H. P. Lovecraft-influenced music

Lovecraft influenced more than just authors (e.g., Stephen King and Clive Barker quite significantly).  Many musicians drew inspiration from his works as well.  The following is partially adapted from 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.

Agents of Oblivion - The story "The Shadow 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."

The Black Dahlia Murder - 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.

Bob Drake - Under the title of "Dunwich Confidential," on his third album, Medallion Animal 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 keys."

Catacombs - 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 Zann".

Cradle of Filth
Cyaegha - 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 Lies Desolate.

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 of Kadath.

Dark Moor - This symphonic metal band has a song called "The Silver Key" based in the Dreamland of H.P. Lovecraft and the Randolf Carter’s adventure.

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - This Canadian punk band is heavily influenced by Lovecraft.
Dead Man's Hill - This experimental industrial group released a CDr in 2005 entitled "Esoterica Orde De Dagon."

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 Swedish band.

Draconian - Their song "It Grieves My Heart" quotes from Lovecraft's "The Outsider."

Dream Theater - The progressive metal band have a song called "The Dark Eternal Night" based on the story "Nyarlathotep" by Lovecraft.

Electric Wizard - This doom metal/stoner metal band has several Lovecraft connections.
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."

Fields of the Nephilim - 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.

Forma Tadre - 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 Over Innsmouth."

H. P. 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 1970s. 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").

Heartwear Process - 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 Dexter Ward."

Iced Earth - The track "Cthulhu" appeared on their 2014 album Plagues of Babylon.

Innsmouth - 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.

Iron 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."

James LaBrie - "Drained," a song from the Elements Of 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 record label.

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 Chaos.

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 of Eternity album.

Massacre - American death metal band released a largely Lovecraft-themed album titled From Beyond in 1991.

Mekong Delta - 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 Necronomicon.

Metallica - Several songs have a Lovecraftian basis.
Morbid Angel - Some of their songs use the Mythos as their basis.  But good luck trying to decypher the lyrics.

Morgoth  - 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.


Nekrogoblikon - This "Goblin Metal" band based their band name off of goblins and H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon.

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.

Nile - This death metal band makes several references to Lovecraft's work.
Nox Arcana
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 various verses.

Opeth - This metal band mentions "The wall of sleep" on the song "Pyre" from their 2011 album Heritage.  However, it is unclear if it´s a reference to the Lovecraft story or the Black Sabbath song, due to the album's strong '70s influences.

The Order of the Solar Temple - Their self-titled album (2014) includes a track titled "Jervas Dudley" after the protagonist of the story "The Tomb."

Paganizer - This Swedish death metal band provides a song called "Total Lovecraftian Armageddon" in their album Into The Catacombs.

Payne's Gray - 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 movies.

Portal - This obscure Australian Black/Death band is heavily inspired by Lovecraft's works lyrically, visually, and musically.  They base all of their lyrics off of Lovecraft's writings.

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 recounts a Lovecraft story for each of its tracks.

Ripping Corpse -
This death metal band's song "Beyond Humanity" is clearly inspired by the Lovecraft story "From Beyond."

Rudimentary Peni - 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 original cover), all 30 songs of which are inspired by the life and writings of Lovecraft.  More about the album (including track listing): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacophony_%28album%29#Cacophony.28Album.29

Saille - The song "Fhtagn" on the album Ritu is a slow ritualistic piece based on "The Call of Cthulhu" from a cultist's perspective.

Sentenced - 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 album Communion.

A 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.

Solitude Aeturnus - 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 project 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."

The Tiger Lillies
Univers Zéro - Their album Ceux du 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.

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.)

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

Without Face -
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."

Zardonic - The album Lovecraft Machine has a song called "Cthulhu."


Lovecraft Musicals:
As mentioned above, there have been musical adaptations of several Lovecraft works.  So far we have:

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 Musicals page.

Further reading:
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

   

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