It's finally Halloween!
Halloween is my favorite holiday - always has been, really. The costumes and the candy are great. Of course, Halloween is also straight Metal.
As a genre, Metal is often regarded as "underground." Of course, this isn't exactly accurate. The Glam 80s really opened all Metal acts to the mainstream and - for the most part - Metal never really returned to the underground (thanks to the Internet). The popularity has waxed and waned - but there are still plenty of bands out there keeping Metal strong.
I'll roll with the stereotype, but I don't find anything "scary" or "dangerous" about Metal. Hell, maybe it is the lifestyle, although that doesn't phase me much either. The only two things that truly freak me out are 1) a musician's messy apartment and 2) copious drug use. Other than that, I'm good. I suppose if you want to get theoretical and do numerology, we can bring up Iron Maiden. I mean, Iron Maiden did release an album called The Number of the Beast back in 1982. I guess there is also dark imagery in Metal. Then there's all those dragons that Dio likes to slay...
So what are the so-called scariest Metal albums of all time?
Here's my top Halloween list - in no particular order:
The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
Love it to Death - Alice Cooper
Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
...and anything by Undercover Slut or Mayhem
Play all these albums at your Halloween party and I guarantee you'll be a Metal hero.
Here's "The Number of the Beast." Watch it while eating a chocolate bar and playing air guitar. You know, the way the devil intended.