influenced more than just
authors (e.g., Stephen King and Clive Barker quite
drew inspiration from his works as well. The following is
Wikipedia's listing of bands in this category, although it is expanded,
and I've added many entries from other sources.
The Acacia Strain - Their album Continent has a song called
"Cthulhu" that was inspired by Lovecraft.
- The story "The
Over Innsmouth" inspired the song "Endsmouth."
Alexey Voytenko -
Composed "The Music of Erich Zann" for violin solo in 2009.
Arctic Monkeys -
They reference Lovecraft in their 2013 B-side "You're So Dark."
- A melodic
death metal band who also have produced several songs based on the
Cthulhu Mythos: "Throne of Lunacy" and "Thy Horror Cosmic."
Black Sabbath - "Behind the
Wall of Sleep" from their debut album is based on Lovecraft's short
story of the (almost) same name.
Blind Idiot God - Their name comes
from Lovecraft's description of the god Azathoth.
- Under the title of
Confidential," on his third album, Medallion
Carpet, Bob Drake
and a collaborator retell the story of "The Dunwich Horror."
Candlemass - "Seven Silver
Keys" by the epic doom metal band is a reference to the story,
featuring the lyric: "to open up your dreams you need seven silver
- This doom metal band has an album based on Lovecraft titled In the Depths of R'lyeh.
Cemetery Filth - This American death metal band recorded
the song "Dagonian Dialect" based on Lovecraft's early short story
"Dagon" for the "Four Doors to Death" split compilation in 2016.
Claude Ballif - French
composer Claude Ballif wrote the stage music called "The Music of Erich
This death metal band
references the story "The Doom that
Came to Sarnath" in the third track on their Cthulhu Mythos-influenced
Steps of Descent album While Sarnath
- "Cthulhu Dawn" from the album Midian.
- "The Abhorrent" and "Siding With The
Titans" from The Manticore and Other
Horrors contain Lovecraftian themes.
- Also released a compilation album
called Lovecraft & Witch Hearts.
Cyoakha Grace O'Manion - This
San Francisco avant-garde composer
released in 2004 a concept album/original soundtrack to the feature
film, The Dream-Quest of Unknown
Kadath, including extended tracks and
additional music from the film, called Unknown Music from Dream Quest
- This symphonic metal
band has a song called "The Silver
Key" based in the Dreamland of H.P. Lovecraft and the Randolf Carter’s
Darkest of the Hillside Thickets -
This Canadian punk band is heavily influenced by
Hill - This experimental industrial group released a CDr in 2005
entitled "Esoterica Orde De Dagon."
- Their name is taken from a phrase in the Lovecraft
story "The Tomb."
- They humorously reference the story
"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" in the song
"The Innsmouth Look."
- It's an overstatement to say their
entire repertoire is
Lovecraft-based, although some example song titles certainly suggest
that: "Cthulhu Dreams,""Screams
From R'lyeh,""Yog-Sothoth,""Goin' Down
- Same for some of the album titles: Cthulhuriffomania!, Great Old Ones, and The Shadow Out of Tim.
that the last of these is a rock opera based on the Lovecraft story
"The Shadow Out of Time."
- More about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darkest_of_the_Hillside_Thickets
and I have the lyrics to their albums on the main page.
Deadmau5 - It's an
instrumental, but he has a song called "Cthulhu Sleeps" that is
appropriately dark and foreboding.
Demiurg - The story "The Doom
that Came to Sarnath" is reflected in
several tracks ("City of Ib", "Sarnath", "Opus Morbidity") by this
Draconian - Their song "It
Grieves My Heart" quotes from Lovecraft's "The Outsider."
- The progressive
metal band have a song called "The Dark Eternal Night" based on the
story "Nyarlathotep" by Lovecraft.
- This doom metal/stoner metal band has several
The Fall - Lead singer Mark E.
Smith is a known fan of Lovecraft's work, and the song "Spectre Vs
Rector," a ghost story, contains the lyric "Yog Sothoth rape me lord."
- The band's album Let Us Prey displays on its back
cover a quote from the "The Outsider": "...for although nepenthe has
calmed me, I know always that I am an outsider, a stranger in this
century and among those who are still men..."
- Their song "The Outsider" is based
on the story of the same name.
- They released a song on their 2007
Today, entitled "Dunwich", based around the short story "The
- Also, "We Hate You", from their 2000
contains sound clips from the film based (very loosely) on the film
adaptation of that story.
- The song "Last Exit for the Lost" states
repeatedly that "...Kthulhu calls..."
Flint Glass - French Dark
Ambient/Industrial/IDM project's 2006 album Nyarlathotep is heavily
influenced by the author, with the majority of song titles directly
referencing Lovecraft's work.
- This German ambient band has an album titled The Music Of Erich Zann.
God Module - This dark
electronic band's song "Foreseen" from the 2005 cd Viscera was inspired by "The Shadow
Lovecraft - This band
obviously had a thing for the author, but they eventually
shortened their name to Lovecraft and then to Love Craft in the
H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society - On
October 12, 2013, a concept album called "Dreams in the Witch House - A
Lovecraftian Rock Opera" was released by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical
Society. The album is based on Lovecraft's story "The Dreams in
the Witch House" and features (among others) guitarist Bruce Kulick
(Kiss), (Grand Funk Railroad), Doug Blair (W.A.S.P.), and Broadway
musical artist Alaine Kashian ("Cats" and the Las Vegas version of "We
Will Rock You").
- They released
two albums cleverly titled H. P.
Lovecraft and H. P. Lovecraft
II in 1967 and 1968, respectively.
- Note that their label's name
"Dunwich Records" refers to
the story "The Dunwich Horror." The label's founder (who,
incidentally, was not
a member of the band) Bill Traut was
enamored of the author.
- The label's publishing arm, Yuggoth
named after one of Lovecraft's creatures.
- The band had some
songs that were obviously influenced by Lovecraft or based on his
stories such as "At
the Mountains of Madness" and "The White Ship." Unfortunately, I
don't think their music does their influence justice.
- More about
the band: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Lovecraft_%28band%29
- This UK band have a song called "Herbert West."
Herbert West - The name of a
rock band based in Barrow-in-Furness in the 1980s.
HIM - This rock band wrote a
song called "Borellus" whose first verse
is a partial reading of the first chapter of "The Case Of Charles
Iced Earth - The track "Cthulhu"
appeared on their 2014 album Plagues of Babylon.
- This Dominican black metal band takes its name from the story
"The Shadow Over Innsmouth."
Innzmouth - This Syrian doom
metal band has taken its name from the
story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and the band is heavily influenced by
the themes of Lovecraft.
Maiden - On the album Live
After Death, the band mascot,
Eddie, is rising from a grave
where can be read "H.P. Lovecraft" and a quote from the The Nameless
City: "That is not dead which can eternal lie yet with strange aeons
even death may die."
- "Drained," a song from the Elements
Persuasion album was
based on "The Outsider."
Jim Jupp - Eric Zann is a
pseudonym of Jim Jupp, who has released an album on the Ghost Box Music
Karl Sanders - This member of
the death metal band Nile released a solo
album entitled Saurian Meditation
which uses a quote from the fictional
Unaussprechlichen Kulten on the back cover which is a reworking of the
final sentences of Dagon.
Macabre - This American heavy
metal group covered Black Sabbath's
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep" by on its 1994 EP Behind the Wall of Sleep.
Manilla Road - This American
heavy metal band adapted "From Beyond" to
a song of the same name featured in their 1990 album The Courts of
Manticora - This heavy metal
band also have a song entitled "Beyond the Wall
of Sleep" based on the Lovecraft story. It appears on the Roots
Massacre - American death metal band
released a largely Lovecraft-themed album titled From Beyond in
- This German
metal band has an album titled The
Music Of Erich Zann.
Mercyful Fate - Danish heavy metal band includes "The Mad Arab"
on their 1994 album Time and Kutulu (The Mad Arab, Part 2) `165on their
1996 album Into the Unknown based
on Abdul Alhazred, the "Mad Arab" who created the
- Several songs have
a Lovecraftian basis.
Angel - Some of their songs use the Mythos as their basis.
But good luck trying to decypher the lyrics.
- "The Call of Ktulu" is an
instrumental on Ride the
Lightning that takes its title from "The Call of Cthulhu."
- "The Thing That Should Not Be" is
based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."
- "All Nightmare Long" is based on
Frank Belknap Long's "The Hounds of Tindalos." Long (note the pun
in author/song name) was a member of the "Lovecraft Circle" and
utilized the Cthulhu Mythos in his stories. More about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Belknap_Long
This German death metal band ends their second album "Cursed" (1991)
with the song "Darkness." The lyrics consist of these three
verses from Lovecraft's "Nemesis": "I have seen the dark universe
yawning/ Where the black planets roll without aim,/ Where they roll in
their horror unheeded, without knowledge or lustre or name."
The Mountain Goats - They have
a song called "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" on their 2008 album Heretic Pride.
This "Goblin Metal" band based their band name off of goblins and H.P.
Nehëmah - This black metal
band has songs inspired by Lovecraft including "Creeping Chaos," "The
Great Old Ones," "Dead But Dreaming in the Eternal Icy Waste," and "The
Elder Gods Awakening" on their 2004 album Requiem Tenebrae.
- This death metal band
makes several references to Lovecraft's work.
- The title of their album Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
(1998) is based on a quote from "The Outsider."
- They have a song called "The
Essential Salts" on their 2007 CD Ithyphallic,
Case Of Charles Dexter Ward."
- They have mentioned Dagon on their
Whom the Gods Detest, with the track entitled, "4th Arra
Númenor - This Serbian
epic-symphonic metal band has based the song The Alchemist directly on
H.P. Lovecraft's story with the same title. Moreover, the title
for their debut album Colossal Darkness (2013) was based on Lovecraft's
concept. Also, their song Aeons of Magick from Servants of
Sorcery EP (2009) was directly influenced by Lovecraft's universe and
- This dark ambient and
Halloween-themed duo based their
2009 album Blackthorn Asylum
on the story "From Beyond" with some
twists of their own.
- The album Necronomicon (all 21 songs) is
entirely about the Cthulhu Mythos.
- This metal band
mentions "The wall of sleep" on the song "Pyre"
from their 2011 album Heritage.
to the album's
- Their self-titled album (2014) includes a track titled "Jervas
Dudley" after the protagonist of the story "The Tomb."
This Swedish death metal band provides a song called "Total
Lovecraftian Armageddon" in their album Into The Catacombs.
- This German prog
rock band released a concept CD in
1995 called Kadath Decoded
based on "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath."
Pipe Supply - "Herbert West" is
the title of a 2008 song by this US
band, named by Jiggly J. Slickwood as a tribute to the Re-Animator
This obscure Australian Black/Death band is heavily inspired by
Lovecraft's works lyrically, visually, and musically. They
Raymond Wilding-White -
This American composer wrote a piece called "The Music of Erich Zann"
for violin and electronics, with Eugene Gratovich of DePaul University
in the role of the university student.
Re-Animator: The Musical (2011)
- An adaptation of the film (which was based somewhat loosely on
the Lovecraft story). The production was also directed by
frequent Lovecraft-adapter Stuart Gordon.
Reuben Bradley - The
New Zealand Jazz musician recorded a 2015 album with Taylor Eigsti and
Matt Penman, titled Cthulhu Rising which programmatically
Lovecraft story for each of its tracks.
- This death
metal band's song "Beyond Humanity" is clearly inspired by the
Lovecraft story "From Beyond."
- This UK
anarcho-punk band make repeated Lovecraft references in their song
titles, lyrics, and artwork, including the album Cacophony (which featured a depiction of Eric Zann on the
cover), all 30 songs of which
are inspired by the life and writings of Lovecraft. More about
album (including track listing): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacophony_%28album%29#Cacophony.28Album.29
- The song "Fhtagn" on the album Ritu is a slow ritualistic piece
based on "The Call of Cthulhu" from a cultist's perspective.
- This heavy metal band have a song
entitled "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" in their 1993 album North from Here
with lyrics inspired by the story.
Septic Flesh - This Greek death
metal band references the story "The
Music of Erich Zann" in the song "Lovecraft's Death" on their 2008
Shoggoth on the Roof (1979) - A parody musical of Fiddler on the Roof based on the
works of H. P. Lovecraft. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Shoggoth_on_the_Roof
Sleep - This American
stoner doom metal band of Lovecraft-devotees included a song titled
"From Beyond" on their 1992 album Sleep's Holy Mountain.
This doom metal
band wrote and played a song on
their debut album, Into the Depths of Sorrow, called White Ship."
Sopor Aeternus - The Dark Wave
Sopor Aeternus recorded a song entitled "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"
inspired by the story of the same name. This song is available on
the record La
Chambre d'Echo: Where the Dead Birds Sing (2004).
Static-X - Also covered "Beyond
the Wall of Sleep" by Black Sabbath on
the tribute CD, Nativity in Black,
Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath.
Subb Niggurath - An avant-rock/zeuhl band from France founded in
1983 by Allan Baullaud, and remained active until Baullaud's death from
cancer in 1995. They have a song titled "Yog Sothoth."
Therion - A symphonic metal
band. They have a song called "Call of
Dagon" that is probably based on Lovecraft's stories. The chorus
includes the lyric: "Call of Dagon!/The Deep One is calling you."
Zéro - Their album Ceux
dehors (1981) includes a track titled "La musique d'Erich
Zann." According to drummer and bandleader Daniel Denis, all
members read the short story "The Music Of Erich Zann" in the studio
and promptly improvised the piece.
Madness is a musical
adaptation of Lovecraft's stories by Alexander Hacke, Danielle de
Picciotto and The Tiger Lillies.
- There is a song titled "Charles
Dexter Ward" that refers to the story "The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward"
on Mountains of Madness.
The Vision Bleak -
Ulthar - An experimental stoner
doom metal band from the US takes their name from the location featured
in several HPL stories. They don't have a lot of recordings yet,
but their Farcebook page is fully of Lovecraftian things. (Note:
There is also a metal record label called Ulthar Records.)
- They have a song
titled "The Outsider" on their 2010 album Set Sail to Mystery inspired by
- The song "Kutulu!" is on the album Carpathia - A Dramatic Poem.
- Many of the band's songs are
inspired by classic horror novels and films, including H.P. Lovecraft's
Various artists - The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft - A Synphonic
Collection - This collects (presumably commissioned) adaptations
by lesser-known progressive metal bands of specific Lovecraft works
and, honestly, it's really good, and there's lots of material (3 discs;
20 tracks!) so there's sure to be something you like even if you happen
not to enjoy some of it. Track listing here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Stories-H-P-Lovecraft-Collection/dp/B00ASHC14I
- This Hungarian metal band has a song called "The Violin
of Erich Zann."
Xanopticon - The Silver Key is the title of
their experimental breakcore LP album.
XCross - A concept album was
created based on "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath."
- The album Lovecraft
Machine has a song called "Cthulhu."
As mentioned above, there have
been musical adaptations of several Lovecraft works. So far we
A Shoggoth on the Roof (1979)
Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera (2013)
Re-Animator: The Musical (2011)
More info on the Halloween
The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music
Inspired by the Writings of H. P. Lovecraft by Gary Hill - I
just found out about this book and haven't read it yet, but the author
is a music journalist who tracked down many musicians to interview for
the book. Can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Strange-Sound-Cthulhu-Lovecraft/dp/184728776X
added as I find them. Or email