Chaos Music Tributes: Nurgle

The lord of all!

The lord of all!

Imagine spending a load of time trying to build a sand castle. You gather wet sand from the beach, pile it up, and pat it down. You shape it, mold it and construct it and after a lot of effort, it’s done. And it looks so good, people stop and watch because of how impressed they are.

But then your little brother comes along and in an act of infantile glee, stomps it all back into sand. He doesn’t understand that the art of creation takes so long, and that the act of destruction take the merest fraction of that time. But emotionally, that doesn’t matter to you in the least because your work is ruined.

Now you know how Tzeentch feels around his brother Nurgle.

The polar opposite of Tzeentch, Nurgle is the deity of disease, rot and decay at the highest tiers of his representation. As you go down the scale, he is also the god of morbidity, nihilism, and despair. Why bother scheming, planning and working so hard for a better life when you’re just going to die anyway?

It’s interesting then that Nurgle’s followers tend to be joyous and unusually happy, as if they perceive the efforts of all their enemies to be in vain. Nurgle’s followers are frequently known for being strangely friendly even to their foes, like some relative who has no sense of personal boundaries. The grand irony, and perhaps source of this good humor, is that while Nurgle’s foes may resist and fight him, they will be his postmortem anyway.

This is why Nurgle goes by the title of ‘Lord of All.’

Who the hell would consciously want to be a follower of Nurgle? Not many, but there are a few. Some homeless, for example, exhibit traits and actions that suggest a lack of hope. They do not bathe or do anything to improve their quality of life. As they gather filth and rot, we often see these people and try to figure some rational explanation, believing that no one would possibly want to live like this. While I won’t venture into the thorny topic of why they can’t or won’t change their life, these folks would be prime fodder for Nurgle’s blessing.

As if that wasn’t controversial enough, another example of that morbid despair lies in the actions of Gaëtan Dugas, a person some theorize to be “patient zero” of the AIDS outbreak. Whether or not Dugas actually was patient zero isn’t the point, but rather his actions. Supposedly, despite knowing of his condition, Dugas continued to sleep with many different partners across the United States despite seemingly knowing of his condition. According to Snopes, he is said to have once stated to one of his partners, “I’ve got gay cancer. I’m going to die and so are you.”

And that is the kind of despair that Nurgle would feed upon.

Nurgle calls upon anything of general horror and creepiness to depression, and the music below reflects that in a manic depressive manner. The link at the end is to a playlist of all these songs. Songs without lyrics are marked with an asterisks (*):

  1. Misery Loves Company Rad Remix, by Emilie Autumn.
  2. Nightmare, by Nox Arcana.*
  3. Silent Hill 2 – Promise (Reprise), by Akira Yamaoka.*
  4. Down with the Sickness, by Disturbed.
  5. 28 Days Later – In a Heartbeat, by London Music Works.*
  6. The Dark Knight – Why So Serious?, by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.*
  7. Diablo 3 – Act I Zombie Music, by Russell Brower.*

Feel Grandpa Nurgle’s love, in playlist form.

Oh, P.S. I was tempted for a long minute to add The Great Mighty Poo song from Conker’s Bad Fur Day to the playlist. I decided not to in the end because of the grossness of it, but I felt it necessary to mention it at the very least.

Further Musical Musings

Still a fan favorite.

Still a fan favorite.

The first three are stranger pieces. If you’re not in the mood for anything weird, skip directly to number four.

  1. Laguna Indigo, by Liquid Mind.
    This will probably put you to sleep, but if that’s your intention. Something like scientific discovery.
  2. Russia, by Magna Canta.
    Gregorian hymns, turned into techno!
  3. Source #2, by Jerry Goldsmith.
    80s sci fi music awwww yeaaaaaaaaah…
  4. I Am Legend – Main Theme, by James Newton Howard.
    I Am Legend was both good and bad. The downside was that they took the original story and tossed it under a speeding bus. The good was Will Smith‘s acting, given that the movie was basically a one man show.
  5. Sunshine – What Do You See, by John Murphy & Underworld.
    I think the word for this is, ‘illumination.’ Never heard of Sunshine though.
  6. The Illusionist – Orange Tree, by Philip Glass.
    I found this one while scrounging fan favorite lists. Pretty damn magical piece from the movie that has earned a spot on my playlist.
  7. Letters From Iwo Jima – Theme, by Kyle Eastwood.
    A piano heavy piece with a lot of sorrow somewhere in it, yet without slowing down. It mixes military band music in it, especially towards the end. Never saw the movie however.
  8. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Thanatos, by Masamichi Amano.
    Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most rewarding anime shows for people to watch, if they can get over the fact that it looks like a cartoon. The soundtrack is eclectic and although you will not find it suitable for everything, a few pieces will probably fit your purposes.
  9. Eight Warriors of the Demon Clan, Ninja Scroll OST.
    I recently watched Ninja Scroll against for the first time in ages. Sadly, it was better in my memories than on the screen. The movie’s plot was still amazing as was the art, but I forgot how lackluster the animation was compared to today. That, and I watched it dubbed which is always heart tearing bad. On the bright side, I never noticed the amazing soundtrack until now.
  10. Carmina Burana – O Fortuna, by Carl Orff.
    This is one of those rare exceptions I make with the lyrics. The words are sung in Latin. But the song is powerful nonetheless.