Five Dark Metal Instrumentals You Need To Hear

Dimmu Borgir: Still sinister after all these years.

In celebration of the glorious season of Halloween, A.D.D. we’ll be focusing in on dark and spooky music, movies and shows all month long. To kick things off, here are five fearsome instrumentals to get you in the mood.

BULLDOZER “Endless Funeral” — I remember my friend Rob used the haunting vocal intro from this piece in a short slasher parody he made for video production class in high school. His movie was funny, but this song is definitely one of the best dark metal instrumentals ever recorded. It’s ominous and brooding, and the low budget production imbues it with a gritty sound.

CELTIC FROST “Innocence and Wrath” — From To Mega Therion, the classic thrash record that defined art metal, comes this ominous, orchestrated composition, fleshed out with French horn and timpani. It sounds like nothing else recorded in the genre’s history. One wonders what Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Celtic Frost could have done with an entire instrumental album in collaboration with a full orchestra.

DIMMU BORGIR “Perfection Or Vanity” — This delicious Dimmu track is a dark and majestic delight. It might have flowed nicely within Francis Ford Coppolla’s rendition of Dracula back in 1992. Interlacing thunderous guitars with soaring orchestral strings, it is the perfect regal theme for the King Of Vampires, or even for the Prince Of Darkness himself.

KING DIAMOND “Voices From The Past” — While King’s attempts at being spooky often get mired by unintentional humor and his distracting falsetto, this wordless, fast-paced rocker would make for excellent accompaniment to the breakneck zombie rampages seen in modern day films like 28 Days Later and the remake of Dawn Of The Dead. It’s short, snappy and fun. NOTE: The clip on YouTube has been removed, so for now I have included a live version by King Diamond cover group The Coven in Costa Rica.

PAINKILLER “Buried Secrets” — This cacophonous musical project from saxophonist John Zorn, bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Mick Harris produced some seriously twisted music, particularly on the Buried Secrets album, which clocked in at approximately the same short running time as Slayer’s Reign In Blood. The title track is an eerie affair, with the screeching guitars of Justin Broadrick swelling dramatically into what sounds like a host of spirits wailing in anguish.

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