Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Salem’s Secret” — Peter Gundry (2015)

No quoted lyrics this time around. We’re featuring our first instrumental piece of the season. While doing my annual summertime due diligence, where your host starts looking for new and fascinating pieces to feature for our Halloween playlist, I discovered the work of Australian composer Peter Gundry. Gundry has released numerous albums that specialize, according…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Nature Trail To Hell” — “Weird Al” Yankovic (1984)

Coming this Christmas to a theater near you The most horrifying film to hit the screen There’s a homicidal maniac who finds a Cub Scout troop And he hacks up two or three in every scene… Howling winds. Screaming victims. Backwards messages. Impending doom. And a chilling final minor chord on piano that lingers like…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “I Feel The Dark” — Opeth (2011)

Veiled comes the daylight through the glass In the never-ending rain This is no friend of mine Stalking the comfort within Any one of two dozen Opeth masterpieces could dot this particular landscape. Heck, almost anything from Blackwater Park would do just fine, and I’d love to devote an entire post to that album sometime.…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Vengeance (The Pact)” — Blue Öyster Cult (1981)

To defend, this is the pact But when life’s scorned And damage done To avenge, this is the pact I mean honestly, if you haven’t heard Blue Öyster Cult’s entire 1981 album Fire of Unknown Origin, please do. It’s pretty freakin’ keen. You can only listen to Don’t Fear The Reaper and Godzilla only so many times. Why NOT…

Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Prelude To Madness / Hall of the Mountain King” — Savatage (1987)

His towers of stone Shall not be overthrown For eternity It is guarded by the king Insanity and the power that it brings Now if you’re wondering why the cover of Savatage’s 1987 album looks like a the cover to a Dungeons and Dragons module from 1979, the music of Savatage might not be for…