Devil’s Halloween Dozen Playlist: Frightful metal tracks inspired by horror films

Metal and horror have gone hand in hand since the early days of the genre. The sounds you hear in metal (distortion, rapid frequency and amplitude changes, low/bassy sounds) mimic instinctual animalistic fear. The instruments in metal evoke weapon imagery (the guitar as the “axe,” instruments looking metallic like weapons, etc). The lyrics in metal music are often inspired by dark themes, and the production in metal shows, such as costumes and lighting, add a scary, demonic effect.

Many metal artists are also diehard fans of the horror film genre and have written songs inspired by their favorite movies. With Halloween around the corner, Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin as dedicated this week’s Devil’s Dozen to songs directly inspired by these films.

The playlist will air on Liquid Metal (Ch. 40) on Monday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. & 9 p.m. ET and Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 a.m. ET.

Death – Evil Dead

Inspired by: Evil Dead

Deicide – Dead By Dawn

Inspired by: Evil Dead 2

Testament – Disciples of the Watch

Inspired by: Children of the Corn

S.O.D. – Freddy Krueger

Inspired by: Nightmare On Elm Street

Mortician – Chainsaw Dismemberment

Inspired by: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Pentagram – Sign Of The Wolf

Inspired by: The Wolf Man

Possessed – Exorcist

Inspired by: The Exorcist

Chimaira – The Pictures In The Gold Room

Inspired by: Shining

Black Dahlia – Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn

Inspired by: Evil Dead

Dangerous Toys – Demon Bell (The Ballad Of Horace Pinker)

Inspired by: Shocker

Iced Earth – Dracula

Inspired by: Dracula

Acacia Strain – The Hills Have Eyes

Inspired by: The Hills Have Eyes

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