We’ve compiled a list of our favourite end-of-October themed tunes and records, for your listening discomfort. Feel free to use these on your Halloween party playlists – your guests will either run home scared or walk home creeped-out.
Type O Negative – October Rust
The essential October album and ergo, essential Halloween listening. Type O Negative marry Sisters Of Mercy’s atmosphere and tone with Pantera-like guitar work; it’s Nosferatu’s angsty, horny teenage son’s favourite record. October Rust challenges all; check “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” for humourous polyamory, or “In Praise Of Bacchus” for one of metal’s greatest epics.
Heathers – Our Love Is God
A cult classic, the Heathers movie has long since been established as a Halloween staple, but the musical it inspired deserves some spooky recognition of its own. “Our Love Is God”, a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’-esque love duet devolves rapidly, ending in murder and dark romance over a haunting orchestral score.
Dead Man’s Bones – Dead Man’s Bones
A perfect album to get the spooky vibe. The tracks from this album have been featured in multiple well-known horror films e.g. Age Of Panic, The Conjuring. The rock duo consists of actor Ryan Gosling (Baby Goose) and his friend Zach Shields. On this record you can hear the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir, which elicits that ‘horror film’ feeling.
Vampires of Dartmoore – Dracula’s Music Cabinet
In 1969 a german psych band produced a relic of Transylvanian past in the form of a quirky horror soundtrack for a film that was never to be made. The elusive band used awfully creepy voice samples to make sure you’re left sticky icky scared.
Various Artists – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This soundtrack is, undoubtedly, a bop. With upbeat guitar riffs and bass lines, this feel good musical is perfect for Halloween. While the movie was totally controversial, with aspects such as gender and drag being received in different ways, it made serious waves and has since become a cult classic.
Gorillaz – Last Living Souls
Eery and playful. It doesn’t get much more Halloween than that. Damon Albarn asks the horrifying question, “are we the last living souls,” throughout the record while backed by a creepily juvenile beat and echoey bass guitar. The screams and ghastly howls accompanying the outro will be sure to send shivers down your spine.
Earl Sweatshirt – Hive
With an ominous beat, depressing lyrics and a music video that makes your skin crawl, Earl Sweatshirt’s song Hive is the perfect track to get you in the mood for the Halloween season. Featuring Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, it’s certainly a song that sticks long in the memory.
Conor Sharkey Glackin