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[Original] If Bands Were Horror Subgenres

For a long time now, horror and licensed soundtracks have been a killer combination (no pun intended). From Lost Boys and “Cry Little Sister” to the gold certified Scream 3 to the metal and industrial-laden soundtracks of the Saw franchise, some of the best licensed soundtracks have come from the blackened depths of horror. That’s what got me thinking, “If I had to compare a subgenre to a band, who would I choose?”

So I came up with a list of 10 bands that I feel near perfectly represent 10 different horror subgenres and I wanted to share it with you! Head on below, check it out, and weigh in with your opinions in the comment section!

Action – Rammstein

Ex: Resident Evil, Aliens

If you want explosions, action, weird sexy stuff, and full on monster goodness, what better band is there to represent the action horror genre than German industrial metal behemoths Rammstein? These guys are action horror personified! Huge bombastic songs, explosive (literally) live performances, and some seriously twisted themes throughout their catalog. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I nailed this one right on the head!

Check out “Mein Teil

B-Horror – Avatar

Ex: Basket Case, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

For B horror flicks, I figured you’d need something aggressive yet playful, something that’s heavy but also a damn good time. I mean, that’s what B horror is, right? It’s vicious, violent, and something you can’t help but love every cheesy second! That’s why I went with Swedish metal band Avatar, who mix metal with an almost carnival-esque charm to create something that’s fun as hell!

Check out “Hail The Apocalypse

Psychological – Tool

Ex: Se7en, Silence Of The Lambs, Session 9

For psychological, I needed a band that was cerebral, one that made me think while drawing me in seductively before turning into something eerie, something sinister, something brooding in a dark corner, waiting for me to let my guard down for just one second. This is why I chose Tool. What other band fulfills that kind of description?

Check out “Sober

Religious – Ghost

Ex: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Wicker Man

This one should be pretty obvious. However, it’s not only the band’s lyrical content that makes them so good to portray the worship of evil deities, it’s also their atmosphere and tone. They completely embody the tone and style of many of these films and are a spot on representation of the genre and its many offerings.

Check out “Year Zero

Sci-Fi – Aphex Twin

Ex: Alien, Event Horizon, The Thing

Alien, dissonant, foreign, disorienting… These were the words that came to mind when thinking of sci-fi horror. Theses were also the words that have always come to mind when I think of Aphex Twin. A marriage made in heaven…well, more like the universe for this example, but you know what I mean.

Check out “Windowlicker

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  • Raven1417

    I dunno about Mr. Bungle. Slasher flicks tend to be pretty samey and cliched. Mr. Bungle is always demented and twisted but in different ways for every song.

    But cool list and cool idea!

    • JonathanBarkan

      Thanks! Out of curiosity, what band would you have put in there?

      • ghostgirl

        I think for Slasher, I might have picked The Misfits.
        Alternately, if there’s a genre called “Movies Linnea Quigley is in”, I would definitely pick the Misfits for that (not the Ramones though. Despite her being in that one Ramones video) 😀

      • Raven1417

        I find the majority of slashers are normally simple, trashy, short and sweet but ultimately a lot of fun. So I’m gonna say Murderdolls. No real surprises but you enjoy every second of it.

      • Raven1417

        Just went over the list again; Murderdolls also fits the b-horror section, which makes me wonder if we should include b-horror as a genre since it’s really a reference to quality of the content rather than what the content actually is. :S

  • Mr.blut

    Seriously… No Gore – Cannibal Corpse? I’m outta here!

    • JonathanBarkan

      Cannibal Corpse is a great pick but I think GWAR fits the entire theme just that little bit better because they have the “fun” aspect.

  • djblack1313

    @Raven1417, i LOVE how you summed up this music/slasher thing. i agree 100%. for me (if i’m understanding this entire article, LOL) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (albums BAD REPUTATION right up through GLORIOUS RESULTS OF A MISSPENT YOUTH….which by the way is one of the best album titles ever!).

    Joan’s songs aren’t complex or experimental. they are simple, stay in a formula (i don’t mean that in a bad way) but are immensely fun & kick ass. much like how i view slashers!

    Jonathan, once again, awesome article!

    • JonathanBarkan

      Thanks very much!

  • numberonesorcerer

    I would say Gwar fits B-Horror more than anyone because duh, Cannibal Corpse for Slasher, hands down, I would put Meshuggah for Sci-fi because they have a very alien and futuristic sound, Exhumed or early Carcass for Splatterfest, Cephalotripsy or Epicardiectomy for Torture Porn because they are considered “too brutal” or over the top and thier lyrical matter and imagery reflects this as well, Tool and Ghost are both nice choices, for Occult horror I would pick Electric Wizard or Black Sabbath, Supernatural I am drawing a blank but Opeth fits more along with Psychological to me along with Tool because they are methodical and so well thought out, and for Zombie I pick… Rob Zombie. Just because I can’t help it. And Rammstein is a great choice for Action.

  • cloroxbong666

    I love this! I’m not big some of the choices, but thank you for the post. I love posts that are fun like this. Nice work! Personally, I couldn’t classify every horror genre without having PORTAL in there somewhere…. They almost don’t need a film.

  • JonathanBarkan

    I’m loving all of these suggestions! Keep ’em coming!

  • Mr.Mirage

    God, What A Racket = Splatter. Well, yeah…. ask anyone in the first 10-15 rows. Being me, I would put in as a runner-up ICP. Juggalo and Splatter… yeah. That works. Even if it is just ol’ Faygo.

  • Nurse Derpusheen

    ICP would be splatter… but torture porn? since when is that a horror subgenre? that’s just… porn…

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