Rock and roll has never been known as the healthiest genre. As much as people like to stand up for rock as artists who recognize free speech, it’s about time we all admitted some of the obscurity that comes from time to time on some albums. Damn, if you’re not careful, even you can find yourself tagged by some of the biggest names in the genre.
Then again, not all dark rock albums have to be on the unplayable side of the spectrum. While there are many bands out there who can make a living producing some of the darkest sounds imaginable, the more subtle rock stars tend to squeeze in some of the gruesome things in their lyrics, creating songs that take you to the edge. bereft once you take them. in full listening.
Some of these records might not even be that dark on the surface, but once you took the time to look at the backstory behind the record, there was an absolute horror show going on behind the scenes. of all. Whether it’s real sightings of ghosts or people being injured while making these records, this is no ordinary rock album to make. Oh who are we kidding? These are the albums that were painfully forced into existence.
Okay, so when you talk about the darkest albums of all time, The Black Parade tends to be considered the most kid-friendly in the group. Since this is essentially a macabre version of something Queen would do, how dark can the thing get? Well if you do the deep dive there is a lot more twisted stuff here than you probably remember.
The concept of a man detailing his final days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer is morbid enough, and yet the back half of the album feels like a ride through some of your biggest fears. Recorded in a haunted studio, a lot of spooky vibes end up coming out in the music, especially on songs like Mama, which has a backing track that sounds like it could have come out of a movie soundtrack. Tim Burton.
Even though the protagonist manages to turn things around a bit towards the end, songs like Sleep are some of the scariest songs you’ll find in the emo genre, as we’re painted with a grim picture of a man who knows he is is goes to hell and turns into an absolute monster in the afterlife. Out of all the live bands that came out in the mid-2000s, this is one of the few times they land a punch that seems genuinely unsettling.