If our alternative soundtrack playlist broke the ennui of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s (FF14) Sastasha, then allow us to suggest a fitting selection of songs to help get you through the next dungeon, The Tam-Tara Deepcroft.
As you’ll be plummeting into the abyss of this makeshift crypt filled to the brim with all manner of nasties and sinister occultists, here’s some irreverent and eclectic background music to make your skin crawl. With 12 tracks spanning more than 45 minutes, it should be enough for you to complete the dungeon along to.
1. “Introduction (Tubular Bells)” – Mike Oldfield
The introduction to this prog-rock album is best known for its use in the cult horror film The Exorcist. It’s a nice little opener to get you in the mood for some creepy combat.
2. “The Bartender & The Thief” – Stereophonics
Welsh super-group, Stereophonics, sing about an unlikely romance that involves a bit of light grave-robbing. Lot that loot!
3. “This is Halloween” – Marilyn Manson/Danny Elfman
One of Tim Burton’s best known films, The Nightmare Before Christmas (despite actually being directed by Henry Selick), got a rather novel tribute back in 2008 by the way of an album of covers of composer Danny Elfman’s songs. Marilyn Manson’s contribution is almost an improvement on the original “This is Halloween.” We’re assured that similarities with the music for the Good King Mog XII fight are purely coincidental…
4. “The Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Keepers
We were doing “The Monster Mash” before it was cool. Back then, it was called “The Transylvania Twist.”
5. “Monster” – The Automatic
More monsters by way of this blazing British rock anthem.
6. “A Little Priest” – Stephen Sondheim
One of our favourite numbers from Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome musical thriller seems apt for taking down some Dalamund Priests. Whilst Helena Bonham-Carter and Johnny Depp did a fab job in Tim Burton’s film adaptation, we prefer the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris.
7. “Creep” – Radiohead
Yes. You are a weirdo. Although, if you fancy a lighter version of this song, do try the 1990s rave rendition by formidable cabaret duo, Frisky & Mannish.
8. “The Tell-Tale <3” – MC Lars
Nerdcore sensation MC Lars did an entire EP dedicated to gothic American writer Edgar Alan Poe. This number based on Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, is one of our favourite tracks.
9. “Deeper Underground” – Jamaroqui
This track by post-funk one-man walking hat-museum, Jay Kay, is used as the credit-roll track in the 1998 remake of Godzilla. You should probably be close to the deepest part of the dungeon by now.
10. “Lame Monster Party” – Paul & Storm
For the sake of journalistic balance, we’ve selected geek-comedy music duo’s amusing rebuttal to “The Monster Mash.”
11. “Hall of the Mountain King” – Apocalyptica/Edvard Grieg
The monstrous track from Edvard Grieg’s opera based on Henrik Ibsen’s play about an over-sexed Norwegian sleeping his way through the country , gets a hardcore, yet still somewhat classical make-over by Finnish cello slash-metal group. Perfect for decimating Galvanth the Dominator. Please, no trolling.
12. “Tombstone” – Midnight Juggernauts
Australian electro group provide a fitting and thumping track to round-off your adventures through this crypt.