Halloween Special 2012 & Converge Review

Jim and Greg comb their record collections for the best tracks about Monsters for this year’s Sound Opinions Halloween Special.

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Halloween Monster Songs

Every Halloween Jim and Greg like to celebrate with music. And this year they focused on monsters. From vampires to werewolves to Jim’s favorite, zombies, here are a selection of tunes for your next monster bash.

Greg

  • The Cramps, Human Fly
  • TV on the Radio, Wolf Like Me
  • OutKast, Dracula’s Wedding
  • Donovan, Season of the Witch

Jim

  • Concrete Blonde, Bloodletting
  • New York Dolls, Frankenstein
  • The Five Blobs, Beware of the Blob
  • Blue Oyster Cult, Godzilla

As always, on Sound Opinions everyone is a critic. So we also hear from some Halloween loving listeners.

  • Mary Lou from Los Angeles, Zombie by The Fallouts
  • Jason from Chicago, The Shankill Butcher by The Decemberists
  • Leah from Chicago, Teenage Ghouls Out for Blood by American Werewolves
  • Dave from Saint Charles, IL, Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

All We Love We Leave Behind Converge

All We Love We Leave Behind (Deluxe Edition)

How could we not end the Halloween special with a band from Salem, Massachusetts? Metal group Converge has a new album out called All We Love We Leave Behind, and it continues their successful two-decade run. Converge is often referred to as smart metal, but Jim thinks ambitious metal is more apt. This especially applies to the drummer’s range of almost jazzy

rhythms. Greg says few bands combine aggression with virtuosity better than Converge. The soundscapes are dreamlike and the guitar bursts mind-boggling. All We Love We Leave Behind gets two Buy It ratings.

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