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Eldritch Abominations in Music.

  • Everything here. They are songs about the creations of H. P. Lovecraft
  • Carol of the Old Ones
  • David Bowie's album The Man Who Sold the World has several examples.
    • "The Width of a Circle" features Bowie... encountering an Eldritch Abomination. Consensually, no less. (The '70s were a weird time.)
    • The Title Track and "The Supermen" are more orthodox examples of this trope.
  • "The Thing That Should Not Be" by Metallica is about such a creature and, quite obviously, is directly inspired by Lovecraft.
    • Also, "The Call Of Ktulu" (though it's an instrumental).
    • In Guitar Hero, Metallica's "Metallifacts" video for "The Thing That Should Not Be"; it also lists "All Nightmare Long" and "Ride The Lightning" as being inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories; specifically, "Shadow Over Innsmouth."
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  • Anything by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, who were inspired by most of Lovecraft's work.
  • In Savatage's song "Hall of the Mountain King", the titular Mountain King is an eldritch abomination.
  • Much of Current 93's and David Tibet's work has heavy eldritch-apocalypse overtones. Black Ships Ate The Sky and The "Inmost Light" Trilogy in particular.
    • The spoken lyric to I Have A Special Plan For This World, written by horror author Thomas Ligotti, has several references to these, the most blatant perhaps being the "sardonic spirit" that speaks to the narrator about death... or the narrator himself, depending upon your interpretation.
  • Blue Öyster Cult is very fond of including these. Their Imaginos album plays with it and the song E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) offers these lyrics:
    "I'm in fairy rings and tower beds/Don't report this three men said/Books by the blameless and by the dead/King in Yellow, queen in red... all praise/he's found the awful truth..."
    • The song Harvest Moon from their Heaven Forbid album features the following lyrics towards the end:
    "I sense the darkness clearer/I feel a presence here/A change in the weather/I feel some evil here/I hear some frightful noises/I don't go out at night/Since Bobrow's youngest daughter/Disappeared from sight/I know they'll find her some day/They find them all that way..."
    • And in the song "Subhuman," which appears in two versions (Secret Treaties and Imaginos):
    "Oyster boys are/swimmin' for me/Save me from the/Death-black creatures..."
    "Harvester of eyes, that's me
    And I see all there is to see
    When I look inside your head
    Right up front to the back of your skull"
    • In actuality, the song was inspired by a serial killer who would remove the eyes of his victims as keepsakes.
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  • The music video for the Animal Collective song Peacebone involves a relationship between one of these and a human.
  • Nile writes about a few of these in their songs, sometimes referring to Egyptian deities and sometimes to Lovecraftian ones. The best example in their music is from "Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten", which is essentially a retelling of the story "Dagon" by Lovecraft, only this time involving serpent folk: "I hath dreamed bleak and grim dessolate visions of the pre-human serpent volk, and communed with long dead reptiles, silently watching throught the ages, in cold curious apathy, the unending sorrows and sufferings of an abysmal human kind."
  • The title track of Vektor's Black Future album seems to deal with an entity akin to this that also acts as The Virus and a Lotus-Eater Machine.
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  • Pretty much everything by Internal Suffering either has something to do with one of these or messing around with magic related to them.
  • Being heavily inspired by Event Horizon, the storyline for Luca Turilli's Prophet of the Last Eclipse seemed to be going in this direction. The demons could likely qualify, as well as anyone touched by The Black Portal, though Dark Is Not Evil in the latter case. And if Riders of the Astral Fire is any indication, those are only a warm up for what's coming. Unfortunately, the sequels never happened.
  • In the Talking Heads song "Air", the very air itself is an Eldritch Abomination. Wow. "Air hit me in the face. I run faster and faster... into the air. And I say to myself, 'What is happening to my skin? Where is that protection that I needed?' Air can hurt you too, air can hurt you too. Some people say not to worry 'bout the air. Some people never had experience with air. It can break your heart..."
  • "Azathoth" by Proto-Prog group Arzachel, which is about the Lovecraftian god of the same name.
  • The titular universe-devouring force in "The Great Annihilator" by Swans probably qualifies.
    • "The Seer Returns" seems to be from the perspective of one, or possibly one of its servants. "The Seer", despite being mostly instrumental, definitely sounds like one. "No Words/No Thoughts" could also be interpreted as describing one, though it's hard to tell with the Word Salad Lyrics.
  • "Iron Butterfly Theme", an instrumental piece about the birth and death of an "iron butterfly".
  • The music video for DYE's "Fantasy" apparently involves some teenage kids getting turned into abominations. One girl seemingly escapes, only to encounter the source of the mutations and Go Mad from the Revelation; the mere sight of it (it's MILES high) is enough of a Brown Note to make her eyeballs explode in flames.
  • The Fame Monster from Lady Gaga's concert performance of Paparazzi. Resembling a cross between an octopus and an anglerfish, it's terror personified, complete with tentacles. Still, not too much trouble if you've got a sparky bra on hand. Watch here.
  • Electronic Ambient group The Orb has a song called "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Center of the Ultraworld". Apart from being a Long Title it's a good description of what an Eldritch Abomination isnote . The song itself is pretty soothing and strange in its own way.
  • The Creature Feature song "Fodder for the Elder Gods".
  • In MGMT's music video for "Kids" there are some seriously creepy monster things.
  • She'll find you and she'll kill you. She'll find you and she'll kill you. She'll find you and she'll kill you.
  • The giant disembodied hand referred to as The Presence from the Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero. Along with some other unknown entities, it arrives to "wipe this place clean" if humans don't stop killing the planet.
  • The Black Dahliah Murder's song "Thy Horror Cosmic" is about one.
  • Symphony of Science's "Monsters of the Cosmos" paints black holes as these.
  • Behind Space by In Flames
  • Whatever caused the light to go out in the Genesis song, "The Day The Light Went Out"
  • A tentacle-y entity, in The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing "Margate Fhtagn"
  • The Guy is revealed to be this in The Vengeful One. At the start of the video, he's a nebulous godlike entity watching the world fall apart, before getting fed up with it and taking action himself. By the time he's on Earth, he's essentially The Sacred Darkness given form, taking on the hooded, grinning shape that we all know and love.
  • The lyrical approach of Black Metal band Deathspell Omega tends to be to portray both God and Satan as this. Best summed up in this stanzanote  from "Chaining the Katechon":
    "We went to the trough, Lord.
    We went, bent and convulsed.
    We saw blood, Lord. It was glittering.
    You dispensed it and we drank it.
    We saw your image.
    The gap of your eyes and mouth is void.
    We went, bent, and convulsed.
    It broke us and dissolved us."
  • In Apocalypse:1992, the final song of Gloryhammer's second album Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards, the Evil Sorcerer Zargothrax tries to unleash Korviliath the Elder God from the 18th Hell Dimension, which would destroy the Universe.
  • The creature being summoned on the cover art of Incurso by Spawn of Possession, who also have a few examples in their lyrics as well.
  • Ludo's "Lake Pontchartrain" implies that the lake itself is one and lures people into it by creating fake drowning victims to call out to them, which the narrator's friends fell for. Although, the last verse implies the narrator just murdered his friends, probably dumped their bodies in the lake, and is making the whole story up to cover himself.

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