10 Rock Acts Who Are Always Halloween Ready
Halloween lets us step out of the norm and be someone else for a day. But for some rock acts, Halloween comes year round. These musicians express other sides of themselves through their unique appearances. Whether its masks, face paint, dark eyeshadow or outrageous outfits, these musicians are masters of disguise. So, if you’re looking for a last-minutes costume, or just want to marvel at these costumed bands, check out the following list of 10 Rock Acts Who Are Always Halloween Ready:
When it comes to evoking eerie and sinister looking appearances, death metal does it like no other, especially European death metal. Behemoth, a band from Poland, are all about the ghostly white makeup and lots of black leather. The name Behemoth means any extremely massive or powerful entity.
Marilyn Manson is known for his stage persona and it’s always a hell-raising good time watching this artist perform. Manson (aka Brian Hugh Warner) usually dons pale white face makeup with dim eye shadow and dark red lipstick. We can always count on this shock rocker to stir things up with his unconventionality.
Norwegian black metal makes its presence known as Dimmu Borgir keeps their European buddies Behemoth company on the list. With a name like Dimmu Borgir, which means dark cities or dark fortress, the band is named after a uniquely shaped area of lava fields called Dimmuborgir. It's not difficult to think of haunted and creepy Halloween like things when this band comes to mind.
Misfits have been lacing up their boots and putting on their white face paint and dark eye makeup for a very long time. While Glenn Danzig is no longer in the group, Jerry Only and the gang have no sign of stopping anytime soon. The band is credited with pioneering the merging of punk rock with other genres of music and horror influenced imagery.
Even though they are the only rap rock group among these heavy hitters on the list, Hollywood Undead's stage disguises are still very impressive. The masks of these West Coasters have the vibe of the band’s Los Angeles swag. All of the band members have nicknames such as Funny Man, Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Da Kurlzz, Charlie Scene and finally…Danny.
At the ripe age of 55 years old, King Diamond not only has awesome face paint but is also a Grammy nominated artist. This Danish rocker's black and white makeup has been his signature look for a few decades now, as singer of Mercyful Fate and his own band that shares his name. You can make an attempt to be King Diamond this Halloween but good luck mimicking those beloved falsetto vocals.
Mushroomhead have some very intricate masks that fit each member's pseudonym. The band created these characters in order to separate themselves from their other musical projects they were a part of, as well to dismiss any misunderstandings about the band’s music. There is even a site specifically dedicate to these personas. Check out these masks here.
These legends have been rocking the face paint and flamboyant garments for decades. Their onstage attire of the band takes the personas of comic book style characters. Kiss appeared unmasked in the 1980s, but we forgive them. No matter where you go for Halloween, you’re bound to bump into someone who slabs on some makeup to look like a Kiss member for the special night of Oct. 31.
If we’re going to talk about masks, Slipknot may be the first band that comes to mind. Their image has changed throughout and what make their masks that much better are the personalities that go along with them. Singer Corey Taylor is quoted saying, "It's our way of becoming more intimate with the music. It's a way for us to become unconscious of who we are and what we do outside of music.”
When it comes to costumes and creating the gory side of Halloween throughout the year, Gwar does it like no other band. Their demonic outfits are some of the most creative, even though much of it does not cover their body. Not to mention frontman Oderus Urungus’ grotesque looking (detachable) part of the male anatomy, which is a large part of his attire. No pun intended.