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    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Hello, Whitechapel. My wife and I are having an adults only Halloween costume party on Nov.1, and I've been going through my music library looking for songs that would be appropriate. After finishing my inital playlist, I was half-joking to my wife that I was worried that there'd be nothing but Bauhaus, Type O Negative, and Castlevania video game music on it.

    So I am calling to the masses, if you have any suggestions for me to look into please list them here. I'm looking for things that are more ethreal than evil, instrumental if possible. I do have some obvious halloween songs on there (Black No.1 by Type O, Bloodletting(the vampire song) by Concrete Blonde, and songs from the Queen of the Damned Soundtrack) but I'm looking for more subtle things as well. I don't want to depress the shit out of people, but I want things that can set the mood. Any help is welcomed. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Concrete Blonde has a lot of ethereal songs. Plus you can always just go with Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) off the BLOODLETTING cd.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Misfits! You have to play the Misfits! Not that there's anything even remotely subtle about it, but still! Misfits! Halloween!
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Not at all subtle, but Hellbilly Deluxe by Rob Zombie is the album I play every Halloween, whether I'm doing anything for the day or not. And speaking of ol' Mr. Z, the All Hallow's Eve compilation he put together, Halloween Hootenanny, is a real... well, hoot.
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    The Headstone's "Cemetery" is a great rock tune.
    high energy and thematically right

    Chorus is: Went down to the cemetery loving for love
    got there and my baby was buried,
    had to dig her up
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Nobodt remembered Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens? Pretty cool and a bit creepy.
    For a "Lord of the Rings mood", Rhapsody of Fire (or just Rhapsody. I don't know which one is the current name of the band).
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    Hasil Adkins' (I think this is the one) We Got a Date, a psychobilly song about decapitating your date, is always good. Some Cramps is always in order as well... How about Roky Erikson? I can't remember the record title but whichever one has Night of the Vampire is an entire record of weird monsters and hammers to heads.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008 edited
    Go get you the "Silent Hill" soundtracks. They go from postindustrial noise to bluesy torch songs, and all of it is creepy as all shit. Akira Yamaoka is an absolute genius when it comes to evoking that bleak, Impressionist mood, and is also handy with putting just enough of an Eastern tinge on American music that it sounds otherworldly.

    EDIT: There are three songs from the newest game, "Silent Hill: Homecoming" for free on the Amazons.
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    I second Fauxhammer's suggestion, and I add that Silent Hill 4: The Room has some amazing songs, specifically "The Nightmarish Waltz", "Room of Angel" and "Melancholy Requiem".
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    I nominate Mike Patton for your Halloween Playlist.

    There's music from his latest project, the soundtrack to A Perfect Place, which has a lot of great instrumental tracks, as well as his previous project with Jon Zorn IAO: Music in Sacred Light - an album that I like to call satanic fuck music.

    Nekromantics is always good psychobilly with gothic themes - Demons are a Girl's Best Friend, Gargoyles over Copenhagen, etc.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    misfits- halloween, i turned into a martian, ghouls' night out, vampira
    siouxsie- halloween, night shift, obsession
    the german version of the nightmare before christmas soundtrack, as it features nina hagen as sally
    the cramps' songs the lord taught us is suitably fun & spooky

    i'm sure i've more, but there's a bit of a start, eh?
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    'Dead Man's Party' by Oingo Boingo
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    Monster mash. hee hee.

    olok, ok, Within Temptation has very intrestingly creepy sounds, depending on the album you find. SOme suggestions are "our solemn hour" "howling" and "the truth beneath the rose" To be honest, I love the band in general. they have a wonderful dark flavor without going over the top. And the lead singer, like I, wears leather knee highs with dresses. I respect that. ha ha
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    I'd suggest Deceased- Haunted Cerebellum and Shrieks from the Hearse, A Very Familiar Stranger, well Ok the whole "Supernatural Addiction" album but they're not exactly "atmospheric or "subtle". Also check out Contamination by Deceased, it's a bit a slow song with a zombie scene spoken over it, it's good times. I agree with the Silent Hill soundtrack recommendations. My friend got the one that came with Silent Hill 3 and it is some ridiculously spooky stuff. King Diamond is some good stuff too, maybe "Come to the Sabbath" or "A Dangerous Meeting" by Mercyful Fate. Mortician is good Halloween music as most of the songs have some intro from obscure horror movies, but again it's more of a heavy Death Metal, so I'm probably not much help at all really hahaha.
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    Maybe I'm just on a Prince kick right now, but I couldn't image a party of any sort without Prince's 1984 B-side, "Erotic City"
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    Dead Kennedys - Halloween
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    The Faint - Dance Macabre
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    The songs are a bit short, but I'd check out the soundtrack for the Hellsing anime. Link.

    And the first song on the Cowboy Bebop movie soundtrack is a literally a symphony of screams and gunshots. Link.

    Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew Sessions" had some weird, haunting rock-infused jazz on it.

    And Nick Cave's "Murder Ballads" should put everyone in the right mood.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008
    ahh....murder ballads is a cracking one!
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2008 edited
    I had a Johnny-Cash-bumper-sticker-sporting hipster roommate who threw a Halloween party a couple years back. He put together his idea of a Halloween soundtrack (lots of laptop DJ mixes and 80's dance songs) but left the weirdness up to me.

    Nick Cave's Murder Ballads made up my centerpiece. I also had Henry Rollins "Ghost Rider", some Tricky (songs from each of his albums, including Nearly God - which drove away some people I think), and some of Massive Attack's songs from Mezzanine.

    If there is room in your party's schedule for an hour of music-induced rage, check out the soundtrack to the Spawn movie.


    You would be my personal hero if you added a saccharine song from the "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" soundtrack. Then when it came on, you'd start crying and swallowing handfuls of sugar pills without telling anyone what they were.