It’s Halloween today, so we thought we’d give you a run down of the 6 scariest people in rock. This list is not for the fainted hearted. If you don’t want to read about butchered sheep, suicide or decapitated bats then look away now!
1. Håvard Ellefsen – Mortiis
As many will already know, the Norwegians are a special bunch when it comes to heavy metal music. Big on theatrics, and apparently church burnings, Norwegian heavy metal acts go to extremes. Mortiis frontman Ellefsen (often referred to himself as Mortiis) is a horrifying sight to behold. You would not want to find this guy hiding under your bed…
2. Unknown – Stalaggh & Gulaggh
No one seems to know exactly who Stalaggh and Gulaggh are – if you do please let me know in the comments, although on second thoughts, perhaps the less known about this group the better. The bands unique sound is created through the sampling of crying and screaming children and the anguished, confused wails of mental patients. Who ever these people are, they are clearly frighteningly disturbed!
3. Till Lindermann – Rammstein
I have to say, normally, I don’t find Rammstein to be that frightening but after watching this video by Lindermann, I admit, I’m a little freaked out!
4. Infernus – Gorgoroth
Named after the plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor, Gorgoroth are a terrifying Norwegian heavy metal band. Their albums include the cheerily titled Under the Sign of Hell and Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam, which means To the Greater Glory of Satan
Infernus, the bands founder and lead guitarist believes himself to be Satan’s Minister on Earth. If that alone is not frightening enough then just hear what they did to a herd of innocent sheep! The band stuck the sheep’s heads on spikes during a concert in Krakow, Poland, a show that featured 80 litres of sheep’s blood. They were ended up arrested but were eventually released without charge.
5. Dead – Mayhem
So, firstly, the guy’s stage name was Dead. I think that gives an indication as to the kind of dude he was i.e. not someone you want to meet down a dark alley…or anywhere for that matter. He is known for cutting himself with knives and glass while onstage and impaling sheep’s heads. What is it with heavy metal bands and impaling sheep?
Incidentally, Dead is now dead. He committed suicide by slitting his wrists and then shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. He suicide note supposedly read “Excuse all the blood, cheers”.
6. Ozzy Osbourne – Black Sabbath
And of course, no list of scary people in rock would be complete without the infamous bat decapitator himself, Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath. Bats everywhere live in fear of this heavy metal mega star.