Halloween: the playlist

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WECB offers you ten horrific nuggets to accompany during Halloween. Shivering riffs on the program!

Also celebrate Halloween with Alice Cooper’s new single.

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King Diamond – Halloween

On the occasion of the release of his first solo album, King Diamond, in addition to establishing a story which is articulated on the first side, delights in several horrific themes, which he had already explored within Mercyful Fate . The aptly named “Halloween” is one of them and couldn’t be more appropriate for the Day of the Dead.

The Damned – 13th Floor Vendetta

A leading figure in horror punk, The Damned has never been stingy in exploring horrific themes within his songs. The Black Album, released in 1980, is no exception to the rule and thus contains “13th Floor Vendetta”, inspired by the film The Abominable Dr. Phibesin which we find the unforgettable Vincent Price in the main role.

Metallica – The Thing That Should Not Be

After discovering the work of HP Lovecraft through Cliff Burton, James Hetfield quickly found himself inspired by the author through his texts. “The Thing That Should Not Be”, a crawling mid-tempo from Master Of Puppets, is one of the most obvious manifestations of this, with lyrics that notably evoke The Innsmouth Nightmare.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

What would The Exorcist be without its unforgettable musical theme? Its author is none other than the legendary guitarist Mike Oldfield, an eternal music researcher, who knew how to alternate between experimental compositions and popular anthems. Relive the horror of the demon Pazuzu with this iconic piece.

Bruce Springsteen – A Night with the Jersey Devil

In 2008, The Boss offered a little “Halloween treat” with a story about the Jersey Devil, an urban legend from where he grew up. A treat that finally found its bag of sweets, since it appears on the deluxe edition of the album Working On A Dream.

Plasmatics – The Damned

In the horror-punk department, the American group Plasmatics is among the pioneers, notably alongside Misfits. Rediscover their classic The Damned, which is set in a post-apocalyptic environment, with Wendy O. Williams as queen of the desert. Madmax atmosphere guaranteed!

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

Horror is one of the key elements of the beginnings of Black Sabbath, founding fathers of metal. It is in fact Mario Bava’s 1963 film which gives its name to the famous Birmingham group, as well as to the emblematic opening track of the first album, whose ghostly atmosphere and heavy riff haunt the ears of metalhead for over 50 years.

Michael Jackson – Thriller

The inevitable title track from the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller”, in addition to its unstoppable melody and its iconic clip, has the luxury of a narration recited by the great Vincent Price himself. A must-have for October 31st.

Helloween – Dr. Stein

It’s difficult to celebrate Halloween without inviting the Germans from Helloween. If, despite their name, horrific texts are not legion in their repertoire, we retain among their greatest classics “Dr. Stein”, a delirious parody of the work of Mary Shelley, who fantasizes a less unhealthy Professor Frankenstein.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

A twilight and deadly atmosphere for “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, a tribute from the British gothic rock group Bauhaus to the emblematic interpreter of Dracula. This dark anthem will accompany your most exhilarating nighttime scares.


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Christopher Johnson

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