Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs
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Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.
10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.
9. Cradle of Filth - "The Twisted Nails of Faith"
When you think Halloween, you can't forget about the Vampires. From the album "Cruelty and the Beast", this Cradle track represents the bands haunting sound which transports us to an early blood soaked Transylvania. With lyrics written in vocalist Dani Filth's traditional "Old English" style, and ear piercing Orchestra Strings clawing down your back, "The Twisted Nails of Faith" will definitely quench your thirst for bloody Gothic metal.
8. The Misfits - "Halloween"
Fittingly released on October 31st, 1981, The Misfits submitted their contribution to a pool of several songs out there named after the horrific holiday. It was also the 5th and final single from the band to feature guitarist Bobby Steele.
7. Alice Cooper - "Feed My Frankenstein"
We all remember this track being one of the prominent songs from 1992's "Wayne's World", but we simply can't deny one of the original masters of horror a spot on this list. Many are unaware to the fact that so many hard rock giants appeared on this song including Nikki Sixx, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and former Dream Theater keyboardist Derick Sherinian.
6. The Ramones - "Pet Semetery"
Yes that is the correct spelling, and yes I did say The Ramones. While they may not be the most "metal" band here on our list, their title track for the Stephen King film happens to be a very solid hard rock song in the spirit of morbidness. Its also one of the bands darker sonic contributions, a direct contrast from their more familiar sound.
5. Helloween - "Halloween"
Obviously we have to mention the German Power Metalers who named themselves after the ghoulish holiday. While you can name pretty much any Helloween song here, why not go for the most obvious of all? Upon the bands 25th anniversary, a song titled "Keepers Medley" was recorded with a 70 piece Orchestra that features various Helloween classics, including the track "Halloween".
4. King Diamond - "Halloween"
Another quintessential aspect of the devils holiday, is hearing screeching Banshee vocals cut through the fog like a rusted knife through flesh. What better representation of that than the master himself, King Diamond. Taken from the 1986 debut album "Fatal Portrait", the song remains one of Diamond's haunting holiday classics.
3. Iron Maiden - "Fear of the Dark"
With Bruce Dickenson acting almost as a spooky storyteller on this track, "Fear of the Dark" reminds us of our childhood fears of what lurks in the darkness as we lay to sleep bathed in fear. While several Maiden tracks belong on this list, "Fear of the Dark" stands out for its creepy narration and pure invocation of fear.
2. Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"
Its rare to have three notes that can creep down your spine and chill you to the bone as effective as Black Sabbath have done with their self-titled track. The controversial "tritone" used in the song was believed to be "the devils notes" by sceptics, and still resonates fear in the minds of religious fanatics. The song was also covered by Brooklyn's finest Type O Negative, and features a haunting difference from the original. The drab four decided to cover the song from Satan's perspective, giving it a much darker and sinister atmosphere (as if the already demonic song could get any more demonic).
1. Type O Negative - "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
Nobody fits the top spot of this list better than the four jerks from Brooklyn who have set out to sarcastically scare the pants off their fans, and the panties off Goth girls across the globe. Almost any song from their catalogue can be showcased here, but the most recognizable sing-a-long classic "Black No. 1" happens to be the most universal.
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