[Original] If Bands Were Horror Subgenres

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Slasher – Mr. Bungle

Ex: Friday the 13th, Halloween

When I listen to Mr. Bungle, I have always pictured it as being perfect music for a traditional slasher film. Fun yet scary, violent yet thoroughly enjoyable, this group always knew how to make me jump by lulling me into a false sense of security before slamming into something horrifying.

Check out “Quote Unquote

Splatterfest – GWAR

Ex: Dead Alive, Hatchet

Pure bloody fun! Yeah, it’s gross and wild and insane but godDAMN are you gonna have a good time during it! There’s honestly not a single band that is more fitting for this genre than the scumdogs of the universe, the almighty GWAR! They don’t give a flying f*ck about anything they bring to the table because there is literally nothing sacred to them and that’s why we love ’em!

Check out “Bring Back The Bomb

Supernatural – Opeth

Ex: The Others, The Devil’s Backbone, The Shining

The supernatural horror genre needs to be able to lull the viewer into a sense of security before entering into something uneasy and then fully embracing the terror and madness. Opeth bears all these characteristics and more. Their music can be hauntingly beautiful, like some ghostlike dirge, before roaring into a terrifying malevolent madness.

Check out “The Moor

Torture Porn – Meshuggah

Ex: Saw II-7, Hostel, The Collector

Okay, so we horror fans may hate this sub genre title but it’s worked its way so far into today’s popular lexicon that it’s impossible to ignore it.

So, for torture porn we need something that’s brutal, methodical, unpredictable, and yet offers brief respites, some small glimmer of hope in all the vicious darkness. What better band for this type of genre than the almighty Meshuggah? Their music is a perfect example of what torture porn has to offer. While too abrasive for some, those who get it love it.

Check out “Bleed

Zombie – Nine Inch Nails

Ex: Night Of The Living Dead, 28 Days Later

The thing about a good zombie movie is that it actually is quite terrifying. It’s not only about how humans are fighting for their survival against hordes of undead, it’s also about what humans will do to each other in order to live just that little while longer. It’s about fear of disease and the inability to control one’s own actions. There are so many themes running through a good zombie film that it’s requires a lot of thought and introspection, which is why I landed on Nine Inch Nails. They captured that vicious, primal survival instinct while still presenting a bleak, terrifying soundscape that mimics the emptiness and horror of a world overrun by the undead.

Check out “The Perfect Drug

Alright readers, that’s my list. Think you can do better? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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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. http://youtu.be/2Vyw_FGIhAE

  • 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…