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May 16, 2007, 6:21pm

I am looking for some brooding, dark music to create an ambiance for books like "The Vampire Lestat." So far I have found Symphony #3 by Gorecki. Any suggestions? It doesn't have to be classical music.

May 16, 2007, 6:25pm

Well, a lot of Rammstein sounds pretty dark and creepy if you don't know German, actually, it still does even if you do.

May 16, 2007, 8:12pm

Wagner. Can't beat Wagner for "brooding, dark".

May 17, 2007, 3:49am

Gregorian chants?

Brooding I think is probably the preserve of classical music.

May 17, 2007, 7:36am

Miles Davis, "Dark Magus" or just about any of his early - mid 70's discs.

of course, you just might have to jump up and dance a time or two.

try to remember to keep your thumb on the page so you don't lose yuor place.

May 17, 2007, 8:04am

How about Night on Bald Mountain or Symphony Fantastique?

Edited: May 17, 2007, 8:33am

Does it have to be calssical music?I don't listen to classical unless its IL Divo.Dark music I would say I guess kind of like grunge rock liek Alice in Chains or the Foo Fighters or even Nickelback in some of their songs.

Edited: May 17, 2007, 10:35am

Coil - Musick to Play in the Dark volumes 1 and 2
Coil - Astral Disaster

Current 93 - In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land (this actually accompanies the chapbook short story collection by Thomas Ligotti

Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang and pretty much anything else by him.

Grim Reapers and Haunted Melancholy: Music of Autumn also has some great dark music, though not all of it might be appropriate for reading.

May 17, 2007, 8:42pm

I haven't listened to them in a while (my tapes finally wore out) but just about anything by Enigma might work.

May 20, 2007, 6:06pm

There is always Poe's album "Haunted", which she penned to coincide and complement her brother Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves.

May 20, 2007, 6:17pm

I'd suggest Black Aria by Glenn Danzig. It's a dark, electronic version of classical music.

May 21, 2007, 10:24am

How about some Bauhaus - the epitome of dark and brooding.

Or Apocalyptica? As seen recently on the Eurovision song contest (not competing!) - they blend classical music with rock and metal.

May 21, 2007, 11:33am

I've always found Hans Zimmer's soundtrack to Hannibal to fit this mood very well. Ditto for early Type O Negative - gothic doom metal suits vampires down to the ground.

May 21, 2007, 6:46pm

Great suggestions, everyone! Please keep them coming.

I love Enigma, kayaalder.

I just got some Wagner from the library. I look forward to listening to the other artists mentioned as soon as I can find them. Thank you.

Oct 20, 2007, 8:30pm

Bauhaus is awesome.

Mar 20, 2008, 7:59am

Some songs from my (popular music) collection that I'd describe as dark or brooding include:

There There (The Bony King of Nowhere) by Radiohead from the album Hail To The Thief (2003)

Lullaby by The Cure from the album Disintegration (1989)

Speed Kills by Smashing Pumpkins from the album Machina/The Machines of God (2000)

One Line by PJ Harvey from the album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

Song to Say Goodbye by Placebo from the album Meds (2006)

Mar 20, 2008, 8:08am

I'd second Apocalyptica.

Mar 20, 2008, 8:31am

Try the choral music of Arvo Pärt and Alexander Knaifel.

Mar 20, 2008, 9:49am

If you like metal, I recommend 2 instrumental bands that are excellent in a doom/sludge kind of vibe - Earth and Pelican. Earth has more progressive metal leanings in some albums while Pelican is pretty firmly in the doom/sludge camp. Both are full of atmosphere, creative arrangements and great musicianship. No singing with Pelican, minimal singing with Earth.