In trying times like we’re facing today, horror movies, shows, books and games offer sweet relief and comfort for our readers — but we can’t forget the importance of music in the healing process. Therefore, we believe it’s the ideal time to kick off another new Terror Time tradition: #MusicFriday!

For the time being, we’re not restricting our music picks to horror-centric bands; instead, we’d rather share some of our staff’s personal picks — which run the full music spectrum, but lean toward the darker side. Think of these selections as a soundtrack to the movies of your imagination.

As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair – often changing minute to minute. Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.

Music – whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it – has always been the thing that helped us get through anything – good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ghosts records as a means of staying somewhat sane.

— Nine Inch Nails, via

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. That’s why we’ve chosen this surprise double-release from legendary artists Nine Inch Nails — a.k.a. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Although it’s been a while since the band released their last studio album under the NIN moniker — 2018’s Bad Witch — genre fans have been reveling in the pair’s many scoring projects, the most recent of which is their epic score for HBO’s limited series Watchmen. That soundtrack spanned three albums’ worth of original cues, and we just couldn’t get enough. Thankfully, NIN has stepped up to fill our ears and minds again with a return to their colossal instrumental collection Ghosts.

The band released Ghosts I-IV back in 2008 as a “soundtrack to your daydreams,” But given the turmoil now inflicted on the world by the COVID-19 outbreak, Ghosts V-VI offers more of an escape from our nightmares — something we horror fans can readily appreciate.

In keeping with so many of their surprise releases, Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts dropped yesterday with no prior fanfare, and became immediately available for free download from the band’s official site and streaming on their YouTube channel, later expanding to other streaming platforms. As you can probably guess, Together is a more emotionally uplifting experience, while Locusts bears the apocalyptic stamp of its title.

In the band’s own words, “Ghosts V: Together is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and Ghosts VI: Locusts… well, you’ll figure it out.”

We’ll be back with a detailed review… but for now we encourage you to dive in and immerse yourself in this dark but strangely comforting sonic world. Meanwhile, here’s a little taste to get you started — the epic horror soundscape “Around Every Corner”…

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