8 Metal Songs for Halloween

All hail All Hallows’ Eve! I’ve returned with another heavy metal compilation, but this time, my list is in honor of Halloween. Here are ten of the most terrifying, disturbing and gruesome extreme metal songs to kick off your happenings on this day of tricks and treats.

1. Cemetary – “An Evil Shade of Grey”

It’s a shame Cemetary don’t get much exposure, but the outfit’s early records are on point. From An Evil Shade of Grey comes the title track that spills quality death metal and just the right ambiance for taking a stroll around the you-know-whats this Halloween.

2. Amorphis – “Excursing from Existence”

Amorphis’ Privilege of Evil  is a death metal release that’s been talked about again and again and with good reason, too. The EP spreads layer upon layer of sickening, suffocating atmospherics.

3. Pyha – “Tale from the Haunted House Pt. 1”

Pyha simply outdoes any haunted house background music that’s ever crossed into this world. This South Korean project secures some of the most creepy, frightening elements known to ambient black metal on this track from their 2008 album, The Haunted House:

4. Grave – “Haunted”

There’s nothing quite like the feel of old school death metal, am I right? And one of the bands in the lead is Sweden’s Grave. Play this one from the classic album, Into the Grave, and be sure to have a happy haunting.

5. Disembowelment – “Tree of Life and Death”

How about that for a band name, huh? Another outfit that falls beneath the mainstream metal sect is Disembowelment. “Tree of Life and Death,” off of Transcendence into the Peripheral laments 10 minutes of terror.

6. Rigor Mortis – “Wizard of Gore”

If you happen to stumble upon something that’s now stricken by rigor mortis, blasting this track should bring ’em back to life. I guarantee it.

7. Nihilist – “Sentenced to Death”

And lo-fi extreme metal is the best kind of extreme metal to complete any Halloween.

8. Mortician – “Intro / Mortal Massacre”

Thinking of binge-watching horror flicks all of your All Hallows’ Eve? Why not just play Mortician?

I’ve always given Mortician kudos for being one of the most unique brutal death metal bands, largely due to the classic horror film snippets  and the ridiculously low vocals included in their albums. It all adds up to create an extra eerie listening experience. Package those details with the insanely gruff instrumentation on “Intro / Mortal Massacre,” and you’ve got yourself the perfect piece.

You’ve reached the end of the line, but let’s keep the tracks playing. What metal tunes remind you of Halloween? Sound off below.

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Helevorn – Compassion Forlorn

Helevorn - Compassion Forlorn

Compassion Forlorn

Spain’s Helevorn have returned with another doom metal creation, Compassion Forlorn. Their latest release follows 2010’s Forthcoming Displeasures, as Helevorn decided to take their Gothic metal roots to a more forceful, fuller level.

In eight tracks, Compassion Forlorn relays the underlying concept of moving on from abandoned desire and the idea of loss. If that wasn’t enough food for thought, this album is sure to stuff you with heavy melodies and full-blown woe that can only be done with the cunning of doom.

At the album’s dawning, you’re greeted by “The Inner Crumble”; it eventually beckons thick chords that weave a melodious fabric; it’s here where all becomes doused in harsh vocals and singing as well as a few staccato piano notes. With an upped tempo, “Burden Me” darts out of the melancholic mist of the previous song to expose other shades.

Down the way, powerful numbers are plucked out of the bunch. “Unified”‘s rhythms wring out more dimension, heading toward a groove. Gaps with bass and drums eat away at the standout tunes on “Delusive Eyes.” “I am to Blame” is ignited by prevalent growls, more foreboding riffs and a quick choral section dabbles in the atmosphere. The album clocks out with Lisa Cuthbert’s guest vocals and Pedro Zubiri’s guest guitar solo on “Els Dies Tranquils,” proving a the album does carry some intriguing tricks up its sleeve.

Compassion Forlorn treads forward like a heavy burden, soaking up shades of despair along the way. Each song weeps naturally without whining, and the growls keep them from losing their backbones. Paying homage to traditional doom metal, tempos shift in and out of slowed paces. The atmosphere is clouded with color and passion, but its effects don’t come off as weathered or soggy. If you’ve been pining for topnotch doom that pulls at the heart strings, look no further.

“Burden Me”