples and razor blades, Little dead are soon in graves

Posted in HalloweeN, Horror, Music with tags , , , , on October 31, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

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The band that was known as The Misfits is dead, and has been for some time.

Posted in Horror, Music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by ScarecrowBlog

The Misfits began in 1977 with Glenn Danzig forming the band. By the time they disbanded in 1983 there had been many line-up changes. Jerry Only (Bass) and his brother, Doyle (Guitar) were in the band at the time of its demise. After a long drawn out legal battle, Jerry and Doyle won the rights to use the name, “The Misfits”. Continue reading

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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