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Horripilation is a musical genre which draws wide dark emotional elements from horror films, gothic music, industrial music, heavy metal music, and/or ambient music/dark ambient. Horripilation music is always centered around the attempt to make the listener generally experience dread, fear, terror, and/or horror. Its sound often involves feelings of intrusion from an evil force, fear of the mysterious, event or personage, sometimes of supernatural origin, on the mundane world and the consequences thereof.

Horripilation bands are known to create songs that change drastically in genre styles and musical approach, sometimes even creating their own Goth Avant-Garde. However, this music always remains very dark-natured and progressive in scary or errie atmospheres. It is extremely dedicated to creating dark emotions in manners that praise fear, doom, horror, terror, shock, melancholy, death, self-worship, satanism, vampires, werewolves, halloween themes, anti-conformity, anti-religion, dark beauty, pride, and/or glory (but not limited to).


Early innovators

Early innovations in gothic music, industrial music, horror film and its soundtracks helped bring about a crossover genre. Horror music is music designed to frighten or shock the listener and/or trigger the dark emotions. While being labelled shock rock during its time, it became the new wave of "scary music" progressed by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in the 1990s. It was first described as "horripilation" by Manson on a short briefing on his official website as he described his style of art.

Later developments

The genre was progressed as musicians heavily influenced by 1970s and 1980s horror films became more apparent. As a very small music scene sprouted in various locations of the world (consisting of unique individuals heavily influenced by horror movies and a wide variety of dark emotional music) Horripilation was born. In 2005, Army Of In Between picked up on the label given by Marilyn Manson and promoted the idea to popularize the genre term as a progressive horror music scene. This is a fairly new type of gothic music genre, best described as horror music. New type of music (ebook: Horror in music):


Army Of In Between
Enlightened Truth
Jack Off Jill
Marilyn Manson
Psyclon Nine
Rob Zombie
White Zombie
Wednesday 13
The Young Werewolves


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