Monday, 1 October 2012

Music To Roleplay To: Unhallowed Metropolis

We kick off the first day of October with a terrifying playlist! In this entry of Music To Roleplay To we don our gasmasks and step into the dark, plague-infested world of Neo-Victorian, Gothic Horror that is Unhallowed Metropolis!

Zombies, vampires, and Frankenstein-esque monstrosities feature heavily into this game along with horror less supernatural in origin, so I find it only fitting the majority of my suggestions are horror film soundtracks. It also comes as no surprise many of them are based upon the big vampire himself: Dracula. You can keep a good undead monster down. At least, not for long.

Artists & Composers
  • Philip Glass & The Kronos Quartet - Dracula
  • Jill Tracy - Diabolical Streak; and Into the Land of Phantoms (Nosferatu Score)
  • Vernian Process - Behold the Machine (The third track of the album is called Unhallowed Metropolis! Can't get much more perfect than that!)

Original Soundtracks
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Henry Jackman
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula by Wojciech Kilar
  • Dawn of the Dead (2002) by Tyler Bates
  • Dracula (1979) by John Williams
  • From Hell by Trevor Jones
  • The Hammer Film Music Collection Vol. 1 & 2 by Various Artists
  • Interview With The Vampire by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Mary Shelly's Frankenstein by Patrick Doyle
  • Sleepy Hollow by Danny Elfman
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows by Eric Brosius
  • Van Helsing by Alan Silvestri
  • The Wolfman by Danny Elfman

Other RPGs these tunes could work well in: I can think of a few specifics; as this collection is best suited to Victorian/Gothic Horror-themed roleplaying games like Cthulhu By Gaslight, GURPS Screampunk, Ravenloft's Masque of the Red Death, Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein, or Savage World's Rippers. Mayhap some still play the Bram Stoker's Dracula Role Playing Game?

Leave a comment if you have any suggestions for additional listening! ;{١


  1. Nice to know I'm not the only blogger who loves a bit of neo-Victorian horror! You should also give AKLO a go for any horror music at all. And if you can stomach the drone, Sunn0))) are bloody terrifying.

    1. Thanks for the comment Paul!

      I actually suggested both AKLO and Sunn O))) in a previous Music To Roleplay To post on Call of Cthulhu, as I feel they both evoke feelings of cosmic horror and dread.

      Though great artists to listen to in many horror games, but I wouldn't personally play them in a Gothic Horror setting. (Unless it was Cthulhu by Gaslight.)