Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore tunes from the 60’s to today. Enjoy the trip!
Chances are if you’re a fan of metal music, you’re also a fan of the Halloween season. While the hallowed holiday itself is always a blast, the days leading up to it are equally if not more exciting. The best way to maximize your macabre month of madness is to have the perfect soundtrack playing throughout the spooky days and haunted nights.
Master of Disguise off the album La Masquerade Infernale released: October 27th 1997.
La Masquerade Infernale is the second studio album by Arcturus. Released by Misanthropy Records in 1997, the album marks a drastic musical change from the slow, nature-influenced melodic black metal of Aspera Hiems Symfonia. Most of the songs revolve around the themes of theater, literature, and Satan. The screams characteristic of black metal utilized by Kristoffer Rygg on Aspera are replaced by a gruff, low-toned, clean vocal style. The album also features operatic singing and bizarre high-pitched singing from guest vocalist Simen Hestnæs, who nine years later would replace Rygg as the band’s frontman. It was reissued by Candlelight Records in 2003.
The voice of Garm is much like the mayor of all things spooky, and the mad circus style keyboards compliment him perfectly.