H.P. Lovecraft is one of the prevailing rulers of imagination and awfulness writing. His works went generally unnoticed amid his lifetime, yet they turned into the stuff of legend after his passing, regularly being referenced and revamped in current writing, music, and movies.
Lovecraft is most prominently known for making Cthulhu, a fantastical ocean beast that is part octopus, part winged serpent, and part man, and has since showed up in numerous ensuing anecdotal works by different creators. He additionally was the originator of the Necronomicon, the scandalous enchantment course book that Ash Williams uses to call the black market in Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. The popular culture references to the essayist's works are apparently interminable and are a genuine demonstration of the effect of his accounts. Out of appreciation for H.P. Lovecraft's unflinching heritage, we have incorporated a rundown of 11 metal tunes that compensation tribute to the creator.
11 Metal Songs Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
The influential horror fiction writer has inspired countless metal songs and here's some of the best.
Black Sabbath, "Behind the Wall of Sleep"
This Black Sabbath song is a reference to Lovecraft’s short story, 'Beyond the Wall of Sleep,' in which Joe Slater, a criminally insane murderer who has been committed to a sanitarium, has startling visions that puzzle hospital staff. Upon building a telepathic machine to determine the source of these visions, an intern learns that the hallucinations are actually messages from an aura of light that is using the body of Slater to transmit them. The short body of work is an existential and spooky exploration of the parameters of life and death.
Metallica, "Dream No More"
The Cthulhu mythos is a theme found in several Metallica songs, including “The Thing That Should Not Be” and “The Call of Ktulu.” On the band’s latest album, 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct,' they once again revisit Cthulhu with the song “Dream No More,” in which they summon the sleeping sea monster from his slumber. “He sleeps under black seas waiting / Lies dreaming in death / He sleeps under cosmos shaking / Stars granting his breath.”
The line “familiar voices speak behind the wall of sleep” is a nod to Lovecraft’s “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” tale. In addition to that line, which is a direct nod to the title of this story, the lyrics "What you've been seeing is not all what it seems" references the wild hallucinations that the criminally insane Joe Slater was having in the hospital.
GWAR, "Horror of Yig"
GWAR’s “Horror of Yig” is a reference to Yig, a deity described as a serpent-like man with wings who extracts vengeance on anyone who kills snakes. The character that first appeared in “The Curse of Yig,” a short story jointly written by Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop. In the tale, a couple desperately tries to avoid Yig’s wrath, however, their paranoia ends up being their own undoing. We won’t spoil the ending for you, but you should read it because it’s wild AF!
The Black Dahlia Murder, "Thy Horror Cosmic"
The lyrics for this track are taken from the Black Dahlia Murder’s 2003 album, ‘Unhallowed,’ and are about waking and worshipping Cthulhu. The band even use some of the same archaic language in which Lovecraft’s works are written. “For vast aeons has slept, lurking 'neath the haunted deep / Sea soaked perversion, arise / Named of the foulest tongue, his will ebbs within me / Beckoning -- what was shall once more be.”
Nile, "Beneath Oceans of Eternal Sand"
Lovecraft's works show up in many of Nile’s songs. The band’s debut album, 'Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka,' references Lovecraft’s character, Nephren-Ka, an insane pharaoh (often known as “The Black Pharaoh”) who is controlled by the Egyptian deity, Nyarlathotep. On the same record, the song “Beneath the Eternal Oceans of Sand” is based on the story, 'The Outsider,' which is about a recluse who becomes cast out of his world after coming into contact with the ghoulish creature.
Sleep, "Antarcticans Thawed"
There's no doubt that Mike Pike is an avid H.P. Lovecraft fan, as he has paid homage to the writer with a plethora of High On Fire songs. When Sleep dropped their surprise album, 'The Sciences' on a very merry 4/20 this year, it included this epic cut that's all about the novella, “At the Mountains of Madness.” The story is about a team of geologists who uncover alien life while exploring the continent of Antarctica. "Glaciers formate upon the ice age siege / Walk the icebergs toward cities / Glaciers formate upon the ice age siege / Rise the icebergs as war machines."
Electric Wizard, "Dunwich"
Electric Wizard reference Lovecraft in several of their songs, including the 'Witchcult Today' track, “Dunwich,” which references 'The Dunwich Horror.' While you might be familiar with the movie of the same name, the film is actually based off of Lovecraft’s story, which is about an invisible monster that terrorizes the town of Dunwich, M.A. Not only is this is one of Lovecraft’s works where the Necronomicon makes an appearance, but it is also one of the only stories of his where the protagonists actually survive and defeat their adversary.
Septicflesh, "Lovecraft's Death"
Symphonic metallers SepticFlesh’s “Lovecraft’s Death” serves as a musical anthology of the late author’s works as it references many of his stories such as “The Music of Erich Zann,” “The Hound,” “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” and many others.
Mercyful Fate, "The Mad Arab"
Mercyful Fate center this track around Abdul “The Mad Arab” Alhazred, a character created by Lovecraft and the author of the notorious magic text, 'The Necronomicon.' In Part II of the song, the band reference Cthulhu. “The son of a shepherd, Abdul Alhazred / Traveling in the mountains, the mountains to the east / One night before him, there stood that giant rock / Three symbols carved in blood.”
Cradle of Filth, "Cthulhu Dawn"
Cradle of Filth’s “Cthulhu Dawn” is about summoning Cthulhu from its sleep and the apocalyptic chaos that would ensue following the creature’s rise. “Within this kissed disembowel arena / A broken seal on an ancient curse / Unleashes beasts from the seismic breach / With lightning reach and genocidal thirst.”