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List: 7 Metal Songs Inspired by Stephen King

List: 7 Metal Songs Inspired by Stephen King

Any book that opens with a child whose arm is ripped off in a sewer by a sadistic clown is guaranteed to give even the toughest horror buffs nightmares, which is why the trailer alone for the revamped film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ is such a nail-biting teaser. We all know little Georgie’s grim fate as he innocently chases his paper boat down the streets of Derry, M.E., something that wasn’t fully depicted in the 1990 made-for-TV version of the book. However, with modern CGI technology and an R-rating, ‘It’ might end up being the goriest and most graphic Stephen King film yet, bringing a new life to the tale of terror.

King has a knack for writing stories that are just as terrifying as they are uncomfortable, solidifying his place as one of the greatest American horror writers. Although his critics didn’t think he was worth his salt back when he first started out, they’re eating dirt now [quite literally, as King as famously stated in an interview with Stephen Colbert: “When I published ‘Carrie,’ the first book, I was like 26-years-old. So, a lot of the critics who dissed me back in those days are dead.”]. King’s influence doesn't only reach the horror community, but even extends to the realm of music, where many artists and bands have written songs inspired by his many works. In honor of one of the most reputable horror writers of all time, here are seven metal bands that have been influenced by Stephen King.

‘It’ hits theaters everywhere on September 8!

1. Pennywise – “Pennywise”
It only seems right to kick off our list with the band whose namesake was derived from ‘It’ itself. Naturally, Pennywise’s self-titled song is about "It’s" reign of terror over the town of Derry, M.E. “He'll creep inside your soul at night and torment nice and slow/ Don't look around or turn around, Pennywise will know.”




2. Anthrax – “Misery Loves Company”

Anthrax have been heavily inspired by Stephen King, writing many songs in reference to the prolific author’s works, such as “Among the Living,” “A Skeleton in the Closet,” “Breathing Lightening,” and “Misery Loves Company.” The latter song is about King’s ‘Misery,’ in which crazed super-fan Annie Wilkes holds author Paul Sheldon hostage until he re-writes his latest novel.


3. Metallica – “Ride the Lightening”

The title for Metallica’s sophomore album is taken from a line in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand.’ In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Kirk Hammett explained: “I was reading ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King, and there was this one passage where this guy was on death row said he was waiting to ‘ride the lightning.’ I remember thinking, ‘Wow, what a great song title.’ I told James, and it ended up being a song and the album title.”


4. Black Sabbath – “The Shining”

Black Sabbath pay homage to King with this track that appears on their first ever release with singer Tony Martin, ‘The Eternal Idol.’ “The Shining” is based on the iconic novel of the same name, in which recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance becomes possessed by the spirits inhabiting the hotel where he’s employed as caretaker, causing his family to fear for their lives.

5. Ramones – “Pet Sematary”
This Ramones track is based on the King novel of the same name, in which Louis Creed buries his dead son in a pet cemetery that is known for resurrecting the animals that have been laid to rest in its grounds. When his son comes back to life, he’s a gruesome, demonic caricature of himself. Blood hungry and no longer with a conscious, the revenant son kills his own mother and his neighbor. Creed then kills his son once again and buries his wife in the very same cemetery, hoping that she will come back a little less demonic and fucked up than their son did. Yeah... good luck with that, pal.


6. Blind Guardian – “Somewhere Far Beyond”

Much like Anthrax, Blind Guardian have also written a wealth of material based upon the writings of Stephen King. The title track on their 1992 release focuses on three of the eight stories in King’s ‘Dark Tower’ series: ‘The Gunslinger,’ ‘The Drawing of the Three’ and ‘The Waste Lands.’ The series focus on protagonist Roland Deschain’s fantastical quest for the Dark Tower, an elusive edifice said to have magical powers. Blind Guardian’s “Carry the Blessed Home,” “Tommyknockers” and “Guardian of the Blind” are also based on King’s novels, with the latter being told from the perspective of Pennywise in ‘It.’


7. Iwrestledabearonce – “We All Float Down Here”
The title for this Iwrestledabearonce song is a play on a line famously uttered by Pennywise in ‘It.’ When he entices Georgie Denbrough to stick his arm into the sewer drain with the promise of balloons, the boy asks him if they float. When Pennywise replies that “everything floats down here,” it becomes evident that he isn’t talking about balloons, but is rather a reference to the buoyancy of lifeless bodies.



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