It’s that day again. The ghosts and ghouls that only come once a year are ready to terrorise, the pumpkin industry has been put to the sword for its annual massacre and the dead have risen to reap havoc on our otherwise harmonious little planet.

Yeah right, if anything some of the atrocities populating the news at the moment would leave the zombie apocalypse feeling more unsettled than us.

What are they gonna do? Travel the earth, spreading infectious and deadly disease, creating mass hysteria and sending thousands running scared in the process. Sounds pertinently familiar for some reason.

Luckily, we specialise in the kinds of frights and scares that can only come from the most cut-throat brands of sonic exploration. And to celebrate this year’s fear-fest, we’re taking a trip back to 2002 and an album that can only be described as a juggernaut of modern rock ‘n’ roll.

‘Songs for the Dead’ saw Queens of the Stone Age in their greatest capacity and undeniable element. So much so that it takes our Halloween Track of the Day, with Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan and Dave Grohl scythe, shred, rip and tear their way through a six-minute hammer blow of the most devastating nature.

Bring on the carnage, you’re next! Happy Halloween.

Patrick Davies

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