I padded the original "5 Halloween Treats" post with some of my trademark snark, in that case directed at those who would water-down the Halloween experience. But, rather than completely retread my previous writing, for this go-round I'll instead cut directly to the chase: keep Halloween evil.
I'm certainly not suggesting that you sacrifice a goat or anything, but rather that we stop trying to sanitize our sinister seasonal imagery. It's not a "fall carnival" or a "harvest festival;" it's a goddamn Halloween party!
Halloween is the one night a year when it's totally okay to get into the full spirit of the silly and the supernatural, when it's fine to eat too much candy and scare the shit out of yourself. In short, it gives you carte blanche to loose your inner child, as gross or grimy or creepy as he may be.
With that in mind, here are some albums to expedite that process.
Yeah, this one is sort of a given. When I reviewed Schaffer the Darklord's latest release earlier this month, I made reference to the fact that "Monsters of Rock (feat. MC Lars)" is a proper Halloween banger. Then I reiterated this by kicking off my latest podcast with that same macabre ditty, but STD has even more to offer in this vein. (A pun!) "Buckets of Blood (feat. KABUTO THE PYTHON)" and "The Invisible Man (feat. Shael Riley)," are two competent additions to any horror-themed set, and "The Other Devil" – my favorite song at present – works perfectly in that context as well. Manslaughterer is a Halloween must-buy.
Fans of Schaffer's rocked-up brand of rap will also likely enjoy the chippy reinterpretations of The Misfits' horror punk classics featured on CalmDownKidder's recently released Eightbreeders tribute. Nearly two years in the making, this 10-track freebie manages to pack an amazingly satisfying punch, easily matching the unabashed listenability of other high profile chip tributes like The 8-bit Album and Da Chip. J. Arthur Keenes' "Skulls," also featured on the most recent episode of RFH, 8-bit Weapon's "Die Die My Darling" and Bit Shifter's "AngelFuck" are instant classics. But personally, nothing puts me in a Halloween-y mood quite like Baron Knoxbury's take on "Some Kinda Hate" and ComputeHer's perfect reinvention of "I Turned Into A Martian."
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't also pimp the neo-gothic horror of The Bloodclan's recent debut album Amor Sanguinis. Steeped firmly in White Wolf's fully realized (if occasionally convoluted) World of Darkness, it's a gory love letter to Vampire: The Masquerade that, for some strange reason, has yet to generate the buzz it rightly deserves. A highly-specialized collaboration between