Staff Picks: The Dark Side

We’ve just experienced the passing of another All Hallows’ Eve. In solemn commemoration, I’ve asked a few Murfie staffers to share their go-to album for gloom and doom. Enjoy the BOOtiful music.

Fevers and Mirrors is classic Bright Eyes: good music for those who want to feel bad” – Andrew

Fevers and Mirrors not only puts you into a pensive state, but also drives you deep into the uncertainties of your own thoughts. It’s as dark as the abyssal plain” – Zach

Evil Urges by My Morning Jacket. A dark album name with searing tracks to match, Jim James and company remind listeners why rock and roll is anything but dead” – Daniel

“Although the spookiest time of year has already come and gone, it’s never too late to turn to the dark side! Like the classic Black Sabbath compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll. This album has pretty much every Sabbath song one could ever want, all in one convenient package.

Although Black Sabbath’s gothic edge was originally a gimmick to salvage their failing bluesy bar-rock act, the change resulted in a dark style and a gigantic sound that would inspire many bands to come. Guitarist Tony Iommi’s giant crunchy tone is a product of clever panning, wherein two takes are panned completely left and right (“Paranoid” and “War Pigs”). This technique creates a black wave of sound which is guaranteed to get any rocker grooving. Although I can talk guitars all day, let’s not forget our good friend Ozzy! Aside from having one of the most sinister voices in rock history, the Ozzman is known for being one of the most disgusting performers of all time. Besting Alice Cooper’s rumored biting the head off a chicken, Ozzy ate the head off a bat. Gimmicks aside, the man (and the band) mean business – so be sure to check out this album, an essential for any classic rock connoisseur.

Btw, if you’re interested in the Alice Cooper chicken incident, check out this video wherein Cooper describes the situation for himself” – Henry

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