Halloween has always been just about my favorite holiday - be it the memories of trick or treating as a kid, college parties, or the years in my mid-20's when I realized that you could basically say anything you wanted to a young lady at a bar as long as you were in a costume - Halloween has always been represented a free pass to get a little silly.
But hand in hand with the excesses and the goofiness of Halloween are the wonderfully dark and creepy aspects of it: Horror. Terror. Ritualism. The occult.
What other holiday could better represent metal than the one that so effectively mixes together silliness and evil?
And, so, I offer you my Halloween 2009 Mix Tape. (Heh...."Mix Tape". The kids don't even know what that means).
(By the way, I'm totally copping this concept from Heavy Metal Time Machine and Noise Creep, and I admit that a handful of the same songs/artists appear on their lists. Sorry. Total coincidence).
Motley Crue: In the Beginning/Shout at the Devil:
The spoken word intro to "Shout at the Devil" is assuredly ridiculous, but it was also harrowing and confusing to my grade school ears.
First of all, WHO is that talking? He who breeds WHAT awaits me?? Am *I* one of those children of the beast?? WHAT did he just say about the dusts of hell?? WHY am I supposed to shouting AT the devil?
And do these guys really worship Satan?? I'm beginning to think they might be a bunch of pansies. (Except Mick Mars. What the fuck is up with that guy....?)
Whatever. There's little time for a 12 year old to discuss these matters, because that first chord kicks in, and Tommy Lee is caveman-banging on some gigantic drum, and everyone is starting the gang chants. Halloween has arrived.
Danzig - Twist of Cain
Did someone say gang chants and caveman drums? Look out, Danzig just showed up!!!
This song is the sound of walking in on a ritual sacrifice in your best friend's dad's basement.
("Hey Marty's dad, what's u......oh, fuck. Nevermind. I'll be leaving now.......Please.")
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
There are an awful lot of Alice's songs worth including, but this is hands down the creepiest one for my tastes. The lyrics are weird enough, but what the fuck is that bridge all about?
And who the hell let this guy on the Soupy Sales show?
Boris Picket and the Cryptkickers - The Moster Mash
Before you judge me, you remember this one thing: this is more or less the blueprint for every single Misfits song. Ever.
Samhain - Horror Biz
Ok, ok....Jesus, I'm sorry I made fun of the Misfits.
Here's some of the infinitely more frightening Samhain's take on "Horror Biz". (And if that's not good enough for you, here's "I am Misery". Or if you really want to punish yourself, here's the 7:00 minute version with the scary "Misery Tomb" intro).
Type O Negative - Black # 1
And damned close to actually being a scary video, were it not for the midgets in the tree. And the vampire goofball who floats across the screen at the 3:23 mark. Seriously, who is responsible for that?
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
No explanation required.
Morbid Angel - God of Emptiness
Most terrifying video in history. God, this was a bad idea. I knew better than to watch the last 90 seconds of that shit. Those fucking Florida metalhead goofballs. I'm totally going to wet the bed tonight.