(To commemorate the anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s death, Andy Synn has assembled a playlist of great tracks inspired by the great man.)
The influence that the work of H. P. Lovecraft has had upon the Metal scene can’t be understated, with everyone from Metallica to Morbid Angel taking lyrical (and musical) inspiration from his work.
Now yesterday just so happened to be the eightieth anniversary of Lovecraft’s death and, in true NCS fashion… we completely failed to acknowledge it.
However, it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon, and what is dead can never truly die, so here are a bunch of songs/albums which pay tribute to the author’s lasting legacy of eldritch, inhuman horror.
ALKALOID – CTHULHU
Let’s start out with something that gets straight to the point… the song is called “Cthulhu” and the music is a menacing conglomeration of humongous riffs, creeping bass lines, and deviant anti-melodies which even the Dark Lord himself would probably be able to groove to.
DREAD SOVEREIGN – CTHULHU OPIATE HAZE
More Cthulhu? Why the hell not? Though this one is much more on the ominous, doom-laden end of things, with its morbid, lurching riffs and scuzzy, skin-crawling sense of atmosphere.
SULPHUR AEON – INTO THE COURTS OF AZAGTHOTH
One of the most unsettling things about Lovecraft’s work was how he often conflated cosmic horror and physical degradation with themes of wonder and glory as if, by giving oneself up to the unknown and unknowable monstrosities beyond, one could achieve some form of hideous apotheosis. And that sense of grim grandeur and malevolent majesty underpins every second of this track.
Plus, you know… those riffs!!!
OBED MARSH – INNSMOUTH
Ugly, nasty, Doom from the bowels of Australia. In the words of Stan Lee… ‘nuff said.
THE GREAT OLD ONES – TEKELI-LI
And last, but by no means least… Tekeli-li. All of it. Put on your headphones and settle in for an auditory journey to the mountains of madness.