Dungeon Music

So I was thinking about what the right mood music is for dungeon-crawling. Heavy, moody, and most importantly weird. Not just old, but a certain kind of old. So not-too-arbitrarily, 1979 is the cutoff.

Thin Lizzy and Blue Öyster Cult are for town and roleplay-heavy sessions, down low but telling you to go be bad guys. Led Zep, Rush, and Hawkwind for travel and exploration of weird places. Slam on the Sabbath, Priest, Rainbow, UFO, and Uriah Heep for the actual dungeon full of madness.

I know some people prefer more ambient like Midnight Syndicate or Unquiet Void, and I’ve tried that, but it’s too mellow for anything but very quiet investigation like Call of Cthulhu. Others are into death metal, which does fit better, but makes a large population of players angry and upset. And both are pretty rare before the ’90s.

Back in the day, owning everything was hard, and flipping vinyl or a mixtape was a hassle. But now you can make a streaming music playlist and just hit play. I suggest not shuffling songs, though, these are albums meant to be listened straight thru.

  • Black Sabbath
    • Black Sabbath (1970)
    • Paranoid (1970)
    • Master of Reality (1971)
    • Vol. 4 (1972)
    • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
    • Sabotage (1975)
    • Technical Ecstasy (1976)
    • Never Say Die! (1978)
  • Blue Öyster Cult
    • Blue Öyster Cult (1972)
    • Tyranny and Mutation (1973)
    • Secret Treaties (1974)
    • Agents of Fortune (1976)
    • Spectres (1977)
    • Mirrors (1979)
  • Hawkwind
    • Hawkwind (1970)
    • In Search of Space (1971)
    • Doremi Fasol Latido (1972)
    • Hall of the Mountain Grill (1974)
    • Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975)
    • Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (1976)
    • Quark, Strangeness and Charm (1977)
    • 25 Years On (1978)
    • PXR5 (1979)
  • Judas Priest
    • Rocka Rolla (1974)
    • Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
    • Sin After Sin (1977)
    • Stained Class (1978)
    • Killing Machine (1978)
  • Led Zeppelin
    • Led Zeppelin (1969)
    • Led Zeppelin II (1969)
    • Led Zeppelin III (1970)
    • Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
    • Houses of the Holy (1973)
    • Physical Graffiti (1975)
    • Presence (1976)
    • In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • Rainbow
    • Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975)
    • Rising (1976)
    • Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978)
    • Down to Earth (1979)
  • Rush
    • Rush (1974)
    • Fly by Night (1975)
    • Caress of Steel (1975)
    • 2112 (1976)
    • A Farewell to Kings (1977)
    • Hemispheres (1978)
  • Thin Lizzy
    • Thin Lizzy (1971)
    • Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972)
    • Vagabonds of the Western World (1973)
    • Nightlife (1974)
    • Fighting (1975)
    • Jailbreak (1976)
    • Johnny the Fox (1976)
    • Bad Reputation (1977)
    • Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)
  • UFO
    • UFO 1 (1970)
    • UFO 2: Flying (1971)
    • Phenomenon (1974)
    • Force It (1975)
    • No Heavy Petting (1976)
    • Lights Out (1977)
    • Obsession (1978)
  • Uriah Heep
    • Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble (1970)
    • Salisbury (1971)
    • Look at Yourself (1971)
    • Demons and Wizards (1972)
    • The Magician’s Birthday (1972)
    • Sweet Freedom (1973)
    • Wonderworld (1974)
    • Return to Fantasy (1975)
    • High and Mighty (1976)
    • Firefly (1977)
    • Innocent Victim (1977)
    • Fallen Angel (1978)