October is here and, to celebrate what’s surely a lot of headbangers’ favorite time of the year, I’m delving into the stygian depths of Lovecraftian heavy metal. Horror/sci-fi writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft has been a huge influence on metal musicians from the very beginning of the genre’s history, and I’m dredging up some of the best examples of contemporary metal bands that mine Lovecraft’s work for inspiration. Dim the lights, light some candles, and enjoy!
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Sulphur Aeon (Bandcamp) – “Devotion to the Cosmic Chaos”
The Great Old Ones (Bandcamp) – “Antarctica”
Crypticus (Bandcamp) – “A Morbid Poem”
Old Witch (Bandcamp) – “The Frost and the Tyrant”
Moss (Bandcamp) – “The Coral of Chaos”
*Correction: I stated on the podcast that Crypticus was no longer active. That’s incorrect. The band is still together and working on new music that you should buy when it’s released. My apologies for the error.
“Crypticus isn’t around anymore.” What the fuck you talkin’ ’bout Shayne? Been releasing mixtapes, exclusives, & remixes on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. Released “The Barrens” album in 2013, currently working on an incredibly crushing new mixtape “the Nightcomers” to be released this fall, etc.
Also, you missed out on playing “Baron of The Dark” from the “Rites of Infestation” EP which is explicitly for & about Lovecraft! Thanks for the epitaph, but yeah, we’re still here.