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-> ''Music is the universal language. What this song says in every language is '''"RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU FUCKING CAN!!!"'''''
->- '''YouTube comment''' on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evcmsR57Xo4 a song]] from the soundtrack for ''Manga/{{Akira}}.''

Some noises while sleeping wake you up. Some noises while awake [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel make you not sleep right]].

For the images related to songs, see the HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{MusicVideos}} section.
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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{Nirvana}}
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/OingoBoingo
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/PinkFloyd
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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{Radiohead}}
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{Rush}}
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{Swans}}
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/ThrobbingGristle
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/{{Tool}}
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/VelvetUnderground
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[[folder:Metal]]
* Puritania by Dimmu Borgir. Nuff said.
* For those interested in cocaine, alcohol, and tobacco, TypeONegative made Sinus, Liver, and Lung, respectively. This is especially disturbing as they were made to be as accurate as possible. The lead singer, couldn't stand listening to Sinus in particular due to his cocaine habit- it was like foreshadowing as the habit eventually killed him.
* While many of the songs from the little-known (and arguably under appreciated) band Cradle of Thorns could probably apply, special mention should go to their song [[http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=uWNfdzqzYcw "Behave"]] because of the beautifully creepy way Ty's screams mingle with Tamera's lovely voice. Not to mention the song is about a sophisticated, church-going, college graduated serial killer that murders ''just to see his work on the news.''
* Wide-ranging example: this is the whole purpose of the [[DoomMetal Funeral Doom Metal]] genre. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gSqbFZY24o Example.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkOO8-A_mw Wormphlegm]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTHEHwCGbBA Haunted by the ghost of a dead actress]] by The Plasmarifle. It's an enjoyable song..But it quickly turns unnerving when the whispers start. Listen to it at midnight with no lights on and tell me it's not terrifying.
** Better yet, 2 AM, because at midnight there's still activity of the late night crowd. At 2 AM, the late night crowd has mostly gone to bed and morning is so far away that the early risers aren't up yet. It's done DEAD time (IncrediblyLamePun intended).
* Music/AvengedSevenfold's "Bat Country". C'MON! The lyrics are based on the [[http://www.answers.com/topic/bat-country bad acid trips experienced by Raoul]] in FearAndLoathingInLasVegas.
** How about a "Little Piece of Heaven"? A brief summary: A man loves his girlfriend, so he proposes to her. She rejects him. In a rage, he murders her, preserves her body, cannibalizes parts, and has his way with what is left. She goes back from Hell, and murders him for revenge. They meet up in the afterlife, and they realize the error of their ways, and get married, at which point they go on a killing spree.
* Cattle Decapitation create some truly horrifying songs. As with all deathgrind bands their lyrics can be potentially vomit-inducing at times with the over the top gore, but their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUa4GvMP6x0 Regret and the Grave]] is the most unsettling. The piercing shriek of the guitars is a sound that will keep you awake for hours and thats not even counting the inhuman sounding vocals.
** How about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2UHvqcVRE Testicular Manslaughter]]? The intro? That's audio from a video of a Russian soldier being beheaded with a knife. The lyrics can be considered HONF too, though the fact that they're about castrating a rapist [[AssholeVictim may take the edge off for some.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1hPTrd57Qo Days of the Weak]] by Nuclear Death. Not only is it a particularly inhinged and apocalyptic death metal tune, but the [[http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Nuclear_Death/...For_Our_Dead.../13212?songId=110993#110993 lyrics]] ({{NSFW}}) are some of the sickest ever put to music.
* If the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsOCHIMr7Fk Satellite 15 part of "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier"]] by Music/IronMaiden doesn't make you feel like some shit is about to go down, you are insane beyond belief.
** Dear Lord, Satellite 15. It will break anyone still sane after bejng able to listen AMOLAD in its entirety. Essentially, it starts off with an extremely bizarre bass riff that becomes the underlying riff for two whole minutes, followed by a tribal drum riff being repeated over and over. Then doom metallish guitar chords kick in, where suddenly a second three beat drum riff kicks in and loops over and over for a minute while a bizarre TheHellIsThatNoise guitar riff plays. The drums and guitars stop eventually, only for a few guitar chords and Bruce singing about being lost in space and desperate for someone to hear his call ensue. Then suddenly a double bass drum riff and military drum line kick in, only for it to end with four ScareChords (for some this is where the intro really gets kickass). Then, of course, the rather upbeat and positive title track happens. Apparently it's a demo that Adrian Smith handed to Steve Harris and it appears on the album as is. One must wonder what the HELL that H was smoking when he made it.
*** The band topped themselves in terms of HONF with the intro for the 2011 Final Frontier tour. As Satellite 15 plays, the intro video consists of shots from the The Final Frontier video, random shots of an EQ, exploding nebulas, grotesque X ray imagery, a CG Bruce who looks slightly deformed singing, Eddie roaring in the audience's faces, melting film and explosions. Meanwhile, the band stays in the dark with sullen facial expressions remaining unnaturally still, and could only be seen by camera flashes and quick glimpses of light as the lights shine outward. Then Bruce runs to the mic stand and thus the awesomeness starts. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASc-M4oNHcc here]].
** Maiden have some pretty creepy tunes in general. Try listening to "Dream of Mirrors" and not getting unsettled by its lyrics.
** Rime of The Ancient Mariner's slow and creepy middle part is the last thing you want to listen to at mdinight with the lights off.
*** The fact that a brief snippet of that part is played over a photo of the band staring at the camera (with creepy stares too) on a brief segment of the documentary on Disc 2 of ''Live After Death'' doesn't help either. (2:33 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0xHRaR0_WM this video]]).
* "Twist" by Korn, which can't help but evoke the image of evisceration by a wolverine with rabies. However, the song could also be considered the CrowningMomentOfFunny in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIrd956WB3E&feature=channel this video]].
* FaithNoMore (and MikePatton) are known for covering some unconventional topics for such a big-name band, but the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSOPBqzVZZw "Jizzlobber"]] from ''Angel Dust'' has got to be one of the most horrifying songs ever, for its themes as much as its music. [[WordOfGod Patton has stated]] it's about his fears of going to prison (and therefore, a very adult-orientated nightmare fuel), and the song may even be about PrisonRape.
** Anyone willing to get themselves scared shitless should listen to MikePatton's ''Adult Themes for Voice'' album late at night with the lights off; it features 40 minutes of him making some of the most fucked-up noises you will ever hear. If you make it all the way through you ''will'' be a different person.
* Come now, we can't forget MarilynManson can we? For starters (rather literally, first track on the album Smells Like Children) the Hands of Small Children is nothing but distortions of children crying, nursery rhymes, an inexplicable unearthly moaning, and buzzing sounds. Portrait of An American Family also starts off with Marilyn reading the quite disturbing dialogue from the tunnel sequence from CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory, and a good deal of the albums are chronicles of an apocalypse that loop perfectly if left to run on their own.
** Manson's rendition of Tainted Love can be rather terrifying as well.
** Listening to ''Antichrist Superstar'' all the way through while in bed with the lights off - not exactly nice... If none of the actual songs scare you, the hidden track "Empty Sounds of Hate" should do the trick: it's a collage of mechanical-sounding distorted voices saying things like "If you are hearing this, there is nothing I can do", "Something has grown in my chest... it is hard and cold...", and "When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you".
*** It doesn't help that "Empty Sounds of Hate" plays a good while after the final song on the album -- which means that an unsuspecting listener who might leave the CD playing on a computer or stereo would become quite startled when their machine suddenly starts whispering eerie messages and murmurs of death. And, of course, the fact that the track contains a clearly audible layer of backmasking adds {{paranoia fuel}} to the creepiness of it all.
*** The first statement sounds like "[[NightmareRetardant Aaa Air freshiner]]!" when played backwards.
** "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This")... so wrong but ooooh so right.
** "Man That You Fear", with its air of ruin and hopelessness. It seems to be about a CompleteMonster confronting someone who loved him before his [[{{startofdarkness}} start of darkness]]. "Pray your life was just a dream..." The song can also be kind of a TearJerker, with its mournful air and the fact that Manson seems to always be on the edge of sobbing... and then the horrifying cacophony of sound after the lyrics end scares the hell out of you.
--> The world in my hands,
--> There's no one left to hear you scream
--> No one left for you
--> ''When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed''
** ''Holy Wood'' has its fair share of scary as well, with "The Fall of Adam" being reminiscent of "Man That You Fear".
*** That track starts off as an acoustic lament with muffled thunder in the background as Manson sings of the revolution carried out in the previous tracks falling apart; "When one world ends, something else begins, but without a scream... just a whisper, 'cause we just... started over again." Then comes the the heavy, palm-muted guitar, with Manson going from a gentle half-whispered lament to a screeching, angry tirade. And the end isn't any less scary, with all sound fading into the buzzing of flies, a lead-in to "King Kill 33".
*** ''That'' track is a half-whispered, half-shouted declaration of war through a strange voice filter, meant to display a possible interpretation of the Columbine killers' twisted rationale.
*** Hell, all of ''Holy Wood'' is supposed to be based off of the Columbine Massacre. So take a good look at the lyrics. Every song is, in some way, supposed to be Klebold and Harris's thoughts, actions and beliefs. This can be either extremely depressing or extremely terrifying. Possibly a mixture of both.
** [[NightmareBeforeChristmas This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of NIGHT!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OCLc3KME7g "Suicide Is Painless"]]: the [[{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]] theme, originally a somewhat pensive song, now with distorted noises in the background that almost touch being something you can identify, but not quite, and a creepily level and unemotional lead voice.
* Remember kids. Having your alarm on "random song" may seem like a good idea. And then... Music/{{Nightwish}}'s [[ParanoiaFuel "Cadence of Her]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji0TIqDIpmU Last Breath"]].
** Or maybe it is. At least you won't be tempted to [[IWasHavingSuchANiceDream reach for the "snooze" button]] after waking up to that...
** A few other good Nightmare Fuel songs include... let's see... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vqgSfmykQI "The Kinslayer",]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuHnq2UQopY&feature=related "End of All Hope",]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXQkoHketLk&feature=related "Feel For You"]]... heck, a lot of their songs could be considered this if you ended up listening to them at the wrong time.
** "The Poet and the Pendulum". Selected lyrics include:
*** "Iím afraid. I'm so afraid. Being raped again and again and again."
*** "You live long enough to hear the sound of guns / Long enough to find yourself screaming every night / long enough to see your friends betray you."
*** "Cut in half - infanticide."
*** And remember this is the song that practically saved the songwriter from committing suicide! (since the song is about him)
*** Also the wierd screeching noise followed by what sounds like a snapping chain midway through the song.
** Their latest album, Imaginaerum, gives us such creepy gems as "Ghost River" (''"He will go down he will drown drown, deeper down..."'') and the aptly-named "Scaretale".
* MaliceMizer, "N.p.s. N.g.s. (No pains no gains)." Any song containing the line "so I ate him" said by a high-pitched female voice is just begging to be listed here.
*** The high voice is Kami, the drummer, talking into a voice distorter. Given that Malice Mizer suffered from [[AuthorExistenceFailure Kami Existence Failure]] not too long after the song was released, that doesn't really help.
** From the early days: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaJcstd9loQ&fmt=18 "Baroque"]] (It's just photos; there's not a music video). If you didn't know what the song meant, you wouldn't get too freaked out right away. Yes, the singer's tone seems rather desperate, but it's not until you realize that he's singing to [[spoiler: the corpse of the woman he has just strangled to death]] that things get truly unnerving.
* Dir en Grey. Go on, go look up ''Obscure'', ''Mazohyst of Decadence'', ''Raison D'etre'', or ''Agitated Screams of Maggots''. We ''dare'' you.
** And, just for kicks, ''Agitated Screams of Maggots '''Acoustic'''.'' It doesn't even need a music video to be extremely creepy.
** Dir en Grey is a Japanese band, so it's all in Japanese. What I propose is that everyone reading this right now, look up the English translations for these songs, especially "Obscure." Hell, the singer screams the words "Bloody Baby Sacrifice" in English a number of times.
*** And now, we have the video to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORHFIJTRw0M&feature=related DIFFERENT SENSE]].
* [[ObsessionSong "The Virus of Life"]] by {{Slipknot}} is one song that should never, ever be played while you're lying in a dark bedroom trying to fall asleep.
** Other creepy Slipknot songs are "Prosthetics", "Tattered and Torn", and the 15-minute nightmare epic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5bA3KCwKvo "Iowa"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25DzvOTu59Y ''Frail Limb Nursery'']] also deserves a mention with that eerie monologue, but the worst one they have is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiOxUYT7Oes Scissors]]'', where Corey screams himself into a delirium and breaks down for real in the studio.
* "Dead Skin Mask" by Music/{{Slayer}}, a song inspired by murderer Ed Gein, can be quite unsettling, especially towards the end, as the lyrics are interspersed with the frightened cries of one of Gein's young victims. Reading about Ed Gein himself makes the song even creepier.
** On that note, "Angel of Death" is a song about Josef Mengele, a Nazi "doctor" who performed awful experiments on people during the Holocaust. The song describes some of them in extremely graphic detail, making this possibly their most terrifying song for those who aren't used to their sort of music.
** Also, "213" is about Jeffrey Dahmer (a serial murderer famed for copulating with corpses) and contains such delightful lyrics as "Erotic sensations tingle my spine/a dead body lying next to mine/Smooth blue-black lips/I start salivating as we kiss..."
** "Unit 731" is about the eponymous Japanese unethical medical experiment group set up during the Second World War. They're in the HighOctaneNightmareFuel/RealLife section.
* Music/BlackSabbath's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akt3awj_Ah8 self-titled song]]. A pure and prime example of ''"Diabolus in musica."'' The song was inspired by a nightmare of "Geezer" Butler's. After reading a book about the occult, he fell asleep and woke up a bit later to see a silent creature with a black face staring back at him. And when I say black, I mean ''pure'' black. No eyes, mouth, anything - ''[[TheBlank only]]'' [[TheBlank black]].
** "Hand of Doom" has frighteningly explicit lyrics about drug addiction, especially in the last part of the song, coupled with occasional, brief bursts of guitar feedback that sounds like a drill entering your skull.
** How could anyone not even bother to mention ''War Pigs''? The first and third part of the apocalyptic anti-war lyrics are accompanied with eerie silence save for the regular guitar hits.
* The lyrics to the Music/{{Rammstein}} song "Stein um Stein", which describe the process of building someone into a wall. ''While they're still alive''. See for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTkhbPuc-9k&feature=channel_page here]].
** On the subject of Rammstein, "Mein Teil" also deserves a mention. Partly because it's about the [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3230774.stm real-life case of Armin Meiwes]] - indeed, the lyrics are preceded by Meiwes' ad for a young man to be 'slaughtered and then consumed' - and partly because in the middle eight, there's a noise in the background that sounds like dying screams.
*** As if the fact it's an eerie metal song about cannibalism ''sung in a foreign language creepily'' weren't enough, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes#Killing_and_cannibalism read the story behind the song in excruciating detail.]] Yes, he really did that to his you-know-what (hence the title, 'Mein Teil', which means 'my part' in German). And if you're ''still'' not convinced as to how frightening the song is, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ3kVtd2CCA watch the music video.]] [[SarcasmMode Sweet dreams....]]
** Rammstein generally have either lyrics about sex or murder or both. There are two songs about plane crashes, one about an insane man shagging his decaying dead wife, "Wo Bist du?" (Where are you?) about a man searching for someone [[spoiler: in order to knife them.]] "Ich Tu Dir Weh", so bad that the German government has put it and the album on which it appears, ''Liebe ist für alle da'', on the Index. This means it cannot be sold to minors. (to be fair, the artwork shows them killing and eating women.) And "Haifisch" (Shark) is based on the chorus of "Die Moritat von Mackier Messer" (The Ballad of Mack the Knife).
* [[DoomMetal Reverend Bizarre]] has a little known single version of their song "Slave of Satan", which has a satanic speech in the beginning not feautured on the album version. It may be {{Narm}} to some people, but personally I find it distinctly unnerving, while demonic voices chant "Shemhamforash" in the background while the man rants on against all things Christian. Brrrgh.
* Try having a good night's sleep after listening to "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" or "Venus in Fear", both by CradleOfFilth. Extremely unsettling.
** In all seriousness, every song in their discography could be this trope. Dani Filth's unnaturally shrill screams are just terrifying. He sounds like a female murder victim from a horor movie at times. But every single vocal technique he uses always sounds eerie. His deep voice sounds like Satan himself.
** As a bonus for [[SchmuckBait curious tropers]], here's ''Dinner at Deviant's Palace'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wskVvqibY7s in reverse]]. Christians probably shouldn't click on the link.
* {{Opeth}}. This isn't the only song of theirs that's creepy, but something about that bit is chilling, especially when it leads into the sinister, repetitive outro.
-->Deliverance
-->Thrown back at me
-->Deliverance
-->Laughing at me
* Most of CannibalCorpse's music could go in here. With song names such as "Necropedophile" and "Meat Hook Sodomy", there really is no need to explain.
** The lyrics of their earlier stuff tend to be a lot more nightmarish (''especially'' "I Cum Blood" and "Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's Cunt"), although the lyrics have been toned down in their extremity since about the mid-nineties, when they got Corpsegrinder as a vocalist. In terms of actually terrifying songs, "Devoured by Vermin" and "Blood-Drenched Execution" definitely fit the bill. Of course, some of their stuff could easily be considered NightmareRetardant.
** "Orgasm Through Torture" has Cannibal's signature gory lyrics, but the song itself is HONF period. Listen to the main riff alone at night. I dare you.
* [[{{ptitlekbiuofsf}} Sunn 0)))]] has very disturbing songs, even if the vocals don't say much (They're usually just screams). The sheer darkness of their music is enough to give nightmares. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwUZoflOYfY See for yourself.]]
** There's also Sunn O)))'s "Bathory Erzsebet". For those who don't know, this is a song in which famed black metal vocalist Malefic was recorded while performing vocals inside a coffin. Malefic is claustrophobic. The microphone outside the coffin records his vocal performance - one inside just records his terrified breathing.
** The entire subgenre of "drone metal" (which is what Sunn 0))) belongs to) is pretty creepy, too. However, there is one band from that genre that is much, much more terrifying than Sunn 0))): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGwLTPEhyA Khanate]].
* The discography of the black metal band Blut Aus Nord fits under this trope. Their music consists of atonal screams, atonal guitars, atonal everything else. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TUArB9FWRU And, dear god, is it terrifying.]]
** That is, their later, industrial music inspired output. "Ultima Thulee" and "Memoria Vestuta I" are more conventional, melodic black metal works.
* Black metal band Wewelsburg's "Fatal Futurism Factory". It begins with some mysterious, atmospheric noises... a dog barks... then a man ranting under his breath about there being no escape. It is very unclear what he's trying to escape from. A demonic voice tells him, "Where are you going? It's too late for you. We can ''see'' you. You're going to die." And then, a CreepyChild voice lamenting, "Everything is dark here! Why did you let me die?" ''Eep.''
* Most black metal bands try to be scary but just [[{{Narm}} fail hilariously]]. But along comes a band like Anaal Nathrakh which is pure terror personified in a musical form. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rymgm3jcuWc Just listen]]. The fact that the misanthropic screams are juxtaposed with the ominous clean vocals only adds to the terror.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifDlckCGSBU Regression to the Mean]] is a great example - it has a heavily distorted air-raid siren blaring, a choir in the background offsetting that, and [[{{Mayhem}} Atilla Csihar]]'s ominous growls, which were then distorted even more.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCTXqi7NObQ This song]] is easily one of the scariest things that you'll ever listen to, even if you're a fan of goregrind, death metal and extreme music in general. It's not the most brutal song of all time, but it's a good contender for most TOTALLY FUCKING NECRO song of all time.
*** I hate you! I hate you! From the very first second my heart was pounding and it still wont stop and it's been ten minutes now. Worse still, I loved the song so I'm too tempted to listen to it again.
* On the album ''Once Was Not'' by {{Cryptopsy}}, there are at least four songs worthy of this trope. "Luminum" and "The End" because they're just so damn haunting, and "In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies, the Sky Is Mortal" and "Endless Cemetery" because they're, for lack of a better word, ''apocalyptic'' in nature.
** There is a group for [[NoTrueScotsman "real metal fans"]] on last.fm, where one of the criteria for getting in was to "fall asleep listening to Cryptopsy". Needless to say, few people got in...
* CelticFrost's ''Danse Macabre'' (and to a lesser extent, ''Tears in a Prophet's Dream'') is a literal musical embodiment of this trope, featuring horrifying sounds of violin strings scraping, distorted, layered whining voices, and eerie voices speaking something that sounds like "come to me." And those are only ''some'' of the horrors you will hear in this nightmare of a song.
** Pretty much the entire album of ''Monotheist'' is pure Nightmare Fuel. Especially "Dying God Coming into Human Flesh," featuring strange, unidentafiable sounds, reversed vocals, layered feedback, and lyrics that form an ominous mantra. But the song that really takes the cake is "Tottengot," which is German for "Dead God," and features disturbing lyrics sung in a terrifying hiss.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Good Mourning/Black Friday" definitely falls under this. The song is about being possessed by a demon and then going out and murdering people with a hammer. The way Dave sings "And I will cut you down" is horrifying.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Memory Remains". You're lying if you say that the old woman (Marianne Faithfull, a famous English singer and actor) singing and playing the accordion ''isn't'' going to keep you up at night. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnJcB2NvOYU Something like this]].
** "Fight Fire With Fire" can also be pretty terrifying. It's a song about a nuclear holocaust. The sound of a bomb going off at the end doesn't help.
** Try listening to "One" and not imagining yourself [[AndIMustScream in that situation]]. Watching the video is even worse. In the book it's based on, the soldier doesn't want to die, but, in a CMOA and CMOH, to go on a speaking (well, signalling) tour to show the inhumanity of war.
** "The Thing That Should Not Be," with the unsettling chorus guitar and Kirk's lead giving the impression of a wailing beast, also fits in this category.
** Am I the only one now intensely terrified a sandman will break into my house and kill me while I sleep? "Enter Sandman" is half ParanoiaFuel, half FridgeHorror.
* The Axis of Perdition, a British [[IndustrialMetal industrial]] [[BlackMetal black metal]] band. [[http://www.gomusic.ru/album.html?id=46799 Here]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HENX1PMxr_A are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9zIDD9dOcs some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqRZUzjaz9g examples]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG236282Ndw for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27LFm9zHhp8 you]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1TAlK7kFIs all]].
** Kind of comes with the territory, since they are a SilentHill tribute band.
** The term "blind idiot god" in in the lyrics of the song on one of those links, So CthulhuMythos as well. Here have a link to [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] High Octane Nightmare Fuel page.
* The entire genre of {{Grindcore}} seems to exist solely to create nightmares.
** With that said, a lot of grindcore can count as NightmareRetardant, basically being the musical equivalent to cheesy horror movies (YourMileageMayVary, though). But then, bands like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tgmscg9e34 Pig Destroyer]] ([[FanDisservice NSFW]]) come along. The album ''Terrifyer'' is appropriately named.
*** Pig Destroyer's lyrics are also incredibly nightmarish. David Lynch doesn't have squat on JR Hayes.
**** And then there's Pig Destroyer's ''Natasha'', an EP taken up by a single, 37-minute long song named "Natasha". It's so totally fucking unpleasant and nihilistic it's almost painful to listen to.
**** The reprise of Jennifer that follows ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx-fw-tq1B0 Piss Angel]]'' (starting at 2:34) is just horrific. You drift away listening to that awful CG-voice narrating and at some point you snap out of it, noticing that the horrible sound in the background is growing louder, and then it says "...She knew that sooner or later they would realize that the ride wasn't stopping and they were all going to die." and '''shuts up''', but the sound doesn't stop, and then your brain clicks and you realize that he was talking about you realizing that "the ride" isn't stopping and-
**** Hell even the ''album cover'' is disturbing as fuck, depicting a man hacking his own limbs off with a saw.
* Admiral Angry, a bottom heavy sludge metal band from California. Think QueensOfTheStoneAge instrumentation slowed down to a crawl with shrieking Sunn O)))-esque vocal stylings. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNRQIX8Cu44&feature=player_detailpage#t=248s Never has a band name been so fitting]]. The majority of the album ''Buster'' was written by the guitarist while he was [[DespairEventHorizon dying of complications from Cystic Fibrosis]], and it shows in the sheer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CATOw3qMru8 atonal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_tvOTuJLe4 profound hatred]] of man.
* The Welsh death metal band Desecration fits this, especially their debut album ''Gore and Perversion''. It was so bad that authorities arrested band members and destroyed almost all copies of the record, including the masters.
** That album was finally released as ''Gore and Perversion 2'' in 2002. They used different artwork and no lyrics, but eventually both the artwork and the lyrics leaked to the internet. The lyrics don't just [[CrossesTheLineTwice cross the line]]; they [[SerialEscalation utterly obliterate the line, have it for dinner, and run miles ahead of where the line once was.]] The three worst songs are entitled "Penile Dissection," "Fontanelle Fornication," and "I.A.I." That's right, that last one was so horrific they had to abbreviate the title. You can find the original artwork and lyrics on their [[http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=4663 Metal Archives page]]. It's ''extremely'' NSFW.
* The song "Premonition of Pain" by 3InchesOfBlood. "THE TYRANT IS HERE, TO TAKE UP YOUR THRONE, TO TAKE OFF YOUR HEAD, BEFORE TAKING YOUR CROWN!!! THE MYSTIC HE LAUGHS, YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME, BUT NOW YOU BEG FOR YOUR LIFE ON YOUR KNEES!!!" Then it ends with "The price... paid in blood... the price... paid in blood... just pray that the blood is not yours."
* Amon Amarth's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGJ6x5Nnr_k Where Death Seems to Dwell]]". It's about a dead man mindlesssly wandering the freezing void beneath the earth until he reaches the gates of hell, and the even worse fate that waits within.
** It gets worse if you know the accompanying mythology, which dictates that he will remain, in agony, in this freezing hell until Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse, when the God of Chaos will conscript him into an army comprised of the [[DemBones rotting remains of the inglorious dead]] and march on Asgard, leading to a battle which ends the universe. Then, ''maybe'', he will be granted the [[AndIMustScream mercy of fading from existence]].
* Early albums by Intestinal Disgorge [[UncannyValley just barely sound human.]]
* A few bands spring to mind for some metalheads:
** The first is Xasthur. Recently ended, this ambient black metal project created what can only be described as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DDRIfd0QYs slow-burning dissonant hellscapes]].
** The next is somewhat more intense than Xasthur; the SludgeMetal nutcases [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyrh8oM_4ho Black Sheep Wall]]. Think Meshuggah slowed down to about half the speed, with the hatred dialled all the way up.
** Finally, and perhaps most obviously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=emrBZZtGFgI Portal.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bf41Pay_0 Most of the band Anacrusis's discography qualifies as this]]. Perfect music to walk through an abandoned asylum in the dark, no lights, because that's what real men do.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "Inside the Fire". Mostly if you know what the lyrics are about ''and'' have experienced the pain.
** The breakdown of "Down With the Sickness," depending on who you ask.
* The {{Trivium}} songs "Unrepentant" and "Entrance Of The Conflagration" are based on absurdly disturbing events in which parents ''murdered their own children''. Read up on them and watch your hands get sweaty for the rest of the day.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O5Px3_RJ3w Stalaggh]]. Oh good lord, Stalaggh.
* Pageninetynine played mostly run-off-the-mill punk/{{grindcore}} in their early years but their fascination with the macabre combined with musical experimentation and the effect of living in TheDeepSouth led to some music that had no screaming or thrashing in it but made up for it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=falOIoqCROU sheer]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDdCA1oTU5o&feature=related creepiness]]. It's like if [[WilliamFaulkner Faulkner]] played punk rock. However, due to the unconventionality of their music it is a definite case of YourMileageMayVary.
* DoomMetal supergroup ''Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine'' have the song "The Smiler", where vocalist Lee Dorian gives an incredibly tortured vocal performance which sounds like a man on the edge of a dreadful acid trip. Listen to that and tell me it doesn't rattle your spine.
** Also theres "He Who Accepts All That Is Offered", from the same album, a scarily realistic monolouge of drug abuse and its consequences.
* Either this or a TearJerker, German FolkMetal band Saltatio Mortis gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRxEtP-1h14 "Koma"]], a song from the perspective of a person who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lies in a coma]], describing his sufferings, growing insanity and longing for salvation. Unless you understand the lyrics, it is probably not that bad... until the end.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBfoMgllphs&feature=related "Eaten"]] by Bloodbath. It seems like standard DeathMetal fare and nothing exceptionally creepy for the genre, but [[RippedFromTheHeadlines then you read about the story behind the song]].
** The song is about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes Armin Meiwes]] case, and is also the basis for the Music/{{Rammstein}} song "Mein Teil", which is mentioned above.
* AcidBath ''runs'' on High Octane Nightmare Fuel. Despite the over the top amount of death and gore in their songs, they avoid {{narm}} through a combination of lyrical imagery that runs the gamut from {{surreal horror}} to [[{{Gorn}} things that]] [[ColdBloodedTorture should not be done to]] [[{{Fingore}} the human body]], and vocals that switch between slow and melodic StonerMetal, classic black metal snarling, and distortion effects just barely on the wrong side of the {{Uncanny Valley}}. All of this is often juxtaposed with images of youth, beauty, and innocence. Here are some lyrics for the viewer's enjoyment:
-->"Jezebel": ''"She screams bloody murder as they chop off her fingers. So this is how it feels to die"''
-->"Scream of the Butterfly": ''"She runs through fields of daisies. Yeah, it's just a shame that they eat their own babies."''
-->"Venus Blue": ''"I eat the razor, a mouth full of God's flesh. Sweating this blackness, I'm shitting this cold death."''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy6WM8THTwg "Locust Spawning"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xQ6Elu0XjI "Finger Paintings of the Insane"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKj-F00i938 "Cassie Eats Cockroaches"]] are also pretty good for some shivers, both lyrically and musically.
* Deadsoul Tribe's "Some Things You Can't Return"; while the music is DarkerandEdgier than its lyrics, its lyrics imply that every time someone visits your house, they leave a shadow-image of themselves behind - and that these shadows are malignant.
* The screamed vocals in {{Burzum}} can be downright terrifying.'
** Even more frightening is Varg himself. Keep in mind, a lot of Black Metal artists talk tough about murder and such, but don't have the actions to back themselves up. Varg Vikernes not only killed a bandmate, but also burned down multiple churches. In his interviews he shows no real remorse or regret for the acts, even joking about the arsons. The fact that a cold-blooded killer can be so honest and stark was quite chilling to this troper's friends.
* The majority of the songs by Macabre. Why? Every song they do is inspired by and about the serial killers of the world, and often goes into lurid detail about their crimes. It would be NightmareRetardant if it wasn't for the fact that it all actually happened.
* The Torsofuck song 'Raped by Elephants'. Yeah, it sounds [[RapeAsComedy funny]] at first. Then you'll hear the intro. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JblFx1aXpeU Oh dear God, the intro]].
* By default, most of {{Meshuggah}}'s music is scary to listen to: churning guitars tuned slightly above a bass guitar, indecipherable screams, and rather nightmarish lyrics, usually about death, technology, or some combination thereof. What truly is terrifying, however, is their video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc98u-eGzlc "Bleed"]]; random cuts between a disheveled man, a dying insect, a blood-stained man chained to a wall, and something that looks like an evil albino Shiva, all over a riff that manages to sputter along in not quite 4/4, which just adds to the unnerving "I should be able to see a pattern here" part of the brain.
** Some other examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_tSyJBsRQ "New Millenium Cyanide Christ"]] especially when reading the lyrics along with it and imagine them, about a man who ruins himself to become a cyborg demi-god in order to lead the human race to a similar fate. (despite the video being intentionally hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_tSyJBsRQ]] The note bending riffs towards the end are spine chilling. Also worth mentioning is near the middle of the very long 1 song Ep ''I'', where it has a very strange sounding acoustic section deliberately off key and sounding like a broken ice cream truck jingle, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fwk_Rc00UQ then the scariest, most furious intense riff of the song bursts out of nowhere]]...
** Another potent example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSbHqtdcTCg Mind's Mirrors]] off of ''Catch Thirtythree''. Listen to that in a dark room alone, and try not to get freaked out, especially with the extra low, distorted bass in the beginning. Brrr.....
** No mention of Elastic? The song starts out like any other Meshuggah song, but ends in a breakdown/solo thing with a dreadful-sounding guitar, then devolves into about 6 minutes of drone ambiance, then proceeds to play every previous song off of the album Chaosphere (including the aforementioned New Millennium Cyanide Christ)...at once.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZBlEdvVyVc "Livin' Like a Zombie"]] by Mortification, possibly because it was in BME Pain Olympics.
* Fantomas' album ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delirium_cordia Delirium Cordia]]'' is a horror concept album. The entire album consists of one track over an hour long entitled "Surgical Specimens From the Museum of Skin". The track contains a myriad of unsettling sounds, from surgical instruments to melancholic, monotonous piano. Further driving the point home: the interior artwork of the album consists of photograph excerpts from ''The Sacred Heart'', a book of surgical photography.
** ''Director's Cut'' is an pretty unsettling album too. Some of the songs can be considered pure paranoia fuel, with the way the theme changes from heavy to light and back to heavy again constantly.
** Hell, everything Fantomas has made goes under this category.
* Battle of Mice is not the best band to listen to when one does not enjoy nightmare-inducing music; the vocals are downright creepy all the time. Two songs that take the cake are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wScX-ao9ZU "Bones in the Water"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1CkdF7uoKk "At the Base of the Giant's Throat"]], the latter getting special mention because of the 911 phone call at the end.
** Even KNOWING that its origins are comparatively innocent doesn't make it anything other than intensely disturbing.
* ''One after one... by the star-dogged moon... and I heard nor sigh nor groan... with a heavy thump... a lifeless lump... they dropped down one by one.'' "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is most likely Music/IronMaiden's creepiest song. This may be because the poem the song was based on is pretty creepy itself.
* "Excuse Me While I Kill Myself" by Sentenced. The name is bad enough, but the fact that the song is [[LyricalDissonance so upbeat and catchy]] when it's about shooting yourself in the head is just evil.
* Star Of Ash's song "Drag Them Down" (from the album 'the Thread') is a very peaceful instrumental song... if you disregard the half-heard, oppressive and irregular drum beat in the background (almost like a heart slowing down) and the sound of a car trunk slamming down, followed by the barely-audible jangle of keys. Coupled with the rest of the album, you just ''know'' what's in that trunk. (on second thought, nearly ''all'' Star Of Ash songs have some sort of potential for HONF)
* [[Music/DreamTheater James LaBrie]]'s solo album ''Elements of Persuasion'' has one such song: "Drained". It's about a man stalking ''himself'' in his home, often returning to the room he just left, and being completely aware of (and somewhat welcoming toward) the fact that he's losing his mind.
* Zero Hour albums, "A Fragile Mind" and "The Towers of Avarice" are both this. The former deals with a man who, after having brain surgery (that drives him insane since the anesthetic somehow doesn't take) gains the ability to jump into people's bodies (erasing their personalities in the process) and promptly uses it on the woman he loves. The latter tells the story of a future where gigantic, mechanical towers are all that's left, humans are worked to death in them and their corpses are used to feed the towers; a rebel named Subterrenean is free, and he hatches a plan to destroy the towers. After failing and finding himself inside the towers, Subterrenean finds out that the towers are actually run by men, who are slowly drawing the free people into the towers to be enslaved by the machinery forever.
* The {{Evergrey}} album ''In Search of Truth''. It tells the story of a man who is (or thinks he is) constantly being abducted by aliens every night. He is tortured, physically and psychologically (often stripped bare and sexually abused). He's further isolated as even those closest to him don't believe his claims about what's happening to him. In the end, it turns out that [[spoiler: he was the subject of some sort of an experiment and his tormentors were human all along.]]
* KingDiamond. Sure, YourMileageMayVary, but albums about living paintings, corpses made into puppets by a deranged magician (and are very, ''very'' aware and alive), ground glass in dinner... his album concepts are pure HighOctaneNightmareFuel.
* Finnish doom metal band Oak has only released one demo so far, but nonetheless they've made some creepy material. Unfortunately, I have only listened to one of their tracks via YouTube, The House on Reed's End Road. The title basically says all with that song, and the eerie, haunting opening riff doesn't help. The vocals emit whining, dramatic and a ghastly moan, with some lyrics depicting a classic haunted house scenario to boot. Though I have only listened to that song, I've got a feeling the others are just as terrifying, what with titles like "The Witch, Cross and Stream" and the ever chilling title of the final track, "In Graveyards, On Darkened Nights". I hope I can get my hands on these tracks as well.
* Some Ocean Chief songs fit this trope. Most are just straightforward stoner doom metal songs, such as Galleons from the Sun. However, 12 minutes into the song, we get a Jaws like, somewhat creepy melody, and at 13:10, when you least expect it, a FREAKING MONOLITHIC riff tears through that could startle Chuck Norris with ease. And after it goes back to the Jaws melody, you keep expecting it to get heavy again, but it just loops over and over, and fades out of existence. Tobias' creeping chanting of "I am the one..." at the end doesn't help much, either.
* Peccatum songs "Desolate Ever After" and "Stillness" (both from the same album) were engineered to fuel nightmares. The former is better by the fact that its lyrics were meant to be a TearJerker, while the latter is pure nightmare fuel incarnate. Here's a passage:
--> ''Sickening, sickening place''
--> ''Framed snapshots of buzzing stillness''
--> ''Noisy poloroid faces''
--> ''With tick, tack, clock, with tick, tack, clock voices''
* Want chills? [[WithinTemptation "Our Solemn Hour"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_McX71X1D8 Reversed.]] Use your imagination while listening.
* ''Alice's Inferno'' by Spanish Gothic metal band [[http://darklyrics.com/lyrics/foreverslave/alicesinferno.html#1 Forever Slave]] is about a teenaged girl confined to a mental hospital for killing her parents. What follows is basically a journey through her tortured subconscious, based on Dante's ''[[DivineComedy Inferno]]'' and ''[[AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]''. The whole thing is such a perverted blend of beauty, innocence, arcane rituals, drugs, and diabolical evil revealed through death growl vocals, Gregorian chants, and a soaring soprano. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAYLzjOukVk "In the Forest"]] and "Aquelarre" are great examples.
--> Ceremonies for an ancient ritual
--> Cawing sounded in the chancel
--> The cellist was a black crow
--> Death conducts this orchestra

--> Black witches I send out
--> You can't escape
--> You better start to shout
--> Vienen a por ti
--> No puedes escapar
--> Comienza a gritar
* The mostly-unknown mexican brutal death band ''Disgorge'' have, for reasons unknown, decided to put this quite unfitting and haunting melody at the beginning of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxIafW7N438 Raise the Pestilence]]''. Just check your sound levels before playing it.
* Gaza's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8rqiqEdwio I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die]]''. Sure, it may sound fairly normal at first (for metal), but that quickly fades away to a bombardment of noise with terrifying tortured screams. Have fun sleeping at night.
* Pretty much anything by black/noise band Gnaw Their Tongues. Their music might as well be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4SX7sty_w the soundtrack to your nightmares.]]
* Ingested. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LLzWOWM3Ko What the fuck.]]
* Velvet Cacooon's album Genevieve is predominantly fairly conventional ambient black metal with hints of shoegaze. But the last track, "Bete Noire", is 17 minutes of the most paranoia- and anxiety-inducing ambient electronica you will ever hear. Here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXUZipslbGo&playnext=1&list=PLD22AA6B58DEA2ACE first]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6NfnZVWNaM&feature=related second]] halves.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfM0BKNoCo0 Suffer Age]] by FearFactory. If the lyrics based upon the murders committed by John Wayne Gacy don't scare you, the ominous guitar riffing at the beginning will.
** [[http://youtu.be/ftRnoTglrMQ Christploitation]] is a good 5 minutes of the band reminding you that God doesn't exist, the afterlife doesn't exist, and you will become nothing after death. Also, pianos are still ''creepy as all hell.''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0KKUxY0UDg Controlled Demolition]] Takes you right back to 9/11 complete with a 911 call from inside one of the towers.
** The outtros to pretty much all of the closing tracks are pretty unnerving, especially "A Therapy for Pain" and "Final Exit".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUi9itgtF2o&feature=related Howling of the Jinn]] by {{Nile}} is the epitome of this trope. The lyrics combine almost every primal fear (being covered in insects, voices of madness, suffocation, and being devoured by snakes). That's not even getting into the scream near the middle of the song.
* {{Ministry}}'s album "The Land of Rape And Honey" might not be very creepy or disturbing in itself musicaly (YourMileageMayVary), but try to figure out what the abstract album art really do resemble in the middle of the night. If you see it, it cannot be unseen.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku1uHRFlV0A "Untrue"]] by {{Katatonia}}. It begins with a slow, mournful riff played on clean guitars, which is repeated many times, then suddenly explodes into a heavy death-doom passage accentuated by Mikael Åkerfeldt's growling vocals...and then the heavy part is over as suddenly as it began, and you're back to the non-distorted riff until the song fades out.
* "Itty Bitty Titty Girl" by Deadsy. Despite the humorous title, the song is quite disturbing, since it's sung from the perspective of an obvious pedophile. As the song progresses, the music and vocals become more and more distorted, adding to the creepiness.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdHjOEtpyXI "Triumph of Death"]] by Hellhammer. [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant You're welcome.]]
--> [[spoiler:"When...you... / Have...been... / Down...in your grave... / [[AndIMustScream ALIVE!!!]]"]]
* Music/OzzyOsbourne utilizes this trope to the extreme in ''Let Me Hear You Scream''.
* I wonder why death metal band [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICy-hWqzxs Gorguts]] hasn't been mentioned... just listen to Obscura, especially the linked song, Sweet Silence. The last minute ALWAYS catches you off guard.
* In black metal, a genre based around being all kinds of terrifying, finding the most terrifying band is always going to be difficult. But I present to you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WayVS0gnBNc Deathspell Omega.]] They sound nothing like a human band and everything like a sonic reinterpretation of the many layers of hell.
* LivingColour was always kind of a happy go lucky band during the eighties, but took on a much darker tone on 1993's "Stain", which included the nightmarish "Hemp", a spoken word bit that can best be described as sounding like a Pedophile reading deranged poetry to his drugged-up victim.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InYp8LIg4ng Silencer]]. A Swedish suicidal black metal band who released one album, fronted by one Nattramn, who has a very *interesting* backstory. He's a paranoid schizophrenic who was institutionalized. There are also rumors that he attempted to kill a six-year old girl with an axe, took psychiatric ward workers hostage, tried to kill himself and the cops and that ''he cut off his own hands and replaced them with pigs' legs.'' The last is only supported by a well-known disturbing picture of Nattramn though, so it's false, but who knows what other fucked up things he has done. He also has the most deranged and psychotic vocals you'll ever hear.
* On the topic of disturbed artists, there's the infamous {{Mayhem}}. While any song that Dead wrote counts as this, a special mention goes to "Life Eternal" a song about finding immortality and fulfillment in death. What separates this from the usual transylvanian horror fare is that the song was most likely autobiographical- Dead was speculated to have Cotard's Delusion, meaning that he felt that he was already dead and trapped in a false life. Dead found his way out when he [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill sliced open his wrists and blew his brains out with a 12-gauge]]. Knowing that makes the song itself sound like Dead's suicide note.
** On a side note, there's Dead's bandmate Euronymous. When he found Dead's body, his first reaction? Take pictures, and swipe some pieces of the skull before the cops could show up. One photo was the cover for the 1995 LP Dawn Of The Black Hearts. It really makes the album that scarier.
* The title track from the 1992 {{Motorhead}} album March Ör Die. It features among other things a creepy organ that brings Funeral Doom to mind, extra gritty vocals from Lemmy and ultra depressing lyrics describing how the world will be destroyed through [[{{crapsackworld}} militarism, predatory capitalism and social unrest,]] like [[spoiler:"Sword and shield and jackboot heel, we love to kill, we love to kill, we love to taste of our own blood, squirm in our own gore"]] and [[spoiler: "For earth to heal then we must die, no one deserves it more"]]
* FearFactory's song 'Slave Labor'. The song itself isn't really that scary, save for the synths in the main riff, but the subject matter is about self-immolation, which means ''burning yourself alive''. The chorus actually has the line, 'Help me pour this gas on me!'.
* "The Ripper" by Music/JudasPriest, a song from the first-person view of Jack The Ripper, filled to the brim with ParanoiaFuel and a bridge that, at one point, has a guitar mimicking the screams of one of his victims.
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* PorcupineTree has a ton, but a standout is "The Creator Has A Mastertape." The lyrics are absolutely terrifying and those wailing drones
Wilson's guitar makes in the chorus do not help.
** That isn't his only song about children murdering each other, either. PorcupineTree's "This is No Rehearsal" was inspired by a real life example. Just a bit of FridgeHorror for you, considering the song itself sounds pretty happy.
** Not a song, really, but "Space Transmission" from ''On the Sunday of Life'' is terrifying, from the angry whispered delivery to the disturbing images contained within. Protip: Do not listen with headphones at night.
* Magma, when they aren't a source of {{Narm}} can definitely be the soundtrack of your worst nightmare. "Mûh," the last track of their debut album, tells the story of the Kobaians unleashing their most devastating weapon on the Earth, complete with horrific, agonized screams. And it's all sung in [[{{Fictionary}} an invented language]] for added creepiness.
* Almost all intentional [[SubliminalSeduction backmasking]]. Especially in ElectricLightOrchestra's "Fire On High". "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!" Backwards! Shudder. There's something about [[UncannyValley a recognizably-human voice producing noises that no human could ever make]] that's just creepy.
* CoheedAndCambria's "Three Evils" has what is probably the most disturbing EarWorm ''ever''. "Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops, pull the trigger and the nightmare stops..."
** Coheed's "Welcome Home" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycMNBgoWPZg video]] qualifies as well. And "Blood Red Summer" too, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvH-70bY2C8 thinking about it.]]
** Claudio also made a (quite graphic) Willing Well IV: The Final Cut[[hottip:* :(which is, in itself, pretty creepy: ''"You're a selfish little whore, I'm the selfish little whore/if I had my way I'd crush your face in the door/THIS IS NO BEGINNING, THIS IS THE FINAL CUT...open up/THIS IS NO BEGINNING, THIS IS THE FINAL CUT...oh, I'm in love"'' - It's a DreamSequence where a character imagines themselve being taken to a guillotine and killed)]] video which shows himself (not in RealLife) torturing his (RealLife) girlfriend...creepy...
** "Ten Speed" doesn't have a very frightening music video, but the song itself is about a man arguing with his bicycle about killing off a fictional character based on his girlfriend. In the interlude, if you listen closely, you can hear a bit of their conversation.
** ''The Willing Well II'': "You'll burn in hell while they're diggin' you out!"
** I've always considered pretty much everything by Coheed to qualify as nightmare fuel, what with the lyrics about murder and all (even if it is in the context of an epic science fiction story).
* ''Scenes From a Memory'' by Music/DreamTheater is incredibly unsettling. It begins with a very calm hypnotist and then his patient relating information. All of the spoken word aspects are very monotone, but the singing sounds strangely upbeat and then the background noises start getting harder to ignore.
** "Open your eyes, Nicholas." [[spoiler: * THUD* * static* ]] Gaaah. Really, all of "Finally Free".
*** Especially disturbing as the "Open your eyes" comes up earlier in the song: "[[spoiler: * BANG* * SCREAM* "Open your eyes, Victoria" * BANG* ]]". The whole murder scene is incredibly creepy simply because it's related with sound rather than lyrics.
** There's also the last 2 minutes of "Misunderstood". LastNoteNightmare indeed.
** Panic Attack. The lyrics are disjoined and the music is chaotic to symbolize a panic attack... nnd hot damn. It makes you feel as if you're having one.
*** The thing is, if you're prone to panic attacks, you'll know that it's pretty accurate.
* VanDerGraafGenerator's 1971 album masterpiece, ''Pawn Hearts'', is possibly the best example of theirs. These (shouted) lyrics from "Man-Erg" just about sum it up:
-->''"HOW CAN I BE FREE? HOW CAN I GET HELP?''
-->''AM I REALLY FREE, OR AM I SOMEONE ELSE??"''
** There's also these lovely lyrics from "Lemmings":
-->"Cogs tearing bones, cogs tearing bones
-->Iron-throated monsters are forcing the screams
-->Mind and machinery box-press the dreams."
* SleepytimeGorillaMuseum's entire discography could be brought up. Particularly disturbing are "The Creature" in which someone licks his lips in the background for most of the song, and "Sleepytime (Spirit is a Bone)" in which the lead singer creakily sings "Sleepytime" repeatedly followed by a haunting interlude.
** Although nearly all of their songs are creepy to an extent, many on their album 'Of Natural History' go far beyond the normal interpretation of terrifying. The use of atonality, harsh vocals, and custom instruments are quite effective in painting a picture of anti-humanism and violent horror. Not to mention the lyrics to songs such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksutNW3HFT8 this]].
* The music of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eef5pe8-QpA Kayo Dot]] features some of the most obtuse lyrics of any band ever. Try the line "In the hallway outside my bedroom door, I heard the old dead sleigh gliding to its restful drones, purposely knocking the pictures off their nails. With a vacancy ogling my sober inhalation, our curator's rocking to the rhythm of the rain on her carved hair here in this room, with the inverted torches at its barrier, where materia vibrated out" for confusing and disturbing imagery.
* The {{Gorillaz}} have some doozies when it comes to HighOctaneNightmareFuel. There's the [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, prideful tone]] of Superfast Jellyfish... Which also happens to be about disasterous overfishing and polluting the sea until nothing's left alive.
** Then we have Stylo, with its funky, cool sound; as well as [[TheWoobie 2D's]] MadnessMantra.
--> ''Overload, overload, overload, comin' up to the overload...''
** Feel Good Inc. is a rich, stylish song with a vivid nonconformist message, but its video creeps into FridgeHorror territory the more you think about it. How long have the people been trapped in the tower? Apparently long enough to facilitate military helicopters circling the building so no one will escape. And then there's 2D's helpless, troubled demeanor, which falls somewhere between [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel eerie]] and [[TearJerker heartbreaking.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Not to mention]] [[FanDisservice Murdoc's persistent gyrating.]]
** Plastic Beach, a giant heap of trash in the middle of the ocean? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch Yeah, the writers weren't making that up. And the real one is the size of Texas.]] Still, "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" [[UnusualEuphemism makes for an awesome swear]].
** "Pirate Jet", the closing track on (most editions of) ''Plastic Beach'', with its creepy-yet-catchy chord progression played on jangly synthesizers while 2D sings about how we're wasting so much water.
--> ''It's all good news now, because we left the taps running for a hundred years...''
* Almost every album by Music/DevilDoll (the original avant garde band, not the rockabilly one). Creepy piano music set to the paranoid gibberings of a madman obsessing about something following him through an empty house, subliminal messages, and terrifying descriptions of the apocalypse, just to name a few of the themes the band deals with. And just to make it better, most of their songs go for about an hour or so. That Mr. Doctor sure is a deranged man.
* Steven Wilson's song ''Only Child'' certainly qualifies, with lyrics like "A raven holding to narrow wrist/Pull it tight/Clothes are torn and the body twists/A single light" "An only child/A winning smile/A killing trial." The song seems to be about a child who gets away with (brutally?) murdering a sibling.
* Just about anything by Univers Zero, but especially the ''Heresie'' album, qualifies as some of the creepiest music ever. Although after ''Heresie'', their music got somewhat lighter in tone.
* TheMarsVolta has quite a few songs that fall into this territory. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iISC7j9pkM this one]] takes the cake, along with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3iiOb7jE4 "Eunuch Provocateur"]] which contains two instances of backmasking: First, a distorted voice [[IronicNurseryTune singing Itsy-Bitsy Spider]], and then the voice of a CreepyChild saying "Mommy or Daddy ever had to spank you?".
** Another terrifying case is "Cassandra Gemini Part VII" which, when listened to at full volume with headphones on in your bed with the lights off, detached from the rest of the song cycle, just makes you think that someone's coming up to you and is going to kill you as you lie there.
** Learning the story behind Deloused at the Comatorium makes *the entire album* nightmare fuel.
* Arena's "The Butterfly Man", while mysterious and ominous in its instrumentalization, is told from the perspective of a man who has been kidnapped by a cosmic being (dubbed 'The Butterfly Man') who keeps souls/beings and has a collection of them. The worst part isn't that the victims (or "trophies") are aware/immortal, that they themselves ''allowed'' the Butterfly Man to kidnap them/went directly to the Butterfly Man for one reason or another (implied to be desire or greed).
* More or less all of progressive folk-rock act Comus' ''First Utterance''. The music often sounds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nPer5U-zi0 very]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rN6YF5J_o malevolent]] for being largely acoustic and folk-influenced. The lyrics deal with murder, rape (in two separate songs), hanging, and being put in a BedlamHouse. Even "The Herald", which is about daylight coming and making everything peaceful again, is still pretty eerie sounding thanks to its prominent use of theremin.
* Most, if not the entirety of ''Red'' by KingCrimson. The intro to "Starless" alone can suck the warmth out of any room with its Mellotron intro and creepy lyrics which seems to be talking about suicide, and even though the listener is taken to the heavens at the end of the song, the same intro is played one more time, only with a sharper, more menacing edge.
** "Providence" is one of the most unnerving pieces of music ever to grace human ears. The first half alone will have you looking around the room, convinced that ''something'' is staring at you. It's fucking ''terrifying''.
** "21st Century Schizoid Man" lives up to it's title, with it's screaming guitars and saxes, a start-stop section and apocalyptic lyrics:
-->Blood rack, barbed wire
-->Politicians funeral pyre
-->Innocents raped with napalm fire
* It's also listed on the CrowningMomentOfFunny page and does have good BlackComedy value, but one has to recognise FrankZappa's "The Torture Never Stops" can also make great HONF. The entire arrangement is performed at an oppressively slow tempo and stretched to 9 minutes, with the music being largely minimalist riffs and drumming topped off with reverbed slide guitars, ScareChord-like trills, and female screams of pain (or the opposite). Zappa's lyrics describing the sadistic TortureCellar are gruesome but funny in a RefugeInAudacity way, but his vocals are close-miked to the point that you can hear the breathing and salivating, and he delivers them in the album's typical low near-growl, making him sound like "an insanely calm mad scientist" (to quote Allmusic).
** Other examples come from FreakOut!, his first album: namely 'Who Are The Brain Police?', in which it seems that the record itself questions the existence of your thoughts and the validity of relationship with art (with a midsong break of pure terror, including someone chanting 'I'm going to die...'), and 'It Can't Happen Here', a demented barbershop quartet in which 4 of the strangest men you will ever meet assure you that 'it', whatever it is, can't happen here....right?
** "The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny", which closes ''We're Only In It For The Money''. The piece is a sonic interpretation of FranzKafka's ''In The Penal Colony'', filled with car horns, strange hums and the evil laughter of the insane, decaying individuals running the place.
** "Jonestown", the final track of "The Perfect Stranger", a haunting composition inspired by Jim Jones' mass suicide killings in 1978.
* The Godspeed You! Black Emperor album ''F sharp A sharp Infinity'', which is an album ruminating about the apocalypse. The first track of the album, "The Dead Flag Blues" includes the lyrics "The car is on fire, and there's no driver at the wheel/And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides" spoken in a somber monotone. The second song, "East Hastings", was used extensively in the movie 28 Days Later, whose director claimed that he had the song in mind when making it.
** "We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine/and the machine is bleeding to death"
*** That drone underneath it all is creepy in and of itself.
** Or, how about just Godspeed You! Black Emperor in general? Every album, every track.
*** YMMV on that. ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is actually pretty upbeat.
*** ''Skinny Fists'' is the band's brightest album as a whole, but the track "Static" deserves to be here. To hear a guy babbling on about seeing the face of God and dying over a beautiful, somber violin solo creates a {{Soundtrack Dissonance}} that is quite disturbing. And then there's the second half of the track, "World Police and Friendly Fire/The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now", whose eeriness can't be easily described in words.
* Another post-rock example, Slint's Spiderland, which includes "Don Amon" (Don stepped outside.) and "Good Morning, Captain" (I MISS YOU!), two songs that can ruin any night's sleep.
* Mogwai. ''Like Herod.'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cddprg-YwXQ No further explanation is necessary.]]
* SigurRos has (perhaps unwittingly) been a perpetrator of this. I dare you to listen to ''Vaka'' alone, at night, and not get a serious case of the heeby-jeebies. Watch the music video for extra terror!
** Their first album, ''Von'', is full of creepy ambient noises. Special mention goes to the intro track with its [[HellIsThatNoise ghastly screaming sounds]].
* "Red Sector A" by ''{{Rush}}''. It is about someone trying to survive during the Holocaust. 'Nuff said.
** Agreed 100%, especially considering that Rush are usually so upbeat. It becomes extra horrifying when you know that Geddy Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors, so it's all based on his mother's experiences. In fact, the whole Grace Under Pressure album is pretty dark, though with that hopeful twist that Neil Peart does so well.
* Many Blue Öyster Cult songs. If you hear them, many of them sound happy and upbeat. [[LyricalDissonance But if you listen listen to the lyrics]].... Here's an example. In the backround of "Harvester of Eyes" during the solo you can hear some stuttering, but it's really hard to make out what it says:
-->I'm the harvester of eyes
-->I'm just walkin' down the street
-->I see a garbage can, I pick it up
-->I look through all the garbage
-->To see if there are any eyes inside
-->I'll put 'em in my pink leather bag
-->And take all their eye balls
-->And I bleed with 'em
-->As I plead with their eyes all night
-->So if you see me walkin' down the street
-->You'd better get out of the way
-->And put on your eye glasses
-->'cause I'm gonna take your eyes home with me...

** ''Joan Crawford''. Mother's home, indeed!
* Lawrence Gowan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hSDIjh-iMk A Criminal Mind]] definitely qualifies, due to the fact that the narrator is an unrepentant criminal who pretty much prides himself on what he's done (oh, and by the way, [[NothingIsScarier he never actually SAYS what he's done]], leaving it for you to guess), but the real horror is in lines like these:" I've spent my life behind these steel bars/I've served my debt in time, but being brought to justice/THAT was my only crime", "These prison walls secure me/and I'm numb to pain"
** The [[SoundtrackDissonance gentle piano music at the beginning]] could qualify on its own; there's almost a Silence of the Lambs thing going with Gowan singing about "They tried to reform me/but I'm made of cold stone" while playing that really brings it home....
** In each chorus of the song, he tells the listener "Ask one who's known me/if I'm really so bad" followed by a menacing whisper of "I AM."
** Even worse, the final bit: "Some people struggle daily/They struggle with their consciensce 'til the end, [[CompleteMonster I have no guilt to haunt me/I feel no wrong intent]]"
** As the song fades out, Gowan begins echoing the "Made of cold stone" line, and at one point, he literally screams "[[AxCrazy JUST LIKE YOUR PRISON WALLS!]]" To reiterate: [[OhCrap Prison hasn't done anything to reform him---it's made him even worse]].
** After the first chorus, Gowan goes from singing softly to an almost harsh-sounding voice---just listen to the earlier line starting with "I've spent my life behind these steel bars", and you can hear equal traces of hatred, pride and something else in his tone as he continues.
** There's something about the synth riff on this song (the one between the second chorus and the final verse)...the only word I can use to describe it adequately is "haunting". Take that in whatever way you will. Oh, and those synth-drums that kick in after the first chorus....anyone else think they [[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything sound a bit like gavels?]]
** During the line "I'd like to say a few words/here in my own defense", there's this [[HellIsThatNoise weird synth-like sound in the background]]; something about that noise just creeps me the hell out.
** One final note: This is the ONLY TRACK ON "Strange Animal" that isn't a happy, pop-radio-sounding song; everything from "Cosmetics" to the title track (and even songs like "Desperate", "Keep the Tension On" and "Guerilla Soldier") is upbeat, catchy and very easy to sing along to...but "A Criminal Mind"---the LAST TRACK ON THE ALBUM---will stick with you LONG after you've heard it.
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* TheRamones classic "Teenage Lobotomy". First off there's the whole Lobotomy thing in the first place, which may or may not have been caused by exposure to massive amounts of the pesticide DDT, or may have been used to control symptoms of the DDT poisoning. Then there's the implications that he's trapped in his own mind and that there's something frightening in there with him.
* SiouxsieAndTheBanshees. "Not Forgotten"? With the creepy moaning in the background, not to mention the lyrics. "You buried it so deep/So safe in hidden sleep/But like a telltale corpse/Rises to the surface/Over ripe and bloated" -shudder- And "Spellbound"... "When you think your toys are going berserk/It's an illusion/You cannot shirk/You hear laughter cracking through the walls/It sends you spinning/You have no choice!"
** Their radical reinvention of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is taken (it would seem) from the perspective of the Charles Manson-inspired Tate-LaBianca murderers. The jagged guitar intro sounds like ''{{Psycho}}'' [[PsychoStrings knife-slash music]], the lyrics are chanted like a disturbing litany, and the whole thing works up into a speeding frenzy until it suddenly stops dead and plunges into silence...
** Also the wordless "Pure" from the same album ('The Scream'), which would make perfect theme music for the opening titles of a horror movie.
** 'An Execution'. Just a fucking creepy piece of music/narration.
*** Which according to TheOtherWiki, is inspired by Elizabeth Báthory
** Nobody's mentioned Eve White/Eve Black yet? It starts out with a creepy arpeggio followed by some soft, eerie singing. Then about a third into to the song, there's a horrifying scream, and anyone listening becomes too paralyzed with fear to skip to the next song.
* Ska-Punk band Reel Big Fish usualy makes upbeat and fun Ska songs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unkyz1GKcjs Then they got this one]]. Sweet dreams...
* The uncensored version of Die Artze's music video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJo5dIJEx4 Junge]]'', in which several people are [[ZombieApocalypse messily consumed by zombies]]. Eventually the band has to fight off the zombies with anything at hand - guitars, beer cans, crossbows - before a mass of zombies drag the lead singer down and then graphically eat his intestines.
* The Leather Nun "Slow Death EP" contains the heartwarming song ''Slow Death'', which intones over and over "90 percent burns, 55 hours to live" with some really horrific noise droning behind it. Considering that the live version of the song guest stars Genesis P-Orridge (of ''Hamburger Lady'' fame) and Monte Cazazza, its inclusion here fits perfectly.
* [[http://sadsteve.com/preview.py?url=http://www.box.net/shared/static/2s406a2qr4.mp3&song=Broken%20Witch&artist=Liars "Broken Witch"]] by Liars. The most bone-scrapingly unnerving song since Revolution 9. ''We are the army you see through the red haze of blood...blood...blood...blood...blood...''.
** "This Dirt Makes That Mud" from "They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top" is even worse. It starts fairly disturbing, as all Liars songs do, but then it locks into a pattern, and all sounds fade out but this creepy riff and a steady, never changing drum beat. And it goes on. And on, and on, and on. You start to get annoyed. Then you filter it out and ignore it. Then you think you hear something that wasn't there before. For almost thirty minutes.
*** Oh, it gets worse. The 30 minute version from the CD is just to give you a taste of the true horror the vinyl release, which ends in a locked groove, meaning it will continue to play ''forever'', [[FridgeHorror slowly erasing itself from existence]].
--->(or, you know, until you remember to turn it off)
* Orchid, an extreme punk(-ish) band from circa 2000, played music that literally sounds like nightmares. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xm-n0S7II Take a listen.]
* How could we forget about BlackFlag? Damaged I initially started as your typical title track off of a seminal punk recording, until Greg Ginn decided that the backing track be played at a slower tempo to suit HenryRollins vocals, making the final result, well, upsetting to say the least. There's also "Armageddon Man," off of Family Man, and "I Can See You," which could very easily be a candidate for one of the creepiest songs of all time, both musically and lyrically. Add this to the fact that the band has a reputation amongst troubled teenagers who like to sit in their rooms and listen to their music over and over again, and it is not hard to believe that Greg Ginn, who wrote most of Black Flag's songs, could be the devil reincarnate. None of these have been uploaded to youtube, but if you're curious (and you presumably have little to no intentions of sleeping tonight) you could always just go to Grooveshark.com and type in the names of the songs you want to listen to. Sweet dreams.
* The Misfits and Samhain, both fronted by Glen Danzig, often have quite disturbing lyrics.
* PublicImageLtd have quite a few creepy songs.
** Annalisa isn't the ''worst'', but there's something about the fact that it just keeps going, that really weird, disorientating flange/delay they put on everything towards the end, as well as some of Lydons more guttural screams. Oh, and that it's about a girl with mental problems being starved to death during a botched exorcism? Did I mention it's a true story?
** Then there's Careening, a twisted Dub song about TheTroubles, with one of the most ominous sounding synth lines ever. I don't know if the fact that it was Levine trying to recreated the sound of the ''clearly'' distressed vending machine in their rehearsal studio makes it more or less scary.
** Also up there is Poptones, about a woman locked in the boot of "a fast German car" and driven into the woods, with full knowledge that nothing good can happen when the car stops. All the while, the driver is playing the same song over and over again on the car stereo. Did I mention that [[RippedFromTheHeadlines this one also happened]]?
** Most of the songs on ''Metal Box'' and ''Flowers Of Romance'' qualify for least as [[NightmareFuel the lower grade]], but the aforementioned [[PrimalFear "Poptones"]] and [[CosmicHorrorStory "Under the House"]] from each respectively are nigh-indisputably terrifying.
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* The Killers have what can be construed as a song cycle about murder: "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf", "Midnight Show", and "Jenny was a Friend of Mine". The last one mentioned would seem to be the killer's statements while being interrogated by the police. ("There ain't no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine," but "she couldn't scream while I held her close"...)
* "Gnik Nus" spooked me when I had my iTunes on shuffle at night.
* Music/AliceCooper has got numerous songs like this include "Wind Up Toy", "Devil's Food", "Welcome to my Nightmare", and "Black Widow". "Wind Up Toy" has that bit at the end with the creepy voice whispering; "Devil's Food" has several nightmarish things about it, especially the end monologue performed by Vincent Price as the curator of a museum describing the black widow spider; and then there's the entirety of the "Black Widow", including its chorus.
** However, these are lullabies compared to two other tracks off 'Welcome to My Nightmare': "Years Ago" and "Steven". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixyFvAEERvA&feature=related And this video makes it much creepier. Damn you Vincent Price!]]
** "ILoveTheDead" could also qualify, given the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subject matter]] and the orgasmic moans in between the "Hey Jude" style choruses.
*** While we're on the subject of dead things, let's put "Dead Babies" on here too. It's bad enough that the verse portion of the song consists of a creepy as hell proto-grunge riff, but you also have the lyrics of Little Betty consuming the entirety of her mother's medicine cabinet, without anyone there to watch over her. Doubles as a TearJerker, considering that her parents didn't even ''care'' that she died.
* Simple Minds' Real To Real Cacophony album, and some songs written around the same time. The most obvious is Scar, the closing track of the album, which starts off relatively upbeat before it is revealed that the song is actually about a particularly gruesome car crash. The lyrics "Travelling through, flashback to you, fire, I see fire" and chorus being "Car passenger, fate at the wheel, Quick kiss of death." seem to describe this quite bluntly.
** The first track on the album "Real To Real" is known to start off ominously enough before becoming very creepy a minute in. "Naked Eye" which follows contains some very odd lyrics and later on, "Carnival" contains the classic trope of creepy circus music to contrast with the anger of its chorus. "Factory" paints a very dark picture of someone stuck in a hopeless job who has a nervous breakdown. "Film Theme", an instrumental, seems to have been written to evoke Vampirish films. Even though it's one of the most upbeat songs on the album musically, "Calling Your Name" seems to be someone mourning a dead lover.
** Without question, however, the most nightmare inducing song on the album is Veldt, a sound collage of creepy noises, jungle sounds and ominous hidden voices "Don't go back there". If this doesn't creep out the listener, the way the tune suddenly drops into an even creepier section will.
** Also, Kaleidoscope, the main outtake from the album begins with an already creepy waltz piano, and the lyrics reveal that the character is a sociopath to say the least "Friends of mine, who ask to stay, they can turn around and walk".
** Finally, there is Garden Of Hate, a previous B Side, which many consider to be the bridge between the band's first album and this one, their second. The difference between styles is enormous- their debut album being a mostly upbeat punk album, and this one being a creepy post-punk album . As a result, this is a dark guitar based song with the upbeat organ contrasting. The song features such charming lyrics as "A girl I know got cut up one night, I don't know if I care, she was in my garden of hate, so many others are there". The way the song ends is extremely terrifying, with laughter fading into a rising synth section before coming to a somewhat abrupt stop.
* The video for QueensOfTheStoneAge's song, "Sick Sick Sick". HighOctaneNightmareFuel to everyone but the vore fetishists.
** And that's only the music video. The song itself has more of a domination "You own me" sort of vibe. QOTSA has a few other HONF songs, such as "Battery Acid", "Better Living Through Chemistry", and "The Sky is Falling". "Battery Acid" is seemingly nonsensical, serial-killer type twisted lyrics set to one of the darkest riffs by them, "Better Living Through Chemistry" is about an epiphany of religion through the Matrix, and "The Sky is Falling" is about people's fear of the nonsensical. And then there's "Burn the Witch", which is about how we used to deal with people we just didn't like.
** "Run, Pig, Run". Listen to it with the lights off. Go on. On a related note, some of the diction in "Mosquito Song" is really fucking freaky.
* From A Perfect Circle (who has the same singer - Maynard James Keenan - as Tool), there's a few that stand out, the bulk of which come from the album ''Emotive'':
** "Annihilation" starts off the album with a whisper throughout the entire song, with a creepy instrumental playing in the background.
** "Imagine" (yes, [[JohnLennon that "Imagine"]]) immediately follows. The instrumental is nowhere near as happy as the original version.
** "Gimme Gimme Gimme" comes close to the line (if it doesn't barge clear across it), what with it sounding like the rantings of a crazed drug addict. The lyric saying he has problems that can't be solved "with an atom bomb" should illustrate it for those that are still capable of paying attention to the lyrics.
** "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" will break anyone still sane after the rest of the album. 5 minutes 36 seconds of Nightmare Fuel-laden Mindscrew comparable to Tool's "L.A.M.C." (Los Angeles Municipal Court), only this time there's an actual rhythm. There's always the strange, moaning, only vaguely human voices in the background, the ragged breathing, the intermittent screaming and gasping, the singer's alternate crooning and shouting, the incessant, harsh beat throughout, and then - ''"GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP."'' The subject matter isn't exactly SweetDreamsFuel either.
*** And when it's set to an Asian horror montage. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASYKM6bGw8 OH GOD!]]
*** Or how about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_fyhjDvsy4 this]] video of the song set to footage from {{Supernatural}}?
*** What's worse, this one in particular is a remake of one of their earlier songs, "Pet", which is just as {{Mind Screw}}y and disturbing.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aizz0o9fPWU And here's the music video.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_y8G8dAnn8 And here's an AMV of this song]] based on NeonGenesisEvangelion.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbxf78nf Hao Lullaby]]". Pay NO attention to the title, it is NOT something you want to listen to before you go to bed.
* If you listen to the end of DavidBowie's "Space Oddity", you'll hear a lot of dissonant sound that's increasing in pitch. If you take the song by its literal meaning, it could easily represent Major Tom's brain going into its death throes from anoxia. Also a LastNoteNightmare.
** WordOfGod poured NightmareRetardant on this one by establishing that Major Tom survives and re-establishes contact in "Ashes to Ashes".
** Another Bowie song, "I'm Afraid of Americans" comes off as a sort of hooky, angry song until the end. Then, it seems paranoid at the realization that "God is an American", and he keeps repeating himself over and over, almost in disbelief. It's subtle, but it's there.
** "All The Madmen", where the protagonist is willing to endure stuff like electric shock therapy and lobotomy in order to escape from an increasingly insane society.
*** From the same album (''The Man Who Sold The World''), there's "Running Gun Blues", where a psychotic former soldier spends his spare time going on shooting sprees, [[LyricalDissonance all while singing in one of the most cheerful melodies]] to ever grace a Bowie song.
* The title song on MeatLoaf's album ''Bat out of Hell III: Monster is Loose'' has several things about it which make it nightmarish, including its madness and insanity inspired theme.
* With a few exceptions, the ManicStreetPreachers' third album, ''[[DarkerAndEdgier The Holy Bible]]'', is aural HighOctaneNightmareFuel. The chorus of ''Archives Of Pain'' is a list of serial killers, and begins with a sample from a relative of one of the Yorkshire Ripper's victims; ''Mausoleum'' describes a place where there are 'no birds' and the sky is 'swollen black', and contains a sample of JG Ballard saying, 'I wanted to rub the human face in its own vomit and force it to look into the mirror'; ''4st 7lb'' graphically details a woman's body going into decline while suffering from anorexia; and the penultimate track, ''The Intense Humming Of Evil'' - about the Nazi death camps - is possibly the most terrifying thing the Manics have ever recorded. Even the cover, a Jenny Savile painting of a morbidly obese woman, is downright terrifying. It goes without saying that guitarist and songwriter Richey Edwards [[CreatorBreakdown was in a very bad place at the time.]] He disappeared a year later and has not been seen since.
* Sure, you might ''think'' MyChemicalRomance is just full of {{Narm}}, but go listen to "Mama" in the dark in the middle of a storm. No, really. You'll get freaked out.
** Then there's their song ''Blood'', which is a [[SoundtrackDissonance cheery little ragtime tune]] that seems to be about mass murder.
*** I'm pretty sure "Blood" is about the Patient (the main character of the album) undergoing constant blood tests (he's supposed to have something wrong with his heart, after all), and it seems like the tests will never stop.
* {{PJ Harvey}} practically runs on nightmare fuel.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbq4G1TjKYg&ob=av2n "Down By the Water".]] No one's quite sure what this song is about. Murder, rape, child abuse, infanticide, sexual abuse, jealousy, shame, incest, some horrible combination of any of those: the theories are out there, but what everyone can agree on is that this is an extremely dark song on an extremely dark album. What makes it even worse is that this track was actually used as a ''radio single''.
*** [[MadnessMantra "Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water, come back here and give me my daughter...".]]
** Hearing Polly Jean belt out the titular lyrics of "Long Snake Moan" counts as Nightmare Fuel and FetishFuel at the same time.
** "Catherine" is perhaps one of the creepiest songs Harvey has recorded and that is saying a lot. Her voice in the entire song never rises above a whisper as she murmurs a prayer for the death and damnation of the titular women.
** While not an overtly creepy song, some of the theories surrounding "A Perfect Day Elise" give cause to mention it here. Just what exactly goes on in [[{{Room101}} Room 509]]?
** "Horses in My Dreams" is to be avoided if horses already creep you out.
** "We Float" also know as nightmare fuel in a song.
** ''White Chalk'', the entire album.
** "Pig Will Not" from her ''A Woman A Man Walked By'' album.
* ''Murder Ballads'' by NickCave and the Bad Seeds. The whole thing, but especially ''Song of Joy'' and ''The Kindness of Strangers''. Of course, if you listen to an album called ''Murder Ballads'' NOT expecting to be creeped out, then you probably deserve everything you get.
** ''Stagger Lee'' started off nice, but then near the end, when the lyrics finally kick in and he just starts ''screaming''...
** There's also [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ke_Tvk4U2zY 'The Curse of Millhaven.']] (Warning: ''loud''.) Doesn't help that it's so catchy, either.
** Try 'Deep In The Woods' by Cave's earlier postpunk band The Birthday Party. Sung in first-person,it's about a self-pitying sex-murderer, and is one of the creepiest things Nick Cave has ever done.
** 'Night of the Lotus Eaters' is another very creepy Nick Cave song, from the album 'Dig Lazarus Dig.' Soft, repetitive and ominous. Really, half of Nick Cave's music has some Nightmare Fuel aspect to it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqfS7NdcwdM The Carny]], anyone?
** 'From Her to Eternity' is deeply unnerving as well. Besides being about a stalker who lives in the apartment underneath that of the woman he's stalking, it's musically chaotic and the disturbing lyrics are mostly slurred.
* TheDecemberists are very, very good at this. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz0ULXSsi_Q Culling of the Fold]]'' deserves a special mention, but ''The Mariner's Revenge'', ''Cautionary Song'', and ''Odalisque'' are all up there too.
** ''Culling of the Fold'' definitely deserves a mention. This is a band that sings about rape, murder, scandal, et cetera without batting an eye, but Jenny Conlee (the band's accordian/backing vocals) downright REFUSED to have it put on the main track listing for its album. You can only get it by buying it from iTunes or redeeming a code from the inside of the album.
** ''Odalisque'' is creepy enough, but then if you look up the etymology of the title, [[ItGotWorse it gets worse]].
** ''Leslie Anne Levin''. mother FUCKING ''Leslie Anne Levine''. Try listening to this song in the dark sometime. The "shake my rattle bone" line in particular serves as potent ParanoiaFuel.
** ''Shankill Butchers'' is pretty nasty too.
*** ''The Rake's Song'' from ''The Hazards of Love'', their rock opera, sees the Decemberists topping their previous attempts; the main villain of the album tells how he murdered his children because he prefers the single life; drowning and poisoning his two daughters, and burning his son alive. [[spoiler:One of the last songs, ''Hazards of Love 3/Revenge'' is a [[LyricalDissonance cheerful]] but aptly named reprise sung by the murdered children with accompanying screechy violin. "Father, I'm not feeling well, the flowers me you fed/ Tasted spoiled, for suddenly, I find that I am dead/ But father don't you fear- your children all are here/ Singing, oh, the hazards of love."]]
**** The band has hinted that it's a prequel to the song "Leslie Anne Levine." In that, [[spoiler:he doesn't kill her, but carelessly abandons her when she gets pregnant. She and the baby die shortly after birth, are left in a ditch, and the daughter's ghost haunts the city.]] So, if anything, that makes it ''worse.''
** Hazards of Love in GENERAL is pretty nightmare-fuely. Evil rake that kills children and kidnaps pregnant women with the intent to rape and murder them? Creepy, rise-and-fall-voice possessive, possibly pedophile-esque queen of the forest? Sounds like a nightmare to me.
**** "The Chimbley Sweep". It could be about male prostitution[[hottip:* :possibly of the child sort, given that the widow addresses him as "urchin"]], or it could be about the much-less-risque chimney sweeping, which is potent nightmare fuel all on its own. Chimney sweeping was an incredibly cruel form of child labor that lead to many if not most sweeps developing black lung by the time they reached adulthood. Besides black lung, the profession put sweeps at risk for various cancers (not just of the lungs) and a number of other medical conditions that are high octane nightmare fuel in their own right. And then there was always the chance of falling and breaking your neck...
***** The fate of "The Chimbley Sweep" may have been mentioned in "Leslie Ann Levine": [[spoiler:"The only love I've known's a chimney sweep/Lost and lodged inside a flue/Back in 1842"]] That's...that's a pretty horrible way to die.
** ''Sons & Daughters'' at first could strike some as a flight of fancy from some Portland Bohems, but after reading a theory that it is, at least in part, about children who were sent away from London during the blitz, it's moved into the nightmare fuel section of the Decemberists' catalog.
** ''July, July'' probably deserves a mention too, since it basically talks about a gut-shot uncle holding his innards in with his hands. Also blood running down shower drains.
** And, you know, ''The Mariner's Revenge Song,'' which tells the lovely tale of two men trapped inside the belly of a whale, one of them incredibly bloodthirsty for revenge towards the other. Whoops.
** The Bagman's Gambit could possibly surge over into [[ParanoiaFuel Paranoia Fuel]] as it talks about a political sex scandal and the resulting consequences.
** The Tain, too. Oh, The Tain.
* Intention of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfGULBvnc2E Slide]]'' by the DresdenDolls = mildly creepy; Effect of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfGULBvnc2E Slide]]'' by the Dresden Dolls = ''really incredibly terrifying!!!''
** ..."THE ORANGE MAN'S GOT YOOOOOOOOOOU."
*** On the sheet music, she's got the final note listed as, "The saddest note in the world."
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xoniTn7ygA Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner]]". And the fact that Amanda gets manic at various points in the song doesn't help.
** Don't stop there. While [[WordofGod Amanda Palmer]] has said that Half-Jack was about far more than one subject, it could also be about a split personality in her (who just happened to be an authoritative male figure) who was forcing her to suicide.
-->"It might destroy me\\
But I'd sacrifice my body\\
If it means I'll get the Jack part out \\
AH-OH! AH-OH!"
** Mrs. O is pure terror about Holocaust denial from a teacher. Coupled with the bright chords that Amanda uses, it creates a nightmarish effect rivaling Coin-Operated Boy.
** "Missed Me" could be about either child molestation or an EnfanteTerrible manipulating an adult. Either way, it's terrifying.
* {{Music/Muse}} album ''Absolution'' is pretty standard fare HardRock, until the latter half of the album, where it just gets darker, and darker, and darker, culminating in a song arguably about murder-suicide and conspiracy theories; "Ruled By Secrecy".
** What really gives that song its impact is the piano solo around the 3 minute mark. A youtube commenter put it best, in words that can (and are) also applied to the rest of the song: "It's so delicate and beautiful, but sinister and ugly at the same time..."
** "Screenager," from their earlier album ''Origin of Symmetry''. TomWaits-inspired percussion featuring real bones, lyrics about disconnecting from other people and self-harm ("hide from the mirror, the cracks and the memories; hide from your family, they won't know you now," as well as the oddly disturbing line, "Stop your screaming, no one can hear...") Even just the generally quiet, subdued way the song is performed is somehow very eerie. "Spiral Static" and "Recess" both also have a somewhat eerie sound to them, as well.
*** Not to mention ''Space Dementia''. Never mind the lyrics, something about that song, and the tortured quality of Matt's voice makes it sound profoundly ''wrong''.
*** That whole song is ridiculous, from the breaking quality of his voice to the last few seconds with the sinister piano/guitar outro and the fuzzy distorted moan that oozes out like in a space vacuum or something. ''Micro Cuts'' is also horrific with its ear-splitting falsetto and completely creepy lyrics.
** Regarding ''Absolution'': a lot of people are also creeped out by the second-last song, "[[LyricalDissonance Thoughts of a Dying Atheist]]". [[MadnessMantra Scares the hell out of me, and the end is all I can see...]]
* The entirety of {{Primus}}' ''Pork Soda'' could be nominated for this. It's a combination of the twangy, horror-movie basslines, the layers of guitar distortion, the cymbal timing, and the singer's campfire-story lyrics. Any song on this album will make you feel dreadful.
* Any album by NeutralMilkHotel. Ever. "Two-Headed Boy" is probably the worst offender.
** Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye. Just listening to the endless repeating drone you feel like dying.
** "Sailing Through" ends on a CarefulWithThatAxe moment that actually made one of my friends - a hardened 4chan addict, by the way - ''turn white''. It is utterly harrowing.
** The first guitar strums in "Oh Comely" are innocent enough until you've heard the song through a few times. Then they become the most terrifying sounds imaginable. "I will be with you when you lose your breath," indeed.
* The {{Pulp}} songs "Freaks" and "Aborigine". With regards to "Aborigine": the slow decay of a relationship into murder to the point where he sits and ''smokes a cigarette while watching his family burn in a car wreck'' is extremely unsettling.
** There's an equally Squickworthy line in ''The Night That Minnie Timperline Died'' (detailing the last night of a murdered girl). Out of nowhere Jarvis hits you with the lines: "And he only did what he did / 'cos you looked like one of his kids..."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbBbFH9fAg Black Hole Sun]]. Such a great song, but that one lady watching the pot boil over... even BeavisAndButthead panicked. Similar fuel later with Lipstick Lady, but you're probably a bit desensitized by then...
** The melting Barbies... oh ''God'', the melting Barbies! And the stretchy faces... Awesome song, though.
* TheOffspring's "Hammerhead." The video is even worse.
* Music/AliceInChains' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn82dMFGN8g "Angry Chair"]]. Hell, almost every song on their ''Dirt'' album falls under this or TearJerker.
* KateBush's "Under Ice" is gently sinister, and is followed immediately on the album by the frankly disturbing "Waking the Witch". Nice arrangement.
** It's part of a song cycle ("The Ninth Wave") about a girl drowning in the ocean. Sweet dreams.
* The unanswered phone call and resulting voicemail message that open {{Poe}}'s album ''Haunted'' (the fact that it's titled "[[{{Main/House Of Leaves}} Exploration B]]" helps very little). The album has other instances that are more just ''unsettling'' that outright scary, like the audio samples of Poe's late father Ted Danielewski talking about...er, [[{{Main/Cryptic Conversation}} something or other]]...
* LouReed's "The Kids." It's about the authorities taking the children from a woman who, we're told, really has no business raising children. For several verses, he goes into detail about everything that makes her an unfit mother - the drugs, the promiscuity, the violence, and by the time he's done, you're pretty much happy for the children to be leaving the "miserable, rotten slut." Then the instrumental bit comes in and is quite gentle, acoustic guitars and flute... and two young children crying and screaming "MOMMY! MOMMY! MOOOOOOMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!" in absolute ''agony'' for several minutes. The unofficial story goes that producer Bob Ezrin locked his own kids in the studio, told them their mother was dead, and taped the results.
* Quite a lot of music by TomWaits, particularly songs like "God's Away on Business", "Army Ants", and "Earth Died Screaming". From the names alone, guess how frightening they are. Then there's "Dog Door", which doesn't have a [[NonindicativeName particularly disturbing title]]. Even apart from the lyrics, there's the simple fact that they're performed by Tom Waits, who could sing "Happy Birthday" and have it sound like a death threat.
** This is parodied by Bill Bailey in his interpretation of how Tom Waits would perform the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice": "Blood on the cheese! / Little mousey running for his life / You goin' t'Hell / In a mousetrap..." Which is itself a bit Nightmare Fuelish, if you think about it.
** Look up his version of ''Heigh Ho.'' Yes, the Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs song. Within 20 seconds, tops, you'll be convinced that Snow White was ''much'' better off with the evil queen.
** There's nothing explicitly scary about "What's He Building," but the whole thing is just incredibly creepy. And the fact that it's spoken completely deadpan and monotone somehow makes it worse.
** And then of course, you have "Underground". This was the tune playing in Madame Gasket's chop shop in {{Robots}}. There used to be a real good video of the song synced to seens involving Lockdown from TransformersAnimated... and it is scary.
** How about the song "Poor Edward" - the kid has a siamese twin face on the back of his head that whispers horrible horrible secrets of hell to him at night. He goes crazy and kills himself, and she TAKES HIM TO HELL WITH HER. Even creepier when you find out there [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Mordrake may be a small amount of truth to this story]], and that siamese twins like this happen sometimes.
** TomWaits has lots of songs with disturbing lyrics, but the really impressive feat is his ability to scare you just with instrumentals. And I'm not talking about songs with sudden {{Scare Chord}}s and the like---Tom Waits will scare you with ''quiet instrumental music.'' Listen to ''Black Box Theme'' or ''Oily Night'' from ''The Black Rider'' and see how well you sleep. ''Knife Chase'' gives me a start every time I play it.
* Anything at all by GrizzlyBear, but especially "I Live With You". Do NOT listen to this song late at night when you're home alone.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJt1y9nU8tU Dr. Blind]] by Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton. The music itself is extremely eerie.
** And then you add in the music video. Running from a store at night? Fine. Going into a store at night? Okay. Store Closes While Shopping and Suddenly Is Empty? Okay, you're freaking me out a bit. And then {{HighOctaneNightmareFuel}} sets in: Oh my god, the store isn't empty, everyone is dead and lined up like dominoes. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP.
* Music/ToriAmos' "Juárez" is about the Mexican desert's perspective of the unsolved murders of hundreds of females that happen in Cuidad Juárez ''every year''. It also sounds like someone's blasting the song in their car. Other creepy songs are her covers of Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Raining Blood" and {{Eminem}}'s "'97 Bonnie & Clyde".
** Amos' '97 Bonnie and Clyde needs its own entry. It's bad enough when Eminem does it, but Tori actually puts it to what sounds like a horror film theme. Then consider the lyrics in general: "Where's Mama? She's takin' a little nap in the trunk. And that smell? Daddy musta run over a skunk."
*** Not to mention that Tori sounds like a psychopath. Rumor has it that Tori takes the perspective of the ''dead wife''.
** What about "Me and a Gun"? There are very few songs that encapture the horror of rape like it. It's made even worse by the fact that Tori Amos herself was a rape victim.
* ProcolHarum's "The Dead Man's Dream". It's about a DyingDream which is also a nightmare, and includes this part:
-->The graves were disturbed, and the coffins wide open\\
And the corpses were rotten, yet each one was living\\
Their eyes were alive with maggots crawling
* Emiliana Torrini's "Gollum's Song" from the second LordOfTheRings soundtrack definitely counts. It's a nice, sad, mildly creepy ballad from Gollum's perspective... until the end, when suddenly she hisses in a gravelly voice, "Kill them all!"
* Pavement's "Hit the Plane Down". The first two lines? "I'm up on a hilltop where I/Keep you in sight my little toys," sung in a voice more deranged than you could imagine possible.
* Try waking up from a terrifying nightmare at 3am. Then decide that you're too freaked out to get back to sleep. You think: "Maybe I'll just sit in bed and listen to some soothing music before I naturally drift to sleep". You turn to a basic, non-threatening Top 40 radio station. The year is 1985. You turn on the radio and try to relax. All you hear is: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNzRzZhR2Y "RAIN ON THE SCARECROW! BLOOD ON THE PLOW! RAIN ON THE SCARECROW! BLOOD ON THE PLOW!"]]
* "Limousine" by Brand New (MS Rebridge). It describes the events in which a seven year old girl was killed in a drunk driving accident, and her mother [[http://ww4report.com/node/2473 still carrying her head upon arriving at the hospital]]
** Could also serve as a TearJerker, especially with the "seven loves you" refrain.
* The final track of Coven's debut album consists of a 13-minute recording of an "authentic" Satanic mass performed by the band. Even those who consider the idea of Satanism to be plain silly have found it terrifying and uncomfortable to listen to.
** Jinx Dawson's wordless singing at the end of "Coven In Charing Cross", also from ''Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls'', is another. Doesn't help that the song is about a cult who kills an entire family.
* Ludo's ''The Horror of our Love''. It's clear that he's a serial killer. It's not clear whether she's a victim, a vampire, or a corpse. "..the awful edges where you end and I begin."
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCU1JYmGxcA video to Love Me Dead]] is a tad unnerving as well.
** "Lake Pontchartrain". The creepy harmonies and dynamics are bad enough. The story of what happens is bad enough. Its appeal to someone's fear of large waves is bad enough. But those last few lines that imply that the whole story is ''totally made up'' as a cover for the fact that this guy murdered his two friends is just...agh.
* "[[http://www.letrascanciones.org/mana/luna/en-el-muelle-de-san-blas.php El Muelle de San Blas]]", by Mexican group Mana. The song is about [[IWillWaitForYou a woman who waits for her sailor fiancé]] and how she becomes old and irreversibly insane in the process. The insanity began with her wearing every day the same dress she wore when he left ("so he didn't get her wrong"), and is implied in the end that she died alone in the dock.
** In the music video [[spoiler: That's exactly what happened. At at very advanced age she put out her white dress, made a small boat containing her beloved picture and set it to float away and finally went further into the sea to drown herself.]]
** On the subject of Spanish songs, there is an old ballad named [[http://www.uppercutmusic.com/artist_s/serrat_joan_manuel_lyrics/penelope_lyrics.html "Penelope"]] that can be absolutely terrifying. [[spoiler: It is about a beautiful young woman who, after her beloved left to war, froze in that moment, waited for him for years, and forgot that she and he would age accordingly. When he finally comes back, she's waiting at the train station, but denies that he is her fiance because he is much to old to be him.]]
* Jack Off Jill's "Witch Hunt" is terrifying to listen to late at night in the dark. It comes complete with creepy carnival music, crackling fire sound effects, a scary nursery rhyme type thing, a stream-of-consciousness speaking track and agonized screams along the lines of "OH MY GOD, I'M BURNING, HELP ME PLEASE, I'M BURNING!"... ''all overlaid on one another''.
** For bonus points, the creepy carnival music? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQEI9bwX-w Cribbed from Silent Hill.]]
** There's also the speaking track, which includes such bizarre nightmare fuel as "the clouds are full of poison, and they fall on my skin, making tiny holes..."
* Turns out that "One of Us" really isn't all that typical of the work Joan Osborne does. Most of it is really spooky. Her song "Spider Web" opens with her saying "I dreamed about Ray Charles last night, and he could see just fine" in a soft, intimate voice. In the dream, she sings, at one point "Ray took his glasses off and I could look inside his head./Flashing like a thunderstorm, I saw a shining spider web." It's supposed to be a positive thing, but hearing that for the first time at three in the morning can really spook you out. Then there's [[http://www.lyricstime.com/joan-osborne-man-in-the-long-black-coat-lyrics.html "The Man in the Long Black Coat"]], which might be about a woman going away with the Devil or Death, or just a nice case of NothingIsScarier, but ''something'' scary happened there (actually, now that I'm hunting for it on Youtube, it turns out to be a Bob Dylan song Osborne covers, and his version is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuqyNsqx3-g even weirder]]).
* A lot of music by TheResidents count, but the best example would probably be their [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning disturbing cover]] of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", which mentions that the narrator [[AxeCrazy stabs and kicks]] whenever he can't get popcorn at the movies, among other things.
** TheResidents' "Die In Terror" on their "Commercial Album.
** TheResidents' 'Third Reich And Roll' album contained forty [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning disturbing cover]] versions of top forty songs from the 1960s. Among many bizarre warpings, the bitter-breakup garage-pop standard 'Hey Little Girl' becomes a genuinely chilling piece with a mocking, serial killer-like vocal and grimly march-like music which features plenty of ominous buzzing, droning and rumbling noises in the background (powertools? Brrr...). It must have been a very bitter breakup, indeed.
** The entire final section of ''Baby Sex'', when not incredibly silly - hell, even ''when'' incredibly silly - is pure Nightmare Fuel for the uninitiated.
* ''Soundtracks For The Blind'' by {{Swans}} can only be described as damaging. Songs like the 15 minute "Helpless Child" can drive you to paranoid hallucinations.
** From the same band, "Blind Love" from the ''Children Of God'' album (1987). Big, slow, thumping drums then a deep, cracked voice stirs, moans and begins to share some distinctly disturbing thoughts. Then huge clashing chords section off the verses. It sounds like the FrankensteinMonster formed a band.
*** [[ItGotWorse Live, more so.]]
** Heck, most of the stuff they do qualifies.
** If you're feeling bold, check out their reworking of "I Crawled" on their live album ''Swans Are Dead''. The song was already creepy enough, but the gradual buildup and Jarboe's tortured vocal performance (sounding like a little girl being raped) is seriously chilling.
** More from ''Soundtracks for the Blind'':
*** "Her Mouth Is Filled With Honey" combines incomprehensible layered vocals with a tape of Jarboe's father discussing seeing his daughter, unbeknownst to him, having her first LSD trip.
*** "Volcano", a slightly fractured dance tune from the perspective of a psychopath stalking and then cannibalizing a rock star.
*** The climax of "Animus", in which Michael Gira's wordless vocals are overwhelmed by a torrent of droning viola and pounding percussion, sounding not unlike a whiteout. In light of Gira's last actual words, this is terrifying.
*** "The Beautiful Days" contrasts a little girl's song with difficult-to-place synth noises and a woman describing working as a phone sex operator.
*** "I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull" consists of, at first, a massive dissonant orchestral swell, which subsides into electronic noises and finally slide whistles, over which a ''very'' bizarre monologue appears...
*** "I Love You This Much", a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch-shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by György Ligeti. Yes, the ''Shining'' guy.
** "Your Game". Holy bejeezus, go out and find the lyrics...
** Anything on ''Greed'' or ''Holy Money''.
*** As stated above: Live, even more so. Go out and listen to the version of "Another You" from ''Public Castration Is A Good Idea'' and ''try'' to sleep. Or better yet, "Coward". Or "A Hanging".
** Michael Gira's side project The Angels of Light had some doozies too, ranging from slow-burners like "New City in the Future," to the satanic street parade backing "Rose of Los Angeles," to the Swans-like mechanical stomp of "Black River Song."
*** Oh, "New City in the Future"... ''"[[MadnessMantra YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE...]]"''
* Sebadoh's "As The World Dies, The Eyes Of God Get Bigger", which is a seven minute epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858709752/ about being raised by a neglectful, drug addicted family, then vowing to go on a murdering spree]]. By the end of the song, there's multiple overdubs of Eric Gaffney screaming [[MadnessMantra "BLOOD ON THE WALLS! BLOOD ON THE WALLS!"]]. To top it off, it's reported to be based on Gaffney's actual childhood.
* The entire discography of Texas band the pAper chAse certainly counts. "Go ahead, good friend, scream all you want to/You're legless and limping and lost and that's just how they like you/And I can feel your tender bodies coming near/I see them hanging from the crystal chandelier...You're going down, good friend, so I'm letting go of your legs/The laughing, the poking, the prodding, the pushing you over..." The fact that they name their songs things like "the kids will grow up to be assholes" and "This May Be The Last Song You Ever Hear" doesn't really help. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLd1oaAILA And then you see them live]].
** If it helps, lead singer John Congleton doesn't actually mean what he says - he started the band as an outlet for his frequent panic attacks, and is by all indication a pretty nice guy. There are those who love them and can even sleep through a lot of their noise-rock stuff... their ambient pieces, however? Fucking terrifying. Go to last.fm and listen to a sample of "I Tried So Hard To Be Good". [[SchmuckBait Go on]].
** If you think THAT'S bad, try any of the ambient songs on "Now You Are One of Us". Anything from the ever-so-lovely titled "Delivered In A Firm Unyielding Way Lingering For Just A Bit Too Long To Communicate The Message 'I Own You'" to "We Will Make You One of Us" (which, by the way, utilizes that radio show clip in Tool's "Faaip De Oiad") is pants-shittingly disturbing, especially to those first introduced to the band.
* "The End" by Blue October is rather freaky, from the descriptive lyrics to how Justin's voice gets more and more angry and frantic as the song goes on.
** "Dirt Room" is a lively song about executing revenge by [[BuriedAlive burying someone alive]] ''"You started screaming through the duct tape. Don't ever think I'm letting you go."''
* Despite the title, Alien Sex Fiend's "Black Rabbit" has nothing to do with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." It's much scarier. ''You got beautiful eyes...you got beautiful dark eyes....''
** Not that "White Rabbit" is a very lighthearted song itself. The rising beat in the melody and the drug imagery make it unsettling too.
* Heavens seems to enjoy this. Most notably "My knife wants to hide deep inside of you", and, later in the same song, "Want to take you aside, and softly whisper questions at you / As you slowly die, gripping at my shirt". Not the only example, either. About half of that album could classify as rock horror.
* There isn't a whole lot that's scary about video game cover band The Megas' ''Get Acoustic''... ''except the [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4331307737_979eaeca1c_o.jpg album art]]''. Please don't let the zombie robots eat me...
* "The Bird and the Worm" by The Used is pretty fucking creepy. Even without the even more terrifying [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dBCgAo-RA music video]] to help it along.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teOvw_zDDY8 The vocals-only version]] is REALLY unnerving.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLDPSOKRG_8 Nebraska]] by BruceSpringsteen. Sounds innocuous at first, until you realize it's a true story about Charles Starkweather, who went on a violent interstate murder spree for no other reason than "there's just a mean-ness in this world." Seriously disturbing.
* For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l66XlIOWoI the Ballad of Hollis Brown]] by BobDylan. A both incredibly sad and incredibly disturbing tale of a poor farmer driven to desperate measures.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY1ku4q2CkU Westfall]] by Okkervil River: "and when I killed her/it was so easy/that I wanted to kill her again".
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMQMvqfnlq8 "The Devil In Mexico"]] by Murder By Death (the band, not TheMovie). The devil-screeching (courtesy of GerardWay) will get to you.
* The scream in TheCure's "Subway Song". Try travelling alone at night listening to it.
** "Lullaby" is also really creepy, especially if you've got arachnophobia.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBMNG8UxQdQ "Sleep"]] by Stabbing Westward. The creaky, clanking rhythm backing up the singer's mournful recitation of the lyrics is a little unsettling. It rapidly becomes apparent what the song is about - a little girl subjected to near-nightly rape by her father - and the song becomes outright disturbing. The sense of dread and desperation conveyed is nightmarish, and the chorus includes the raspily-whispered line, "Wishing one of them were dead/So this hell can finally end."
* {{Bauhaus}}? [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Anyone? Anyone? Bauhaus?]] As well as a few ("Low Room") of Peter Murphy's solo songs, Bauhaus can creep the heck out of a fair few people. Those screechy, nails-on-a-chalk-board guitars and weird drums will get you every time, not to mention Murphy's vocals. The guy sounds like a crazed baptist preacher that constantly has spiders crawling through his shirt.
* "Night Prowler" by AC/DC. Even without the "Helter Skelter"-ish notoriety associated with it, the song's pretty creepy in itself with Angus Young's ominous slide guitar and one of the most chilling vocal performances Bon Scott ever put to tape. Then you have the lyrics:
-->Too scared to turn the light out, cause there's something on your mind\\
Was that a noise outside the window? What's that shadow on the blind?\\
As you lie there naked, like a body in a tomb\\
Suspended animation, as I slip into your room!
* "Gimme Shelter" by TheRollingStones, particularly Merry Clayton's screams of 'rape' and 'murder'.
* "Yulia" by Wolf Parade. It's about a cosmanaut [[ForScience shot into space with no means of returning home]].
-->"There's nothing out here nothing out here nothing out here nothing out here nothing outó"
* "Who Was In My Room Last Night" by The Butthole Surfers. Try listening to it without it invoking a very disturbing mental image of a man trapped in an underwater submarine pod which is slowly breaking and cracking, letting in more and more water with no escape. This, combined with the static and other noises at the end only serve to make this image even more HONF, as it sounds like someone struggling for air over a radio.
** ...Which is arguably nothing compared to some of their earlier works, like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7jy6e4HSb4 "22 Going On 23"]]. Although one thing that lessens the horror somewhat is that the band claim the woman being sampled was most likely making the whole story up - she'd frequently be heard on the same call-in show telling different, completely contradictory accounts of abuse.
* [[ObsessionSong ''I Want You'']] by Elvis Costello. Starts off sounding fairly innocuous, if a little creepy, and then descends into full-blown NightmareFuel, with the suggestion that [[{{Yandere}} the guy in the song]] is [[StalkerWithACrush stalking his ex]], and someone is going to end up dead. Fittingly, one writer described Costello as sounding as though he were 'on the end of a noose'. Lines like 'I'm afraid I won't know when to stop' and 'You've had your fun, you don't get well no more' do not help.
* Slowcore band Low has more than a few of these.
** Their album with the highest octane rating is ''Trust'', which is largely about heroin addiction and was recorded in a desanctified Catholic church. It features:
*** "The Lamb": Ghostly voices singing "sha-na-na," percussion that sounds like chains being slammed against a concrete floor, and the lead singer shouting "I AM THE LAMB, AND I AM A DEAD MAN!"
*** "John Prine." What it has to do with JohnPrine isn't clear, but its lyrics are soaked in self-loathing and it ends in a terrifying, repeating "na na na na."
*** "Shots and Ladders." Lyrics about someone who's chronically ill, if not dying. The music itself sounds like the recording equipment was falling apart as they were using it.
** ''Secret Name'' is by and large about the sacrifices that people make for their faith. (Two out of three of the band members are Mormons who are married to each other, and the name of the album references a concept in the Mormon wedding ceremony.)
*** "Don't Understand." Dissonant tape loops and lyrics that are apparently about a child abductor.
*** "Home." Just a simple, slow guitar line and a falsetto voice singing "Everybody wants to go home, even when they're old, even when they're small." Terrifying.
** Their B-sides compilation includes a number of songs apparently too terrifying for albums, including a Jandek cover where the singer sounds half dead.
* This Heat were an experimental post-punk band with strong progressive leanings and a penchant for using bizarre sounds and recording methods, usually to put across some kind of political point or just scare the crap out of their audience. Quite often, they succeeded on both points, as wonderfully demonstrated with the anti-war dirge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85tq95dhySU "The Fall Of Saigon"]].
* Ludus, another politically-minded, avant-garde band of the late '70s/early '80s, released an LP called ''Danger Came Smiling'' as a kind of culmination to their experiments in free improvisation and psychological self-analysis. At its most listenable, it's very, ''very'' odd; at its least, it is completely terrifying.
* "D.O.A." by Bloodrock, which describes a man dying from injuries from a plane crash while his girlfriend dies beside him--and that's just the single edit. In the complete album version, they both go to {{hell}} and get chased around by demons.
* The entire album ''Flood'' by Boris. It starts off with what sounds like two guitars playing the same chords, but at different times. Eventually they become more and more synchronized. Then, while that's happening, you hear this loud sound, almost like ''the footsteps of a monster''. The monster sounds grow louder and more frequent, like it's giving chase. It then occurs to you that the guitars almost sound like ''a man running away''. And that's only the 1st song out of 4. I've been too scared to continue.
* The multinational '80s goth rock band Belfegore's general ethos was that of trying for music that was at least a little menacing, but perhaps the epitome of their creepy musical output was their semi-instrumental (and self-referencing song) "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1rF-e42Yoc Belfegore]]", off their 1985 album of the same name. Totally brings chills up and down your spine!
* {{Depeche Mode}} aren't typically known for creepy or otherwise sinister music, but the final track on their 1987 album ''Music for the Masses'' is this very sinister song called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCudNjY7Yo Pimpf]]" that will scare the bejesus out of you if you listen to it in the middle of the night with very little light to illuminate the room you're in.
* British band The Move included [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA87MpwnJvE this]] on their 1968 debut album.
** "Walk Upon The Water", also from their debut. It's a happy little tune, until you find out it's about a group of friends who got high and decided to take a swim in the ocean, only to get swept up and drown. If that wasn't creepy enough, it's implied that the group was totally unaware that they were drowning in their intoxicated state.
* TheSmiths Meat is Murder. Morrisey, who is a hardcore vegetarian, sings about how killing innocent animals for food is really no different from killing other people. Throughout the song, there is a very creepy riff from Johnny Marr, and depressing piano. Also, at the beginning and ending of the song, the are the noises of what sound like power saws... and screaming animals.
** Could also be Narm for some.
* Mr. Bungle have driven into this territory quite a few times
** First we have Dead Goon a 10 minute long song about a boy accidentally killing himself while performing auto-erotic asphyxiation complete with noose creaking sounds and dying gurgles.
** Then there is Violenza Domestica, a song about domestic abuse in Italian, it sounds like a song that would fit in a David Lynch joint.
** And then there's The Bends another 10 minute song, this one about suffering the bends, it ends with a bunch of BatshitInsane sounds
* Music/TheProtomen [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/TheProtomen have their own page]].
* Whatever the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] that is at the end of [[BiffyClyro Infinity Land]] hidden way behind "Pause It and Turn It Up" comes from hell.
* The music video for the ChadVanGaalen song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLw5b70OJH8 Molten Light]] Hell, the song itself is creepy as hell, but the music video takes it to another level.
* JimiHendrix's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=argqbrGB0hg "Machine Gun"]] and, to a lesser extent, his version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyGGG1I-rf8 "The Star Spangled Banner".]] One of the few times he channels horror, and does it a tad ''too'' well.
** Similar to the The Beatles' "Run For You Life", (see their [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/TheBeatles HONF page for that one]]), Hendrix's version of "Hey Joe", about a man telling his friend that he gunned down his wife and the man she was having an affair with. However, where other bands (e.g TheByrds, The Leaves, Love) usually played the song in a brisk, proto-punk style, Hendrix played it as a slow, ominous, blues number, making an already creepy tune even creepier.
* Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist and leader of TheMarsVolta certainly touches this territory. On his first solo album A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack Volume 1, a song closer to the end titled Of Blood Blue Blisters usually causes most people a jump on the first listen http://youtu.be/zVwtFqxEkic
* The song [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/6j0MQn0FnME/ "Poor Harold"]] by the band White Magic, sound like a mix between a circus show and a panic attack. The iTunes review describes it as "an acid-damaged parlor song, written for the sitting area of a circus performer's trailer. It features vibraslap, a crinkly snare drum by Shaw, a nightmare piano, and melodica with whooping, off-the-rail singing and tempo changes that will make the listener dizzy."
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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/Futret
* {{Pendulum}}'s songs, for the most part, aren't so much scary, as they are too fastpaced and energetic for night listening. However, they have a few songs which make for good examples:
** ''Through the Loop''. As if the fact that the music is unsettling, it samples the psychedelic boat ride from WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory.
** ''Tarantula'' may sound SoCoolItsAwesome at first, but if you closely observe the lyrics, you realize the song musically resembles a bad heroin trip. Not to mention the song begins with a funky reggae part, then breaks down into fast paced DnB.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRlYkosryBE Still Grey]]. it's so calm yet so... Nerve wracking.
** The video for Propane Nighmares. Enough said.
** Comprachios. As if the fact that the song sounds creepy and that Rob sounds like he's begging to live as he sings isn't bad enough, the song is about a kid repeatedly being abused by his parents, to the point where they drown him.
** Similar to Tarantula, Witchcraft is awesome musically, but the lyrics are about a guy finding his girlfriend dead from an apparent murder.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXyIB2L52Dc Rubber Johnny]]''. The basic gist of the video is, apparently, a night-vision documentary on a massively deformed young boy that's been set to the music of Irish electronic musician AphexTwin. Trust us when we say that it sails straight past UncannyValley into Ultimate Nightmare Fuel Unleaded.
** The initial character is some kind of puppet- and Johnny himself is played by director Chris Cunningham.
** Aphex Twin is an electronica artist who broke new grounds (and several minds) with the infamous ''Rubber Johnny''. Being batshit insane, Aphex Twin is known for compositions like this. Some say it's a masterpiece of dark electronica, an it is, but it's also really disturbing.
** Another nightmare-riffic Aphex Twin/Chris Cunningham collaboration: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZGIrNf71Q Monkey Drummer]]
** Try the videos for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Az_7U0-cK0 Come To Daddy]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 Windowlicker]].
*** Especially Come To Daddy. [[LyricalDissonance "The flowers that grow- in the warmth of the sun- are there to be loved- by everyone..."]]
** Richard D. James can be a pretty freaky guy himself. Let's not forget [[SlasherSmile his trademark grin]].
** The spectrogram of the end of Equation could be considered scary, also.
** Another AFX/Cunningham video: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb2kKjnCA6A Flex]].
* [[Music/DaftPunk Television...]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0IHtu9O1xo Rules the nation...]] It's the bizarre distortion about 0:32 seconds into the song that does it. And as for what [[RobotWar the refrain]] [[AfterTheEnd implies...]] * shudder*
** While on the subject of Music/DaftPunk, the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgrNJjIOh4 "Prime Time Of Your Life"]] deserves a special mention.
** As well as the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPplpBPQxQ Technologic.]] That robot is horrifying.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiPYpeDC2s0 The Brainwasher isn't that much better]]
** Even better, Prime Time of Your Life/The Brainwasher/Rollin' n Scratchin'/Alive from Alive 2007. I love it, but it comes off really unsettling until Alive kicks in.
* SkinnyPuppy, especially live.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u07F8jMH_VY Worlock]] is a video that takes all the {{squick}} moments from a lot of horror films and runs them back to back to back. Banned completely outright due to content and the fact that no one bothered to get permission to use the clips. According to {{that other wiki}} clips used are: ''DeepRed'', ''{{Suspiria}}'', ''{{Tenebrae}}'', {{Dune}}, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', ''Film/{{Opera}}'', ''Film/TheBeyond'', ''HellboundHellraiserII'', ''Film/BadTaste'', Film/DeadAndBuried'', ''Luther The Geek'', ''HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller'', ''FromBeyond'', ''Death Warmed Up'', ''{{Eraserhead}}'' and ''{{Altered States}}''.
*** Ironically, "Worlock" is one of their most accessible songs. It is generally a fan favorite, a SignatureSong and it is one of the most melodic and catchy songs in Skuppy's discography. For a band infamous for being unorthodox and challenging to listen to, everyone's favorite song of theirs is their version of pop music.
** The cover art for ''The Greater Wrong of the Right''.
*** Well, not the cover art, but the inner fold of the album is particularly [[squick squicky]]
* {{Orbital}}'s ''The Box'' (28 minute version), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DCRLZcjw2E&playnext=1&list=PLF1C4C0DA592E61A9&index=7 especially the second movement]].
* {{Autechre}}'s album Confield is unsettling in a very cold and mechanical way. The songs where produced using generative (computer algorithm rather than human performer based) sequencing which creates a subtle and terrifying feel to the whole album that contorts your mind.
* "Earth Intruders" by {{Bjork}}. After listening to it a few times, it does get admittedly less creepy... but still. The intro is mainly the squelching of footsteps in mud and some very primitive-sounding drums. Then Bjork starts singing such lovely lyrics as "grinding skeptics into the soil/Shower of goodness/Coming to..." [I can't quite make it out.] Not to mention the occasional shrieking of "TURMOIL, CARNAGE!" Just to top it off, the album version ends with about a minute and a half of soft, eerie alarms and foghorn noises. The music video is essentially a tableau of primitive figures with spears, superimposed on Bjork's face. Then about halfway through the video... the figures get machine guns, and whoever's listening to the song runs away.
** "An Echo, A Stain". Not many lyrics in it, but it's enough to make some creepy imagery - "I'm sorry you saw that," and the way it finishes with a half-whispered word "...complete."
--> Feel my breath, [[ParanoiaFuel on your neck, and your heart will race]]
--> [[{{Yandere}} don't say no to me, you can't say no to me...]]
* 'Frankie Teardrop' by {{Suicide}}. It's just a primitive lawn-sprinkler drum machine, two obsessive notes on a cheap keyboard, and an increasingly-neurotic guy telling you a nasty story, yet it gets so tensed-up and uncomfortably creepy that the genuinely shocking, bloodcurdling screams almost come as a relief.
* Roisin Murphy's "Ramalama (Bang Bang)". Do. Not. Listen. To. It. At. Night. And for all of your sakes, ''do not listen to it at night with the lights off''.
** And combine the song with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB__fd5YeyQ this video]]...
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YsTy_6UmnE Or this]]
*** ... And it either becomes pants-browningly scary or [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome freaking awesome]].
** Slight NightmareRetardant with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N6W4CJFWm4 So You Think You Can Dance rendition]], though.
* VenetianSnares is an incredibly prolific breakcore artist whose albums frequently induce utter horror. Within a genre that is already disconcerting at its most benevolent, Venetian Snares manages to alternate between very conflicting moods on all his albums: at times he's approachable and lighthearded (Songs About My Cats), but in contrast, he can be fucking terrifying. For confirmation, just listen to Doll Doll Doll (centred around child abduction, involving mere passing references to brutal murder); Winter In The Belly Of A Snake (death and despair); Rossz Csillag Alatt Született (more despair, one track samples the aforementioned Gloomy Sunday) Meathole (stalkers, psychopaths, and serial killers). Even if his albums contained no samples or non-musical themes, Snares' breakneck pace, disorientating time signatures, and relentless dissonance ensure that this music should soundtrack your nightmares.
** From ''Doll Doll Doll'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K03wHXh-wmI All the Children are Dead]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Find_Candace "Find Candace"]], the follow-up to ''Doll Doll Doll'', is equally terrifying. Just look at the cover art.
** The Gloomy Sunday sampler isn't even the scariest song on the album; I will never hear the word "pigeon" the same way again: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxfQaTl25EI Második Galamb]]
* Just about all the dark ambient styles, which all mostly involve collections of disturbing sounds more than anything else, though of course there's variation between styles, artists and individual "songs" in terms of scariness. Many people upon first hearing something by Lustmord will have to stop after a few seconds, and they'll feel physically odd for several minutes afterwards. Even after getting used to that, some still haven't been able to listen to some other styles, such as the clinical ambient bit at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6nLKCJdUvk this]].
** I found Lustmord's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzk63swhEyo "Infinite Domain"]] particularly scary upon first listen because at one point the "music" drops out, leaving just an unidentifiable hollow rhythmic noise that sounds a lot like someone beating something against a wall, like a tennis ball. Or someone's head. (And if you've seen The Shining, the tennis ball option can be a terrifying sound.)
* Some of the songs by industrial grindcore band The Berzerker definitely fit this trope. One notable example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5wTFcoVxWE "Burnt"]]. The scariest part of the song would have to be the midway point, where a man lists a number of torture methods accompanied by incredibly twisted industrial sounds. Not only that, but later in the song, the man's monologue is played again, in case you didn't hear him the first time.
* ''#1 Crush'' by {{Garbage}} is one goddamn freaky song... basically, it's an ObsessionSong which starts off as vaguely OK ("I would die for you" then, a bit later, "I would sell my soul for something pure and true/someone like you") and then gets considerably darker ("I will burn for you/feel pain for you") and then she lists all the stuff she would do for this guy. It's a long list.
* "Happy Birthday" and [[OminousMusicBoxTune "Blue"]] by TheBirthdayMassacre.
* :wumpscut: has some songs that go over the HONF territory. Examples: "Autophagy Day", which involves a man eating his own body; "Bloodbathing Tub", which speaks for itself; "Siamese" which involves one of the Siamese twins killing the other; "The Boo" where the main character's father does untold things to him and he takes revenge years after, much in the same fashion.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRIce9AX2fc 30kft]] by Assemblage 23. "So I'm calling for one last time to say that I love you." Brr.
* FrontLineAssembly has some pretty good Nightmare Fuel, in particular Humanity (World War Three) is pretty damned creepy, as is the song Mortal, whose only dialogue consists of rather disturbing clips of post-apocalypse from some movie, possibly ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
* Funker Vogt have more than a few moments - chiefly because most of their songs deal with actual events and aftermath. When a Child Dies, which dissects the discovery of a murdered girl and backtraces it to sexual abuse by a family member is right up there, as is Suspended Animation, which tells the tale of a man who wakes up to discover he's been buried alive:
-->I'm crying now, but nobody's there\\
The air is scanty, my voice is decreasing\\
My mind is confused\\
I'm knocking on the coffin
* ''Breathing Water'' by Inhale. It's an eight-minute-long track that isn't so much a song as a nightmare being quietly related over creepy ambient sound. The "singer's" voice is mechanically slurred into the {{Uncanny Valley}}, so the emotion seems detached and disjointed, and it's hard to even tell its gender at parts. It details slow death by drowning, but with parts so surreal as to truly ring true as a nightmare, like there being presents floating everywhere, and the singer trying to hold onto them to keep from sinking. The beginning and the end are slow fades in/out to the sound of buoys clanging rhythmically...heard from underwater. You can hear it for free, courtesy of the artist, [[http://www.last.fm/music/Inhale/_/breathing+water?autostart here]].
** Hold the phone: "...presents floating everywhere, and the singer trying to hold onto them to keep from sinking." Here's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Bridge the Point Pleasant, VA bridge collapse of December 15, 1967]]. Rescuers' hearts were broken by the sight of scattered holiday presents on the water. The song itself is creepy on its own; that it might be inspired by a particular event just amps it up. Also, for extra creep, this event is pivotal to the serious nightmare fuel {{The Mothman Prophecies}} by John Keel.
** The voice actually IS the sheriff from "Prophecies" telling the leading man about a dream she had [[spoiler: which ends up coming true]]
** '''ALL''' of Inhale's songs are like this. '4x10+ 10+ 4' is the scariest one, making Longfellow's nostalgic poem 'My Lost Youth' sound [[EldritchAbomination like the speaker confessing supressed knowledge.]] 'Lotus Wings' takes the greatest speech from 'ACharlieBrownChristmas' and warps it so darkly you're left screaming for someone to turn the bad bad sounds off. 'Crooked Creaking Universe' has...well, whatever the growling creature is, but if it came from a [[HouseOfLeaves dark dark hallway, it wouldn't be surprising.]] Often the lyrics are so mechanically distorted you're left not knowing what exactly what the speakers are singing (or in some cases ''weeping'')...and you ''don't want to.''
** Try listening to 'black' just before going to sleep. ''We dare you''.
* "Down In the Park" by Gary Numan.
* [[http://www.actionext.com/names_s/severed_heads_lyrics/edit_dead_eyes_opened.html ''Dead Eyes Opened'' by Severed Heads]] has been permanently traumatising for some.
** There is a short tale called ''Accusing Eyes of Vengeance'' from ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 50 Great Horror Stories]]'' that has the ''exact'' same narrative as the above song. Creepy as hell.
* The Russian band Otto Dix has the creepiest songs you can find. Their videos are pure Nightmare Fuel that make you want to curl up in fetal position weeping like a baby. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue5PN51S4QI Click at your own risk]].
* Think Tree's ''Doh'' tells the heart-rending story of a girl who was forced to watch her whole family be massacred by soldiers, then ends with a frantic woman running in fear, getting calls from a person who wants to kill her.
--> My baby sister, Nguyen,
--> Fresh from her mother's womb,
--> Her face was left a garden
--> for bullets' bulbs to bloom
--> Right before my eyes.
* Both the song and music video for it entitled[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsSYase1hJI Lower State of Consciousness]] by ZZT. One word: Ants. Full Stop.
* Midnight Syndicate is a gothic band that creates some of the creepiest instrumentals. A lot of their music is used to create atmosphere for haunted house rides. It's probably best not to listen to their music at the dead of night. Their use of sound effects is exceptionally frightful.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsmzNB_eXek Stress]] by Justice. Allegedly, the thriller movie sample used in the music is triggering a subconscious zombie association. Also, the video is scary enough by itself.
* The entire Dark Psytrance genre can be described as such for most people, probably the reason it is so unpopular - it's generally designed to upset and scare a normal person. Of course, some people find it extremely relaxing and enjoyable, so as with anything related to fear, YourMileageMayVary.
* Some of Visual Kei/Darkwave band Velvet Eden's instrumental pieces, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31qz3qm0W4M And Schism]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmcysmSgkUI&feature=related Confession]], can be pretty terrifying. The videos make it about 10x worse.
* Sopor Aeturnus and The Ensemble of Shadows (which despite its elaborate name, is made up of a grand total of one people) has a few disturbing tracks - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287kBg-qEVU this one]], for instance.
** A few? More like ''every track'', even the ones that are just calm melodies are spine-chillingly haunting. And ''[[BodyHorror look at her]]''! She looks like fuck'n Nosferatu!
* White Noise's "Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell" - the first minute or so is an attempt at OminousLatinChanting that induces a little bit of {{narm}}, but then it explodes into six minutes of chaotic phased drum soloing, strange electronic noises, and tormented screams of agony.
* The Diary of Dreams song "The Curse" is told from the perspective of a man who is being tortured; made worse by the chorus implying that the mental part of the torment is considerably worse. ("Plastic needles in my skin/don't ask me what they're for/no clue except for pain and shock/you tied me to the bed to mock/my eyelids kept wide open/so I can see all that you do...")
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVTngRCf9vk Ohm Sweet Ohm]] by Music/{{Kraftwerk}} (on the ''Radioactivity'' album). With the looped synthetic voice and the funereal organ, it's like a computer singing longingly about its own blood. Maybe it'll come for yours next.
** Several pieces from their first two albums, including the first half of "Stratovarius", the middle of "Ruckzuck", and the intro of "Kling Klang".
** "Kometenmelodie Part 1" is a dark and spooky piece, which [[FadingIntoTheNextSong segues into the second movement]] [[LastNoteNightmare with a high-pitched whistle]].
* EinsturzendeNeubauten's early work. Case in point, "Armenia".
** Hell, they could be described as the soundtrack for HighOctaneNightmareFuel. And some of their later stuff is still pretty damn creepy.
* You thought {{Madonna}}'s "Justify My Love" was scary? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnj1oQZXv5c Try Front Line Assembly's remake]].
* Coil breathe Nightmare Fuel, but sometimes they outdo themselves. Take, for instance, "Queens Of The Circulating Library", a nearly fifty-minute track mostly composed of resonant drones. There is very little that is particularly eerie or odd about the latter half of the piece... Until you take into account that the last line of the at-first-blush rather silly opening lyrics is: "It's in the trees... It's coming..." Add to that the tone in which the line is delivered. Namely, with suppressed fear. Remember: NothingIsScarier.
** Their side-project Zos Kia has "Rape", which was based on the actual experience of that group's vocalist Min. It becomes very intense very quickly.
** In a similar vein, "The Tenderness Of Wolves", if only due to the looping infant screams. Oh, dear.
** "Blood From The Air", especially the sudden rush of strange, high-pitched noises halfway through. That, and the lyrics, which are for all intents and purposes very high-quality SceneryGorn.
** The ''Music To Play In The Dark'' duology is ripe with HONF, with "Strange Birds" and "Where Are You?" being especially disquieting.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y4KBSOgf6s This song]] by {{Ministry}}. The song itself is strangely catchy despite being made to be obviously creepy and that's what makes it even scarier.
* The Deviants were always a pretty unsettling band. The scariest song they ever did, however, was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThLYNm8lB-U Nothing Man]]. If you're listening to it for the first time, you think it's going to be a sort of creepy song. But it becomes a spoken-word description of a nihilistic, hateful man. There's no real music in the background, either, just lots of frightening sounds. It starts out pretty quiet, but it all culminates in the last part, where Mick Farren lists all the people the nothing man hates. It's pretty scary, especially if you find yourself on the list of people the Nothing Man hates. I've heard plenty of songs. This is the only one that truly frightens me.
* Chiron's album "Bleed" has a closing track, "Nikki" which is seemingly about a gal named Nikki coming back to take revenge on a guy that has wronged her. Hell hath no fury. It's pretty standard, until it hits the 03:58 mark. With the line "They're never gonna get me alive" previously on a rocky tune, it suddenly shifts into a moodier music, and words/expressions begin. Each expression is repeated several times, one in each ear. These include: "Control, control, control!", "You found the answer! YOU found the answer!", "Staring at me, staring at me, STARING at me, STARING AT ME!", "They will see the real me! They will see the real me!", "Touch me! Touch me!", "I can't stop shaking! I can't stop shaking!"
* Many IDM songs, which can overlap with the aforementioned dark ambient genre.
* Negativland, while mostly humorous, has some serious Fuel if you're not prepared for it. One of the tracks from the live album ''It's all in your head'' feature jarring, repetitive industrial rhythyms as a woman talks about killing children. Yeah, it's not a wise choice to listen to going to sleep.
* Renard's creations under the Lapfox Trax label can oftentimes be creepy without even meaning to be, but his ambient horror album [[http://vulpvibe.bandcamp.com/album/renard-silence ''Silence'']], made in the style of Silent Hill 1, can be difficult to listen to for just how creepy it gets, and the occasional spots of things getting "close" to you. See how much you can bear to listen to, preferably with headphones and in a dark room.
** [[{{Squick}} 'I will make room, I'll empty out / I'll make sure you can move about...']]
** Renard's character in general. He didn't even look like that originally, which is also pretty scary.
** The cover arts for [[http://lapfox.bandcamp.com/album/trauma the rerelease of Trauma]] and [[http://lapfox.bandcamp.com/album/post-traumatic-stress-disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] are worth mentioning.
* わたしのココ's "コンプレックス," [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgHrsxJ2s-w perhaps the most terrifying piece the band has ever put out,]] with its throbbing bass, atonal, sporadic electronics, and genuinely hateful lyrics.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw-YjVp_ibQ Skrillex]] has gotten so heavy at points that it dips in to this, to the point where the song linked has been frequently described as "like a [[CrossesTheLineTwice T-rex having violent sex with]] [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]", as well as being considered like the DeathMetal of {{Dubstep}} by some.
* Combichrist have quite a few examples, but special mention should go to ''God Warrior''. What makes it especially impressive is that the vocals from that track are taken from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpva_iit-8 this video]], which is, at best, a bit weird, but to most people is pretty hilarious. Then Shaun F and Andy LaPlegua got their hands on it, and turned it into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVF_jpHclEU&feature=related this]].
* {{Covenant}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPzp05Q4Vf8 Modern Ruin Part II]], a {{hidden track}} on their latest album, is a dark ambient drone track reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' or ''SilentHill''. Back in 1994, they did a similar piece called "Cryotank Expansion", which is [[EpicRocking 26 minutes long]].
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zZ5y-mHKQU Lu.ci-ana]]'' by Juno Reactor.
* The super-obscure industrial band German Shepherds have a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWKTw31qv-g "Booty Jones"]]. The lyrics are about a guy's fantasy of raising up "a family of clean little boys". Not helping was the singer's decision to claim he was on trial for child molestation and fake his own death.[[hottip:*:He wanted an excuse to work under his real name.]] And the electronic whining, deep bass, and monotone vocals just add to the effect.
* Many songs on Deadmau5's soundcloud, most notably [[http://soundcloud.com/fuckmylife/industrial-strength-sleeping-pills9002-fucktease "Industrial Strength Sleeping Pills"]]
* Anbb have a rather notorious version of the folk traditional "I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground." It starts off kinda creepy, with Carsten's cold, atonal electronics keeping time to Blixa's vocals and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick the odd creepy line or two right out of nowhere]],[[hottip:*:Oh, I don't like the railroad man, no I don't like the railroad man, if I'm a railroad man, then I'd kill you while I can and drink up your blood like wine.]] but then Blixa all of a sudden begins seriously abusing CarefulWithThatAxe (at points, he stops sounding human) the electronics go haywire, and yet another nursery rhyme is ruined.
* The first ten minutes of the Hafler Trio's "The Emasculation of Contempt" would definitely apply; A layered, 15/16 time piano piece that would be more or less okay--were it not for the processed screamings, a growing fog of demonic, unsettling shrieks and howls, getting more and more unnerving until all of a sudden, it cuts out.
* Hybrid, since their second album Morning Sci-Fi, has since then made their songs extremely unsettling and scary. Marrakech, from the previously mentioned album, deserves special mention.
* How about {{Angelspit}}'s "Sleep Now"?
--> We
--> Are all
--> The same
--> The monster in human is
--> ''Inhumane''
--> Sleep now...
--> Hush...
And what makes it even creepier is Zoog's voice as he says "we are all the same". Emotionless, like he knows and doesn't care, because he's given up already. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, I'll sleep all right.]]
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[[folder:Pop]]
* The outro to Gwen Stefani's Yummy (starting at 3:40 in [[http://youtu.be/juxqr6lShCk this video]]. The rest of the song is unsettling enough, but the ominous drums kick in, then the tuba and organ... sounds like a fucking demonic circus.
* {{Madonna}}'s "Mer Girl." It is the last song on her Ray Of Light album and definitely closes it on a...somber note, to say the least. The entire song sounds like it could easily fit into a Silent Hill game, and the closing lyrics are a shining example of this trope...
-->"And I smelled her burning flesh...\\
Her rotting bone...\\
Her decay...\\
I ran and I ran, I'm still running away..."
* ''Halloween'' by Music/{{Aqua}} goes into this category, with its Scream-inspired intro and everything.
* Don't let their incredibly cute looks fool you - some of the songs from Japanese virtual "pop stars" {{Vocaloid}} series were meant to be scary as hell, and the fan videos do them justice. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LcfBA8W_KA Alice Human Sacrifice]]'' comes readily to mind. And it is far from a single occurence.
--> Let's just face it all Vocaloid horror songs are creepy (especially with english subtitles) Fear Garden has Rin [[spoiler:talking about creating a garden out of other vocaloids arms]] and she's proud about it.
* {{a-ha}}'s song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY064h4U89U Scoundrel Days]]'' sounds energetic and spirited. [[http://www.lyricsdomain.com/1/aha/scoundrel_days.html Then you read the lyrics]], which are from the viewpoint of a madman who runs around with slit wrists and hallucinated heavily before he throws self off a cliff. Holy MindScrew and LyricalDissonance, Batman.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTZSWnDPIwY Copenhagen]] by The Knife.
** Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of the Knife, has a solo career under the name Fever Ray. Her music, stage persona, and videos are so scary that her husband was concerned about letting their kids listen to her music.
* Grace Jones has an [[SarcasmMode upliftingly titled]] song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc61C-VsTko "Corporate Cannibal."]] Sweet dreams.
* "Disturbia" by Rihanna. Just your typical catchy, dancey pop son, right? Well... here's a snippet of the lyrics:
--> "It's a thief in the night to come and grab you\\
It can creep up inside you and consume you\\
A disease of the mind it can control you\\
It's too close for comfort..."
* "Little Stomp Box" is fairly dark for a {{They Might Be Giants}} song, from lyrics like "Little stomp box tear it from my heart" to John & John screaming "KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL ME NOW..."
* Humourist DaveBarry's Bad Song Survey turned up an unexpected #4: "Timothy" by the Buoys, who were apparently deliberately trying to record a song so gross they'd be banned and reap lots of free publicity. (That they were abetted by Rupert Holmes - the dude responsible for the ''Pina Colada song'' - is somehow nightmarish all by itself.) The result is a catchy pop tune in which, as Barry notes, "the singer appears to be saying that he...well, that he ate the subject of the song. Really." Then he quotes these lyrics:
-->Timothy, Timothy, Joe was lookin' at you
-->Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?
-->...My stomach was full as it could be
-->And nobody ever got around to finding Timothy.
* "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan. This song was actually based off the deranged love letters sent to the singer by an obsessive stalker, who eventually sued her for the song content and killed himself later on. The song itself has a creepy gothic tone to it, sounding romantic at first but growing to become more unsettling by the second. The music video, depicting various Christian scenes and McLachlan's body wrapped in cloth and swinging across the screen, is also quite eerie. The chorus? "And I would be the one/ to hold you down/ kiss you so hard/ I take your breath away/ and after I'd/ wipe away the tears/ just close your eyes, dear"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Country]]
* Try "Psycho", a country song first released by Eddie Noack in 1968, made famous by Jack Kittel in 1974, and subsequently covered by the Beasts Of Bourbon and Elvis Costello. It details a conversation between a rural serial killer and his mother, in which he confesses his crimes. One memorable line runs ''..Seems I was holding a wrench, momma/And my mind just walked away...'' Bad enough, but the final line is the kicker [[spoiler:in which it is revealed that he has already killed his mother and has been talking to her corpse.]]
* A rare example in country music: the double album ''Straight To Hell'' by Hank Williams III contains a 42-minute long end track that consists of a hellish pastiche of distorted sounds, ranging from pitch-shifted country songs to field recordings. Interspersed throughout, however, are some rather nice (if a bit "off") songs that detracts from the "WTF factor".
* Charlie Daniels Band's ''The Legend of Wooley Swamp''. It's all well and good, a little creepy, until you get to the end and realize ''that 3 teenage boys'' (while admittedly horrible dudes, but still...) ''are [[AndIMustScream re-living being buried alive again and again for all eternity...]]'' Ugh.
** If you listen to it on a good system, you'll notice that there are bass notes that are more felt than heard. Now try this home alone in a rural location with a storm approaching.
* Those Poor Bastards performs pitch-black horror-themed country with the fervor of fundamentalist backwoods preachers. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3xvO06iG-I "John Henry Gonna"]] sounds like the gospel soundtrack to a zombie apocalypse. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhq55-zWXQA "The Dust Storm"]] is a hair-raising trip down some evil backroads. And their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgJkYpukzBc cover of Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line"]] is a terrifying ode to stalkerism.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rap]]
* The entire album ''Hell's Pit'' by Music/InsaneClownPosse
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s album ''Encore'' isn't very good for sleeping to. The last track closes with a woman's scream cut off by a gun shot...
** Probably a more down-to-earth example than most of these, but you may die a little inside after listening to [[Music/{{Eminem}} Slim Shady's]] "Kim", a song he wrote about killing his [[RealLife IRL]] wife.
** As far as mainstream rappers go, Eminem is pretty hard to beat when it comes to being disturbing. On the same album as "Kim" we have "Amityville", which is sadly ruined by Bizarre when he comes on, and "Stan", which is about a [[LoonyFan deranged, obsessed fan]] of Eminem's who ultimately drives off a bridge and kills both himself and his pregnant girlfriend, [[{{Wangst}} just because his letters to Eminem didn't get answered]] (the final verse, which features Eminem finally responding to Stan's letters, has a whopper of a FridgeHorror at the very end). ''Relapse'' has "Same Song and Dance" which is about kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering celebrities. Although the song itself isn't bad, "Just Don't Give A Fuck" off The Slim Shady LP has a pretty eerie instrumental.
*** And Eminem tops himself again with [[OminousMusicBoxTune "Music Box"]], which is possibly his most outright disturbing song to date. And that is saying something. Cannibalism, murder, Satanism, pedophilia, stalking, rape, torture....so many great, wholesome flavors make up this little nightmare anthem.
* Mos Def, almost unanimously known as conscious rapper, made "Murder Of A Teenage Life", a song detailing the death of child gunned down and dying in his mother's arm. Though the lyrical content could be possibly classified as a Tear Jerker, the beat, made by The Neptunes, who also produced BritneySpears' "Slave 4 U" mind you, is pure, unadulterated terror, complete with sampled blood-chortling screams and distorted hollow singing by Mos Def.
* DavidBanner's "Play" might have an instrumental that's [[AwesomeMusic purely awesome,]] but his lyrics make the rapper look like a fucking serial rapist (whispering all of the lyrics, no less). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLqqonSVQzY Listen to the track,]] and you'll see how such depravity can be so terrifying.
* The vast majority of {{cLOUDDEAD}}'s discography counts, but their first (self-titled) album is like a trainride through the mind of DavidLynch.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvPdw15Gw5A The Omen]]" by DMX, featuring (believe it or not) Marilyn Manson, from the ''Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood'' album. It starts out with a woman sobbing over a dying man in a hospital, with the beep of a life support machine in the background. Then this deep ominous voice comes in . . . "Hmmm Ė what's this?" [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Omen-lyrics-DMX/E293D84CF3CB271E48256874000A222F The rest]] is constructed as a dialogue between a violent thug and a [[CompleteMonster Complete Monster]] who's urging him on to increasingly brutal acts. Both are voiced by DMX (Manson does the chorus), but latter is done in this pinched, weasel-y tone that's just so damn weird and unhinged.
--->''Yo X, police just killed your cousin, happened in the projects''
--->''Gon' get back, them niggaz will pay,''
--->''I got you,''
--->''Told you I got you,''
--->''Dog, I GOT YOU!''
--->I'm in a catch-22
--->But them niggaz gotta pay
--->But I know he's gonna be askin' for a favor one day
--->But fuck it
--->I ain't got no choice in the matter!
--->Them faggots killed my people!
--->And I wanna see'em splattered!
--->''That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, we ain't on no pinch hit''
--->''Now use the same gun that you killed them two kids with ''
--->''Is that hard to live with?''
--->Nah
--->''See, you still a playa''
--->But what you want from me?
--->''Uh Ė I'll tell you later''
* The music video for "Gimme Some More" by Busta Rhymes is...rather eccentric. It contains some pretty disturbing scenes, among which a young Busta transforming into a monster and chasing a woman around.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pSvVAJ5pxY Kurt Kobain by Proof]]" a song about [[TearJerker Proof reflecting on his life]] [[DrivenToSuicide written in a suicide note.]] but takes a different approach at the end of the song when he [[spoiler: inevitably shoots himself,]] mixed in with a disembodied but repetitive sound with him clearly whispering
--->Proof: Love.....killed...me....
** even more haunting at the fact he was killed 8 months later. I cannot listen to the song the same ever again
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCErQczIEds Splatter by Tyler the Creator]]" then again, the group {{OFWGKTA}} is simply insane.
** Possibly worse is "Sarah" from Tyler's debut album. It seems to be about a boy who kills, cannibalises and rapes a girl after she says no to his invitation to prom. Made even sadder by this line just before he does so:
-->But all I really want is a kiss on the cheek, in private, not public on the streets...
*** Not to mention all the nice sound effects in the song, including the victim screaming "Tyler!" through her gag followed by some indiscernible babbling, the sound of her apparently choking on... something... and after her death, a skit in which Tyler cradles what's left of her body and croons to her "My lady... you're my lady... taste so good..." before committing suicide by cop. This continues to be the one song that genuinely disturbs this avid OFWGKTA fan every time he hears it.
*** [[FridgeHorror did I mention their group was formed by collectively 15-17 year olds?]]
** Also, his video for "Yonkers:" an InactionVideo in which he plays with and then [[spoiler: eats a cockroach]], vomits, has his eyes go completely black, and ultimately [[spoiler: hangs himself on camera.]]
** Also from Tyler's debut album is "Blow", another song about Tyler raping and murdering a girl. The chorus, accompanied by Tyler's alter-ego demon voice, sums it up pretty well.
-->Baby, you're an angel
-->How about we turn this into a fable of some sort?
-->You already know you're dead
-->Ironic cause your lipstick's red, of course
-->I stuff you in the trunk, drunk
-->Cause all I really wanna do is fuck and snort blow
** And then we have Earl Sweatshirt, the youngest and arguably most talented member of OF, who wrote a song called "Luper" in his eponymous album. Pretty much the whole song seems to be a genuine and heartfelt {{Tearjerker}} about his depression after getting dumped, until the last verse.
-->The basement is dark and
-->[[MoodWhiplash The switchblade is sharpened]]
-->[[MoodWhiplash Her name on my arm and her face on the two-percent carton]]
-->See her face while you're eating your breakfast
-->And know she's in my basement objecting to sex with
-->Me, murder spree, moving on to the next bitch
-->Tombstones read Rip cause it's pieces they rest in
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNDRxmMaeUw&feature=related Slow Motion People]] by Alias. That distorted old song at the start is only the tip of the iceberg. "To looooove or not to love you. To feel agaaaain that thing called paaaaain".
* Cunninlynguists' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_NQji7J1Rs Falling Down]]" arguably descends into {{Narm}} around the second time a character has a FreakOut, but the very first one feels like something that could happen in real life. One man, stuck in traffic, having a bad day on a bad month in a bad year--and he happens to have a gun in the back of his car, and another driver has just pissed him off.
* Immortal Technique's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qggxTtnKTMo Dance With the Devil.]]" A song about a boy who grows up to become a drug dealer and criminal and ends with him unknowingly [[spoiler: raping and killing his own mother. He subsequently kills himself.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Classical/Traditional]]
* "Toccata in fuga in D minor" by JohannSebastianBach is particularly popular in old horror movies.
* "Night On Bald Mountain" by ModestMussorgsky
** "The Gnome", "Chickens in Their Eggs", and "The Hut On Fowl's Legs/Baba Yaga" from his ''Pictures At An Exhibition'' suite.
* The third movement of Pjotr Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", better known as the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" starts rather creepy.
* "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas
* "Le Sacre du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring") by Igor Stravinsky
** Hell, all these tracks were used in Disney's Fantasia! No wonder it was such a scary film at times!
* "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev
* "Concerto For Orchestra" by BelaBartok, especially the second, third and fourth sections.
** And his "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste", famously used in Kubrick's TheShining.
* "Pièce pour flute seule" by Jacques Ibert
* "8th String Quartet" by Dmitri Shostakovich
* "Mars", bringer of War and "Uranus" the Magician on GustavHolst's "The Planets".
* "The Gong on The Hook & Ladder" by Charles Ives
* Certain pieces of Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival Of The Animals", particularly "The Chickens", "The Kangaroo", "The Aquarium", "The Donkey" (eerily described as "People with Long Ears") and "The Cuckoo".
** "The Aquarium" was even used in Disney's "Beauty & The Beast", when Belle first enters The Beasts' castle.
* The classical Saint-Saens composition "Danse Macabre" isn't exactly balmy, particularly the opening. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LupmmElMoI You are forgiven in advance for jumping out of your seat 19 seconds in]].
* Certain parts of ''Symphonie fantastique'' by Hector Berlioz, particularly the last two movements. Especially if you know what they're about.
* The "Dies Irae," a part of the Requiem mass taken from a 13th-century hymn. It describes the Last Judgment. Surprised that it's scary/creepy? Hector Berlioz did manage to change the way the ''tune'' was used, however, when he quoted it in his aforementioned symphony, and it's been parodied ever since (as in the Saint-Saens piece described above).
* Percussion ensemble pieces can be HONF, what with the banging and clanging and all that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVuWsXZyi8k Especially if they involve a lot of shouting and screaming as well]].
* Most works by György Ligeti, for example [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXh07JJeA28&feature=related Atmospheres]], famously featured in ''{{Two Thousand One A Space Odyssey}}''.
* The Georgian traditional choral piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Avxqeq_9wI "Tsintskaro"]] sounds downright haunting. The [[LyricalDissonance lyrics are perfectly innocuous]] (a man meets a woman at a spring and says something that offends her), but the fact that the lyrics are so vague just adds another layer of creepiness.
* "In the Hall of the Mountain King," from Edvard Grieg's ''Peer Gynt Suite'', is pretty creepy even if you ''haven't'' seen the movie version of {{Stephen King}}'s ''Needful Things''
* ''Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzOb3UhPmig 10 minutes of the scariest music ever.]].
** Also by KrzysztofPenderecki, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=850cJuFbP2U The Awakening of Jacob]]''. Used by both StanleyKubrick in ''TheShining'' and DavidLynch in ''InlandEmpire''. In one of the bonus features for ''Inland Empire'', Lynch said one reason his wife divorced him may have been that he kept playing it on the stereo really loud.
** Any symphonic piece by Krysztof Penderecki. ''Ever.'' There's a reason that several of them were used as the soundtrack to TheShining- and let's not even think about what it says about [[{{Watchmen}} Adrian Veidt]] that he apparently listens to them ''for fun''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJxvQGePOH0 Here are a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4XOx6jr0ws couple of links]].
* "Gloomy Sunday", composed by Rezső Seress in 1933, also known as the Hungarian Suicide Song, is a song made famous by the English translation recorded by Billie Holiday in 1941. The song got its nickname thanks to urban legends which are now thought to have been spawned by Holiday's record label, as the original Hungarian version was said to have inspired the suicides of anyone who heard it, and indeed Seress took his own life in 1968. The lyrics describe the narrator's morbid desire to commit suicide in order to join his/her dead lover. However, Holiday's version added a third verse which modulates to a major feel and suggests that the previous verses were merely a fleeting dream. Still, the final lines - "Darling, I hope that my dream never haunted you | My heart is telling you how much I wanted you" - leave many disturbingly unanswered questions.
* Many of former orchestral pop musician ScottWalker's later releases, with the most horrific being 2006's ''The Drift'', which is less about music than it is the aural equivalent of a train ride through Hell.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6LyYdSQQAQ Pierrot Lunaire]] by Arnold Schoenberg. There had been lots of scary music made before Schoenberg, but he was the first person to make music ''creepy''. In fact, he's been so imitated by modern composers (including on numerous horror film scores) that it can sound a bit [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Dated]].
* If you ignore all the clichés it has been associated with for the past century or so, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XP5RP6OEJI "Der Erlkönig"]] qualifies. A father and his son, who might or might not be seriously ill, are riding home one night when the son starts hallucinating that they are being stalked by the titular Erlkönig, a legendary creature, who comes across like a modern day [[SerialKiller serial killer]], luring the boy with gifts in order for him to come along. The son refuses and begs his father to save him. The father doesn't believe his son, [[spoiler: until the son dies in agony at the hands of the Erlkönig, his soul taken by force]].
* Some of that Bulgarian Folk music is so terrifying. For example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWLMZnhUvUo Delio Haidutin]] was used on the Voyager but is scary. Not really the instruments, which are simply odd and foreign, but that voice... dear lord that terrifying voice!
* Anything, anything...'''ANYTHING''' in the ''Sequenza'' series by the late Luciano Berio. A list of serialist pieces which wouldn't sound out-of-place if the SilentHill games made greater use of music. Heck, it even makes the sound of an ''accordion'' seem unnerving. The worst? Sequenza III for female voice. That muttering...
* The old folk song, ''Long Lankin''. Especially the Steeleye Span recording of it.
** Martin Carthy's ''a capella'' recording is even more unsettling.
* Malicorne's rendition of the old murder ballad "Le petit écolier" manages to be effectively shocking.
* John Cage's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q865x7K_QP4 ''In the Name of the Holocaust'']] manages to be more terrifying than most HighOctaneNightmareFuel by (prepared) piano alone. No lyrics, no [[ForDoomTheBellTolls ominous bells]].
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVN_mxVntXk&feature=related Imaginary Landscape No. 1]]''. If anything, the bizarre video accompaniment here makes it even worse.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXeb-lrvsVo Symphony #1: In Memoriam Dresden]] by Daniel Bukvich, written in remembrance of the Allied bombing of Dresden during WWII. Creepiness incarnate at the beginning... and then screaming flutes, weird wavy timpani, and then a movement where the band starts whispering... then talking... then shouting, '''''and then screaming as if they're being burned alive.''''' Which, coincidentally, is what the last movement is supposed to be about.
* George Crumb's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV6BeeoX474 "Black Angels"]]. It will make you feel like insects are crawling up your skin.
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[[folder:Folk]]
* LeonardCohen succeeded in making HONF folk music on ''Songs of Love and Hate''. Listen to "Dress Rehearsal Rag" and "Diamonds in the Mine." There's a reason there's a goth band named after one of this guy's songs.
* The genre of Neo-Folk or Apocalyptic Folk is often more HONF than it is folk.
** Basically anything by Nurse With Wound is deeply disturbing on a primal level, whether you understand why or not.
** Sol Invictus has a variety of incredibly disturbing songs, be they about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPedJRgQ6xY cannibals]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeROLl82Pps ghosts]].
** Death In June, who nearly exclusively sing about death and cults and Nazis and the Holocaust, is HONF when they're not just depressing. They did a cover of songs by Jim Jones. [[DrinkingTheKoolAid That Jim Jones]].
*** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4UyR0qMqk "We Drive East"]], which is about [[WorldWarII the Battle of Stalingrad]]...
* While the ''entire discography'' of the eccentric and [[ReclusiveArtist reclusive]] folk/blues/[[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly who-knows-what]] musician Jandek may qualify as NightmareFuel for some, there are many instances in which the man out does himself. [[HellIsThatNoise Especially when he]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZJs0gnOFgU screams.]]
* ViennaTeng has a few distinctly unsettling songs. ''Radio'' deserves particular mention for its liberal use of AdultFear (terrorist attacks), but ''Passage, Pontchartrain'', and ''Watershed'' deserve mention as well.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Soundtracks]]
[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* The {{Hellsing}} Ruins OST track 19. First reaction: "wait, is this a Hellsing song? Still nice, I guess... OK, now it starts becoming eerie an--OKWHATTHEFUCK." It can be heard on YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsdxdgClo3g&feature=related here.]]
* Eiko Shimamiya. The music itself is quite lovely and very catchy. But... the translations were truly scarring. Prime example being "The raindrops turn into droplets of blood and travel down my cheeks, If thereís no place for me to return to anywhere anymore" from HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi. Yes, this is the opening of an anime that is basically made of High Octane Nightmare Fuel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKV195eXg7I Go on, click it]].
** The above has a music video of its own.
** And let's not forget Naraku No Hana, which is just as pretty to listen to, provided you don't look up the translation.
** Higurashi anime OST in general has ''really'' scary music in it. Tatari, Giwaku, Senkou... the list goes on.
** Notable gems from the visual novel OST: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V_Ri0hJgYk Demonic Institute]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s868ggza9-0 Cave]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQIhog2VJ0w Days of Children]], with the latter filling the OminousMusicbox position.
* Able to accomplish this without the need for words is the official soundtrack for Manga/{{Akira}}. Never try to listen to this at night with the lights off.
* You don't think YokoKanno is capable of creating music that is pure HighOctaneNightmareFuel? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFckVqCglGI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Think again.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLZHbTMh730 Aura]] from DotHackSign. It's about a girl who is kept in a vegetative state by a corrupt and jealous mother-figure.
** ''If you are near to the dark\\
I will tell you 'bout the sun\\
You are here, no escape\\
From my visions of the world\\
You will cry all alone\\
But it does not mean a thing to me''
* {{Saint Seiya}} has some really scary music, that sets the mood very well:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GYqYkk1vK4 Illusions Of 12 Temples]], for the creepiest moments of the Sanctuary Arc.
** The first half of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmF7OiSXM6M Find Balmung Sword]], from the Asgard Arc.
** The eerie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7L75kGJxcY 108 masei]], and the downright disturbing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufX5iKnfFc Greatest Eclipse]], from the Hades Arc.

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* Speaking of ''Film/{{Halloween}}'', here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfEx0gQ45SE the theme music]].
* TheTerminator theme. Specifically, the one that plays whenever [[AtopTheFourthWall Mechakara]] is around. The one that ends with the "A-JUN-JUN-[=JaJUN=]!!" The one with the violins at the beginning.
* [[Film/TheThing dun dun.... dun dun... dun dun... dun dun...]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr79c_Sw7h8 Lux Aeterna]](2001:Space Odyssey). Funny nobody mentioned this one. It is even scarier in the movie, with Jupiter and black void on screen.
** Speaking of 2001, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPa4XAhSYhE Aventures for 3 voices and 7 instruments]]. Either it's NightmareRetardant, or ''ultra super high octane nightmare fuel''.
** AlsoSprachZarathustra itself; [[ScareChord that first trumpet blast]] can easily scar you for life if it catches you by surprise. Especially when walking through the halls at night when every dark doorway happens to looks like [[TheMonolith that goddamn monolith]].
*** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpJ6anurfuw this]]. Thanks a lot, Portsmouth Sinfonia.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgqI32JX_jY And this]], the epitome of HellIsThatNoise.
* While we're on the subject of StanleyKubrick, about 75% of the soundtrack to ''EyesWideShut'' easily qualifies as HighOctaneNightmareFuel. Try listening to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8acyyW51fZk the Masked Ball sequence]] late at night, alone in a dark house. This piece includes sinister strings in a minor key with a backmasked ''basso profundo'' voice chanting in Romanian. Try to sleep. The following night, play the most frightening piano piece known to man, Gyorgy Ligeti's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=manqxzkDdjg Musica Ricercata No. 2 as played by Dominic Harlan]], on your Ipod as you walk down the street alone in the dark. ''Paranoia like you have never known it before.''
* And another Kubrick example: Half the soundtrack from ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' is this, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E46grYPdr0 Timesteps]], the Suicide Scherzo (an incredibly synthesized re-working of Beethoven's 9th Symphony), and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-mDTdeKR8 the theme music itself. (link NSFW)]]
* Anything in the "Winter" suite of the RequiemForADream soundtrack, especially Meltdown.
** "Lux Aeterna" is as creepy as it is awesome. ''More'' creepy, actually (except the orchestrated "Requiem for a Tower" version, which is just awesome.)
* [[{{Fantasia}} Night on Bald Mountain]]. It's sad that it hasn't been mentioned yet. The original version was specifically written to be reminiscent of a coven of witches worshipping {{Satan}}!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Ca_edg6RE Disney actually made this song scary enough to make Walt not want to put in in Fantasia]].
* I can not even hear the song "Time is On My Side" because of the movie "Fallen."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1hy4lmKfz4 "Hypnosis"]], (starting at 7:05) from the TheFourthKind soundtrack.
* The soundtrack to ''[[TheDarkKnightSaga Batman Begins]]''. [[http://nonsenseprime.tumblr.com/post/10089259855/no-description Artibeus]] gets a special mention for being the song that plays during Batman's attack on the docks.

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* The crucifixion scene from the original cast recording of ''JesusChristSuperstar''.
* "The Dark I Know Well" from SpringAwakening is a song about sexual abuse, which is as [[HumansAreBastards horrific]] [[TearJerker and sad]] as it sounds. The music is horrendously dissonant, Martha and Ilse's parents cut in with disturbing commentary[[hottip:*:"Martha, sweetie, wear [[FridgeHorror that new nightgown your father bought for you]]!" "Ilse! ''Story time!''"]], and the refrain is ''especially'' horrible:
-->''You say all you want is just a kiss goodnight''
-->''And then you hold me and you whisper,''
-->''"Child, the Lord wonít mind.''
-->''Itís just you and me.''
-->''Child, youíre a beauty."''
* "Mea Culpa" from ''Sweeney Todd'' is divided between Judge Turpin perving on his teenage adopted daughter and scourging himself in a futile attempt at penance.
* The entirety of the soundtrack for {{KA}} by CirqueDuSoleil. Unlike most of their soundtracks witch is divided between catchy upbeat tunes like [[{{Mystere}} Kunya Sobe]] and Alegria, most of the soundtrack is mostly [[OminousLatinChanting creepy simlish chants]] and fast paced drumbeats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS2aMQpDqaE Pursuit]] is a particularly nightmare inducing example. Enjoy!

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* The theme for Lavender Town in Pokemon is creepy enough. Now listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qXnJnFGZ4Y reversed]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSLRb1e7JDQ This may be even worse]].
*** Brr...Sounds like something from the ''Film/{{Halloween}}'' films.
* Two of the options for your menu theme in [[Left4Dead Left 4 Dead 2]] are absolutely blood-curdling: You could either go for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gshBY5ZzWpw&feature=related the campy, yet creepy theme]] based on the Dark Carnival campaign or the ''FUCKING terrifying'' fiddle theme based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBLvUlphxk&feature=related the Swamp Fever campaign.]] Regardless of what you choose, good luck sleeping tonight.
* No mention of the twisted renditions of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRXQsQKGqIU&feature=related Twinkle Twinkle Little Star]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvN57M8Nevk&feature=related Ring Around the Rosie]]" from ''DeadSpace?'' Listen to those and your childhood will be RuinedForever...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbkTqpkPLU the 50 second track]] that plays upon first entering the zombie-infested town of Ravenholm is enough to make even the most hardcore players soil their pants. The fact that the first thing you see when the track begins to play is a mutilated zombie corpse hanging from a tree doesn't make the whole thing any easier.
* Overlaps with Video Games but... the ''{{Metroid}} Fusion'' soundtrack. ''Especially'' the arranged version.
** "Phazon Radiation" from the ''Prime'' subtrilogy can make ''anything'' creepy.
* THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK to ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'' (except for the final song, where everything is okay of course). Have a listen to the "Dementia" track[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9wKGYm_NF4 here.]]
* The soundtrack to any given {{Silent Hill}} game. 'Nuff said.
** There's also the Moth battle theme, the "Nowhere" music and the FinalBoss theme in the first game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgf66PpwEu the music in the clock room]] when you return from the east wing of the apartments in ''SH 2'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgRPiUi4Rys&feature=related the final descent into the Abyss from the prison]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtCKl7qXff0&feature=related the otherworld hotel]] from the same game, and the Nightmare Mall, Nightmare Office Building, and Memory of Alessa musics in the third game.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TodE5qZTfVY&feature=related Blood Pulse]] from the second SilentHill (the music in the apartment area), while tame compaired to the rest of the sound track, is VERY, '''VERY''' disturbing.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me5YDGjSG3w&feature=related The Historical Society and Prison music/ambience from SH 2.]]
** What's worse than facing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5McIwC9IKg&fmt=18 Pyramid Head]]? Facing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkvJY-YfELs&fmt=18 TWO Pyramid Heads]].
** Discovering Cynthia's body in the subway station in Silent Hill 4, when 'Room of Angel' swells up... truly hair-raising.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPaYGVLifY "Black Fairy"]] from the Silent Hill 2 soundtrack. It sounds like the musical equivalent of sleep paralysis.
** From SilentHillShatteredMemories, "The Devil's Laughter." SWEET BUTTERY CHRISTMAS, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKwRm4SYu68 "The Devil's Laughter."]]
** "Room of Angel" by Akira Yamaoka. [[spoiler: It's about matricide]] and the static. HOLY SHIT THE STATIC.
* Never, ever listen to the soundtrack to TheWhiteChamber, unless you are actually playing the game. If you listen to it at any other time, whatever you are doing at that time will be RuinedForever.
* The two Scissorman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CylxDpJaoU&hd=1 chase]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMKSrnJtIo&hd=1 themes]] from VideoGame/ClockTower for the PS1. When either of these kicked in after the relative silence and lack of music in the game, you knew you were in some deep shit and had better find a hiding place as soon as possible. The second one was used more as a jump-out-at-out type of scare, but the first one is arguably more frightening because it's the one that just starts up randomly after you've simply walked around for a while without encountering him, so you don't know exactly where he might be. And for that matter, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WxrXvDdKuw chase theme]] from the original game for the Super Famicom (released only in Japan, but there is a fan translation available) is just as scary.
* Similarly to the above concerning Clock Tower, the various ambient and chase themes from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' are creepy or pants-crappingly scary for similar reasons, perhaps even more so given the chase themes' tendency to speed up or slow down based upon how close to or far away from you the stalker happened to be at the time. Here are the four main sets:
** Debilitas: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqkdP2wv5eU&hd=1 Twisted Eyes]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qetEJMhdG_A&hd=1 Innocent Freak]] (chase)
** Daniella: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5DLShZqoV0&hd=1 Stalking Insanity]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRM-JTBVTn4&hd=1 Something Lacking]] (chase)
** Ricardo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mC_21h1UiM&hd=1 Writhing Embryo]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxPUZLQ0kYg&hd=1 Sly Hunter]] (chase)
** Lorenzo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvm2xpGVOtA&hd=1 Spiral End]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnjAQE6aFNA&hd=1 Warped Obsession]] (chase)
* "Dread Intrusion" off the ''{{Halo}} 3'' soundtrack. It starts off in the typical, already-creepy Flood themes, but soon adds [[SubliminalSeduction backmasked speech]] from the Gravemind. The middle segment is an almost-heroic sounding drum but reminiscent of "Ghosts of Reach" from the Halo 2 soundtrack, but when it gets to the pause, instead of returning with doubled-up awesome, you hear a strange wailing screech come in and it returns to creepy ambiance music.
* The middle section [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ara1HO6CbpE (Infected)]] of "Mausoleum Suite" from the ''Halo 2'' soundtrack. Starts out with slow jungle drums and spooky moaning voices (similar to the Shadow Temple music from ''[[LegendOfZelda Ocarina of Time]]'') , and then turns into a cacophony of synthesizer effects with guttural voices that seem to be reversed speech, but are really just gibberish.
** On the original game's OST: "Suite Autumn", "Shadows", the ambient section of "Truth and Reconciliation Suite", and "Library Suite".
** Another scary one from ''2'' is "Ancient Machine", a TwilightZone-like melody with organic Flood noises and vocals similar to the aformentioned "Infected".
** You thought the original Flood themes were scary? The ''Anniversary'' remixes turn the nightmare dial {{up to eleven}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njqFybTtD8I Between Beams (Shadows)]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_PXQFuNbNM In the Substance of It (not on the original OST)]], Bad Dream (Trace Amounts), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcXJbton40w Dewey Decimate (Library Suite)]], Demons and Heretics (Devils, Monsters), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtl5IvMZ6NM Unfortunate Discovery (What Once was Lost)]] (now sounds like a SunnO [[DroneOfDread drone doom]] piece) , Xenoarcheology (Alien Corridors) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM2Qd-Ij6VI Fragments]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s07rRQqmpJc Nightfall]] from ''HaloReach'', especially the first part with the DroneOfDread. The second part sounds alot like ''ResidentEvil'' music.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''[='=]s dark ambient soundtrack (produced by Trent Reznor). Although, with the music off, [[QuieterThanSilence it can be even scarier]].
* Much of the soundtrack to ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 1'', especially "Landing", "Leela", and "Aliens Again". Makes the dark corridors that much scarier.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVXFyZsnAa4 Silent Bonk]]. It is a testament to how creepy ''Main/SilentHill'' music is that even having the Scout from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' [[Main/StupidStatementDanceMix "bonk" over it]] fails to blunt the fear factor.
** On that note, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs65S-1o-Os One-Winged Scout]] reveals exactly how creepy the Scout's cries [[ManOnFire when he is set on fire]] are.
* The soundtrack to the game {{Dreamfall}} is alright on the whole, but "Faith", the final track, is pretty damn creepy. The song itself is bad enough, but when it ends (2:40 into the track) there are six minutes of silence. Then, static plays for a short while and a little girl's voice calls out "Find April Ryan, save her...". When you aren't expecting it, that makes for one weird and paranoia inducing end to a soundtrack...
* A cartoonish video game soundtrack seems like an odd place for nightmare fuel, no? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKX8iJQGCAY&fmt=18 Soul Asylum]] from Mega Man X7 disagrees with you. The distorted effects in the track are almost hypnotic...
** On the same topic of cartoonish games, try listening to some of the EarthBound music. Especially the Cave of the Past theme and the final battle music.
* ''{{FEAR}}'' is HONF in its own right, but its soundtrack will require you to [[BringMyBrownPants bring your brown pants]].
* Two words: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2J0EPGcfAc Sniper Town]]" from ''MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault''. Adding nightmare fuel to the fire is the fact that it plays in the sniper-infested ScrappyLevel.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkCb43ixP0I "Amongst the Dead"]], from the second level of ''MedalOfHonor: Underground'' and the Command Post level in ''Allied Assault'', with its use of [[OminousChanting Ominous]] EtherealChoir.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ibpppFJr0I&feature=related Self Esteem]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ibpppFJr0I&feature=related Android Hell]] from the VideoGame/{{Portal}} soundtrack are pretty creepy. But [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8KFh_-P98E No Cake For You]] stands out as both the best and creepiest ambient music in the entire game.
* Speaking of Portal, [[JonathanCoulton JoCo's]] Still Alive has plenty of HONF itself. A Passive-Aggressive AI that represents the worst of Glenn Close in FatalAttraction gets a ''musical number''?!? The lyrics of which clearly point out the insanity and murder with which [=GLaDOS=] pursues science? And the song occurs after "she" is supposedly "dead"? Although, for some, the several duet versions of the song (between [=GLaDOS=] and [=JoCo=]) can make it seem more like a love song in that context.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRETQyTMatk
* The "Double Illusion" FinalBoss music in the arcade version ''DoubleDragon II''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk20crJJ97Q&feature=autoplay&list=PLA94E6ED8E1B77F9D&index=6&playnext=2 Cellular Tissue]] from ''{{Valis}} 1'' sounds like it was lifted from a haunted house ride or game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRETQyTMatk Forest Theme]] from The Path soundtrack. If lyrics like, "Are you dreaming? He'll soon be feeding," and the disturbing scraping noise don't send you screaming, wait for the wolf's actual voice. Bonus for how creepy it sounds when you're actually playing the game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDAVnFXWsg XaaaCi]] from ''ArTonelico3'' is probably one of the most terrifying themes of the game, as well as [[TearJerker saddening]] once you learn [[GaiasVengeance what it's about]].
* Do you want to ''hear'' suicidal depression? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8no8kyLDEto Click here]] for some of CryOfFear

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* The music from RedVsBlue: Reconstruction still gives me goosebumps. All of it. The way it was transformed from twangy, humorous, and somewhat novelty-ish in Blood Gulch Chronicles to being a legitimate dramatic tool in Reconstruction is nothing short of amazing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQUaEF2bJZ0 The Device Has Been Modified]], a remix of dialogue from VideoGame/{{Portal}}. It makes everything so damn creepy, especially at the end. Especially since if you forget and leave it on, a full ten seconds or so of silence after the "end," [[LastNoteNightmare a Turret whispers "Are you still there?" with demonic reverb.]]
** The download of the song has the Turret speak much sooner after GLaDOS says "goodbye," so the creepiness of it is lessened a little. Not by much, though.
*** "Please proceed to android hell." Cue [[HellIsThatNoise Rage Sphere]].
* [[http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/suzannevega29.shtml This song parody]] by someone named after a line from Michael Jackson's song ''Smooth Criminal'' is a nightmarish attempt at a song about Tonight Show host Jay Leno- the song coming off as more of an Alice Cooper-like vibe to it and with the portrayal of Jay being more like Heath Ledger's Joker crossed with Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. It makes the whole thing look more like a horror novel than a song.
** YMMV. The forced rhyming adds definite shades of {{Narm}}.
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* Literally every second of every song by Circle Takes the Square
* The {{WWE}} wrestler The Undertaker's theme is considered HONF due to it beginning with three loud eerie ringing of a church bell like the beginning of AC/DC's Hells Bells but more scarier crecendoing into the most creepiest rendition of Chopin's Funeral March and the rest of the music sounds like something out of a {{Resident Evil}} game. Biker Undertaker's theme wasn't that scary with Kid Rock's American Badass and Limp Bizkit's Rollin'.
* JonathanCoulton's [[http://www.lala.com/#song/2810527706922704933 'Creepy Doll']] is a second person narrative featuring an old house, a "bag of big city money", and a creepy doll that haunts its victims. By the end of the song the protagonist, fed up, locks the doll in the box it came from and throws it onto the fireplace. [[spoiler: "As the smoke fills up your tiny room, there's nothing you can do/ Far too late, you see the one inside the box is you..."]]
* Not quite music, but ''Final Relaxation'' by The Golding Institute is quite possibly the most terrifying "comedy" album ever released. It's essentially a parody of new age guided meditation albums, but it's billed as "your ticket to death through hypnotic suggestion." That's right, the intended result of the exercise is for you '''to die'''. At first this is played for extremely dark humor, as cliche after cliche of the genre is inverted (for example, instead of a calming voice instructing you to relax your body parts one at a time over soothing music, there's a creaky-voiced old man telling you in excruciating detail how much pain each individual body part is in, accompanied by a low-pitched electronic hum). As the album goes on, however, the imagery and instructions get a lot more unnerving, that queasy electronic hum keeps growing louder and louder, the already creepy narrator gets even more sociopathic, and there's increasingly less there to remind you it's all a joke. To top it off, the inside of the booklet is a last will and testament, with blanks for the listener to fill in.
* Wonderfully horrible group The Tiger Lillies mine a rich seam of grotesquerie, Brecht-style cabaret and vile, hilarious depravity. If you're not into them, any song might make you lose sleep, but they can sometimes tweak a scary nerve even for fans. Their latest offering, ''The Little Match Girl'' (a nasty tale in itself), has a song mentioning 'long golden hair'. In the stage version, the Match Girl's father collects her discarded hair, which as he pulls at it proves to be nightmarishly long. Ultimately there is a twisted rope of hair winding back and forth between a series of successively-smaller sets, as the 'golden' hair refrain is repeated with greater intensity. And then the Match Girl herself comes back to wind it all up again! Perhaps not that upsetting in itself, but if you've got some sort of anti-hair fetish...
* 'How Death Comes' by the Mediaeval Baebes. A sort of spoken, sort of sung description of the process of death. Goes from scary whispering to shockingly loud.
* This probably doesn't count as "music" per-se, but nevertheless: every [[AnimalCrossing K.K. Slider song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdDnQYCI-P4 at once.]] Also available in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiDiPPzgBa8 reversed]] form. We assure you, your first reaction will be to close the window as fast as possible, but to get the full experience you really must watch the whole thing.
* John Zorn's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auRbohkQafc Naked City]]. The songs shift from smooth jazz to grindcore to death metal shredding back to jazz and then all over again within the span of ''seconds.'' The entirety of it is punctuated with Yamaoka Eye making the most terrifying noises he possibly can with his mouth.
* Two words: "Death Ambient". I'll let the Encyclopedia of Electronic Music speak for me.
->"This is scary, horror Dark Ambient, with death ambiences, i.e. graveyards, crypts, tombs, catacombs, haunted houses, dungeons, voices of the dead. Low atmospheric sounds with death-related samples."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5tI1sYQYcc Here's]] an example. Alternatively, check out the composition by Endura called "The Left Hand of the Dead" from the album "Black Eden" for a perfect example.
* The entirety of steampunk band The Clockwork Quartet's song "The Doctor's Wife." It combines an ApocalypticLog, a FateWorseThanDeath and a man who can't let go of his love. The only way to appreciate the horror is to listen to their song (which is free for download or streaming [[http://www.clockworkquartet.com/music.php here]]), but the last stanza of the song goes like this:
---> [[spoiler: Tuesday the 18th of July]]
---> [[spoiler: My latest apparatus is the only thing that's keeping her alive.]]
---> [[spoiler: I had to stop her heart.]]
---> [[spoiler: The mechanical replacement will ensure the other organs can survive.]]
---> [[spoiler: Her body is destroyed.]]
---> [[spoiler: But what nature has neglected, the fruit of modern science shall provide!]]
---> [[spoiler: And I've broken every code of practice.]]
---> [[spoiler: But for my love, I'd shift the planet's axis.]]
---> [[spoiler: She'll return to me, when she's been repaired.]]
---> [[spoiler: ''She'll live again!'']]

* Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZXNpK0fLaY ''The Shivers (I Got 'Em)''.]] "Evelyn, your spine cracks like a wineglass..."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlYTHT4oEo L'une Ou L'Autre De Nos Failes by Tribe of Circle.]]
* Napoleon XIV's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4 They're coming to take me away, ha-ha]]'' is bad enough as it is. Try listening to it ''[[http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=L47GQG12WHg backwards]]''.
* Brian Dewan wrote a song from the point of view of someone undergoing brain surgery. The idea behind the song is people tend to be awake during brain surgery and poking different parts of the brain causes different thoughts and emotions. The song starts out almost funny, with renditions of Happy Birthday and Yankee Doodle mixed in with random thoughts. Then he starts crowing like a rooster and crying "I want my oxygen mask!" The song descends further and further, and ends with him calling "Mommy?" over and over and over until the listener is curled up in fetal position trying to figure out what they did to deserve this level of Hell.
* On the first album by [[{{Music/Voltaire}} Voltaire]], 'The Devil's Bris' when he's not being funny he often gets seriously disturbing. The album opens with a song about a jealous ex-lover fantasizing about chopping his ex's new boyfriend into bits and mailing the bits across the globe. Another song is from the point of view of a paranoid schizophrenic who was molested as a child, having kidnapped a girl he intends to eventually murder.
** Speaking of Voltaire, 'That Man Upstairs' isn't that scary on its own, but the chorus of "Please kill that man upstairs" is an EarWorm. This can be ''highly'' unnerving if you're trying to sleep and your bedroom is one floor down from that of your father, boyfriend, or some other man you care about.
* Propergol is no stranger to scary music. His album ''Ground Proximity Warning System'', for example, contains sound clips of distress calls from air crafts played over a droning background.
* Three words: BESSIE. FUCKING. BOBTAIL. Just listen to it; there's a couple versions on YouTube. It's absolutely terrifying.
* Loch Lomond songs are usually unsettling, but there's just something a little too weird about "Song in 3/4".
* If you can find LemonDemon's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0tUmjYGWMU Elsewhere]]," listen to it at your own risk. The lyrics aren't all that creepy, but the background instrumentals? They conjure images of evil clowns. Once you're done with that, find the Lemon Demon song "Sick Puppy," which is in the same vein but not quite as shiver-inducing.
* Definitely a YourMileageMayVary song for people, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0qUEgBf9I this]] song by Idina Menzel.
--> ''Like a prima ballerina''
--> ''I tip toe, tip toe around you constantly''
--> ''I hear the water running''
--> ''Will it wash your tears or leak through the ceiling?''
--> ''Make my way up a spiral staircase''
--> ''Hope to God you had a good day''
* The Deadfly Ensemble song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Ah1_zyCyg "Horse on the Moor"]] is definitely this. It begins with the narration of how the "Wife" character rose from her grave, desperate for her husband and declaring that she loves him still. The song itself is about the husband cramming her wife's tomb with several things she enjoyed (such as a horse's head because "his love liked to ride", or ''one of the maids'' to "help her under there"). How does it get worse? Easy - the wife doesn't rise back from the dead at all, she was buried alive (as revealed in the final verse).
* This song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvQOsKyB4hY Believing, by Bang on a Can All Stars and Julia Wolfe]] (I couldn't find the song anywhere outside of Rock Band, so that's all I could use). Aside from being a very hard song to play on any instrument except vocals, it sounds quite ominous, especially near the end.
* A lot of noise music qualifies. There are quite a few who consider it to be CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but accept that this probably isn't a majority opinion when it comes to the likes of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4On0vXTg1Zc Sutcliffe Jugend]] (who were contemporaries of the below mentioned Whitehouse), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYaM0w1mWlY Slogun]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGzrL8J0t-c Merz]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDsQshrjIO0&feature=related bow]]. If HONF had its own genre of music, this could be a serious contender for the title.
** Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBR1OE3e60c Stalaggh]]. Dear god. Take this already rather terrifying genre of music, then have ''shrieking and crying mental patients'' doing the vocals.
** Dominic Fernow, alias Prurient, whose musical output is at once incredibly diverse ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8Ur3Th0BRw these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgO47OlxFM4 are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZRBELnbqjE all]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alo1JzqPNoI the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbBTRgDIf3A same]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujREMWjiY4w guy]]) and almost uniformly disturbing.
** Overlapping with (and to some extent [[TropeMaker predicating]]) the aforementioned genre of death ambient is the Swedish group [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQJoSwQoQt8 Brighter]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jSYSodugeM Death]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApmGpYRLUpA Now]], whose work is basically what happens when a band decides to frame their entire ethos around taking the "{{drone of dread}}" [[UpToElven into the most miserable place possible]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-34xJCI7MY In Germany Before the War]] is about a murderer, from the POV of one of his dead victims (and the melody is creepy enough on it's own).
* {{Emilie Autumn}}. Songs that deserve mention for their lyrics include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaFFgfhzNGg Gothic Lolita]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgsCGlOgSNg I Want my Innocence Back]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KkVhxO9jaI I Know Where You Sleep]], but pretty much everything she has ever recorded is at least moderately creepy. And then there's that heartbeat-like sound that keeps showing up...
** 306 is this defined, from it's purely hell sent instrumental to it's immensely graphic lyrics and how she just stops singing and lets the music terrify you more. It's designed to horrify you and gets it's message across very well.
---> ''Now I'm freedom unbound''
---> ''Cut the laces of life''
---> ''The pistol, The poison, The noose''
---> ''Or the knife''
---> ''I have chosen my instrument''
---> ''And said no goodbyes''
** Don't forget Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches. The cheery way she sings it, like she's playing patty-cake make it disturbing. Doubly so, when you realize that this is [[ColdBloodedTorture not too far off from the truth]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5tQ-fJL-ks The "Snowy Roads" theme]] from ''TwistedMetal: Black'' (OneWomanWail plus DroneOfDread), and the rest of the dark ambience music.
* Whitehouse. Dear God, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGNKgah948s Whitehouse]]. A band focused less on making music than gelatinizing the audience with fear, and the lyrics... Well, let's just say they make Throbbing Gristle sound like perfectly safe people to be around. They are perhaps the best-known example of music as a form of [[TrueArtIsOffensive transgressive art]], quite fitting, as their frontman cites the Marquis de Sade as an influence.
** ItGotWorse: Perhaps their (and quite possibly the) scariest song ever? "Baby." Before you take an interest, we find it only fair to warn you; are you comfortable with not being entirely sure you've never heard a taped murder?
* MindlessSelfIndulgence's "Panty Shot":
--> '''Five year old'' pantyshot, can't complain/''I didn't even touch her so I can't be blamed''/Five year old pantyshot in my brain/My life has meaning when she spreads her legs'
** The same thing happens in the first two lines of "Wrong Way" by Sublime, which states that the prostitute the narrator spends the night with was ''fourteen. fucking. years. old.''
**** The sad thing is, it's scary because it's true. There are a staggering amount of girls under the age of 18 who prostitute themselves. Some as young as eleven years old. They run away, they're kidnapped, they're drugged, and it's one of the most frightening things to imagine. And very effectively reaches people when they hear it.
** "The Childcatcher" by {{Lush}} is rather about the same concept.
** "Don't Stand so Close to Me", by ThePolice, also runs along those lines. Though the girl is almost an adult, the taboo of a teacher-student relationship sparks creepy feelings, and if you're a teacher, it would probably creep you out how relentless the girl is, waiting in the rain at the bus stop so he'll pick her up. How the temptation and frustration are "so bad it makes him cry" and his coworkers harass him "the accusations fly" . On the other side of the coin, the girl is tormented by her jealous friends and cruel classmates. It makes this more than a taboo, it's also a nightmare for both of the people involved.
** EvelynEvelyn built about half their self-titled album on this theme, notably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmTf-l1sD_E "Sandy Fishnets".]] Those songs which aren't about this topic are creepy anyway, for example "Tragic Events of September 1" in which the girls' birth leads to the death of their parents, the doctor, and a passing cop, and "Evelyn Evelyn" shows how little fun it is being part of a MultipleHeadCase.
* SufjanStevens is one creepy cookie. Filled with whispering vocals and exotic, ululating instruments, his music is eerie at the best of times, and when he wants to, it's downright disturbing. ''Year of the Sheep'', for example, consists of soft chorale, gentle strings, electronic effects, and, oh yeah, what sounds like ''backmasking of a screaming sheep''. Not one you want your Winamp shuffling up late at night, or even on a vaguely overcast morning.
** "In the tower above the earth..."
** What? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0la1RyS0nI This]]?'' Come on, it's quieter and more peaceful than 3/4 ambients in any big collection.
** Are you guys forgetting his song "John Wayne Gacy Junior"? It's about the murderer of the same name who: a) Dressed up like a clown, b) raped little boys while dressed as a clown, and c) proceeded to murder those little boys after they were raped.
*** What's worse is the final line of the song, [[spoiler:which strongly insinuates that the narrator is also a serial murderer, or at ''the very least'' a potential one.]]
* The band Creature Feature has some pretty damn disturbing songs, full of murder and blood and death and other unpleasant things.
* The song Happy Colored Marbles by {{Ween}} qualifies with flying colors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1YcJOb-VV8 See here]].
** Happy Colored Marbles is downright...well, happy when compared to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXV71xzDdJE Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)]], which takes place from the perspective of a small child suffering from the titular disease, undergoing a horrifically painful lumbar puncture (and not the first one, either), and pleading with his/her mother to not let him/her die. If the distorted child-voice backed by the deep synth mimic doesn't get you, the agonized screaming over the guitar solo will.
* The {{Eels}}. ''Susan's House''. Hearing the speaker calmly [[SpokenWordInMusic talk about]] the corpse of a teen boy being stripped and put in a body bag with [[LyricalDissonance somewhat-relaxing music]] played in the background...you know, it's just a tiny bit unsettling.
* Horse The Band's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Twokr090WM videos]] and lyrics are really terrifying. Especially with the creepy angry face howling at a [[KickTheDog little pink bunny]] and beating it around the ears with a massive jack-hammer, and the creepy lyrics:
--> "Roaring with whispers, to the tiny bunnies: SQUISH those fucking bunnies!(x2) Twitching bleeding screaming, bring the hammer down! Screaming bunnies, bleeding bloody bunnies, smeared across the ground"
* Jason Crumer. Being a very good noise artist, his album ''Ottoman Black'' generally qualifies, but when he drops the harsh static on the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqPyv3raSY "Where Were You?"]] and replaces it with abstract noises in the background that could easily be gunshots or other violence, and has the sounds of a man gasping, groaning and gurgling quietly in pain in the foreground... yeah...
* Mew hit this quite a bit. Their lead singer and lyricist, Jonas Bjerre, has commented that he's draws much inspiration from his nightmares, which are allegedly very frequent. Said nightmares are also placed squarely into their music videos and the background visuals in their live show - a common motif is of stiffly, stutteringly animated people with animal heads (either alive or skulls) playing instruments. They have an entire album devoted to fear. Although he's fluent, English isn't his first language despite singing in it, resulting in him crafting some particularly odd and unsettling imagery. But to me, the pinnacle of the fuel comes not from an album, but from a b-side - "Succubus".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItdHij6xFTs World's End Girlfriend - We are the Massacre]]. Just ignore that video, and listen to the nice pretty classical music, and the gradually fading in screams of horror, crying, and disturbing whispers. It all stays below the volume of the music, making it even creepier somehow.
* Project86: The song "Me Against Me" describes a nightmare in which the speaker is fighting someone, then strangles him, only to realize the enemy is identical to himself. He then wakes up dead, having literally strangled himself to death while dreaming.
* At The Drive-In's songs are cryptic and not easily understood, but some qualify regardless of whether one understands the lyrics or not. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_Hri6RIQs "Enfilade"]] is a perfect example, especially with the chilling ransom call opening. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgAkZfObn0c "Invalid Litter Dept."]] is similarly haunting, especially since it's about a series of migrant worker murders in the band's hometown of El Paso, Texas.
* PatrickWolf, ''The Childcatcher''. Insanely creepy, and that ''sound''...
* William Control's '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bR4FCqC9Fo Razor's Edge]]'. It seems like a normal, gothy, above-average alternative rock song until about halfway through you get this delightful little tirade, spoken rather than sung:
-->''The smoke clears and in whispering waves of self-mutilation I see the [[EldritchLocation dark sky fall to pieces]]. [[CosmicHorror The world is sometimes too heavy to breathe and the dead surround me like an ocean]]. I can't recognize the reflection looking back through the mirror; as if some sort of silent stranger with [[NightmareFace mean eyes and deadly stare]], he sees everything, and why? Then with one last glimmer, defiant, I'm [[TransformationTrauma transformed into]] [[BodyHorror a monsterous giant]] with [[AndIMustScream no heart, no limbs, no desire]]. This is not a suicide letter. I just want to get a real close, look at Death, touch his matted hair as I pass him by.''
** Add to this the fact that his voice gets more and more raspy until he's saying the last few words in what can only be described as a demonic snarl, and that about two seconds later the vocals kick in again, and it's him screaming "''''YOU SLASH MY HEART ON THE RAZOR'S EDGE.''''" * shudders*
* The Wedding by Annie ([[AnnieLennox not that one]]). The repeating uncanny voices in it can be quite frightening when your by yourself.
* CreatureFeature's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chjAQnbDsfk The Greatest Show Unearthed]]". CircusOfFear, background music that sounds like the most demonic merry-go-round ever imagined, and the random screaming. Plus, it's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a totally awesome song]]. Freaky as fuck, but awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUzmACvUQA0 "Sweden" by the Divine Comedy]]. A bizarre ode to Sweden, with a chorus of demonic voices that wont be used on Swedish holiday ads any time soon.
** The white supremacist vibe of the lyrics ("tall and strong and blond and blue-eyed, pure and healthy, very wealthy") suggests the creepy whispers, ominous chorus and overdramatic villainous music are there to draw attention to the creepy fixation some foreigners have with Scandinavia in general. If asked, most examples of these people talk about Sweden's economy, the beautiful natural wonders and such, but there's a racial subtext there often: "I would like to live in Sweden, please don't ask me why. For if I were to give a reason, it would be a lie", is immediately followed by the other quote above. Also the stereotypes about Sweden are supposed to be positive, but they almost make it sound like a bland proto-fascist utopia.
* Laurie Anderson has some music that can qualify, much of it on her live album ''Home of the Brave.'' Most notably nightmarish are "Late Show" (based on an unsettling sample of WilliamSBurroughs' voice) and this album's rendition of "Sharkey's Night." Anderson uses her "big voice" (electronically pitched down) for this and it ends with a sound horrifyingly like some kind of alarm to warn people of an impending nuclear holocaust.
* Try listening to Circus Contraption's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn_A0D0w6ik&feature=related Toy Shop Armagedon]] at night in the dark without getting the chills and/or closing the window. Especially when it gets to the middle of the song, and things start to get even more...distorted.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXrkAlnC0JM The Slaughter's Promenade]] fits in here as well. That. Damn. Crack. Never fails to cause nightmares.
* Three words: Fire. On. High. Who knew The ElectricLightOrchestra could be so...creepy?
* Tin Hat Trio's version of "Daisy Bell". Forget [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL9000.]] This version made me want to scream "RUN, DAISY, RUN! He's gonna lock you in the basement and let you ring a bell as a reward for... something icky!" It's totally stalkeriffic.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNDRxmMaeUw&feature=related Slow Motion People]] by Alias.
* The British comedy medical duo, Amateur Transplants have several songs like this. Most notably '''Consultants''':
-->''I'm pushing 83 and the trust are telling me to retire''
-->''I never take a history or consent''
-->''My post-op survival rate should be higher''
-->''In fact it's only 6 per cent''
-->''We work at Denmark Hill for the terminally ill patients''
-->''But they're relatively well when they arrive''
-->''Cos I invent my own operations''
-->''And I'm the only one who leaves theatre alive''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YigCFSjQZkg This.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6MltGHO-lE Alice of Human Sacrifice]], from Nico Video. [[ItGotWorse It gets especially haunting at the end.]]
-->''During this two children went into the woods''
-->''They had a tea party under rose trees''
-->''An invitation from the castle for them was''
-->''The trump card of hearts''
-->''The fourth ALICE was two siblings''
-->''Their curiosity in the Wonderland''
-->''Going through many different doors''
-->''Coming not too long ago in a yellow boat''
-->''The stubborn big sister''
-->''And smart little brother''
-->''Though they were the closest to ALICE'S WONDERLAND''
-->''They were never woken from their deep dreaming''
-->''Forever they wandered in the Wonderland.''
* The {{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune sings a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGThHuZ3lBQ ''Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance (Stalker)'']] which TERRIFIES me to death, because his ex was very similar to the girl described. It's basically about a very jealous stalker girl, [[spoiler:who realizes her boyfriend is cheating and burns his house down.]] That, coupled with the audio, piano, and random screeches in the music, makes all the more horrifying. It get's scarier when you listen to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfEFQRgmakk&feature=related ''Rockleetist'']] version, where you can actually understand it. Oh, and don't forget the picture of Miku in the video. [[spoiler:And the sound of her cutting off a kitten's head to give to her boyfriend.]]


* The SurrealHorror song "Wild Pack of Family Dogs", by Modest Mouse, is both this and LyricalDissonance.
* "The Ones" by Aesthetic Perfection. Whatever you do, [[SchmuckBait DON'T LOOK IT UP, I'M BEGGING YOU!]]
-->''We are the ones you should be fearing,''\\
''Come in the night and take your teeth away,''\\
''Now sew up your mouth and go to sleep because''\\
''We'll be there soon to break''\\
''Your heart and spite your face.''\\

* Just about the entire album "Feeding the Wolves" by 10 Years. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZZDRoBIjYA "Now is the Time"]] stands out to me due to [[AdultFear these two parts in particular]]

-->''The bullet in the blood,''\\
''Came from those you love,''\\
''The bullet in the blood''\\
''Came from those you trust'\\

* Velvet Underground's "Heroin" was creepy enough because all it's about is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin heroin addict]].
-->'' 'Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man''\\
''When I put a spike into my vein''\\
''And I tell things aren't quite the same''\\

** Which was frightening, yes. But then Beck did a cover, complete with trippin' video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLWVvBegDDI&feature=related AND, left to their own devices, his backup band turned the nightmare [[UpToEleven up to eleven!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUnFShaG47E]]


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnijc0YfD9k Experiment No. 6]] by Lemon Jelly. Urgh.
* Backwards Music Station: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgF9ZlI_R-8
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB5gMqFwYsI]] by dark ambient / minimalist composer Oöphoi. Close your eyes and listen with headphones. Pleasant dreams....
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1vjTJTRn48]] by dark ambient composer Robert Christopher -- a nightmarish musical work of art, intensified with a relentless near-infrasound drone and what can only be described as the distant tortured ululations of faceless night-gaunts. Beautiful and/or terrifying (YMMV)!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4AH6cji708&feature=related Anything]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8jeB2EOhIY&list=UUpVi430K2U9LVn6E-reRrPA&index=2&feature=plcp Owl-Eye]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF0OXnLxsBk&context=C3eed309ADOEgsToPDskLsp1LA0eWBlQwihc4lUNL7 does]]. Jesus christ... the dolls...
* Theres an Evanescence song called "Even In Death". At first, nice pretty song. Upon paying attention to the lyrics, I realized that the song is about someone who believes their lover is somehow still alive, digs them out of their grave, and keeps them.
** A lot of Evanescence songs are creepy. "Haunted" has a story attached about a little girl who goes into an abandoned house and is captured to kill the evil thing that lives inside. Said evil mindrapes her every night, and its implied she has no reason to live anymore but to kill the evil. Who is also her only friend. Pretty disturbing.
** And of course there's always Snow White Queen, with slightly distorted vocals singing about someone being raped. Coming from both the rapist and the victim's points of view...
** "Going Under" features [[NightmareFace nightmare faces]] done by the ladies doing Amy Lee's makeup and hair and the audience. As well as the NightmareFace at the end.
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Nuff said.\n* For those interested in cocaine, alcohol, and tobacco, TypeONegative made Sinus, Liver, and Lung, respectively. This is especially disturbing as they were made to be as accurate as possible. The lead singer, couldn't stand listening to Sinus in particular due to his cocaine habit- it was like foreshadowing as the habit eventually killed him. \n* While many of the songs from the little-known (and arguably under appreciated) band Cradle of Thorns could probably apply, special mention should go to their song [[http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=uWNfdzqzYcw "Behave"]] because of the beautifully creepy way Ty's screams mingle with Tamera's lovely voice. Not to mention the song is about a sophisticated, church-going, college graduated serial killer that murders ''just to see his work on the news.''\n* Wide-ranging example: this is the whole purpose of the [[DoomMetal Funeral Doom Metal]] genre. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gSqbFZY24o Example.]]\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkOO8-A_mw Wormphlegm]].\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTHEHwCGbBA Haunted by the ghost of a dead actress]] by The Plasmarifle. It's an enjoyable song..But it quickly turns unnerving when the whispers start. Listen to it at midnight with no lights on and tell me it's not terrifying.\n** Better yet, 2 AM, because at midnight there's still activity of the late night crowd. At 2 AM, the late night crowd has mostly gone to bed and morning is so far away that the early risers aren't up yet. It's done DEAD time (IncrediblyLamePun intended).\n* Music/AvengedSevenfold's "Bat Country". C'MON! The lyrics are based on the [[http://www.answers.com/topic/bat-country bad acid trips experienced by Raoul]] in FearAndLoathingInLasVegas.\n** How about a "Little Piece of Heaven"? A brief summary: A man loves his girlfriend, so he proposes to her. She rejects him. In a rage, he murders her, preserves her body, cannibalizes parts, and has his way with what is left. She goes back from Hell, and murders him for revenge. They meet up in the afterlife, and they realize the error of their ways, and get married, at which point they go on a killing spree.\n* Cattle Decapitation create some truly horrifying songs. As with all deathgrind bands their lyrics can be potentially vomit-inducing at times with the over the top gore, but their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUa4GvMP6x0 Regret and the Grave]] is the most unsettling. The piercing shriek of the guitars is a sound that will keep you awake for hours and thats not even counting the inhuman sounding vocals.\n** How about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2UHvqcVRE Testicular Manslaughter]]? The intro? That's audio from a video of a Russian soldier being beheaded with a knife. The lyrics can be considered HONF too, though the fact that they're about castrating a rapist [[AssholeVictim may take the edge off for some.]]\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1hPTrd57Qo Days of the Weak]] by Nuclear Death. Not only is it a particularly inhinged and apocalyptic death metal tune, but the [[http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Nuclear_Death/...For_Our_Dead.../13212?songId=110993#110993 lyrics]] ({{NSFW}}) are some of the sickest ever put to music.\n* If the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsOCHIMr7Fk Satellite 15 part of "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier"]] by Music/IronMaiden doesn't make you feel like some shit is about to go down, you are insane beyond belief.\n** Dear Lord, Satellite 15. It will break anyone still sane after bejng able to listen AMOLAD in its entirety. Essentially, it starts off with an extremely bizarre bass riff that becomes the underlying riff for two whole minutes, followed by a tribal drum riff being repeated over and over. Then doom metallish guitar chords kick in, where suddenly a second three beat drum riff kicks in and loops over and over for a minute while a bizarre TheHellIsThatNoise guitar riff plays. The drums and guitars stop eventually, only for a few guitar chords and Bruce singing about being lost in space and desperate for someone to hear his call ensue. Then suddenly a double bass drum riff and military drum line kick in, only for it to end with four ScareChords (for some this is where the intro really gets kickass). Then, of course, the rather upbeat and positive title track happens. Apparently it's a demo that Adrian Smith handed to Steve Harris and it appears on the album as is. One must wonder what the HELL that H was smoking when he made it.\n*** The band topped themselves in terms of HONF with the intro for the 2011 Final Frontier tour. As Satellite 15 plays, the intro video consists of shots from the The Final Frontier video, random shots of an EQ, exploding nebulas, grotesque X ray imagery, a CG Bruce who looks slightly deformed singing, Eddie roaring in the audience's faces, melting film and explosions. Meanwhile, the band stays in the dark with sullen facial expressions remaining unnaturally still, and could only be seen by camera flashes and quick glimpses of light as the lights shine outward. Then Bruce runs to the mic stand and thus the awesomeness starts. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASc-M4oNHcc here]].\n** Maiden have some pretty creepy tunes in general. Try listening to "Dream of Mirrors" and not getting unsettled by its lyrics.\n** Rime of The Ancient Mariner's slow and creepy middle part is the last thing you want to listen to at mdinight with the lights off. \n*** The fact that a brief snippet of that part is played over a photo of the band staring at the camera (with creepy stares too) on a brief segment of the documentary on Disc 2 of ''Live After Death'' doesn't help either. (2:33 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0xHRaR0_WM this video]]).\n* "Twist" by Korn, which can't help but evoke the image of evisceration by a wolverine with rabies. However, the song could also be considered the CrowningMomentOfFunny in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIrd956WB3E&feature=channel this video]].\n* FaithNoMore (and MikePatton) are known for covering some unconventional topics for such a big-name band, but the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSOPBqzVZZw "Jizzlobber"]] from ''Angel Dust'' has got to be one of the most horrifying songs ever, for its themes as much as its music. [[WordOfGod Patton has stated]] it's about his fears of going to prison (and therefore, a very adult-orientated nightmare fuel), and the song may even be about PrisonRape.\n** Anyone willing to get themselves scared shitless should listen to MikePatton's ''Adult Themes for Voice'' album late at night with the lights off; it features 40 minutes of him making some of the most fucked-up noises you will ever hear. If you make it all the way through you ''will'' be a different person.\n* Come now, we can't forget MarilynManson can we? For starters (rather literally, first track on the album Smells Like Children) the Hands of Small Children is nothing but distortions of children crying, nursery rhymes, an inexplicable unearthly moaning, and buzzing sounds. Portrait of An American Family also starts off with Marilyn reading the quite disturbing dialogue from the tunnel sequence from CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory, and a good deal of the albums are chronicles of an apocalypse that loop perfectly if left to run on their own.\n** Manson's rendition of Tainted Love can be rather terrifying as well.\n** Listening to ''Antichrist Superstar'' all the way through while in bed with the lights off - not exactly nice... If none of the actual songs scare you, the hidden track "Empty Sounds of Hate" should do the trick: it's a collage of mechanical-sounding distorted voices saying things like "If you are hearing this, there is nothing I can do", "Something has grown in my chest... it is hard and cold...", and "When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you". \n*** It doesn't help that "Empty Sounds of Hate" plays a good while after the final song on the album -- which means that an unsuspecting listener who might leave the CD playing on a computer or stereo would become quite startled when their machine suddenly starts whispering eerie messages and murmurs of death. And, of course, the fact that the track contains a clearly audible layer of backmasking adds {{paranoia fuel}} to the creepiness of it all.\n*** The first statement sounds like "[[NightmareRetardant Aaa Air freshiner]]!" when played backwards.\n** "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This")... so wrong but ooooh so right.\n** "Man That You Fear", with its air of ruin and hopelessness. It seems to be about a CompleteMonster confronting someone who loved him before his [[{{startofdarkness}} start of darkness]]. "Pray your life was just a dream..." The song can also be kind of a TearJerker, with its mournful air and the fact that Manson seems to always be on the edge of sobbing... and then the horrifying cacophony of sound after the lyrics end scares the hell out of you.\n--> The world in my hands,\n--> There's no one left to hear you scream\n--> No one left for you\n--> ''When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed''\n** ''Holy Wood'' has its fair share of scary as well, with "The Fall of Adam" being reminiscent of "Man That You Fear".\n*** That track starts off as an acoustic lament with muffled thunder in the background as Manson sings of the revolution carried out in the previous tracks falling apart; "When one world ends, something else begins, but without a scream... just a whisper, 'cause we just... started over again." Then comes the the heavy, palm-muted guitar, with Manson going from a gentle half-whispered lament to a screeching, angry tirade. And the end isn't any less scary, with all sound fading into the buzzing of flies, a lead-in to "King Kill 33".\n*** ''That'' track is a half-whispered, half-shouted declaration of war through a strange voice filter, meant to display a possible interpretation of the Columbine killers' twisted rationale.\n*** Hell, all of ''Holy Wood'' is supposed to be based off of the Columbine Massacre. So take a good look at the lyrics. Every song is, in some way, supposed to be Klebold and Harris's thoughts, actions and beliefs. This can be either extremely depressing or extremely terrifying. Possibly a mixture of both.\n** [[NightmareBeforeChristmas This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Pumpkins scream in the dead of NIGHT!]]\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OCLc3KME7g "Suicide Is Painless"]]: the [[{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]] theme, originally a somewhat pensive song, now with distorted noises in the background that almost touch being something you can identify, but not quite, and a creepily level and unemotional lead voice.\n* Remember kids. Having your alarm on "random song" may seem like a good idea. And then... Music/{{Nightwish}}'s [[ParanoiaFuel "Cadence of Her]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji0TIqDIpmU Last Breath"]].\n** Or maybe it is. At least you won't be tempted to [[IWasHavingSuchANiceDream reach for the "snooze" button]] after waking up to that...\n** A few other good Nightmare Fuel songs include... let's see... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vqgSfmykQI "The Kinslayer",]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuHnq2UQopY&feature=related "End of All Hope",]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXQkoHketLk&feature=related "Feel For You"]]... heck, a lot of their songs could be considered this if you ended up listening to them at the wrong time.\n** "The Poet and the Pendulum". Selected lyrics include:\n*** "Iím afraid. I'm so afraid. Being raped again and again and again."\n*** "You live long enough to hear the sound of guns / Long enough to find yourself screaming every night / long enough to see your friends betray you."\n*** "Cut in half - infanticide."\n*** And remember this is the song that practically saved the songwriter from committing suicide! (since the song is about him)\n*** Also the wierd screeching noise followed by what sounds like a snapping chain midway through the song.\n** Their latest album, Imaginaerum, gives us such creepy gems as "Ghost River" (''"He will go down he will drown drown, deeper down..."'') and the aptly-named "Scaretale".\n* MaliceMizer, "N.p.s. N.g.s. (No pains no gains)." Any song containing the line "so I ate him" said by a high-pitched female voice is just begging to be listed here. \n*** The high voice is Kami, the drummer, talking into a voice distorter. Given that Malice Mizer suffered from [[AuthorExistenceFailure Kami Existence Failure]] not too long after the song was released, that doesn't really help.\n** From the early days: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaJcstd9loQ&fmt=18 "Baroque"]] (It's just photos; there's not a music video). If you didn't know what the song meant, you wouldn't get too freaked out right away. Yes, the singer's tone seems rather desperate, but it's not until you realize that he's singing to [[spoiler: the corpse of the woman he has just strangled to death]] that things get truly unnerving.\n* Dir en Grey. Go on, go look up ''Obscure'', ''Mazohyst of Decadence'', ''Raison D'etre'', or ''Agitated Screams of Maggots''. We ''dare'' you.\n** And, just for kicks, ''Agitated Screams of Maggots '''Acoustic'''.'' It doesn't even need a music video to be extremely creepy.\n** Dir en Grey is a Japanese band, so it's all in Japanese. What I propose is that everyone reading this right now, look up the English translations for these songs, especially "Obscure." Hell, the singer screams the words "Bloody Baby Sacrifice" in English a number of times.\n*** And now, we have the video to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORHFIJTRw0M&feature=related DIFFERENT SENSE]].\n* [[ObsessionSong "The Virus of Life"]] by {{Slipknot}} is one song that should never, ever be played while you're lying in a dark bedroom trying to fall asleep.\n** Other creepy Slipknot songs are "Prosthetics", "Tattered and Torn", and the 15-minute nightmare epic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5bA3KCwKvo "Iowa"]].\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25DzvOTu59Y ''Frail Limb Nursery'']] also deserves a mention with that eerie monologue, but the worst one they have is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiOxUYT7Oes Scissors]]'', where Corey screams himself into a delirium and breaks down for real in the studio.\n* "Dead Skin Mask" by Music/{{Slayer}}, a song inspired by murderer Ed Gein, can be quite unsettling, especially towards the end, as the lyrics are interspersed with the frightened cries of one of Gein's young victims. Reading about Ed Gein himself makes the song even creepier.\n** On that note, "Angel of Death" is a song about Josef Mengele, a Nazi "doctor" who performed awful experiments on people during the Holocaust. The song describes some of them in extremely graphic detail, making this possibly their most terrifying song for those who aren't used to their sort of music.\n** Also, "213" is about Jeffrey Dahmer (a serial murderer famed for copulating with corpses) and contains such delightful lyrics as "Erotic sensations tingle my spine/a dead body lying next to mine/Smooth blue-black lips/I start salivating as we kiss..."\n** "Unit 731" is about the eponymous Japanese unethical medical experiment group set up during the Second World War. They're in the HighOctaneNightmareFuel/RealLife section.\n* Music/BlackSabbath's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akt3awj_Ah8 self-titled song]]. A pure and prime example of ''"Diabolus in musica."'' The song was inspired by a nightmare of "Geezer" Butler's. After reading a book about the occult, he fell asleep and woke up a bit later to see a silent creature with a black face staring back at him. And when I say black, I mean ''pure'' black. No eyes, mouth, anything - ''[[TheBlank only]]'' [[TheBlank black]].\n** "Hand of Doom" has frighteningly explicit lyrics about drug addiction, especially in the last part of the song, coupled with occasional, brief bursts of guitar feedback that sounds like a drill entering your skull. \n** How could anyone not even bother to mention ''War Pigs''? The first and third part of the apocalyptic anti-war lyrics are accompanied with eerie silence save for the regular guitar hits.\n* The lyrics to the Music/{{Rammstein}} song "Stein um Stein", which describe the process of building someone into a wall. ''While they're still alive''. See for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTkhbPuc-9k&feature=channel_page here]]. \n** On the subject of Rammstein, "Mein Teil" also deserves a mention. Partly because it's about the [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3230774.stm real-life case of Armin Meiwes]] - indeed, the lyrics are preceded by Meiwes' ad for a young man to be 'slaughtered and then consumed' - and partly because in the middle eight, there's a noise in the background that sounds like dying screams.\n*** As if the fact it's an eerie metal song about cannibalism ''sung in a foreign language creepily'' weren't enough, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes#Killing_and_cannibalism read the story behind the song in excruciating detail.]] Yes, he really did that to his you-know-what (hence the title, 'Mein Teil', which means 'my part' in German). And if you're ''still'' not convinced as to how frightening the song is, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ3kVtd2CCA watch the music video.]] [[SarcasmMode Sweet dreams....]] \n** Rammstein generally have either lyrics about sex or murder or both. There are two songs about plane crashes, one about an insane man shagging his decaying dead wife, "Wo Bist du?" (Where are you?) about a man searching for someone [[spoiler: in order to knife them.]] "Ich Tu Dir Weh", so bad that the German government has put it and the album on which it appears, ''Liebe ist für alle da'', on the Index. This means it cannot be sold to minors. (to be fair, the artwork shows them killing and eating women.) And "Haifisch" (Shark) is based on the chorus of "Die Moritat von Mackier Messer" (The Ballad of Mack the Knife). \n* [[DoomMetal Reverend Bizarre]] has a little known single version of their song "Slave of Satan", which has a satanic speech in the beginning not feautured on the album version. It may be {{Narm}} to some people, but personally I find it distinctly unnerving, while demonic voices chant "Shemhamforash" in the background while the man rants on against all things Christian. Brrrgh.\n* Try having a good night's sleep after listening to "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" or "Venus in Fear", both by CradleOfFilth. Extremely unsettling.\n** In all seriousness, every song in their discography could be this trope. Dani Filth's unnaturally shrill screams are just terrifying. He sounds like a female murder victim from a horor movie at times. But every single vocal technique he uses always sounds eerie. His deep voice sounds like Satan himself.\n** As a bonus for [[SchmuckBait curious tropers]], here's ''Dinner at Deviant's Palace'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wskVvqibY7s in reverse]]. Christians probably shouldn't click on the link.\n* {{Opeth}}. This isn't the only song of theirs that's creepy, but something about that bit is chilling, especially when it leads into the sinister, repetitive outro.\n-->Deliverance\n-->Thrown back at me\n-->Deliverance\n-->Laughing at me\n* Most of CannibalCorpse's music could go in here. With song names such as "Necropedophile" and "Meat Hook Sodomy", there really is no need to explain.\n** The lyrics of their earlier stuff tend to be a lot more nightmarish (''especially'' "I Cum Blood" and "Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's Cunt"), although the lyrics have been toned down in their extremity since about the mid-nineties, when they got Corpsegrinder as a vocalist. In terms of actually terrifying songs, "Devoured by Vermin" and "Blood-Drenched Execution" definitely fit the bill. Of course, some of their stuff could easily be considered NightmareRetardant.\n** "Orgasm Through Torture" has Cannibal's signature gory lyrics, but the song itself is HONF period. Listen to the main riff alone at night. I dare you.\n* [[{{ptitlekbiuofsf}} Sunn 0)))]] has very disturbing songs, even if the vocals don't say much (They're usually just screams). The sheer darkness of their music is enough to give nightmares. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwUZoflOYfY See for yourself.]]\n** There's also Sunn O)))'s "Bathory Erzsebet". For those who don't know, this is a song in which famed black metal vocalist Malefic was recorded while performing vocals inside a coffin. Malefic is claustrophobic. The microphone outside the coffin records his vocal performance - one inside just records his terrified breathing.\n** The entire subgenre of "drone metal" (which is what Sunn 0))) belongs to) is pretty creepy, too. However, there is one band from that genre that is much, much more terrifying than Sunn 0))): [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGwLTPEhyA Khanate]].\n* The discography of the black metal band Blut Aus Nord fits under this trope. Their music consists of atonal screams, atonal guitars, atonal everything else. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TUArB9FWRU And, dear god, is it terrifying.]]\n** That is, their later, industrial music inspired output. "Ultima Thulee" and "Memoria Vestuta I" are more conventional, melodic black metal works.\n* Black metal band Wewelsburg's "Fatal Futurism Factory". It begins with some mysterious, atmospheric noises... a dog barks... then a man ranting under his breath about there being no escape. It is very unclear what he's trying to escape from. A demonic voice tells him, "Where are you going? It's too late for you. We can ''see'' you. You're going to die." And then, a CreepyChild voice lamenting, "Everything is dark here! Why did you let me die?" ''Eep.''\n* Most black metal bands try to be scary but just [[{{Narm}} fail hilariously]]. But along comes a band like Anaal Nathrakh which is pure terror personified in a musical form. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rymgm3jcuWc Just listen]]. The fact that the misanthropic screams are juxtaposed with the ominous clean vocals only adds to the terror.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifDlckCGSBU Regression to the Mean]] is a great example - it has a heavily distorted air-raid siren blaring, a choir in the background offsetting that, and [[{{Mayhem}} Atilla Csihar]]'s ominous growls, which were then distorted even more.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCTXqi7NObQ This song]] is easily one of the scariest things that you'll ever listen to, even if you're a fan of goregrind, death metal and extreme music in general. It's not the most brutal song of all time, but it's a good contender for most TOTALLY FUCKING NECRO song of all time.\n*** I hate you! I hate you! From the very first second my heart was pounding and it still wont stop and it's been ten minutes now. Worse still, I loved the song so I'm too tempted to listen to it again.\n* On the album ''Once Was Not'' by {{Cryptopsy}}, there are at least four songs worthy of this trope. "Luminum" and "The End" because they're just so damn haunting, and "In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies, the Sky Is Mortal" and "Endless Cemetery" because they're, for lack of a better word, ''apocalyptic'' in nature.\n** There is a group for [[NoTrueScotsman "real metal fans"]] on last.fm, where one of the criteria for getting in was to "fall asleep listening to Cryptopsy". Needless to say, few people got in...\n* CelticFrost's ''Danse Macabre'' (and to a lesser extent, ''Tears in a Prophet's Dream'') is a literal musical embodiment of this trope, featuring horrifying sounds of violin strings scraping, distorted, layered whining voices, and eerie voices speaking something that sounds like "come to me." And those are only ''some'' of the horrors you will hear in this nightmare of a song.\n** Pretty much the entire album of ''Monotheist'' is pure Nightmare Fuel. Especially "Dying God Coming into Human Flesh," featuring strange, unidentafiable sounds, reversed vocals, layered feedback, and lyrics that form an ominous mantra. But the song that really takes the cake is "Tottengot," which is German for "Dead God," and features disturbing lyrics sung in a terrifying hiss.\n* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Good Mourning/Black Friday" definitely falls under this. The song is about being possessed by a demon and then going out and murdering people with a hammer. The way Dave sings "And I will cut you down" is horrifying.\n* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Memory Remains". You're lying if you say that the old woman (Marianne Faithfull, a famous English singer and actor) singing and playing the accordion ''isn't'' going to keep you up at night. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnJcB2NvOYU Something like this]].\n** "Fight Fire With Fire" can also be pretty terrifying. It's a song about a nuclear holocaust. The sound of a bomb going off at the end doesn't help.\n** Try listening to "One" and not imagining yourself [[AndIMustScream in that situation]]. Watching the video is even worse. In the book it's based on, the soldier doesn't want to die, but, in a CMOA and CMOH, to go on a speaking (well, signalling) tour to show the inhumanity of war.\n** "The Thing That Should Not Be," with the unsettling chorus guitar and Kirk's lead giving the impression of a wailing beast, also fits in this category.\n** Am I the only one now intensely terrified a sandman will break into my house and kill me while I sleep? "Enter Sandman" is half ParanoiaFuel, half FridgeHorror.\n* The Axis of Perdition, a British [[IndustrialMetal industrial]] [[BlackMetal black metal]] band. [[http://www.gomusic.ru/album.html?id=46799 Here]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HENX1PMxr_A are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9zIDD9dOcs some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqRZUzjaz9g examples]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG236282Ndw for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27LFm9zHhp8 you]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1TAlK7kFIs all]].\n** Kind of comes with the territory, since they are a SilentHill tribute band.\n** The term "blind idiot god" in in the lyrics of the song on one of those links, So CthulhuMythos as well. Here have a link to [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] High Octane Nightmare Fuel page.\n* The entire genre of {{Grindcore}} seems to exist solely to create nightmares.\n** With that said, a lot of grindcore can count as NightmareRetardant, basically being the musical equivalent to cheesy horror movies (YourMileageMayVary, though). But then, bands like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tgmscg9e34 Pig Destroyer]] ([[FanDisservice NSFW]]) come along. The album ''Terrifyer'' is appropriately named. \n*** Pig Destroyer's lyrics are also incredibly nightmarish. David Lynch doesn't have squat on JR Hayes.\n**** And then there's Pig Destroyer's ''Natasha'', an EP taken up by a single, 37-minute long song named "Natasha". It's so totally fucking unpleasant and nihilistic it's almost painful to listen to.\n**** The reprise of Jennifer that follows ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx-fw-tq1B0 Piss Angel]]'' (starting at 2:34) is just horrific. You drift away listening to that awful CG-voice narrating and at some point you snap out of it, noticing that the horrible sound in the background is growing louder, and then it says "...She knew that sooner or later they would realize that the ride wasn't stopping and they were all going to die." and '''shuts up''', but the sound doesn't stop, and then your brain clicks and you realize that he was talking about you realizing that "the ride" isn't stopping and-\n**** Hell even the ''album cover'' is disturbing as fuck, depicting a man hacking his own limbs off with a saw. \n* Admiral Angry, a bottom heavy sludge metal band from California. Think QueensOfTheStoneAge instrumentation slowed down to a crawl with shrieking Sunn O)))-esque vocal stylings. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNRQIX8Cu44&feature=player_detailpage#t=248s Never has a band name been so fitting]]. The majority of the album ''Buster'' was written by the guitarist while he was [[DespairEventHorizon dying of complications from Cystic Fibrosis]], and it shows in the sheer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CATOw3qMru8 atonal]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_tvOTuJLe4 profound hatred]] of man. \n* The Welsh death metal band Desecration fits this, especially their debut album ''Gore and Perversion''. It was so bad that authorities arrested band members and destroyed almost all copies of the record, including the masters.\n** That album was finally released as ''Gore and Perversion 2'' in 2002. They used different artwork and no lyrics, but eventually both the artwork and the lyrics leaked to the internet. The lyrics don't just [[CrossesTheLineTwice cross the line]]; they [[SerialEscalation utterly obliterate the line, have it for dinner, and run miles ahead of where the line once was.]] The three worst songs are entitled "Penile Dissection," "Fontanelle Fornication," and "I.A.I." That's right, that last one was so horrific they had to abbreviate the title. You can find the original artwork and lyrics on their [[http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=4663 Metal Archives page]]. It's ''extremely'' NSFW.\n* The song "Premonition of Pain" by 3InchesOfBlood. "THE TYRANT IS HERE, TO TAKE UP YOUR THRONE, TO TAKE OFF YOUR HEAD, BEFORE TAKING YOUR CROWN!!! THE MYSTIC HE LAUGHS, YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME, BUT NOW YOU BEG FOR YOUR LIFE ON YOUR KNEES!!!" Then it ends with "The price... paid in blood... the price... paid in blood... just pray that the blood is not yours."\n* Amon Amarth's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGJ6x5Nnr_k Where Death Seems to Dwell]]". It's about a dead man mindlesssly wandering the freezing void beneath the earth until he reaches the gates of hell, and the even worse fate that waits within.\n** It gets worse if you know the accompanying mythology, which dictates that he will remain, in agony, in this freezing hell until Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse, when the God of Chaos will conscript him into an army comprised of the [[DemBones rotting remains of the inglorious dead]] and march on Asgard, leading to a battle which ends the universe. Then, ''maybe'', he will be granted the [[AndIMustScream mercy of fading from existence]].\n* Early albums by Intestinal Disgorge [[UncannyValley just barely sound human.]]\n* A few bands spring to mind for some metalheads:\n** The first is Xasthur. Recently ended, this ambient black metal project created what can only be described as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DDRIfd0QYs slow-burning dissonant hellscapes]].\n** The next is somewhat more intense than Xasthur; the SludgeMetal nutcases [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyrh8oM_4ho Black Sheep Wall]]. Think Meshuggah slowed down to about half the speed, with the hatred dialled all the way up.\n** Finally, and perhaps most obviously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=emrBZZtGFgI Portal.]]\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bf41Pay_0 Most of the band Anacrusis's discography qualifies as this]]. Perfect music to walk through an abandoned asylum in the dark, no lights, because that's what real men do.\n* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "Inside the Fire". Mostly if you know what the lyrics are about ''and'' have experienced the pain.\n** The breakdown of "Down With the Sickness," depending on who you ask.\n* The {{Trivium}} songs "Unrepentant" and "Entrance Of The Conflagration" are based on absurdly disturbing events in which parents ''murdered their own children''. Read up on them and watch your hands get sweaty for the rest of the day.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O5Px3_RJ3w Stalaggh]]. Oh good lord, Stalaggh.\n* Pageninetynine played mostly run-off-the-mill punk/{{grindcore}} in their early years but their fascination with the macabre combined with musical experimentation and the effect of living in TheDeepSouth led to some music that had no screaming or thrashing in it but made up for it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=falOIoqCROU sheer]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDdCA1oTU5o&feature=related creepiness]]. It's like if [[WilliamFaulkner Faulkner]] played punk rock. However, due to the unconventionality of their music it is a definite case of YourMileageMayVary.\n* DoomMetal supergroup ''Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine'' have the song "The Smiler", where vocalist Lee Dorian gives an incredibly tortured vocal performance which sounds like a man on the edge of a dreadful acid trip. Listen to that and tell me it doesn't rattle your spine.\n** Also theres "He Who Accepts All That Is Offered", from the same album, a scarily realistic monolouge of drug abuse and its consequences.\n* Either this or a TearJerker, German FolkMetal band Saltatio Mortis gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRxEtP-1h14 "Koma"]], a song from the perspective of a person who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lies in a coma]], describing his sufferings, growing insanity and longing for salvation. Unless you understand the lyrics, it is probably not that bad... until the end.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBfoMgllphs&feature=related "Eaten"]] by Bloodbath. It seems like standard DeathMetal fare and nothing exceptionally creepy for the genre, but [[RippedFromTheHeadlines then you read about the story behind the song]].\n** The song is about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes Armin Meiwes]] case, and is also the basis for the Music/{{Rammstein}} song "Mein Teil", which is mentioned above.\n* AcidBath ''runs'' on High Octane Nightmare Fuel. Despite the over the top amount of death and gore in their songs, they avoid {{narm}} through a combination of lyrical imagery that runs the gamut from {{surreal horror}} to [[{{Gorn}} things that]] [[ColdBloodedTorture should not be done to]] [[{{Fingore}} the human body]], and vocals that switch between slow and melodic StonerMetal, classic black metal snarling, and distortion effects just barely on the wrong side of the {{Uncanny Valley}}. All of this is often juxtaposed with images of youth, beauty, and innocence. Here are some lyrics for the viewer's enjoyment:\n-->"Jezebel": ''"She screams bloody murder as they chop off her fingers. So this is how it feels to die"''\n-->"Scream of the Butterfly": ''"She runs through fields of daisies. Yeah, it's just a shame that they eat their own babies."''\n-->"Venus Blue": ''"I eat the razor, a mouth full of God's flesh. Sweating this blackness, I'm shitting this cold death."''\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy6WM8THTwg "Locust Spawning"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xQ6Elu0XjI "Finger Paintings of the Insane"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKj-F00i938 "Cassie Eats Cockroaches"]] are also pretty good for some shivers, both lyrically and musically.\n* Deadsoul Tribe's "Some Things You Can't Return"; while the music is DarkerandEdgier than its lyrics, its lyrics imply that every time someone visits your house, they leave a shadow-image of themselves behind - and that these shadows are malignant.\n* The screamed vocals in {{Burzum}} can be downright terrifying.'\n** Even more frightening is Varg himself. Keep in mind, a lot of Black Metal artists talk tough about murder and such, but don't have the actions to back themselves up. Varg Vikernes not only killed a bandmate, but also burned down multiple churches. In his interviews he shows no real remorse or regret for the acts, even joking about the arsons. The fact that a cold-blooded killer can be so honest and stark was quite chilling to this troper's friends.\n* The majority of the songs by Macabre. Why? Every song they do is inspired by and about the serial killers of the world, and often goes into lurid detail about their crimes. It would be NightmareRetardant if it wasn't for the fact that it all actually happened.\n* The Torsofuck song 'Raped by Elephants'. Yeah, it sounds [[RapeAsComedy funny]] at first. Then you'll hear the intro. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JblFx1aXpeU Oh dear God, the intro]].\n* By default, most of {{Meshuggah}}'s music is scary to listen to: churning guitars tuned slightly above a bass guitar, indecipherable screams, and rather nightmarish lyrics, usually about death, technology, or some combination thereof. What truly is terrifying, however, is their video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc98u-eGzlc "Bleed"]]; random cuts between a disheveled man, a dying insect, a blood-stained man chained to a wall, and something that looks like an evil albino Shiva, all over a riff that manages to sputter along in not quite 4/4, which just adds to the unnerving "I should be able to see a pattern here" part of the brain.\n** Some other examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_tSyJBsRQ "New Millenium Cyanide Christ"]] especially when reading the lyrics along with it and imagine them, about a man who ruins himself to become a cyborg demi-god in order to lead the human race to a similar fate. (despite the video being intentionally hilarious [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_tSyJBsRQ]] The note bending riffs towards the end are spine chilling. Also worth mentioning is near the middle of the very long 1 song Ep ''I'', where it has a very strange sounding acoustic section deliberately off key and sounding like a broken ice cream truck jingle, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fwk_Rc00UQ then the scariest, most furious intense riff of the song bursts out of nowhere]]...\n** Another potent example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSbHqtdcTCg Mind's Mirrors]] off of ''Catch Thirtythree''. Listen to that in a dark room alone, and try not to get freaked out, especially with the extra low, distorted bass in the beginning. Brrr.....\n** No mention of Elastic? The song starts out like any other Meshuggah song, but ends in a breakdown/solo thing with a dreadful-sounding guitar, then devolves into about 6 minutes of drone ambiance, then proceeds to play every previous song off of the album Chaosphere (including the aforementioned New Millennium Cyanide Christ)...at once.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZBlEdvVyVc "Livin' Like a Zombie"]] by Mortification, possibly because it was in BME Pain Olympics.\n* Fantomas' album ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delirium_cordia Delirium Cordia]]'' is a horror concept album. The entire album consists of one track over an hour long entitled "Surgical Specimens From the Museum of Skin". The track contains a myriad of unsettling sounds, from surgical instruments to melancholic, monotonous piano. Further driving the point home: the interior artwork of the album consists of photograph excerpts from ''The Sacred Heart'', a book of surgical photography.\n** ''Director's Cut'' is an pretty unsettling album too. Some of the songs can be considered pure paranoia fuel, with the way the theme changes from heavy to light and back to heavy again constantly. \n** Hell, everything Fantomas has made goes under this category.\n* Battle of Mice is not the best band to listen to when one does not enjoy nightmare-inducing music; the vocals are downright creepy all the time. Two songs that take the cake are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wScX-ao9ZU "Bones in the Water"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1CkdF7uoKk "At the Base of the Giant's Throat"]], the latter getting special mention because of the 911 phone call at the end.\n** Even KNOWING that its origins are comparatively innocent doesn't make it anything other than intensely disturbing.\n* ''One after one... by the star-dogged moon... and I heard nor sigh nor groan... with a heavy thump... a lifeless lump... they dropped down one by one.'' "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is most likely Music/IronMaiden's creepiest song. This may be because the poem the song was based on is pretty creepy itself.\n* "Excuse Me While I Kill Myself" by Sentenced. The name is bad enough, but the fact that the song is [[LyricalDissonance so upbeat and catchy]] when it's about shooting yourself in the head is just evil.\n* Star Of Ash's song "Drag Them Down" (from the album 'the Thread') is a very peaceful instrumental song... if you disregard the half-heard, oppressive and irregular drum beat in the background (almost like a heart slowing down) and the sound of a car trunk slamming down, followed by the barely-audible jangle of keys. Coupled with the rest of the album, you just ''know'' what's in that trunk. (on second thought, nearly ''all'' Star Of Ash songs have some sort of potential for HONF)\n* [[Music/DreamTheater James LaBrie]]'s solo album ''Elements of Persuasion'' has one such song: "Drained". It's about a man stalking ''himself'' in his home, often returning to the room he just left, and being completely aware of (and somewhat welcoming toward) the fact that he's losing his mind.\n* Zero Hour albums, "A Fragile Mind" and "The Towers of Avarice" are both this. The former deals with a man who, after having brain surgery (that drives him insane since the anesthetic somehow doesn't take) gains the ability to jump into people's bodies (erasing their personalities in the process) and promptly uses it on the woman he loves. The latter tells the story of a future where gigantic, mechanical towers are all that's left, humans are worked to death in them and their corpses are used to feed the towers; a rebel named Subterrenean is free, and he hatches a plan to destroy the towers. After failing and finding himself inside the towers, Subterrenean finds out that the towers are actually run by men, who are slowly drawing the free people into the towers to be enslaved by the machinery forever.\n* The {{Evergrey}} album ''In Search of Truth''. It tells the story of a man who is (or thinks he is) constantly being abducted by aliens every night. He is tortured, physically and psychologically (often stripped bare and sexually abused). He's further isolated as even those closest to him don't believe his claims about what's happening to him. In the end, it turns out that [[spoiler: he was the subject of some sort of an experiment and his tormentors were human all along.]]\n* KingDiamond. Sure, YourMileageMayVary, but albums about living paintings, corpses made into puppets by a deranged magician (and are very, ''very'' aware and alive), ground glass in dinner... his album concepts are pure HighOctaneNightmareFuel.\n* Finnish doom metal band Oak has only released one demo so far, but nonetheless they've made some creepy material. Unfortunately, I have only listened to one of their tracks via YouTube, The House on Reed's End Road. The title basically says all with that song, and the eerie, haunting opening riff doesn't help. The vocals emit whining, dramatic and a ghastly moan, with some lyrics depicting a classic haunted house scenario to boot. Though I have only listened to that song, I've got a feeling the others are just as terrifying, what with titles like "The Witch, Cross and Stream" and the ever chilling title of the final track, "In Graveyards, On Darkened Nights". I hope I can get my hands on these tracks as well.\n* Some Ocean Chief songs fit this trope. Most are just straightforward stoner doom metal songs, such as Galleons from the Sun. However, 12 minutes into the song, we get a Jaws like, somewhat creepy melody, and at 13:10, when you least expect it, a FREAKING MONOLITHIC riff tears through that could startle Chuck Norris with ease. And after it goes back to the Jaws melody, you keep expecting it to get heavy again, but it just loops over and over, and fades out of existence. Tobias' creeping chanting of "I am the one..." at the end doesn't help much, either.\n* Peccatum songs "Desolate Ever After" and "Stillness" (both from the same album) were engineered to fuel nightmares. The former is better by the fact that its lyrics were meant to be a TearJerker, while the latter is pure nightmare fuel incarnate. Here's a passage:\n--> ''Sickening, sickening place''\n--> ''Framed snapshots of buzzing stillness''\n--> ''Noisy poloroid faces''\n--> ''With tick, tack, clock, with tick, tack, clock voices''\n* Want chills? [[WithinTemptation "Our Solemn Hour"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_McX71X1D8 Reversed.]] Use your imagination while listening.\n* ''Alice's Inferno'' by Spanish Gothic metal band [[http://darklyrics.com/lyrics/foreverslave/alicesinferno.html#1 Forever Slave]] is about a teenaged girl confined to a mental hospital for killing her parents. What follows is basically a journey through her tortured subconscious, based on Dante's ''[[DivineComedy Inferno]]'' and ''[[AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]''. The whole thing is such a perverted blend of beauty, innocence, arcane rituals, drugs, and diabolical evil revealed through death growl vocals, Gregorian chants, and a soaring soprano. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAYLzjOukVk "In the Forest"]] and "Aquelarre" are great examples. \n--> Ceremonies for an ancient ritual\n--> Cawing sounded in the chancel\n--> The cellist was a black crow\n--> Death conducts this orchestra\n\n--> Black witches I send out\n--> You can't escape\n--> You better start to shout\n--> Vienen a por ti\n--> No puedes escapar\n--> Comienza a gritar\n* The mostly-unknown mexican brutal death band ''Disgorge'' have, for reasons unknown, decided to put this quite unfitting and haunting melody at the beginning of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxIafW7N438 Raise the Pestilence]]''. Just check your sound levels before playing it.\n* Gaza's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8rqiqEdwio I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die]]''. Sure, it may sound fairly normal at first (for metal), but that quickly fades away to a bombardment of noise with terrifying tortured screams. Have fun sleeping at night.\n* Pretty much anything by black/noise band Gnaw Their Tongues. Their music might as well be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4SX7sty_w the soundtrack to your nightmares.]]\n* Ingested. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LLzWOWM3Ko What the fuck.]]\n* Velvet Cacooon's album Genevieve is predominantly fairly conventional ambient black metal with hints of shoegaze. But the last track, "Bete Noire", is 17 minutes of the most paranoia- and anxiety-inducing ambient electronica you will ever hear. Here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXUZipslbGo&playnext=1&list=PLD22AA6B58DEA2ACE first]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6NfnZVWNaM&feature=related second]] halves.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfM0BKNoCo0 Suffer Age]] by FearFactory. If the lyrics based upon the murders committed by John Wayne Gacy don't scare you, the ominous guitar riffing at the beginning will.\n** [[http://youtu.be/ftRnoTglrMQ Christploitation]] is a good 5 minutes of the band reminding you that God doesn't exist, the afterlife doesn't exist, and you will become nothing after death. Also, pianos are still ''creepy as all hell.''\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0KKUxY0UDg Controlled Demolition]] Takes you right back to 9/11 complete with a 911 call from inside one of the towers.\n** The outtros to pretty much all of the closing tracks are pretty unnerving, especially "A Therapy for Pain" and "Final Exit". \n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUi9itgtF2o&feature=related Howling of the Jinn]] by {{Nile}} is the epitome of this trope. The lyrics combine almost every primal fear (being covered in insects, voices of madness, suffocation, and being devoured by snakes). That's not even getting into the scream near the middle of the song.\n* {{Ministry}}'s album "The Land of Rape And Honey" might not be very creepy or disturbing in itself musicaly (YourMileageMayVary), but try to figure out what the abstract album art really do resemble in the middle of the night. If you see it, it cannot be unseen.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku1uHRFlV0A "Untrue"]] by {{Katatonia}}. It begins with a slow, mournful riff played on clean guitars, which is repeated many times, then suddenly explodes into a heavy death-doom passage accentuated by Mikael Åkerfeldt's growling vocals...and then the heavy part is over as suddenly as it began, and you're back to the non-distorted riff until the song fades out.\n* "Itty Bitty Titty Girl" by Deadsy. Despite the humorous title, the song is quite disturbing, since it's sung from the perspective of an obvious pedophile. As the song progresses, the music and vocals become more and more distorted, adding to the creepiness.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdHjOEtpyXI "Triumph of Death"]] by Hellhammer. [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant You're welcome.]]\n--> [[spoiler:"When...you... / Have...been... / Down...in your grave... / [[AndIMustScream ALIVE!!!]]"]]\n* Music/OzzyOsbourne utilizes this trope to the extreme in ''Let Me Hear You Scream''.\n* I wonder why death metal band [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICy-hWqzxs Gorguts]] hasn't been mentioned... just listen to Obscura, especially the linked song, Sweet Silence. The last minute ALWAYS catches you off guard.\n* In black metal, a genre based around being all kinds of terrifying, finding the most terrifying band is always going to be difficult. But I present to you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WayVS0gnBNc Deathspell Omega.]] They sound nothing like a human band and everything like a sonic reinterpretation of the many layers of hell.\n* LivingColour was always kind of a happy go lucky band during the eighties, but took on a much darker tone on 1993's "Stain", which included the nightmarish "Hemp", a spoken word bit that can best be described as sounding like a Pedophile reading deranged poetry to his drugged-up victim.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InYp8LIg4ng Silencer]]. A Swedish suicidal black metal band who released one album, fronted by one Nattramn, who has a very *interesting* backstory. He's a paranoid schizophrenic who was institutionalized. There are also rumors that he attempted to kill a six-year old girl with an axe, took psychiatric ward workers hostage, tried to kill himself and the cops and that ''he cut off his own hands and replaced them with pigs' legs.'' The last is only supported by a well-known disturbing picture of Nattramn though, so it's false, but who knows what other fucked up things he has done. He also has the most deranged and psychotic vocals you'll ever hear.\n* On the topic of disturbed artists, there's the infamous {{Mayhem}}. While any song that Dead wrote counts as this, a special mention goes to "Life Eternal" a song about finding immortality and fulfillment in death. What separates this from the usual transylvanian horror fare is that the song was most likely autobiographical- Dead was speculated to have Cotard's Delusion, meaning that he felt that he was already dead and trapped in a false life. Dead found his way out when he [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill sliced open his wrists and blew his brains out with a 12-gauge]]. Knowing that makes the song itself sound like Dead's suicide note.\n** On a side note, there's Dead's bandmate Euronymous. When he found Dead's body, his first reaction? Take pictures, and swipe some pieces of the skull before the cops could show up. One photo was the cover for the 1995 LP Dawn Of The Black Hearts. It really makes the album that scarier. \n* The title track from the 1992 {{Motorhead}} album March Ör Die. It features among other things a creepy organ that brings Funeral Doom to mind, extra gritty vocals from Lemmy and ultra depressing lyrics describing how the world will be destroyed through [[{{crapsackworld}} militarism, predatory capitalism and social unrest,]] like [[spoiler:"Sword and shield and jackboot heel, we love to kill, we love to kill, we love to taste of our own blood, squirm in our own gore"]] and [[spoiler: "For earth to heal then we must die, no one deserves it more"]]\n* FearFactory's song 'Slave Labor'. The song itself isn't really that scary, save for the synths in the main riff, but the subject matter is about self-immolation, which means ''burning yourself alive''. The chorus actually has the line, 'Help me pour this gas on me!'.\n* "The Ripper" by Music/JudasPriest, a song from the first-person view of Jack The Ripper, filled to the brim with ParanoiaFuel and a bridge that, at one point, has a guitar mimicking the screams of one of his victims. \n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Progressive]]\n* PorcupineTree has a ton, but a standout is "The Creator Has A Mastertape." The lyrics are absolutely terrifying and those wailing drones\n Wilson's guitar makes in the chorus do not help.\n** That isn't his only song about children murdering each other, either. PorcupineTree's "This is No Rehearsal" was inspired by a real life example. Just a bit of FridgeHorror for you, considering the song itself sounds pretty happy.\n** Not a song, really, but "Space Transmission" from ''On the Sunday of Life'' is terrifying, from the angry whispered delivery to the disturbing images contained within. Protip: Do not listen with headphones at night.\n* Magma, when they aren't a source of {{Narm}} can definitely be the soundtrack of your worst nightmare. "Mûh," the last track of their debut album, tells the story of the Kobaians unleashing their most devastating weapon on the Earth, complete with horrific, agonized screams. And it's all sung in [[{{Fictionary}} an invented language]] for added creepiness.\n* Almost all intentional [[SubliminalSeduction backmasking]]. Especially in ElectricLightOrchestra's "Fire On High". "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!" Backwards! Shudder. There's something about [[UncannyValley a recognizably-human voice producing noises that no human could ever make]] that's just creepy.\n* CoheedAndCambria's "Three Evils" has what is probably the most disturbing EarWorm ''ever''. "Pull the trigger and the nightmare stops, pull the trigger and the nightmare stops..."\n** Coheed's "Welcome Home" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycMNBgoWPZg video]] qualifies as well. And "Blood Red Summer" too, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvH-70bY2C8 thinking about it.]]\n** Claudio also made a (quite graphic) Willing Well IV: The Final Cut[[hottip:* :(which is, in itself, pretty creepy: ''"You're a selfish little whore, I'm the selfish little whore/if I had my way I'd crush your face in the door/THIS IS NO BEGINNING, THIS IS THE FINAL CUT...open up/THIS IS NO BEGINNING, THIS IS THE FINAL CUT...oh, I'm in love"'' - It's a DreamSequence where a character imagines themselve being taken to a guillotine and killed)]] video which shows himself (not in RealLife) torturing his (RealLife) girlfriend...creepy...\n** "Ten Speed" doesn't have a very frightening music video, but the song itself is about a man arguing with his bicycle about killing off a fictional character based on his girlfriend. In the interlude, if you listen closely, you can hear a bit of their conversation.\n** ''The Willing Well II'': "You'll burn in hell while they're diggin' you out!"\n** I've always considered pretty much everything by Coheed to qualify as nightmare fuel, what with the lyrics about murder and all (even if it is in the context of an epic science fiction story).\n* ''Scenes From a Memory'' by Music/DreamTheater is incredibly unsettling. It begins with a very calm hypnotist and then his patient relating information. All of the spoken word aspects are very monotone, but the singing sounds strangely upbeat and then the background noises start getting harder to ignore.\n** "Open your eyes, Nicholas." [[spoiler: * THUD* * static* ]] Gaaah. Really, all of "Finally Free".\n*** Especially disturbing as the "Open your eyes" comes up earlier in the song: "[[spoiler: * BANG* * SCREAM* "Open your eyes, Victoria" * BANG* ]]". The whole murder scene is incredibly creepy simply because it's related with sound rather than lyrics.\n** There's also the last 2 minutes of "Misunderstood". LastNoteNightmare indeed.\n** Panic Attack. The lyrics are disjoined and the music is chaotic to symbolize a panic attack... nnd hot damn. It makes you feel as if you're having one.\n*** The thing is, if you're prone to panic attacks, you'll know that it's pretty accurate.\n* VanDerGraafGenerator's 1971 album masterpiece, ''Pawn Hearts'', is possibly the best example of theirs. These (shouted) lyrics from "Man-Erg" just about sum it up:\n-->''"HOW CAN I BE FREE? HOW CAN I GET HELP?''\n-->''AM I REALLY FREE, OR AM I SOMEONE ELSE??"''\n** There's also these lovely lyrics from "Lemmings":\n-->"Cogs tearing bones, cogs tearing bones\n-->Iron-throated monsters are forcing the screams\n-->Mind and machinery box-press the dreams."\n* SleepytimeGorillaMuseum's entire discography could be brought up. Particularly disturbing are "The Creature" in which someone licks his lips in the background for most of the song, and "Sleepytime (Spirit is a Bone)" in which the lead singer creakily sings "Sleepytime" repeatedly followed by a haunting interlude.\n** Although nearly all of their songs are creepy to an extent, many on their album 'Of Natural History' go far beyond the normal interpretation of terrifying. The use of atonality, harsh vocals, and custom instruments are quite effective in painting a picture of anti-humanism and violent horror. Not to mention the lyrics to songs such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksutNW3HFT8 this]].\n* The music of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eef5pe8-QpA Kayo Dot]] features some of the most obtuse lyrics of any band ever. Try the line "In the hallway outside my bedroom door, I heard the old dead sleigh gliding to its restful drones, purposely knocking the pictures off their nails. With a vacancy ogling my sober inhalation, our curator's rocking to the rhythm of the rain on her carved hair here in this room, with the inverted torches at its barrier, where materia vibrated out" for confusing and disturbing imagery.\n* The {{Gorillaz}} have some doozies when it comes to HighOctaneNightmareFuel. There's the [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, prideful tone]] of Superfast Jellyfish... Which also happens to be about disasterous overfishing and polluting the sea until nothing's left alive. \n** Then we have Stylo, with its funky, cool sound; as well as [[TheWoobie 2D's]] MadnessMantra. \n--> ''Overload, overload, overload, comin' up to the overload...'' \n** Feel Good Inc. is a rich, stylish song with a vivid nonconformist message, but its video creeps into FridgeHorror territory the more you think about it. How long have the people been trapped in the tower? Apparently long enough to facilitate military helicopters circling the building so no one will escape. And then there's 2D's helpless, troubled demeanor, which falls somewhere between [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel eerie]] and [[TearJerker heartbreaking.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Not to mention]] [[FanDisservice Murdoc's persistent gyrating.]] \n** Plastic Beach, a giant heap of trash in the middle of the ocean? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch Yeah, the writers weren't making that up. And the real one is the size of Texas.]] Still, "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" [[UnusualEuphemism makes for an awesome swear]].\n** "Pirate Jet", the closing track on (most editions of) ''Plastic Beach'', with its creepy-yet-catchy chord progression played on jangly synthesizers while 2D sings about how we're wasting so much water.\n--> ''It's all good news now, because we left the taps running for a hundred years...''\n* Almost every album by Music/DevilDoll (the original avant garde band, not the rockabilly one). Creepy piano music set to the paranoid gibberings of a madman obsessing about something following him through an empty house, subliminal messages, and terrifying descriptions of the apocalypse, just to name a few of the themes the band deals with. And just to make it better, most of their songs go for about an hour or so. That Mr. Doctor sure is a deranged man.\n* Steven Wilson's song ''Only Child'' certainly qualifies, with lyrics like "A raven holding to narrow wrist/Pull it tight/Clothes are torn and the body twists/A single light" "An only child/A winning smile/A killing trial." The song seems to be about a child who gets away with (brutally?) murdering a sibling.\n* Just about anything by Univers Zero, but especially the ''Heresie'' album, qualifies as some of the creepiest music ever. Although after ''Heresie'', their music got somewhat lighter in tone.\n* TheMarsVolta has quite a few songs that fall into this territory. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iISC7j9pkM this one]] takes the cake, along with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3iiOb7jE4 "Eunuch Provocateur"]] which contains two instances of backmasking: First, a distorted voice [[IronicNurseryTune singing Itsy-Bitsy Spider]], and then the voice of a CreepyChild saying "Mommy or Daddy ever had to spank you?".\n** Another terrifying case is "Cassandra Gemini Part VII" which, when listened to at full volume with headphones on in your bed with the lights off, detached from the rest of the song cycle, just makes you think that someone's coming up to you and is going to kill you as you lie there.\n** Learning the story behind Deloused at the Comatorium makes *the entire album* nightmare fuel.\n* Arena's "The Butterfly Man", while mysterious and ominous in its instrumentalization, is told from the perspective of a man who has been kidnapped by a cosmic being (dubbed 'The Butterfly Man') who keeps souls/beings and has a collection of them. The worst part isn't that the victims (or "trophies") are aware/immortal, that they themselves ''allowed'' the Butterfly Man to kidnap them/went directly to the Butterfly Man for one reason or another (implied to be desire or greed).\n* More or less all of progressive folk-rock act Comus' ''First Utterance''. The music often sounds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nPer5U-zi0 very]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9rN6YF5J_o malevolent]] for being largely acoustic and folk-influenced. The lyrics deal with murder, rape (in two separate songs), hanging, and being put in a BedlamHouse. Even "The Herald", which is about daylight coming and making everything peaceful again, is still pretty eerie sounding thanks to its prominent use of theremin. \n* Most, if not the entirety of ''Red'' by KingCrimson. The intro to "Starless" alone can suck the warmth out of any room with its Mellotron intro and creepy lyrics which seems to be talking about suicide, and even though the listener is taken to the heavens at the end of the song, the same intro is played one more time, only with a sharper, more menacing edge.\n** "Providence" is one of the most unnerving pieces of music ever to grace human ears. The first half alone will have you looking around the room, convinced that ''something'' is staring at you. It's fucking ''terrifying''.\n** "21st Century Schizoid Man" lives up to it's title, with it's screaming guitars and saxes, a start-stop section and apocalyptic lyrics:\n-->Blood rack, barbed wire\n-->Politicians funeral pyre\n-->Innocents raped with napalm fire\n* It's also listed on the CrowningMomentOfFunny page and does have good BlackComedy value, but one has to recognise FrankZappa's "The Torture Never Stops" can also make great HONF. The entire arrangement is performed at an oppressively slow tempo and stretched to 9 minutes, with the music being largely minimalist riffs and drumming topped off with reverbed slide guitars, ScareChord-like trills, and female screams of pain (or the opposite). Zappa's lyrics describing the sadistic TortureCellar are gruesome but funny in a RefugeInAudacity way, but his vocals are close-miked to the point that you can hear the breathing and salivating, and he delivers them in the album's typical low near-growl, making him sound like "an insanely calm mad scientist" (to quote Allmusic).\n** Other examples come from FreakOut!, his first album: namely 'Who Are The Brain Police?', in which it seems that the record itself questions the existence of your thoughts and the validity of relationship with art (with a midsong break of pure terror, including someone chanting 'I'm going to die...'), and 'It Can't Happen Here', a demented barbershop quartet in which 4 of the strangest men you will ever meet assure you that 'it', whatever it is, can't happen here....right?\n** "The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny", which closes ''We're Only In It For The Money''. The piece is a sonic interpretation of FranzKafka's ''In The Penal Colony'', filled with car horns, strange hums and the evil laughter of the insane, decaying individuals running the place.\n** "Jonestown", the final track of "The Perfect Stranger", a haunting composition inspired by Jim Jones' mass suicide killings in 1978.\n* The Godspeed You! Black Emperor album ''F sharp A sharp Infinity'', which is an album ruminating about the apocalypse. The first track of the album, "The Dead Flag Blues" includes the lyrics "The car is on fire, and there's no driver at the wheel/And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides" spoken in a somber monotone. The second song, "East Hastings", was used extensively in the movie 28 Days Later, whose director claimed that he had the song in mind when making it.\n** "We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine/and the machine is bleeding to death"\n*** That drone underneath it all is creepy in and of itself.\n** Or, how about just Godspeed You! Black Emperor in general? Every album, every track.\n*** YMMV on that. ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is actually pretty upbeat.\n*** ''Skinny Fists'' is the band's brightest album as a whole, but the track "Static" deserves to be here. To hear a guy babbling on about seeing the face of God and dying over a beautiful, somber violin solo creates a {{Soundtrack Dissonance}} that is quite disturbing. And then there's the second half of the track, "World Police and Friendly Fire/The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now", whose eeriness can't be easily described in words.\n* Another post-rock example, Slint's Spiderland, which includes "Don Amon" (Don stepped outside.) and "Good Morning, Captain" (I MISS YOU!), two songs that can ruin any night's sleep.\n* Mogwai. ''Like Herod.'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cddprg-YwXQ No further explanation is necessary.]]\n* SigurRos has (perhaps unwittingly) been a perpetrator of this. I dare you to listen to ''Vaka'' alone, at night, and not get a serious case of the heeby-jeebies. Watch the music video for extra terror! \n** Their first album, ''Von'', is full of creepy ambient noises. Special mention goes to the intro track with its [[HellIsThatNoise ghastly screaming sounds]].\n* "Red Sector A" by ''{{Rush}}''. It is about someone trying to survive during the Holocaust. 'Nuff said. \n** Agreed 100%, especially considering that Rush are usually so upbeat. It becomes extra horrifying when you know that Geddy Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors, so it's all based on his mother's experiences. In fact, the whole Grace Under Pressure album is pretty dark, though with that hopeful twist that Neil Peart does so well.\n* Many Blue Öyster Cult songs. If you hear them, many of them sound happy and upbeat. [[LyricalDissonance But if you listen listen to the lyrics]].... Here's an example. In the backround of "Harvester of Eyes" during the solo you can hear some stuttering, but it's really hard to make out what it says:\n-->I'm the harvester of eyes \n-->I'm just walkin' down the street \n-->I see a garbage can, I pick it up \n-->I look through all the garbage \n-->To see if there are any eyes inside \n-->I'll put 'em in my pink leather bag \n-->And take all their eye balls \n-->And I bleed with 'em \n-->As I plead with their eyes all night \n-->So if you see me walkin' down the street \n-->You'd better get out of the way\n-->And put on your eye glasses \n-->'cause I'm gonna take your eyes home with me...\n\n** ''Joan Crawford''. Mother's home, indeed!\n* Lawrence Gowan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hSDIjh-iMk A Criminal Mind]] definitely qualifies, due to the fact that the narrator is an unrepentant criminal who pretty much prides himself on what he's done (oh, and by the way, [[NothingIsScarier he never actually SAYS what he's done]], leaving it for you to guess), but the real horror is in lines like these:" I've spent my life behind these steel bars/I've served my debt in time, but being brought to justice/THAT was my only crime", "These prison walls secure me/and I'm numb to pain"\n** The [[SoundtrackDissonance gentle piano music at the beginning]] could qualify on its own; there's almost a Silence of the Lambs thing going with Gowan singing about "They tried to reform me/but I'm made of cold stone" while playing that really brings it home.... \n** In each chorus of the song, he tells the listener "Ask one who's known me/if I'm really so bad" followed by a menacing whisper of "I AM."\n** Even worse, the final bit: "Some people struggle daily/They struggle with their consciensce 'til the end, [[CompleteMonster I have no guilt to haunt me/I feel no wrong intent]]"\n** As the song fades out, Gowan begins echoing the "Made of cold stone" line, and at one point, he literally screams "[[AxCrazy JUST LIKE YOUR PRISON WALLS!]]" To reiterate: [[OhCrap Prison hasn't done anything to reform him---it's made him even worse]].\n** After the first chorus, Gowan goes from singing softly to an almost harsh-sounding voice---just listen to the earlier line starting with "I've spent my life behind these steel bars", and you can hear equal traces of hatred, pride and something else in his tone as he continues.\n** There's something about the synth riff on this song (the one between the second chorus and the final verse)...the only word I can use to describe it adequately is "haunting". Take that in whatever way you will. Oh, and those synth-drums that kick in after the first chorus....anyone else think they [[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything sound a bit like gavels?]]\n** During the line "I'd like to say a few words/here in my own defense", there's this [[HellIsThatNoise weird synth-like sound in the background]]; something about that noise just creeps me the hell out.\n** One final note: This is the ONLY TRACK ON "Strange Animal" that isn't a happy, pop-radio-sounding song; everything from "Cosmetics" to the title track (and even songs like "Desperate", "Keep the Tension On" and "Guerilla Soldier") is upbeat, catchy and very easy to sing along to...but "A Criminal Mind"---the LAST TRACK ON THE ALBUM---will stick with you LONG after you've heard it. \n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Punk]]\n* TheRamones classic "Teenage Lobotomy". First off there's the whole Lobotomy thing in the first place, which may or may not have been caused by exposure to massive amounts of the pesticide DDT, or may have been used to control symptoms of the DDT poisoning. Then there's the implications that he's trapped in his own mind and that there's something frightening in there with him.\n* SiouxsieAndTheBanshees. "Not Forgotten"? With the creepy moaning in the background, not to mention the lyrics. "You buried it so deep/So safe in hidden sleep/But like a telltale corpse/Rises to the surface/Over ripe and bloated" -shudder- And "Spellbound"... "When you think your toys are going berserk/It's an illusion/You cannot shirk/You hear laughter cracking through the walls/It sends you spinning/You have no choice!"\n** Their radical reinvention of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is taken (it would seem) from the perspective of the Charles Manson-inspired Tate-LaBianca murderers. The jagged guitar intro sounds like ''{{Psycho}}'' [[PsychoStrings knife-slash music]], the lyrics are chanted like a disturbing litany, and the whole thing works up into a speeding frenzy until it suddenly stops dead and plunges into silence...\n** Also the wordless "Pure" from the same album ('The Scream'), which would make perfect theme music for the opening titles of a horror movie.\n** 'An Execution'. Just a fucking creepy piece of music/narration. \n*** Which according to TheOtherWiki, is inspired by Elizabeth Báthory\n** Nobody's mentioned Eve White/Eve Black yet? It starts out with a creepy arpeggio followed by some soft, eerie singing. Then about a third into to the song, there's a horrifying scream, and anyone listening becomes too paralyzed with fear to skip to the next song.\n* Ska-Punk band Reel Big Fish usualy makes upbeat and fun Ska songs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unkyz1GKcjs Then they got this one]]. Sweet dreams...\n* The uncensored version of Die Artze's music video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJo5dIJEx4 Junge]]'', in which several people are [[ZombieApocalypse messily consumed by zombies]]. Eventually the band has to fight off the zombies with anything at hand - guitars, beer cans, crossbows - before a mass of zombies drag the lead singer down and then graphically eat his intestines.\n* The Leather Nun "Slow Death EP" contains the heartwarming song ''Slow Death'', which intones over and over "90 percent burns, 55 hours to live" with some really horrific noise droning behind it. Considering that the live version of the song guest stars Genesis P-Orridge (of ''Hamburger Lady'' fame) and Monte Cazazza, its inclusion here fits perfectly.\n* [[http://sadsteve.com/preview.py?url=http://www.box.net/shared/static/2s406a2qr4.mp3&song=Broken%20Witch&artist=Liars "Broken Witch"]] by Liars. The most bone-scrapingly unnerving song since Revolution 9. ''We are the army you see through the red haze of blood...blood...blood...blood...blood...''.\n** "This Dirt Makes That Mud" from "They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top" is even worse. It starts fairly disturbing, as all Liars songs do, but then it locks into a pattern, and all sounds fade out but this creepy riff and a steady, never changing drum beat. And it goes on. And on, and on, and on. You start to get annoyed. Then you filter it out and ignore it. Then you think you hear something that wasn't there before. For almost thirty minutes.\n*** Oh, it gets worse. The 30 minute version from the CD is just to give you a taste of the true horror the vinyl release, which ends in a locked groove, meaning it will continue to play ''forever'', [[FridgeHorror slowly erasing itself from existence]].\n--->(or, you know, until you remember to turn it off)\n* Orchid, an extreme punk(-ish) band from circa 2000, played music that literally sounds like nightmares. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xm-n0S7II Take a listen.]\n* How could we forget about BlackFlag? Damaged I initially started as your typical title track off of a seminal punk recording, until Greg Ginn decided that the backing track be played at a slower tempo to suit HenryRollins vocals, making the final result, well, upsetting to say the least. There's also "Armageddon Man," off of Family Man, and "I Can See You," which could very easily be a candidate for one of the creepiest songs of all time, both musically and lyrically. Add this to the fact that the band has a reputation amongst troubled teenagers who like to sit in their rooms and listen to their music over and over again, and it is not hard to believe that Greg Ginn, who wrote most of Black Flag's songs, could be the devil reincarnate. None of these have been uploaded to youtube, but if you're curious (and you presumably have little to no intentions of sleeping tonight) you could always just go to Grooveshark.com and type in the names of the songs you want to listen to. Sweet dreams. \n* The Misfits and Samhain, both fronted by Glen Danzig, often have quite disturbing lyrics.\n* PublicImageLtd have quite a few creepy songs.\n** Annalisa isn't the ''worst'', but there's something about the fact that it just keeps going, that really weird, disorientating flange/delay they put on everything towards the end, as well as some of Lydons more guttural screams. Oh, and that it's about a girl with mental problems being starved to death during a botched exorcism? Did I mention it's a true story?\n** Then there's Careening, a twisted Dub song about TheTroubles, with one of the most ominous sounding synth lines ever. I don't know if the fact that it was Levine trying to recreated the sound of the ''clearly'' distressed vending machine in their rehearsal studio makes it more or less scary.\n** Also up there is Poptones, about a woman locked in the boot of "a fast German car" and driven into the woods, with full knowledge that nothing good can happen when the car stops. All the while, the driver is playing the same song over and over again on the car stereo. Did I mention that [[RippedFromTheHeadlines this one also happened]]? \n** Most of the songs on ''Metal Box'' and ''Flowers Of Romance'' qualify for least as [[NightmareFuel the lower grade]], but the aforementioned [[PrimalFear "Poptones"]] and [[CosmicHorrorStory "Under the House"]] from each respectively are nigh-indisputably terrifying.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Other Rock]]\n\n* The Killers have what can be construed as a song cycle about murder: "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf", "Midnight Show", and "Jenny was a Friend of Mine". The last one mentioned would seem to be the killer's statements while being interrogated by the police. ("There ain't no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine," but "she couldn't scream while I held her close"...)\n* "Gnik Nus" spooked me when I had my iTunes on shuffle at night.\n* Music/AliceCooper has got numerous songs like this include "Wind Up Toy", "Devil's Food", "Welcome to my Nightmare", and "Black Widow". "Wind Up Toy" has that bit at the end with the creepy voice whispering; "Devil's Food" has several nightmarish things about it, especially the end monologue performed by Vincent Price as the curator of a museum describing the black widow spider; and then there's the entirety of the "Black Widow", including its chorus.\n** However, these are lullabies compared to two other tracks off 'Welcome to My Nightmare': "Years Ago" and "Steven". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixyFvAEERvA&feature=related And this video makes it much creepier. Damn you Vincent Price!]]\n** "ILoveTheDead" could also qualify, given the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subject matter]] and the orgasmic moans in between the "Hey Jude" style choruses.\n *** While we're on the subject of dead things, let's put "Dead Babies" on here too. It's bad enough that the verse portion of the song consists of a creepy as hell proto-grunge riff, but you also have the lyrics of Little Betty consuming the entirety of her mother's medicine cabinet, without anyone there to watch over her. Doubles as a TearJerker, considering that her parents didn't even ''care'' that she died.\n* Simple Minds' Real To Real Cacophony album, and some songs written around the same time. The most obvious is Scar, the closing track of the album, which starts off relatively upbeat before it is revealed that the song is actually about a particularly gruesome car crash. The lyrics "Travelling through, flashback to you, fire, I see fire" and chorus being "Car passenger, fate at the wheel, Quick kiss of death." seem to describe this quite bluntly.\n** The first track on the album "Real To Real" is known to start off ominously enough before becoming very creepy a minute in. "Naked Eye" which follows contains some very odd lyrics and later on, "Carnival" contains the classic trope of creepy circus music to contrast with the anger of its chorus. "Factory" paints a very dark picture of someone stuck in a hopeless job who has a nervous breakdown. "Film Theme", an instrumental, seems to have been written to evoke Vampirish films. Even though it's one of the most upbeat songs on the album musically, "Calling Your Name" seems to be someone mourning a dead lover.\n** Without question, however, the most nightmare inducing song on the album is Veldt, a sound collage of creepy noises, jungle sounds and ominous hidden voices "Don't go back there". If this doesn't creep out the listener, the way the tune suddenly drops into an even creepier section will.\n** Also, Kaleidoscope, the main outtake from the album begins with an already creepy waltz piano, and the lyrics reveal that the character is a sociopath to say the least "Friends of mine, who ask to stay, they can turn around and walk".\n** Finally, there is Garden Of Hate, a previous B Side, which many consider to be the bridge between the band's first album and this one, their second. The difference between styles is enormous- their debut album being a mostly upbeat punk album, and this one being a creepy post-punk album . As a result, this is a dark guitar based song with the upbeat organ contrasting. The song features such charming lyrics as "A girl I know got cut up one night, I don't know if I care, she was in my garden of hate, so many others are there". The way the song ends is extremely terrifying, with laughter fading into a rising synth section before coming to a somewhat abrupt stop.\n* The video for QueensOfTheStoneAge's song, "Sick Sick Sick". HighOctaneNightmareFuel to everyone but the vore fetishists.\n** And that's only the music video. The song itself has more of a domination "You own me" sort of vibe. QOTSA has a few other HONF songs, such as "Battery Acid", "Better Living Through Chemistry", and "The Sky is Falling". "Battery Acid" is seemingly nonsensical, serial-killer type twisted lyrics set to one of the darkest riffs by them, "Better Living Through Chemistry" is about an epiphany of religion through the Matrix, and "The Sky is Falling" is about people's fear of the nonsensical. And then there's "Burn the Witch", which is about how we used to deal with people we just didn't like.\n** "Run, Pig, Run". Listen to it with the lights off. Go on. On a related note, some of the diction in "Mosquito Song" is really fucking freaky.\n* From A Perfect Circle (who has the same singer - Maynard James Keenan - as Tool), there's a few that stand out, the bulk of which come from the album ''Emotive'':\n** "Annihilation" starts off the album with a whisper throughout the entire song, with a creepy instrumental playing in the background.\n** "Imagine" (yes, [[JohnLennon that "Imagine"]]) immediately follows. The instrumental is nowhere near as happy as the original version.\n** "Gimme Gimme Gimme" comes close to the line (if it doesn't barge clear across it), what with it sounding like the rantings of a crazed drug addict. The lyric saying he has problems that can't be solved "with an atom bomb" should illustrate it for those that are still capable of paying attention to the lyrics.\n** "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" will break anyone still sane after the rest of the album. 5 minutes 36 seconds of Nightmare Fuel-laden Mindscrew comparable to Tool's "L.A.M.C." (Los Angeles Municipal Court), only this time there's an actual rhythm. There's always the strange, moaning, only vaguely human voices in the background, the ragged breathing, the intermittent screaming and gasping, the singer's alternate crooning and shouting, the incessant, harsh beat throughout, and then - ''"GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP GO TO SLEEP."'' The subject matter isn't exactly SweetDreamsFuel either.\n*** And when it's set to an Asian horror montage. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASYKM6bGw8 OH GOD!]]\n*** Or how about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_fyhjDvsy4 this]] video of the song set to footage from {{Supernatural}}?\n*** What's worse, this one in particular is a remake of one of their earlier songs, "Pet", which is just as {{Mind Screw}}y and disturbing.\n*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aizz0o9fPWU And here's the music video.]]\n*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_y8G8dAnn8 And here's an AMV of this song]] based on NeonGenesisEvangelion.\n** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbxf78nf Hao Lullaby]]". Pay NO attention to the title, it is NOT something you want to listen to before you go to bed.\n* If you listen to the end of DavidBowie's "Space Oddity", you'll hear a lot of dissonant sound that's increasing in pitch. If you take the song by its literal meaning, it could easily represent Major Tom's brain going into its death throes from anoxia. Also a LastNoteNightmare.\n** WordOfGod poured NightmareRetardant on this one by establishing that Major Tom survives and re-establishes contact in "Ashes to Ashes".\n** Another Bowie song, "I'm Afraid of Americans" comes off as a sort of hooky, angry song until the end. Then, it seems paranoid at the realization that "God is an American", and he keeps repeating himself over and over, almost in disbelief. It's subtle, but it's there.\n** "All The Madmen", where the protagonist is willing to endure stuff like electric shock therapy and lobotomy in order to escape from an increasingly insane society. \n*** From the same album (''The Man Who Sold The World''), there's "Running Gun Blues", where a psychotic former soldier spends his spare time going on shooting sprees, [[LyricalDissonance all while singing in one of the most cheerful melodies]] to ever grace a Bowie song.\n* The title song on MeatLoaf's album ''Bat out of Hell III: Monster is Loose'' has several things about it which make it nightmarish, including its madness and insanity inspired theme.\n* With a few exceptions, the ManicStreetPreachers' third album, ''[[DarkerAndEdgier The Holy Bible]]'', is aural HighOctaneNightmareFuel. The chorus of ''Archives Of Pain'' is a list of serial killers, and begins with a sample from a relative of one of the Yorkshire Ripper's victims; ''Mausoleum'' describes a place where there are 'no birds' and the sky is 'swollen black', and contains a sample of JG Ballard saying, 'I wanted to rub the human face in its own vomit and force it to look into the mirror'; ''4st 7lb'' graphically details a woman's body going into decline while suffering from anorexia; and the penultimate track, ''The Intense Humming Of Evil'' - about the Nazi death camps - is possibly the most terrifying thing the Manics have ever recorded. Even the cover, a Jenny Savile painting of a morbidly obese woman, is downright terrifying. It goes without saying that guitarist and songwriter Richey Edwards [[CreatorBreakdown was in a very bad place at the time.]] He disappeared a year later and has not been seen since.\n* Sure, you might ''think'' MyChemicalRomance is just full of {{Narm}}, but go listen to "Mama" in the dark in the middle of a storm. No, really. You'll get freaked out.\n** Then there's their song ''Blood'', which is a [[SoundtrackDissonance cheery little ragtime tune]] that seems to be about mass murder.\n*** I'm pretty sure "Blood" is about the Patient (the main character of the album) undergoing constant blood tests (he's supposed to have something wrong with his heart, after all), and it seems like the tests will never stop.\n* {{PJ Harvey}} practically runs on nightmare fuel.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbq4G1TjKYg&ob=av2n "Down By the Water".]] No one's quite sure what this song is about. Murder, rape, child abuse, infanticide, sexual abuse, jealousy, shame, incest, some horrible combination of any of those: the theories are out there, but what everyone can agree on is that this is an extremely dark song on an extremely dark album. What makes it even worse is that this track was actually used as a ''radio single''.\n*** [[MadnessMantra "Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water, come back here and give me my daughter...".]]\n** Hearing Polly Jean belt out the titular lyrics of "Long Snake Moan" counts as Nightmare Fuel and FetishFuel at the same time.\n** "Catherine" is perhaps one of the creepiest songs Harvey has recorded and that is saying a lot. Her voice in the entire song never rises above a whisper as she murmurs a prayer for the death and damnation of the titular women.\n** While not an overtly creepy song, some of the theories surrounding "A Perfect Day Elise" give cause to mention it here. Just what exactly goes on in [[{{Room101}} Room 509]]?\n** "Horses in My Dreams" is to be avoided if horses already creep you out.\n** "We Float" also know as nightmare fuel in a song.\n** ''White Chalk'', the entire album.\n** "Pig Will Not" from her ''A Woman A Man Walked By'' album.\n* ''Murder Ballads'' by NickCave and the Bad Seeds. The whole thing, but especially ''Song of Joy'' and ''The Kindness of Strangers''. Of course, if you listen to an album called ''Murder Ballads'' NOT expecting to be creeped out, then you probably deserve everything you get.\n** ''Stagger Lee'' started off nice, but then near the end, when the lyrics finally kick in and he just starts ''screaming''...\n** There's also [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ke_Tvk4U2zY 'The Curse of Millhaven.']] (Warning: ''loud''.) Doesn't help that it's so catchy, either.\n** Try 'Deep In The Woods' by Cave's earlier postpunk band The Birthday Party. Sung in first-person,it's about a self-pitying sex-murderer, and is one of the creepiest things Nick Cave has ever done.\n** 'Night of the Lotus Eaters' is another very creepy Nick Cave song, from the album 'Dig Lazarus Dig.' Soft, repetitive and ominous. Really, half of Nick Cave's music has some Nightmare Fuel aspect to it.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqfS7NdcwdM The Carny]], anyone?\n** 'From Her to Eternity' is deeply unnerving as well. Besides being about a stalker who lives in the apartment underneath that of the woman he's stalking, it's musically chaotic and the disturbing lyrics are mostly slurred.\n* TheDecemberists are very, very good at this. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz0ULXSsi_Q Culling of the Fold]]'' deserves a special mention, but ''The Mariner's Revenge'', ''Cautionary Song'', and ''Odalisque'' are all up there too.\n** ''Culling of the Fold'' definitely deserves a mention. This is a band that sings about rape, murder, scandal, et cetera without batting an eye, but Jenny Conlee (the band's accordian/backing vocals) downright REFUSED to have it put on the main track listing for its album. You can only get it by buying it from iTunes or redeeming a code from the inside of the album. \n** ''Odalisque'' is creepy enough, but then if you look up the etymology of the title, [[ItGotWorse it gets worse]].\n** ''Leslie Anne Levin''. mother FUCKING ''Leslie Anne Levine''. Try listening to this song in the dark sometime. The "shake my rattle bone" line in particular serves as potent ParanoiaFuel.\n** ''Shankill Butchers'' is pretty nasty too.\n*** ''The Rake's Song'' from ''The Hazards of Love'', their rock opera, sees the Decemberists topping their previous attempts; the main villain of the album tells how he murdered his children because he prefers the single life; drowning and poisoning his two daughters, and burning his son alive. [[spoiler:One of the last songs, ''Hazards of Love 3/Revenge'' is a [[LyricalDissonance cheerful]] but aptly named reprise sung by the murdered children with accompanying screechy violin. "Father, I'm not feeling well, the flowers me you fed/ Tasted spoiled, for suddenly, I find that I am dead/ But father don't you fear- your children all are here/ Singing, oh, the hazards of love."]]\n**** The band has hinted that it's a prequel to the song "Leslie Anne Levine." In that, [[spoiler:he doesn't kill her, but carelessly abandons her when she gets pregnant. She and the baby die shortly after birth, are left in a ditch, and the daughter's ghost haunts the city.]] So, if anything, that makes it ''worse.''\n** Hazards of Love in GENERAL is pretty nightmare-fuely. Evil rake that kills children and kidnaps pregnant women with the intent to rape and murder them? Creepy, rise-and-fall-voice possessive, possibly pedophile-esque queen of the forest? Sounds like a nightmare to me. \n**** "The Chimbley Sweep". It could be about male prostitution[[hottip:* :possibly of the child sort, given that the widow addresses him as "urchin"]], or it could be about the much-less-risque chimney sweeping, which is potent nightmare fuel all on its own. Chimney sweeping was an incredibly cruel form of child labor that lead to many if not most sweeps developing black lung by the time they reached adulthood. Besides black lung, the profession put sweeps at risk for various cancers (not just of the lungs) and a number of other medical conditions that are high octane nightmare fuel in their own right. And then there was always the chance of falling and breaking your neck...\n***** The fate of "The Chimbley Sweep" may have been mentioned in "Leslie Ann Levine": [[spoiler:"The only love I've known's a chimney sweep/Lost and lodged inside a flue/Back in 1842"]] That's...that's a pretty horrible way to die.\n** ''Sons & Daughters'' at first could strike some as a flight of fancy from some Portland Bohems, but after reading a theory that it is, at least in part, about children who were sent away from London during the blitz, it's moved into the nightmare fuel section of the Decemberists' catalog.\n** ''July, July'' probably deserves a mention too, since it basically talks about a gut-shot uncle holding his innards in with his hands. Also blood running down shower drains. \n** And, you know, ''The Mariner's Revenge Song,'' which tells the lovely tale of two men trapped inside the belly of a whale, one of them incredibly bloodthirsty for revenge towards the other. Whoops. \n** The Bagman's Gambit could possibly surge over into [[ParanoiaFuel Paranoia Fuel]] as it talks about a political sex scandal and the resulting consequences. \n** The Tain, too. Oh, The Tain. \n* Intention of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfGULBvnc2E Slide]]'' by the DresdenDolls = mildly creepy; Effect of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfGULBvnc2E Slide]]'' by the Dresden Dolls = ''really incredibly terrifying!!!''\n** ..."THE ORANGE MAN'S GOT YOOOOOOOOOOU."\n*** On the sheet music, she's got the final note listed as, "The saddest note in the world." \n** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xoniTn7ygA Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner]]". And the fact that Amanda gets manic at various points in the song doesn't help.\n** Don't stop there. While [[WordofGod Amanda Palmer]] has said that Half-Jack was about far more than one subject, it could also be about a split personality in her (who just happened to be an authoritative male figure) who was forcing her to suicide.\n-->"It might destroy me\\\nBut I'd sacrifice my body\\\nIf it means I'll get the Jack part out \\\nAH-OH! AH-OH!"\n** Mrs. O is pure terror about Holocaust denial from a teacher. Coupled with the bright chords that Amanda uses, it creates a nightmarish effect rivaling Coin-Operated Boy.\n** "Missed Me" could be about either child molestation or an EnfanteTerrible manipulating an adult. Either way, it's terrifying.\n* {{Music/Muse}} album ''Absolution'' is pretty standard fare HardRock, until the latter half of the album, where it just gets darker, and darker, and darker, culminating in a song arguably about murder-suicide and conspiracy theories; "Ruled By Secrecy". \n** What really gives that song its impact is the piano solo around the 3 minute mark. A youtube commenter put it best, in words that can (and are) also applied to the rest of the song: "It's so delicate and beautiful, but sinister and ugly at the same time..."\n** "Screenager," from their earlier album ''Origin of Symmetry''. TomWaits-inspired percussion featuring real bones, lyrics about disconnecting from other people and self-harm ("hide from the mirror, the cracks and the memories; hide from your family, they won't know you now," as well as the oddly disturbing line, "Stop your screaming, no one can hear...") Even just the generally quiet, subdued way the song is performed is somehow very eerie. "Spiral Static" and "Recess" both also have a somewhat eerie sound to them, as well.\n*** Not to mention ''Space Dementia''. Never mind the lyrics, something about that song, and the tortured quality of Matt's voice makes it sound profoundly ''wrong''.\n*** That whole song is ridiculous, from the breaking quality of his voice to the last few seconds with the sinister piano/guitar outro and the fuzzy distorted moan that oozes out like in a space vacuum or something. ''Micro Cuts'' is also horrific with its ear-splitting falsetto and completely creepy lyrics.\n** Regarding ''Absolution'': a lot of people are also creeped out by the second-last song, "[[LyricalDissonance Thoughts of a Dying Atheist]]". [[MadnessMantra Scares the hell out of me, and the end is all I can see...]]\n* The entirety of {{Primus}}' ''Pork Soda'' could be nominated for this. It's a combination of the twangy, horror-movie basslines, the layers of guitar distortion, the cymbal timing, and the singer's campfire-story lyrics. Any song on this album will make you feel dreadful.\n* Any album by NeutralMilkHotel. Ever. "Two-Headed Boy" is probably the worst offender.\n** Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye. Just listening to the endless repeating drone you feel like dying.\n** "Sailing Through" ends on a CarefulWithThatAxe moment that actually made one of my friends - a hardened 4chan addict, by the way - ''turn white''. It is utterly harrowing.\n** The first guitar strums in "Oh Comely" are innocent enough until you've heard the song through a few times. Then they become the most terrifying sounds imaginable. "I will be with you when you lose your breath," indeed.\n* The {{Pulp}} songs "Freaks" and "Aborigine". With regards to "Aborigine": the slow decay of a relationship into murder to the point where he sits and ''smokes a cigarette while watching his family burn in a car wreck'' is extremely unsettling.\n** There's an equally Squickworthy line in ''The Night That Minnie Timperline Died'' (detailing the last night of a murdered girl). Out of nowhere Jarvis hits you with the lines: "And he only did what he did / 'cos you looked like one of his kids..."\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbBbFH9fAg Black Hole Sun]]. Such a great song, but that one lady watching the pot boil over... even BeavisAndButthead panicked. Similar fuel later with Lipstick Lady, but you're probably a bit desensitized by then...\n** The melting Barbies... oh ''God'', the melting Barbies! And the stretchy faces... Awesome song, though.\n* TheOffspring's "Hammerhead." The video is even worse.\n* Music/AliceInChains' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn82dMFGN8g "Angry Chair"]]. Hell, almost every song on their ''Dirt'' album falls under this or TearJerker.\n* KateBush's "Under Ice" is gently sinister, and is followed immediately on the album by the frankly disturbing "Waking the Witch". Nice arrangement.\n** It's part of a song cycle ("The Ninth Wave") about a girl drowning in the ocean. Sweet dreams.\n* The unanswered phone call and resulting voicemail message that open {{Poe}}'s album ''Haunted'' (the fact that it's titled "[[{{Main/House Of Leaves}} Exploration B]]" helps very little). The album has other instances that are more just ''unsettling'' that outright scary, like the audio samples of Poe's late father Ted Danielewski talking about...er, [[{{Main/Cryptic Conversation}} something or other]]...\n* LouReed's "The Kids." It's about the authorities taking the children from a woman who, we're told, really has no business raising children. For several verses, he goes into detail about everything that makes her an unfit mother - the drugs, the promiscuity, the violence, and by the time he's done, you're pretty much happy for the children to be leaving the "miserable, rotten slut." Then the instrumental bit comes in and is quite gentle, acoustic guitars and flute... and two young children crying and screaming "MOMMY! MOMMY! MOOOOOOMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!" in absolute ''agony'' for several minutes. The unofficial story goes that producer Bob Ezrin locked his own kids in the studio, told them their mother was dead, and taped the results.\n* Quite a lot of music by TomWaits, particularly songs like "God's Away on Business", "Army Ants", and "Earth Died Screaming". From the names alone, guess how frightening they are. Then there's "Dog Door", which doesn't have a [[NonindicativeName particularly disturbing title]]. Even apart from the lyrics, there's the simple fact that they're performed by Tom Waits, who could sing "Happy Birthday" and have it sound like a death threat.\n** This is parodied by Bill Bailey in his interpretation of how Tom Waits would perform the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice": "Blood on the cheese! / Little mousey running for his life / You goin' t'Hell / In a mousetrap..." Which is itself a bit Nightmare Fuelish, if you think about it.\n** Look up his version of ''Heigh Ho.'' Yes, the Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs song. Within 20 seconds, tops, you'll be convinced that Snow White was ''much'' better off with the evil queen.\n** There's nothing explicitly scary about "What's He Building," but the whole thing is just incredibly creepy. And the fact that it's spoken completely deadpan and monotone somehow makes it worse.\n** And then of course, you have "Underground". This was the tune playing in Madame Gasket's chop shop in {{Robots}}. There used to be a real good video of the song synced to seens involving Lockdown from TransformersAnimated... and it is scary.\n** How about the song "Poor Edward" - the kid has a siamese twin face on the back of his head that whispers horrible horrible secrets of hell to him at night. He goes crazy and kills himself, and she TAKES HIM TO HELL WITH HER. Even creepier when you find out there [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Mordrake may be a small amount of truth to this story]], and that siamese twins like this happen sometimes.\n** TomWaits has lots of songs with disturbing lyrics, but the really impressive feat is his ability to scare you just with instrumentals. And I'm not talking about songs with sudden {{Scare Chord}}s and the like---Tom Waits will scare you with ''quiet instrumental music.'' Listen to ''Black Box Theme'' or ''Oily Night'' from ''The Black Rider'' and see how well you sleep. ''Knife Chase'' gives me a start every time I play it.\n* Anything at all by GrizzlyBear, but especially "I Live With You". Do NOT listen to this song late at night when you're home alone.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJt1y9nU8tU Dr. Blind]] by Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton. The music itself is extremely eerie.\n** And then you add in the music video. Running from a store at night? Fine. Going into a store at night? Okay. Store Closes While Shopping and Suddenly Is Empty? Okay, you're freaking me out a bit. And then {{HighOctaneNightmareFuel}} sets in: Oh my god, the store isn't empty, everyone is dead and lined up like dominoes. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP.\n* Music/ToriAmos' "Juárez" is about the Mexican desert's perspective of the unsolved murders of hundreds of females that happen in Cuidad Juárez ''every year''. It also sounds like someone's blasting the song in their car. Other creepy songs are her covers of Music/{{Slayer}}'s "Raining Blood" and {{Eminem}}'s "'97 Bonnie & Clyde".\n** Amos' '97 Bonnie and Clyde needs its own entry. It's bad enough when Eminem does it, but Tori actually puts it to what sounds like a horror film theme. Then consider the lyrics in general: "Where's Mama? She's takin' a little nap in the trunk. And that smell? Daddy musta run over a skunk."\n*** Not to mention that Tori sounds like a psychopath. Rumor has it that Tori takes the perspective of the ''dead wife''.\n** What about "Me and a Gun"? There are very few songs that encapture the horror of rape like it. It's made even worse by the fact that Tori Amos herself was a rape victim.\n* ProcolHarum's "The Dead Man's Dream". It's about a DyingDream which is also a nightmare, and includes this part:\n-->The graves were disturbed, and the coffins wide open\\\nAnd the corpses were rotten, yet each one was living\\\nTheir eyes were alive with maggots crawling\n* Emiliana Torrini's "Gollum's Song" from the second LordOfTheRings soundtrack definitely counts. It's a nice, sad, mildly creepy ballad from Gollum's perspective... until the end, when suddenly she hisses in a gravelly voice, "Kill them all!"\n* Pavement's "Hit the Plane Down". The first two lines? "I'm up on a hilltop where I/Keep you in sight my little toys," sung in a voice more deranged than you could imagine possible.\n* Try waking up from a terrifying nightmare at 3am. Then decide that you're too freaked out to get back to sleep. You think: "Maybe I'll just sit in bed and listen to some soothing music before I naturally drift to sleep". You turn to a basic, non-threatening Top 40 radio station. The year is 1985. You turn on the radio and try to relax. All you hear is: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNzRzZhR2Y "RAIN ON THE SCARECROW! BLOOD ON THE PLOW! RAIN ON THE SCARECROW! BLOOD ON THE PLOW!"]]\n* "Limousine" by Brand New (MS Rebridge). It describes the events in which a seven year old girl was killed in a drunk driving accident, and her mother [[http://ww4report.com/node/2473 still carrying her head upon arriving at the hospital]]\n** Could also serve as a TearJerker, especially with the "seven loves you" refrain.\n* The final track of Coven's debut album consists of a 13-minute recording of an "authentic" Satanic mass performed by the band. Even those who consider the idea of Satanism to be plain silly have found it terrifying and uncomfortable to listen to.\n** Jinx Dawson's wordless singing at the end of "Coven In Charing Cross", also from ''Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls'', is another. Doesn't help that the song is about a cult who kills an entire family.\n* Ludo's ''The Horror of our Love''. It's clear that he's a serial killer. It's not clear whether she's a victim, a vampire, or a corpse. "..the awful edges where you end and I begin."\n** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCU1JYmGxcA video to Love Me Dead]] is a tad unnerving as well.\n** "Lake Pontchartrain". The creepy harmonies and dynamics are bad enough. The story of what happens is bad enough. Its appeal to someone's fear of large waves is bad enough. But those last few lines that imply that the whole story is ''totally made up'' as a cover for the fact that this guy murdered his two friends is just...agh.\n* "[[http://www.letrascanciones.org/mana/luna/en-el-muelle-de-san-blas.php El Muelle de San Blas]]", by Mexican group Mana. The song is about [[IWillWaitForYou a woman who waits for her sailor fiancé]] and how she becomes old and irreversibly insane in the process. The insanity began with her wearing every day the same dress she wore when he left ("so he didn't get her wrong"), and is implied in the end that she died alone in the dock.\n** In the music video [[spoiler: That's exactly what happened. At at very advanced age she put out her white dress, made a small boat containing her beloved picture and set it to float away and finally went further into the sea to drown herself.]]\n** On the subject of Spanish songs, there is an old ballad named [[http://www.uppercutmusic.com/artist_s/serrat_joan_manuel_lyrics/penelope_lyrics.html "Penelope"]] that can be absolutely terrifying. [[spoiler: It is about a beautiful young woman who, after her beloved left to war, froze in that moment, waited for him for years, and forgot that she and he would age accordingly. When he finally comes back, she's waiting at the train station, but denies that he is her fiance because he is much to old to be him.]]\n* Jack Off Jill's "Witch Hunt" is terrifying to listen to late at night in the dark. It comes complete with creepy carnival music, crackling fire sound effects, a scary nursery rhyme type thing, a stream-of-consciousness speaking track and agonized screams along the lines of "OH MY GOD, I'M BURNING, HELP ME PLEASE, I'M BURNING!"... ''all overlaid on one another''.\n** For bonus points, the creepy carnival music? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQEI9bwX-w Cribbed from Silent Hill.]]\n** There's also the speaking track, which includes such bizarre nightmare fuel as "the clouds are full of poison, and they fall on my skin, making tiny holes..."\n* Turns out that "One of Us" really isn't all that typical of the work Joan Osborne does. Most of it is really spooky. Her song "Spider Web" opens with her saying "I dreamed about Ray Charles last night, and he could see just fine" in a soft, intimate voice. In the dream, she sings, at one point "Ray took his glasses off and I could look inside his head./Flashing like a thunderstorm, I saw a shining spider web." It's supposed to be a positive thing, but hearing that for the first time at three in the morning can really spook you out. Then there's [[http://www.lyricstime.com/joan-osborne-man-in-the-long-black-coat-lyrics.html "The Man in the Long Black Coat"]], which might be about a woman going away with the Devil or Death, or just a nice case of NothingIsScarier, but ''something'' scary happened there (actually, now that I'm hunting for it on Youtube, it turns out to be a Bob Dylan song Osborne covers, and his version is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuqyNsqx3-g even weirder]]).\n* A lot of music by TheResidents count, but the best example would probably be their [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning disturbing cover]] of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", which mentions that the narrator [[AxeCrazy stabs and kicks]] whenever he can't get popcorn at the movies, among other things.\n** TheResidents' "Die In Terror" on their "Commercial Album.\n** TheResidents' 'Third Reich And Roll' album contained forty [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning disturbing cover]] versions of top forty songs from the 1960s. Among many bizarre warpings, the bitter-breakup garage-pop standard 'Hey Little Girl' becomes a genuinely chilling piece with a mocking, serial killer-like vocal and grimly march-like music which features plenty of ominous buzzing, droning and rumbling noises in the background (powertools? Brrr...). It must have been a very bitter breakup, indeed.\n** The entire final section of ''Baby Sex'', when not incredibly silly - hell, even ''when'' incredibly silly - is pure Nightmare Fuel for the uninitiated.\n* ''Soundtracks For The Blind'' by {{Swans}} can only be described as damaging. Songs like the 15 minute "Helpless Child" can drive you to paranoid hallucinations.\n** From the same band, "Blind Love" from the ''Children Of God'' album (1987). Big, slow, thumping drums then a deep, cracked voice stirs, moans and begins to share some distinctly disturbing thoughts. Then huge clashing chords section off the verses. It sounds like the FrankensteinMonster formed a band.\n*** [[ItGotWorse Live, more so.]]\n** Heck, most of the stuff they do qualifies.\n** If you're feeling bold, check out their reworking of "I Crawled" on their live album ''Swans Are Dead''. The song was already creepy enough, but the gradual buildup and Jarboe's tortured vocal performance (sounding like a little girl being raped) is seriously chilling.\n** More from ''Soundtracks for the Blind'':\n*** "Her Mouth Is Filled With Honey" combines incomprehensible layered vocals with a tape of Jarboe's father discussing seeing his daughter, unbeknownst to him, having her first LSD trip.\n*** "Volcano", a slightly fractured dance tune from the perspective of a psychopath stalking and then cannibalizing a rock star.\n*** The climax of "Animus", in which Michael Gira's wordless vocals are overwhelmed by a torrent of droning viola and pounding percussion, sounding not unlike a whiteout. In light of Gira's last actual words, this is terrifying.\n*** "The Beautiful Days" contrasts a little girl's song with difficult-to-place synth noises and a woman describing working as a phone sex operator.\n*** "I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull" consists of, at first, a massive dissonant orchestral swell, which subsides into electronic noises and finally slide whistles, over which a ''very'' bizarre monologue appears...\n*** "I Love You This Much", a weird concatenation of hallucinatory samples and musical fragments including a pitch-shifted series of excerpts from a choral piece by György Ligeti. Yes, the ''Shining'' guy.\n** "Your Game". Holy bejeezus, go out and find the lyrics...\n** Anything on ''Greed'' or ''Holy Money''.\n*** As stated above: Live, even more so. Go out and listen to the version of "Another You" from ''Public Castration Is A Good Idea'' and ''try'' to sleep. Or better yet, "Coward". Or "A Hanging".\n** Michael Gira's side project The Angels of Light had some doozies too, ranging from slow-burners like "New City in the Future," to the satanic street parade backing "Rose of Los Angeles," to the Swans-like mechanical stomp of "Black River Song."\n*** Oh, "New City in the Future"... ''"[[MadnessMantra YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE, YOU WERE MINE...]]"''\n* Sebadoh's "As The World Dies, The Eyes Of God Get Bigger", which is a seven minute epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858709752/ about being raised by a neglectful, drug addicted family, then vowing to go on a murdering spree]]. By the end of the song, there's multiple overdubs of Eric Gaffney screaming [[MadnessMantra "BLOOD ON THE WALLS! BLOOD ON THE WALLS!"]]. To top it off, it's reported to be based on Gaffney's actual childhood.\n* The entire discography of Texas band the pAper chAse certainly counts. "Go ahead, good friend, scream all you want to/You're legless and limping and lost and that's just how they like you/And I can feel your tender bodies coming near/I see them hanging from the crystal chandelier...You're going down, good friend, so I'm letting go of your legs/The laughing, the poking, the prodding, the pushing you over..." The fact that they name their songs things like "the kids will grow up to be assholes" and "This May Be The Last Song You Ever Hear" doesn't really help. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLd1oaAILA And then you see them live]].\n** If it helps, lead singer John Congleton doesn't actually mean what he says - he started the band as an outlet for his frequent panic attacks, and is by all indication a pretty nice guy. There are those who love them and can even sleep through a lot of their noise-rock stuff... their ambient pieces, however? Fucking terrifying. Go to last.fm and listen to a sample of "I Tried So Hard To Be Good". [[SchmuckBait Go on]].\n** If you think THAT'S bad, try any of the ambient songs on "Now You Are One of Us". Anything from the ever-so-lovely titled "Delivered In A Firm Unyielding Way Lingering For Just A Bit Too Long To Communicate The Message 'I Own You'" to "We Will Make You One of Us" (which, by the way, utilizes that radio show clip in Tool's "Faaip De Oiad") is pants-shittingly disturbing, especially to those first introduced to the band.\n* "The End" by Blue October is rather freaky, from the descriptive lyrics to how Justin's voice gets more and more angry and frantic as the song goes on.\n** "Dirt Room" is a lively song about executing revenge by [[BuriedAlive burying someone alive]] ''"You started screaming through the duct tape. Don't ever think I'm letting you go."''\n* Despite the title, Alien Sex Fiend's "Black Rabbit" has nothing to do with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." It's much scarier. ''You got beautiful eyes...you got beautiful dark eyes....'' \n** Not that "White Rabbit" is a very lighthearted song itself. The rising beat in the melody and the drug imagery make it unsettling too.\n* Heavens seems to enjoy this. Most notably "My knife wants to hide deep inside of you", and, later in the same song, "Want to take you aside, and softly whisper questions at you / As you slowly die, gripping at my shirt". Not the only example, either. About half of that album could classify as rock horror.\n* There isn't a whole lot that's scary about video game cover band The Megas' ''Get Acoustic''... ''except the [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2724/4331307737_979eaeca1c_o.jpg album art]]''. Please don't let the zombie robots eat me...\n* "The Bird and the Worm" by The Used is pretty fucking creepy. Even without the even more terrifying [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dBCgAo-RA music video]] to help it along.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teOvw_zDDY8 The vocals-only version]] is REALLY unnerving.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLDPSOKRG_8 Nebraska]] by BruceSpringsteen. Sounds innocuous at first, until you realize it's a true story about Charles Starkweather, who went on a violent interstate murder spree for no other reason than "there's just a mean-ness in this world." Seriously disturbing.\n* For that matter, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l66XlIOWoI the Ballad of Hollis Brown]] by BobDylan. A both incredibly sad and incredibly disturbing tale of a poor farmer driven to desperate measures.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY1ku4q2CkU Westfall]] by Okkervil River: "and when I killed her/it was so easy/that I wanted to kill her again".\n* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMQMvqfnlq8 "The Devil In Mexico"]] by Murder By Death (the band, not TheMovie). The devil-screeching (courtesy of GerardWay) will get to you.\n* The scream in TheCure's "Subway Song". Try travelling alone at night listening to it.\n** "Lullaby" is also really creepy, especially if you've got arachnophobia.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBMNG8UxQdQ "Sleep"]] by Stabbing Westward. The creaky, clanking rhythm backing up the singer's mournful recitation of the lyrics is a little unsettling. It rapidly becomes apparent what the song is about - a little girl subjected to near-nightly rape by her father - and the song becomes outright disturbing. The sense of dread and desperation conveyed is nightmarish, and the chorus includes the raspily-whispered line, "Wishing one of them were dead/So this hell can finally end."\n* {{Bauhaus}}? [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Anyone? Anyone? Bauhaus?]] As well as a few ("Low Room") of Peter Murphy's solo songs, Bauhaus can creep the heck out of a fair few people. Those screechy, nails-on-a-chalk-board guitars and weird drums will get you every time, not to mention Murphy's vocals. The guy sounds like a crazed baptist preacher that constantly has spiders crawling through his shirt.\n* "Night Prowler" by AC/DC. Even without the "Helter Skelter"-ish notoriety associated with it, the song's pretty creepy in itself with Angus Young's ominous slide guitar and one of the most chilling vocal performances Bon Scott ever put to tape. Then you have the lyrics:\n-->Too scared to turn the light out, cause there's something on your mind\\\nWas that a noise outside the window? What's that shadow on the blind?\\\nAs you lie there naked, like a body in a tomb\\\nSuspended animation, as I slip into your room!\n* "Gimme Shelter" by TheRollingStones, particularly Merry Clayton's screams of 'rape' and 'murder'.\n* "Yulia" by Wolf Parade. It's about a cosmanaut [[ForScience shot into space with no means of returning home]].\n-->"There's nothing out here nothing out here nothing out here nothing out here nothing outó" \n* "Who Was In My Room Last Night" by The Butthole Surfers. Try listening to it without it invoking a very disturbing mental image of a man trapped in an underwater submarine pod which is slowly breaking and cracking, letting in more and more water with no escape. This, combined with the static and other noises at the end only serve to make this image even more HONF, as it sounds like someone struggling for air over a radio.\n** ...Which is arguably nothing compared to some of their earlier works, like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7jy6e4HSb4 "22 Going On 23"]]. Although one thing that lessens the horror somewhat is that the band claim the woman being sampled was most likely making the whole story up - she'd frequently be heard on the same call-in show telling different, completely contradictory accounts of abuse.\n* [[ObsessionSong ''I Want You'']] by Elvis Costello. Starts off sounding fairly innocuous, if a little creepy, and then descends into full-blown NightmareFuel, with the suggestion that [[{{Yandere}} the guy in the song]] is [[StalkerWithACrush stalking his ex]], and someone is going to end up dead. Fittingly, one writer described Costello as sounding as though he were 'on the end of a noose'. Lines like 'I'm afraid I won't know when to stop' and 'You've had your fun, you don't get well no more' do not help.\n* Slowcore band Low has more than a few of these.\n** Their album with the highest octane rating is ''Trust'', which is largely about heroin addiction and was recorded in a desanctified Catholic church. It features:\n*** "The Lamb": Ghostly voices singing "sha-na-na," percussion that sounds like chains being slammed against a concrete floor, and the lead singer shouting "I AM THE LAMB, AND I AM A DEAD MAN!"\n*** "John Prine." What it has to do with JohnPrine isn't clear, but its lyrics are soaked in self-loathing and it ends in a terrifying, repeating "na na na na."\n*** "Shots and Ladders." Lyrics about someone who's chronically ill, if not dying. The music itself sounds like the recording equipment was falling apart as they were using it.\n** ''Secret Name'' is by and large about the sacrifices that people make for their faith. (Two out of three of the band members are Mormons who are married to each other, and the name of the album references a concept in the Mormon wedding ceremony.)\n*** "Don't Understand." Dissonant tape loops and lyrics that are apparently about a child abductor.\n*** "Home." Just a simple, slow guitar line and a falsetto voice singing "Everybody wants to go home, even when they're old, even when they're small." Terrifying.\n** Their B-sides compilation includes a number of songs apparently too terrifying for albums, including a Jandek cover where the singer sounds half dead.\n* This Heat were an experimental post-punk band with strong progressive leanings and a penchant for using bizarre sounds and recording methods, usually to put across some kind of political point or just scare the crap out of their audience. Quite often, they succeeded on both points, as wonderfully demonstrated with the anti-war dirge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85tq95dhySU "The Fall Of Saigon"]].\n* Ludus, another politically-minded, avant-garde band of the late '70s/early '80s, released an LP called ''Danger Came Smiling'' as a kind of culmination to their experiments in free improvisation and psychological self-analysis. At its most listenable, it's very, ''very'' odd; at its least, it is completely terrifying.\n* "D.O.A." by Bloodrock, which describes a man dying from injuries from a plane crash while his girlfriend dies beside him--and that's just the single edit. In the complete album version, they both go to {{hell}} and get chased around by demons. \n* The entire album ''Flood'' by Boris. It starts off with what sounds like two guitars playing the same chords, but at different times. Eventually they become more and more synchronized. Then, while that's happening, you hear this loud sound, almost like ''the footsteps of a monster''. The monster sounds grow louder and more frequent, like it's giving chase. It then occurs to you that the guitars almost sound like ''a man running away''. And that's only the 1st song out of 4. I've been too scared to continue.\n* The multinational '80s goth rock band Belfegore's general ethos was that of trying for music that was at least a little menacing, but perhaps the epitome of their creepy musical output was their semi-instrumental (and self-referencing song) "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1rF-e42Yoc Belfegore]]", off their 1985 album of the same name. Totally brings chills up and down your spine!\n* {{Depeche Mode}} aren't typically known for creepy or otherwise sinister music, but the final track on their 1987 album ''Music for the Masses'' is this very sinister song called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCudNjY7Yo Pimpf]]" that will scare the bejesus out of you if you listen to it in the middle of the night with very little light to illuminate the room you're in.\n* British band The Move included [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA87MpwnJvE this]] on their 1968 debut album.\n** "Walk Upon The Water", also from their debut. It's a happy little tune, until you find out it's about a group of friends who got high and decided to take a swim in the ocean, only to get swept up and drown. If that wasn't creepy enough, it's implied that the group was totally unaware that they were drowning in their intoxicated state. \n* TheSmiths Meat is Murder. Morrisey, who is a hardcore vegetarian, sings about how killing innocent animals for food is really no different from killing other people. Throughout the song, there is a very creepy riff from Johnny Marr, and depressing piano. Also, at the beginning and ending of the song, the are the noises of what sound like power saws... and screaming animals.\n** Could also be Narm for some.\n* Mr. Bungle have driven into this territory quite a few times\n** First we have Dead Goon a 10 minute long song about a boy accidentally killing himself while performing auto-erotic asphyxiation complete with noose creaking sounds and dying gurgles.\n** Then there is Violenza Domestica, a song about domestic abuse in Italian, it sounds like a song that would fit in a David Lynch joint.\n** And then there's The Bends another 10 minute song, this one about suffering the bends, it ends with a bunch of BatshitInsane sounds \n* Music/TheProtomen [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/TheProtomen have their own page]].\n* Whatever the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] that is at the end of [[BiffyClyro Infinity Land]] hidden way behind "Pause It and Turn It Up" comes from hell.\n* The music video for the ChadVanGaalen song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLw5b70OJH8 Molten Light]] Hell, the song itself is creepy as hell, but the music video takes it to another level.\n* JimiHendrix's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=argqbrGB0hg "Machine Gun"]] and, to a lesser extent, his version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyGGG1I-rf8 "The Star Spangled Banner".]] One of the few times he channels horror, and does it a tad ''too'' well.\n** Similar to the The Beatles' "Run For You Life", (see their [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel/TheBeatles HONF page for that one]]), Hendrix's version of "Hey Joe", about a man telling his friend that he gunned down his wife and the man she was having an affair with. However, where other bands (e.g TheByrds, The Leaves, Love) usually played the song in a brisk, proto-punk style, Hendrix played it as a slow, ominous, blues number, making an already creepy tune even creepier. \n* Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist and leader of TheMarsVolta certainly touches this territory. On his first solo album A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack Volume 1, a song closer to the end titled Of Blood Blue Blisters usually causes most people a jump on the first listen http://youtu.be/zVwtFqxEkic\n* The song [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/6j0MQn0FnME/ "Poor Harold"]] by the band White Magic, sound like a mix between a circus show and a panic attack. The iTunes review describes it as "an acid-damaged parlor song, written for the sitting area of a circus performer's trailer. It features vibraslap, a crinkly snare drum by Shaw, a nightmare piano, and melodica with whooping, off-the-rail singing and tempo changes that will make the listener dizzy." \n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Electronic/Industrial]]\n* HighOctaneNightmareFuel/Futret\n* {{Pendulum}}'s songs, for the most part, aren't so much scary, as they are too fastpaced and energetic for night listening. However, they have a few songs which make for good examples:\n** ''Through the Loop''. As if the fact that the music is unsettling, it samples the psychedelic boat ride from WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory.\n** ''Tarantula'' may sound SoCoolItsAwesome at first, but if you closely observe the lyrics, you realize the song musically resembles a bad heroin trip. Not to mention the song begins with a funky reggae part, then breaks down into fast paced DnB.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRlYkosryBE Still Grey]]. it's so calm yet so... Nerve wracking.\n** The video for Propane Nighmares. Enough said.\n** Comprachios. As if the fact that the song sounds creepy and that Rob sounds like he's begging to live as he sings isn't bad enough, the song is about a kid repeatedly being abused by his parents, to the point where they drown him.\n** Similar to Tarantula, Witchcraft is awesome musically, but the lyrics are about a guy finding his girlfriend dead from an apparent murder.\n* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXyIB2L52Dc Rubber Johnny]]''. The basic gist of the video is, apparently, a night-vision documentary on a massively deformed young boy that's been set to the music of Irish electronic musician AphexTwin. Trust us when we say that it sails straight past UncannyValley into Ultimate Nightmare Fuel Unleaded.\n** The initial character is some kind of puppet- and Johnny himself is played by director Chris Cunningham.\n** Aphex Twin is an electronica artist who broke new grounds (and several minds) with the infamous ''Rubber Johnny''. Being batshit insane, Aphex Twin is known for compositions like this. Some say it's a masterpiece of dark electronica, an it is, but it's also really disturbing.\n** Another nightmare-riffic Aphex Twin/Chris Cunningham collaboration: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZGIrNf71Q Monkey Drummer]]\n** Try the videos for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Az_7U0-cK0 Come To Daddy]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P3Wc-37pC4 Windowlicker]].\n*** Especially Come To Daddy. [[LyricalDissonance "The flowers that grow- in the warmth of the sun- are there to be loved- by everyone..."]]\n** Richard D. James can be a pretty freaky guy himself. Let's not forget [[SlasherSmile his trademark grin]].\n** The spectrogram of the end of Equation could be considered scary, also.\n** Another AFX/Cunningham video: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb2kKjnCA6A Flex]].\n* [[Music/DaftPunk Television...]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0IHtu9O1xo Rules the nation...]] It's the bizarre distortion about 0:32 seconds into the song that does it. And as for what [[RobotWar the refrain]] [[AfterTheEnd implies...]] * shudder* \n** While on the subject of Music/DaftPunk, the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgrNJjIOh4 "Prime Time Of Your Life"]] deserves a special mention.\n** As well as the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPplpBPQxQ Technologic.]] That robot is horrifying.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiPYpeDC2s0 The Brainwasher isn't that much better]]\n** Even better, Prime Time of Your Life/The Brainwasher/Rollin' n Scratchin'/Alive from Alive 2007. I love it, but it comes off really unsettling until Alive kicks in.\n* SkinnyPuppy, especially live.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u07F8jMH_VY Worlock]] is a video that takes all the {{squick}} moments from a lot of horror films and runs them back to back to back. Banned completely outright due to content and the fact that no one bothered to get permission to use the clips. According to {{that other wiki}} clips used are: ''DeepRed'', ''{{Suspiria}}'', ''{{Tenebrae}}'', {{Dune}}, ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'', ''Film/{{Opera}}'', ''Film/TheBeyond'', ''HellboundHellraiserII'', ''Film/BadTaste'', Film/DeadAndBuried'', ''Luther The Geek'', ''HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller'', ''FromBeyond'', ''Death Warmed Up'', ''{{Eraserhead}}'' and ''{{Altered States}}''.\n*** Ironically, "Worlock" is one of their most accessible songs. It is generally a fan favorite, a SignatureSong and it is one of the most melodic and catchy songs in Skuppy's discography. For a band infamous for being unorthodox and challenging to listen to, everyone's favorite song of theirs is their version of pop music. \n** The cover art for ''The Greater Wrong of the Right''.\n*** Well, not the cover art, but the inner fold of the album is particularly [[squick squicky]]\n* {{Orbital}}'s ''The Box'' (28 minute version), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DCRLZcjw2E&playnext=1&list=PLF1C4C0DA592E61A9&index=7 especially the second movement]].\n* {{Autechre}}'s album Confield is unsettling in a very cold and mechanical way. The songs where produced using generative (computer algorithm rather than human performer based) sequencing which creates a subtle and terrifying feel to the whole album that contorts your mind.\n* "Earth Intruders" by {{Bjork}}. After listening to it a few times, it does get admittedly less creepy... but still. The intro is mainly the squelching of footsteps in mud and some very primitive-sounding drums. Then Bjork starts singing such lovely lyrics as "grinding skeptics into the soil/Shower of goodness/Coming to..." [I can't quite make it out.] Not to mention the occasional shrieking of "TURMOIL, CARNAGE!" Just to top it off, the album version ends with about a minute and a half of soft, eerie alarms and foghorn noises. The music video is essentially a tableau of primitive figures with spears, superimposed on Bjork's face. Then about halfway through the video... the figures get machine guns, and whoever's listening to the song runs away.\n** "An Echo, A Stain". Not many lyrics in it, but it's enough to make some creepy imagery - "I'm sorry you saw that," and the way it finishes with a half-whispered word "...complete."\n--> Feel my breath, [[ParanoiaFuel on your neck, and your heart will race]]\n--> [[{{Yandere}} don't say no to me, you can't say no to me...]]\n* 'Frankie Teardrop' by {{Suicide}}. It's just a primitive lawn-sprinkler drum machine, two obsessive notes on a cheap keyboard, and an increasingly-neurotic guy telling you a nasty story, yet it gets so tensed-up and uncomfortably creepy that the genuinely shocking, bloodcurdling screams almost come as a relief.\n* Roisin Murphy's "Ramalama (Bang Bang)". Do. Not. Listen. To. It. At. Night. And for all of your sakes, ''do not listen to it at night with the lights off''.\n** And combine the song with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB__fd5YeyQ this video]]...\n*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YsTy_6UmnE Or this]]\n*** ... And it either becomes pants-browningly scary or [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome freaking awesome]].\n** Slight NightmareRetardant with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N6W4CJFWm4 So You Think You Can Dance rendition]], though.\n* VenetianSnares is an incredibly prolific breakcore artist whose albums frequently induce utter horror. Within a genre that is already disconcerting at its most benevolent, Venetian Snares manages to alternate between very conflicting moods on all his albums: at times he's approachable and lighthearded (Songs About My Cats), but in contrast, he can be fucking terrifying. For confirmation, just listen to Doll Doll Doll (centred around child abduction, involving mere passing references to brutal murder); Winter In The Belly Of A Snake (death and despair); Rossz Csillag Alatt Született (more despair, one track samples the aforementioned Gloomy Sunday) Meathole (stalkers, psychopaths, and serial killers). Even if his albums contained no samples or non-musical themes, Snares' breakneck pace, disorientating time signatures, and relentless dissonance ensure that this music should soundtrack your nightmares.\n** From ''Doll Doll Doll'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K03wHXh-wmI All the Children are Dead]].\n** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Find_Candace "Find Candace"]], the follow-up to ''Doll Doll Doll'', is equally terrifying. Just look at the cover art.\n** The Gloomy Sunday sampler isn't even the scariest song on the album; I will never hear the word "pigeon" the same way again: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxfQaTl25EI Második Galamb]]\n* Just about all the dark ambient styles, which all mostly involve collections of disturbing sounds more than anything else, though of course there's variation between styles, artists and individual "songs" in terms of scariness. Many people upon first hearing something by Lustmord will have to stop after a few seconds, and they'll feel physically odd for several minutes afterwards. Even after getting used to that, some still haven't been able to listen to some other styles, such as the clinical ambient bit at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6nLKCJdUvk this]].\n** I found Lustmord's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzk63swhEyo "Infinite Domain"]] particularly scary upon first listen because at one point the "music" drops out, leaving just an unidentifiable hollow rhythmic noise that sounds a lot like someone beating something against a wall, like a tennis ball. Or someone's head. (And if you've seen The Shining, the tennis ball option can be a terrifying sound.)\n* Some of the songs by industrial grindcore band The Berzerker definitely fit this trope. One notable example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5wTFcoVxWE "Burnt"]]. The scariest part of the song would have to be the midway point, where a man lists a number of torture methods accompanied by incredibly twisted industrial sounds. Not only that, but later in the song, the man's monologue is played again, in case you didn't hear him the first time.\n* ''#1 Crush'' by {{Garbage}} is one goddamn freaky song... basically, it's an ObsessionSong which starts off as vaguely OK ("I would die for you" then, a bit later, "I would sell my soul for something pure and true/someone like you") and then gets considerably darker ("I will burn for you/feel pain for you") and then she lists all the stuff she would do for this guy. It's a long list.\n* "Happy Birthday" and [[OminousMusicBoxTune "Blue"]] by TheBirthdayMassacre.\n* :wumpscut: has some songs that go over the HONF territory. Examples: "Autophagy Day", which involves a man eating his own body; "Bloodbathing Tub", which speaks for itself; "Siamese" which involves one of the Siamese twins killing the other; "The Boo" where the main character's father does untold things to him and he takes revenge years after, much in the same fashion.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRIce9AX2fc 30kft]] by Assemblage 23. "So I'm calling for one last time to say that I love you." Brr.\n* FrontLineAssembly has some pretty good Nightmare Fuel, in particular Humanity (World War Three) is pretty damned creepy, as is the song Mortal, whose only dialogue consists of rather disturbing clips of post-apocalypse from some movie, possibly ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.\n* Funker Vogt have more than a few moments - chiefly because most of their songs deal with actual events and aftermath. When a Child Dies, which dissects the discovery of a murdered girl and backtraces it to sexual abuse by a family member is right up there, as is Suspended Animation, which tells the tale of a man who wakes up to discover he's been buried alive: \n-->I'm crying now, but nobody's there\\\nThe air is scanty, my voice is decreasing\\\nMy mind is confused\\\nI'm knocking on the coffin\n* ''Breathing Water'' by Inhale. It's an eight-minute-long track that isn't so much a song as a nightmare being quietly related over creepy ambient sound. The "singer's" voice is mechanically slurred into the {{Uncanny Valley}}, so the emotion seems detached and disjointed, and it's hard to even tell its gender at parts. It details slow death by drowning, but with parts so surreal as to truly ring true as a nightmare, like there being presents floating everywhere, and the singer trying to hold onto them to keep from sinking. The beginning and the end are slow fades in/out to the sound of buoys clanging rhythmically...heard from underwater. You can hear it for free, courtesy of the artist, [[http://www.last.fm/music/Inhale/_/breathing+water?autostart here]].\n** Hold the phone: "...presents floating everywhere, and the singer trying to hold onto them to keep from sinking." Here's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Bridge the Point Pleasant, VA bridge collapse of December 15, 1967]]. Rescuers' hearts were broken by the sight of scattered holiday presents on the water. The song itself is creepy on its own; that it might be inspired by a particular event just amps it up. Also, for extra creep, this event is pivotal to the serious nightmare fuel {{The Mothman Prophecies}} by John Keel.\n** The voice actually IS the sheriff from "Prophecies" telling the leading man about a dream she had [[spoiler: which ends up coming true]]\n** '''ALL''' of Inhale's songs are like this. '4x10+ 10+ 4' is the scariest one, making Longfellow's nostalgic poem 'My Lost Youth' sound [[EldritchAbomination like the speaker confessing supressed knowledge.]] 'Lotus Wings' takes the greatest speech from 'ACharlieBrownChristmas' and warps it so darkly you're left screaming for someone to turn the bad bad sounds off. 'Crooked Creaking Universe' has...well, whatever the growling creature is, but if it came from a [[HouseOfLeaves dark dark hallway, it wouldn't be surprising.]] Often the lyrics are so mechanically distorted you're left not knowing what exactly what the speakers are singing (or in some cases ''weeping'')...and you ''don't want to.''\n** Try listening to 'black' just before going to sleep. ''We dare you''.\n* "Down In the Park" by Gary Numan.\n* [[http://www.actionext.com/names_s/severed_heads_lyrics/edit_dead_eyes_opened.html ''Dead Eyes Opened'' by Severed Heads]] has been permanently traumatising for some.\n** There is a short tale called ''Accusing Eyes of Vengeance'' from ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 50 Great Horror Stories]]'' that has the ''exact'' same narrative as the above song. Creepy as hell.\n* The Russian band Otto Dix has the creepiest songs you can find. Their videos are pure Nightmare Fuel that make you want to curl up in fetal position weeping like a baby. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue5PN51S4QI Click at your own risk]].\n* Think Tree's ''Doh'' tells the heart-rending story of a girl who was forced to watch her whole family be massacred by soldiers, then ends with a frantic woman running in fear, getting calls from a person who wants to kill her.\n--> My baby sister, Nguyen,\n--> Fresh from her mother's womb,\n--> Her face was left a garden\n--> for bullets' bulbs to bloom\n--> Right before my eyes.\n* Both the song and music video for it entitled[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsSYase1hJI Lower State of Consciousness]] by ZZT. One word: Ants. Full Stop.\n* Midnight Syndicate is a gothic band that creates some of the creepiest instrumentals. A lot of their music is used to create atmosphere for haunted house rides. It's probably best not to listen to their music at the dead of night. Their use of sound effects is exceptionally frightful.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsmzNB_eXek Stress]] by Justice. Allegedly, the thriller movie sample used in the music is triggering a subconscious zombie association. Also, the video is scary enough by itself.\n* The entire Dark Psytrance genre can be described as such for most people, probably the reason it is so unpopular - it's generally designed to upset and scare a normal person. Of course, some people find it extremely relaxing and enjoyable, so as with anything related to fear, YourMileageMayVary.\n* Some of Visual Kei/Darkwave band Velvet Eden's instrumental pieces, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31qz3qm0W4M And Schism]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmcysmSgkUI&feature=related Confession]], can be pretty terrifying. The videos make it about 10x worse.\n* Sopor Aeturnus and The Ensemble of Shadows (which despite its elaborate name, is made up of a grand total of one people) has a few disturbing tracks - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287kBg-qEVU this one]], for instance. \n** A few? More like ''every track'', even the ones that are just calm melodies are spine-chillingly haunting. And ''[[BodyHorror look at her]]''! She looks like fuck'n Nosferatu!\n* White Noise's "Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell" - the first minute or so is an attempt at OminousLatinChanting that induces a little bit of {{narm}}, but then it explodes into six minutes of chaotic phased drum soloing, strange electronic noises, and tormented screams of agony.\n* The Diary of Dreams song "The Curse" is told from the perspective of a man who is being tortured; made worse by the chorus implying that the mental part of the torment is considerably worse. ("Plastic needles in my skin/don't ask me what they're for/no clue except for pain and shock/you tied me to the bed to mock/my eyelids kept wide open/so I can see all that you do...")\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVTngRCf9vk Ohm Sweet Ohm]] by Music/{{Kraftwerk}} (on the ''Radioactivity'' album). With the looped synthetic voice and the funereal organ, it's like a computer singing longingly about its own blood. Maybe it'll come for yours next.\n** Several pieces from their first two albums, including the first half of "Stratovarius", the middle of "Ruckzuck", and the intro of "Kling Klang".\n** "Kometenmelodie Part 1" is a dark and spooky piece, which [[FadingIntoTheNextSong segues into the second movement]] [[LastNoteNightmare with a high-pitched whistle]].\n* EinsturzendeNeubauten's early work. Case in point, "Armenia".\n** Hell, they could be described as the soundtrack for HighOctaneNightmareFuel. And some of their later stuff is still pretty damn creepy.\n* You thought {{Madonna}}'s "Justify My Love" was scary? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnj1oQZXv5c Try Front Line Assembly's remake]].\n* Coil breathe Nightmare Fuel, but sometimes they outdo themselves. Take, for instance, "Queens Of The Circulating Library", a nearly fifty-minute track mostly composed of resonant drones. There is very little that is particularly eerie or odd about the latter half of the piece... Until you take into account that the last line of the at-first-blush rather silly opening lyrics is: "It's in the trees... It's coming..." Add to that the tone in which the line is delivered. Namely, with suppressed fear. Remember: NothingIsScarier.\n** Their side-project Zos Kia has "Rape", which was based on the actual experience of that group's vocalist Min. It becomes very intense very quickly.\n** In a similar vein, "The Tenderness Of Wolves", if only due to the looping infant screams. Oh, dear.\n** "Blood From The Air", especially the sudden rush of strange, high-pitched noises halfway through. That, and the lyrics, which are for all intents and purposes very high-quality SceneryGorn.\n** The ''Music To Play In The Dark'' duology is ripe with HONF, with "Strange Birds" and "Where Are You?" being especially disquieting.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y4KBSOgf6s This song]] by {{Ministry}}. The song itself is strangely catchy despite being made to be obviously creepy and that's what makes it even scarier.\n* The Deviants were always a pretty unsettling band. The scariest song they ever did, however, was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThLYNm8lB-U Nothing Man]]. If you're listening to it for the first time, you think it's going to be a sort of creepy song. But it becomes a spoken-word description of a nihilistic, hateful man. There's no real music in the background, either, just lots of frightening sounds. It starts out pretty quiet, but it all culminates in the last part, where Mick Farren lists all the people the nothing man hates. It's pretty scary, especially if you find yourself on the list of people the Nothing Man hates. I've heard plenty of songs. This is the only one that truly frightens me.\n* Chiron's album "Bleed" has a closing track, "Nikki" which is seemingly about a gal named Nikki coming back to take revenge on a guy that has wronged her. Hell hath no fury. It's pretty standard, until it hits the 03:58 mark. With the line "They're never gonna get me alive" previously on a rocky tune, it suddenly shifts into a moodier music, and words/expressions begin. Each expression is repeated several times, one in each ear. These include: "Control, control, control!", "You found the answer! YOU found the answer!", "Staring at me, staring at me, STARING at me, STARING AT ME!", "They will see the real me! They will see the real me!", "Touch me! Touch me!", "I can't stop shaking! I can't stop shaking!"\n* Many IDM songs, which can overlap with the aforementioned dark ambient genre.\n* Negativland, while mostly humorous, has some serious Fuel if you're not prepared for it. One of the tracks from the live album ''It's all in your head'' feature jarring, repetitive industrial rhythyms as a woman talks about killing children. Yeah, it's not a wise choice to listen to going to sleep.\n* Renard's creations under the Lapfox Trax label can oftentimes be creepy without even meaning to be, but his ambient horror album [[http://vulpvibe.bandcamp.com/album/renard-silence ''Silence'']], made in the style of Silent Hill 1, can be difficult to listen to for just how creepy it gets, and the occasional spots of things getting "close" to you. See how much you can bear to listen to, preferably with headphones and in a dark room.\n** [[{{Squick}} 'I will make room, I'll empty out / I'll make sure you can move about...']]\n** Renard's character in general. He didn't even look like that originally, which is also pretty scary.\n** The cover arts for [[http://lapfox.bandcamp.com/album/trauma the rerelease of Trauma]] and [[http://lapfox.bandcamp.com/album/post-traumatic-stress-disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] are worth mentioning.\n* わたしのココ's "コンプレックス," [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgHrsxJ2s-w perhaps the most terrifying piece the band has ever put out,]] with its throbbing bass, atonal, sporadic electronics, and genuinely hateful lyrics.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw-YjVp_ibQ Skrillex]] has gotten so heavy at points that it dips in to this, to the point where the song linked has been frequently described as "like a [[CrossesTheLineTwice T-rex having violent sex with]] [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]", as well as being considered like the DeathMetal of {{Dubstep}} by some.\n* Combichrist have quite a few examples, but special mention should go to ''God Warrior''. What makes it especially impressive is that the vocals from that track are taken from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpva_iit-8 this video]], which is, at best, a bit weird, but to most people is pretty hilarious. Then Shaun F and Andy LaPlegua got their hands on it, and turned it into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVF_jpHclEU&feature=related this]].\n* {{Covenant}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPzp05Q4Vf8 Modern Ruin Part II]], a {{hidden track}} on their latest album, is a dark ambient drone track reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' or ''SilentHill''. Back in 1994, they did a similar piece called "Cryotank Expansion", which is [[EpicRocking 26 minutes long]].\n* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zZ5y-mHKQU Lu.ci-ana]]'' by Juno Reactor.\n* The super-obscure industrial band German Shepherds have a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWKTw31qv-g "Booty Jones"]]. The lyrics are about a guy's fantasy of raising up "a family of clean little boys". Not helping was the singer's decision to claim he was on trial for child molestation and fake his own death.[[hottip:*:He wanted an excuse to work under his real name.]] And the electronic whining, deep bass, and monotone vocals just add to the effect.\n* Many songs on Deadmau5's soundcloud, most notably [[http://soundcloud.com/fuckmylife/industrial-strength-sleeping-pills9002-fucktease "Industrial Strength Sleeping Pills"]]\n* Anbb have a rather notorious version of the folk traditional "I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground." It starts off kinda creepy, with Carsten's cold, atonal electronics keeping time to Blixa's vocals and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick the odd creepy line or two right out of nowhere]],[[hottip:*:Oh, I don't like the railroad man, no I don't like the railroad man, if I'm a railroad man, then I'd kill you while I can and drink up your blood like wine.]] but then Blixa all of a sudden begins seriously abusing CarefulWithThatAxe (at points, he stops sounding human) the electronics go haywire, and yet another nursery rhyme is ruined.\n* The first ten minutes of the Hafler Trio's "The Emasculation of Contempt" would definitely apply; A layered, 15/16 time piano piece that would be more or less okay--were it not for the processed screamings, a growing fog of demonic, unsettling shrieks and howls, getting more and more unnerving until all of a sudden, it cuts out.\n* Hybrid, since their second album Morning Sci-Fi, has since then made their songs extremely unsettling and scary. Marrakech, from the previously mentioned album, deserves special mention.\n* How about {{Angelspit}}'s "Sleep Now"?\n--> We\n--> Are all\n--> The same\n--> The monster in human is\n--> ''Inhumane''\n--> Sleep now...\n--> Hush...\nAnd what makes it even creepier is Zoog's voice as he says "we are all the same". Emotionless, like he knows and doesn't care, because he's given up already. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, I'll sleep all right.]]\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Pop]]\n* The outro to Gwen Stefani's Yummy (starting at 3:40 in [[http://youtu.be/juxqr6lShCk this video]]. The rest of the song is unsettling enough, but the ominous drums kick in, then the tuba and organ... sounds like a fucking demonic circus. \n* {{Madonna}}'s "Mer Girl." It is the last song on her Ray Of Light album and definitely closes it on a...somber note, to say the least. The entire song sounds like it could easily fit into a Silent Hill game, and the closing lyrics are a shining example of this trope...\n-->"And I smelled her burning flesh...\\\nHer rotting bone...\\\nHer decay...\\\nI ran and I ran, I'm still running away..."\n* ''Halloween'' by Music/{{Aqua}} goes into this category, with its Scream-inspired intro and everything.\n* Don't let their incredibly cute looks fool you - some of the songs from Japanese virtual "pop stars" {{Vocaloid}} series were meant to be scary as hell, and the fan videos do them justice. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LcfBA8W_KA Alice Human Sacrifice]]'' comes readily to mind. And it is far from a single occurence.\n--> Let's just face it all Vocaloid horror songs are creepy (especially with english subtitles) Fear Garden has Rin [[spoiler:talking about creating a garden out of other vocaloids arms]] and she's proud about it.\n* {{a-ha}}'s song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY064h4U89U Scoundrel Days]]'' sounds energetic and spirited. [[http://www.lyricsdomain.com/1/aha/scoundrel_days.html Then you read the lyrics]], which are from the viewpoint of a madman who runs around with slit wrists and hallucinated heavily before he throws self off a cliff. Holy MindScrew and LyricalDissonance, Batman.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTZSWnDPIwY Copenhagen]] by The Knife.\n** Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of the Knife, has a solo career under the name Fever Ray. Her music, stage persona, and videos are so scary that her husband was concerned about letting their kids listen to her music.\n* Grace Jones has an [[SarcasmMode upliftingly titled]] song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc61C-VsTko "Corporate Cannibal."]] Sweet dreams.\n* "Disturbia" by Rihanna. Just your typical catchy, dancey pop son, right? Well... here's a snippet of the lyrics:\n--> "It's a thief in the night to come and grab you\\\nIt can creep up inside you and consume you\\\nA disease of the mind it can control you\\\nIt's too close for comfort..."\n* "Little Stomp Box" is fairly dark for a {{They Might Be Giants}} song, from lyrics like "Little stomp box tear it from my heart" to John & John screaming "KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL ME NOW..."\n* Humourist DaveBarry's Bad Song Survey turned up an unexpected #4: "Timothy" by the Buoys, who were apparently deliberately trying to record a song so gross they'd be banned and reap lots of free publicity. (That they were abetted by Rupert Holmes - the dude responsible for the ''Pina Colada song'' - is somehow nightmarish all by itself.) The result is a catchy pop tune in which, as Barry notes, "the singer appears to be saying that he...well, that he ate the subject of the song. Really." Then he quotes these lyrics:\n-->Timothy, Timothy, Joe was lookin' at you\n-->Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do? \n-->...My stomach was full as it could be\n-->And nobody ever got around to finding Timothy. \n* "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan. This song was actually based off the deranged love letters sent to the singer by an obsessive stalker, who eventually sued her for the song content and killed himself later on. The song itself has a creepy gothic tone to it, sounding romantic at first but growing to become more unsettling by the second. The music video, depicting various Christian scenes and McLachlan's body wrapped in cloth and swinging across the screen, is also quite eerie. The chorus? "And I would be the one/ to hold you down/ kiss you so hard/ I take your breath away/ and after I'd/ wipe away the tears/ just close your eyes, dear"\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Country]]\n* Try "Psycho", a country song first released by Eddie Noack in 1968, made famous by Jack Kittel in 1974, and subsequently covered by the Beasts Of Bourbon and Elvis Costello. It details a conversation between a rural serial killer and his mother, in which he confesses his crimes. One memorable line runs ''..Seems I was holding a wrench, momma/And my mind just walked away...'' Bad enough, but the final line is the kicker [[spoiler:in which it is revealed that he has already killed his mother and has been talking to her corpse.]]\n* A rare example in country music: the double album ''Straight To Hell'' by Hank Williams III contains a 42-minute long end track that consists of a hellish pastiche of distorted sounds, ranging from pitch-shifted country songs to field recordings. Interspersed throughout, however, are some rather nice (if a bit "off") songs that detracts from the "WTF factor".\n* Charlie Daniels Band's ''The Legend of Wooley Swamp''. It's all well and good, a little creepy, until you get to the end and realize ''that 3 teenage boys'' (while admittedly horrible dudes, but still...) ''are [[AndIMustScream re-living being buried alive again and again for all eternity...]]'' Ugh.\n** If you listen to it on a good system, you'll notice that there are bass notes that are more felt than heard. Now try this home alone in a rural location with a storm approaching.\n* Those Poor Bastards performs pitch-black horror-themed country with the fervor of fundamentalist backwoods preachers. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3xvO06iG-I "John Henry Gonna"]] sounds like the gospel soundtrack to a zombie apocalypse. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhq55-zWXQA "The Dust Storm"]] is a hair-raising trip down some evil backroads. And their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgJkYpukzBc cover of Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line"]] is a terrifying ode to stalkerism. \n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Rap]]\n* The entire album ''Hell's Pit'' by Music/InsaneClownPosse\n* Music/{{Eminem}}'s album ''Encore'' isn't very good for sleeping to. The last track closes with a woman's scream cut off by a gun shot...\n** Probably a more down-to-earth example than most of these, but you may die a little inside after listening to [[Music/{{Eminem}} Slim Shady's]] "Kim", a song he wrote about killing his [[RealLife IRL]] wife.\n** As far as mainstream rappers go, Eminem is pretty hard to beat when it comes to being disturbing. On the same album as "Kim" we have "Amityville", which is sadly ruined by Bizarre when he comes on, and "Stan", which is about a [[LoonyFan deranged, obsessed fan]] of Eminem's who ultimately drives off a bridge and kills both himself and his pregnant girlfriend, [[{{Wangst}} just because his letters to Eminem didn't get answered]] (the final verse, which features Eminem finally responding to Stan's letters, has a whopper of a FridgeHorror at the very end). ''Relapse'' has "Same Song and Dance" which is about kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering celebrities. Although the song itself isn't bad, "Just Don't Give A Fuck" off The Slim Shady LP has a pretty eerie instrumental.\n*** And Eminem tops himself again with [[OminousMusicBoxTune "Music Box"]], which is possibly his most outright disturbing song to date. And that is saying something. Cannibalism, murder, Satanism, pedophilia, stalking, rape, torture....so many great, wholesome flavors make up this little nightmare anthem.\n* Mos Def, almost unanimously known as conscious rapper, made "Murder Of A Teenage Life", a song detailing the death of child gunned down and dying in his mother's arm. Though the lyrical content could be possibly classified as a Tear Jerker, the beat, made by The Neptunes, who also produced BritneySpears' "Slave 4 U" mind you, is pure, unadulterated terror, complete with sampled blood-chortling screams and distorted hollow singing by Mos Def.\n* DavidBanner's "Play" might have an instrumental that's [[AwesomeMusic purely awesome,]] but his lyrics make the rapper look like a fucking serial rapist (whispering all of the lyrics, no less). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLqqonSVQzY Listen to the track,]] and you'll see how such depravity can be so terrifying.\n* The vast majority of {{cLOUDDEAD}}'s discography counts, but their first (self-titled) album is like a trainride through the mind of DavidLynch.\n* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvPdw15Gw5A The Omen]]" by DMX, featuring (believe it or not) Marilyn Manson, from the ''Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood'' album. It starts out with a woman sobbing over a dying man in a hospital, with the beep of a life support machine in the background. Then this deep ominous voice comes in . . . "Hmmm Ė what's this?" [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Omen-lyrics-DMX/E293D84CF3CB271E48256874000A222F The rest]] is constructed as a dialogue between a violent thug and a [[CompleteMonster Complete Monster]] who's urging him on to increasingly brutal acts. Both are voiced by DMX (Manson does the chorus), but latter is done in this pinched, weasel-y tone that's just so damn weird and unhinged.\n--->''Yo X, police just killed your cousin, happened in the projects'' \n--->''Gon' get back, them niggaz will pay,'' \n--->''I got you,'' \n--->''Told you I got you,''\n--->''Dog, I GOT YOU!''\n--->I'm in a catch-22 \n--->But them niggaz gotta pay \n--->But I know he's gonna be askin' for a favor one day \n--->But fuck it \n--->I ain't got no choice in the matter! \n--->Them faggots killed my people!\n--->And I wanna see'em splattered! \n--->''That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, we ain't on no pinch hit'' \n--->''Now use the same gun that you killed them two kids with ''\n--->''Is that hard to live with?'' \n--->Nah \n--->''See, you still a playa'' \n--->But what you want from me? \n--->''Uh Ė I'll tell you later''\n* The music video for "Gimme Some More" by Busta Rhymes is...rather eccentric. It contains some pretty disturbing scenes, among which a young Busta transforming into a monster and chasing a woman around.\n* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pSvVAJ5pxY Kurt Kobain by Proof]]" a song about [[TearJerker Proof reflecting on his life]] [[DrivenToSuicide written in a suicide note.]] but takes a different approach at the end of the song when he [[spoiler: inevitably shoots himself,]] mixed in with a disembodied but repetitive sound with him clearly whispering\n--->Proof: Love.....killed...me....\n** even more haunting at the fact he was killed 8 months later. I cannot listen to the song the same ever again\n* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCErQczIEds Splatter by Tyler the Creator]]" then again, the group {{OFWGKTA}} is simply insane.\n** Possibly worse is "Sarah" from Tyler's debut album. It seems to be about a boy who kills, cannibalises and rapes a girl after she says no to his invitation to prom. Made even sadder by this line just before he does so:\n-->But all I really want is a kiss on the cheek, in private, not public on the streets...\n*** Not to mention all the nice sound effects in the song, including the victim screaming "Tyler!" through her gag followed by some indiscernible babbling, the sound of her apparently choking on... something... and after her death, a skit in which Tyler cradles what's left of her body and croons to her "My lady... you're my lady... taste so good..." before committing suicide by cop. This continues to be the one song that genuinely disturbs this avid OFWGKTA fan every time he hears it.\n*** [[FridgeHorror did I mention their group was formed by collectively 15-17 year olds?]]\n** Also, his video for "Yonkers:" an InactionVideo in which he plays with and then [[spoiler: eats a cockroach]], vomits, has his eyes go completely black, and ultimately [[spoiler: hangs himself on camera.]] \n** Also from Tyler's debut album is "Blow", another song about Tyler raping and murdering a girl. The chorus, accompanied by Tyler's alter-ego demon voice, sums it up pretty well.\n-->Baby, you're an angel\n-->How about we turn this into a fable of some sort?\n-->You already know you're dead\n-->Ironic cause your lipstick's red, of course\n-->I stuff you in the trunk, drunk\n-->Cause all I really wanna do is fuck and snort blow\n** And then we have Earl Sweatshirt, the youngest and arguably most talented member of OF, who wrote a song called "Luper" in his eponymous album. Pretty much the whole song seems to be a genuine and heartfelt {{Tearjerker}} about his depression after getting dumped, until the last verse.\n-->The basement is dark and\n-->[[MoodWhiplash The switchblade is sharpened]]\n-->[[MoodWhiplash Her name on my arm and her face on the two-percent carton]]\n-->See her face while you're eating your breakfast\n-->And know she's in my basement objecting to sex with\n-->Me, murder spree, moving on to the next bitch\n-->Tombstones read Rip cause it's pieces they rest in\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNDRxmMaeUw&feature=related Slow Motion People]] by Alias. That distorted old song at the start is only the tip of the iceberg. "To looooove or not to love you. To feel agaaaain that thing called paaaaain".\n* Cunninlynguists' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_NQji7J1Rs Falling Down]]" arguably descends into {{Narm}} around the second time a character has a FreakOut, but the very first one feels like something that could happen in real life. One man, stuck in traffic, having a bad day on a bad month in a bad year--and he happens to have a gun in the back of his car, and another driver has just pissed him off.\n* Immortal Technique's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qggxTtnKTMo Dance With the Devil.]]" A song about a boy who grows up to become a drug dealer and criminal and ends with him unknowingly [[spoiler: raping and killing his own mother. He subsequently kills himself.]]\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Classical/Traditional]]\n* "Toccata in fuga in D minor" by JohannSebastianBach is particularly popular in old horror movies. \n* "Night On Bald Mountain" by ModestMussorgsky\n** "The Gnome", "Chickens in Their Eggs", and "The Hut On Fowl's Legs/Baba Yaga" from his ''Pictures At An Exhibition'' suite. \n* The third movement of Pjotr Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", better known as the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" starts rather creepy. \n* "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas\n* "Le Sacre du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring") by Igor Stravinsky\n** Hell, all these tracks were used in Disney's Fantasia! No wonder it was such a scary film at times! \n* "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev\n* "Concerto For Orchestra" by BelaBartok, especially the second, third and fourth sections.\n** And his "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste", famously used in Kubrick's TheShining. \n* "Pièce pour flute seule" by Jacques Ibert\n* "8th String Quartet" by Dmitri Shostakovich\n* "Mars", bringer of War and "Uranus" the Magician on GustavHolst's "The Planets".\n* "The Gong on The Hook & Ladder" by Charles Ives\n* Certain pieces of Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival Of The Animals", particularly "The Chickens", "The Kangaroo", "The Aquarium", "The Donkey" (eerily described as "People with Long Ears") and "The Cuckoo". \n** "The Aquarium" was even used in Disney's "Beauty & The Beast", when Belle first enters The Beasts' castle.\n* The classical Saint-Saens composition "Danse Macabre" isn't exactly balmy, particularly the opening. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LupmmElMoI You are forgiven in advance for jumping out of your seat 19 seconds in]].\n* Certain parts of ''Symphonie fantastique'' by Hector Berlioz, particularly the last two movements. Especially if you know what they're about.\n* The "Dies Irae," a part of the Requiem mass taken from a 13th-century hymn. It describes the Last Judgment. Surprised that it's scary/creepy? Hector Berlioz did manage to change the way the ''tune'' was used, however, when he quoted it in his aforementioned symphony, and it's been parodied ever since (as in the Saint-Saens piece described above).\n* Percussion ensemble pieces can be HONF, what with the banging and clanging and all that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVuWsXZyi8k Especially if they involve a lot of shouting and screaming as well]].\n* Most works by György Ligeti, for example [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXh07JJeA28&feature=related Atmospheres]], famously featured in ''{{Two Thousand One A Space Odyssey}}''.\n* The Georgian traditional choral piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Avxqeq_9wI "Tsintskaro"]] sounds downright haunting. The [[LyricalDissonance lyrics are perfectly innocuous]] (a man meets a woman at a spring and says something that offends her), but the fact that the lyrics are so vague just adds another layer of creepiness.\n* "In the Hall of the Mountain King," from Edvard Grieg's ''Peer Gynt Suite'', is pretty creepy even if you ''haven't'' seen the movie version of {{Stephen King}}'s ''Needful Things''\n* ''Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzOb3UhPmig 10 minutes of the scariest music ever.]].\n** Also by KrzysztofPenderecki, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=850cJuFbP2U The Awakening of Jacob]]''. Used by both StanleyKubrick in ''TheShining'' and DavidLynch in ''InlandEmpire''. In one of the bonus features for ''Inland Empire'', Lynch said one reason his wife divorced him may have been that he kept playing it on the stereo really loud.\n** Any symphonic piece by Krysztof Penderecki. ''Ever.'' There's a reason that several of them were used as the soundtrack to TheShining- and let's not even think about what it says about [[{{Watchmen}} Adrian Veidt]] that he apparently listens to them ''for fun''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJxvQGePOH0 Here are a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4XOx6jr0ws couple of links]].\n* "Gloomy Sunday", composed by Rezső Seress in 1933, also known as the Hungarian Suicide Song, is a song made famous by the English translation recorded by Billie Holiday in 1941. The song got its nickname thanks to urban legends which are now thought to have been spawned by Holiday's record label, as the original Hungarian version was said to have inspired the suicides of anyone who heard it, and indeed Seress took his own life in 1968. The lyrics describe the narrator's morbid desire to commit suicide in order to join his/her dead lover. However, Holiday's version added a third verse which modulates to a major feel and suggests that the previous verses were merely a fleeting dream. Still, the final lines - "Darling, I hope that my dream never haunted you | My heart is telling you how much I wanted you" - leave many disturbingly unanswered questions.\n* Many of former orchestral pop musician ScottWalker's later releases, with the most horrific being 2006's ''The Drift'', which is less about music than it is the aural equivalent of a train ride through Hell.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6LyYdSQQAQ Pierrot Lunaire]] by Arnold Schoenberg. There had been lots of scary music made before Schoenberg, but he was the first person to make music ''creepy''. In fact, he's been so imitated by modern composers (including on numerous horror film scores) that it can sound a bit [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Dated]]. \n* If you ignore all the clichés it has been associated with for the past century or so, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XP5RP6OEJI "Der Erlkönig"]] qualifies. A father and his son, who might or might not be seriously ill, are riding home one night when the son starts hallucinating that they are being stalked by the titular Erlkönig, a legendary creature, who comes across like a modern day [[SerialKiller serial killer]], luring the boy with gifts in order for him to come along. The son refuses and begs his father to save him. The father doesn't believe his son, [[spoiler: until the son dies in agony at the hands of the Erlkönig, his soul taken by force]].\n* Some of that Bulgarian Folk music is so terrifying. For example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWLMZnhUvUo Delio Haidutin]] was used on the Voyager but is scary. Not really the instruments, which are simply odd and foreign, but that voice... dear lord that terrifying voice!\n* Anything, anything...'''ANYTHING''' in the ''Sequenza'' series by the late Luciano Berio. A list of serialist pieces which wouldn't sound out-of-place if the SilentHill games made greater use of music. Heck, it even makes the sound of an ''accordion'' seem unnerving. The worst? Sequenza III for female voice. That muttering...\n* The old folk song, ''Long Lankin''. Especially the Steeleye Span recording of it.\n** Martin Carthy's ''a capella'' recording is even more unsettling.\n* Malicorne's rendition of the old murder ballad "Le petit écolier" manages to be effectively shocking.\n* John Cage's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q865x7K_QP4 ''In the Name of the Holocaust'']] manages to be more terrifying than most HighOctaneNightmareFuel by (prepared) piano alone. No lyrics, no [[ForDoomTheBellTolls ominous bells]].\n** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVN_mxVntXk&feature=related Imaginary Landscape No. 1]]''. If anything, the bizarre video accompaniment here makes it even worse.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXeb-lrvsVo Symphony #1: In Memoriam Dresden]] by Daniel Bukvich, written in remembrance of the Allied bombing of Dresden during WWII. Creepiness incarnate at the beginning... and then screaming flutes, weird wavy timpani, and then a movement where the band starts whispering... then talking... then shouting, '''''and then screaming as if they're being burned alive.''''' Which, coincidentally, is what the last movement is supposed to be about.\n* George Crumb's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV6BeeoX474 "Black Angels"]]. It will make you feel like insects are crawling up your skin.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Folk]]\n* LeonardCohen succeeded in making HONF folk music on ''Songs of Love and Hate''. Listen to "Dress Rehearsal Rag" and "Diamonds in the Mine." There's a reason there's a goth band named after one of this guy's songs.\n* The genre of Neo-Folk or Apocalyptic Folk is often more HONF than it is folk.\n** Basically anything by Nurse With Wound is deeply disturbing on a primal level, whether you understand why or not.\n** Sol Invictus has a variety of incredibly disturbing songs, be they about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPedJRgQ6xY cannibals]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeROLl82Pps ghosts]].\n** Death In June, who nearly exclusively sing about death and cults and Nazis and the Holocaust, is HONF when they're not just depressing. They did a cover of songs by Jim Jones. [[DrinkingTheKoolAid That Jim Jones]].\n*** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4UyR0qMqk "We Drive East"]], which is about [[WorldWarII the Battle of Stalingrad]]...\n* While the ''entire discography'' of the eccentric and [[ReclusiveArtist reclusive]] folk/blues/[[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly who-knows-what]] musician Jandek may qualify as NightmareFuel for some, there are many instances in which the man out does himself. [[HellIsThatNoise Especially when he]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZJs0gnOFgU screams.]]\n* ViennaTeng has a few distinctly unsettling songs. ''Radio'' deserves particular mention for its liberal use of AdultFear (terrorist attacks), but ''Passage, Pontchartrain'', and ''Watershed'' deserve mention as well.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Soundtracks]]\n[[AC:{{Anime}}]]\n* The {{Hellsing}} Ruins OST track 19. First reaction: "wait, is this a Hellsing song? Still nice, I guess... OK, now it starts becoming eerie an--OKWHATTHEFUCK." It can be heard on YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsdxdgClo3g&feature=related here.]] \n* Eiko Shimamiya. The music itself is quite lovely and very catchy. But... the translations were truly scarring. Prime example being "The raindrops turn into droplets of blood and travel down my cheeks, If thereís no place for me to return to anywhere anymore" from HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi. Yes, this is the opening of an anime that is basically made of High Octane Nightmare Fuel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKV195eXg7I Go on, click it]].\n** The above has a music video of its own.\n** And let's not forget Naraku No Hana, which is just as pretty to listen to, provided you don't look up the translation.\n** Higurashi anime OST in general has ''really'' scary music in it. Tatari, Giwaku, Senkou... the list goes on.\n** Notable gems from the visual novel OST: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V_Ri0hJgYk Demonic Institute]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s868ggza9-0 Cave]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQIhog2VJ0w Days of Children]], with the latter filling the OminousMusicbox position.\n* Able to accomplish this without the need for words is the official soundtrack for Manga/{{Akira}}. Never try to listen to this at night with the lights off.\n* You don't think YokoKanno is capable of creating music that is pure HighOctaneNightmareFuel? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFckVqCglGI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Think again.]] \n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLZHbTMh730 Aura]] from DotHackSign. It's about a girl who is kept in a vegetative state by a corrupt and jealous mother-figure.\n** ''If you are near to the dark\\\nI will tell you 'bout the sun\\\nYou are here, no escape\\\nFrom my visions of the world\\\nYou will cry all alone\\\nBut it does not mean a thing to me''\n* {{Saint Seiya}} has some really scary music, that sets the mood very well:\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GYqYkk1vK4 Illusions Of 12 Temples]], for the creepiest moments of the Sanctuary Arc.\n** The first half of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmF7OiSXM6M Find Balmung Sword]], from the Asgard Arc.\n** The eerie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7L75kGJxcY 108 masei]], and the downright disturbing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufX5iKnfFc Greatest Eclipse]], from the Hades Arc.\n\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]\n* Speaking of ''Film/{{Halloween}}'', here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfEx0gQ45SE the theme music]].\n* TheTerminator theme. Specifically, the one that plays whenever [[AtopTheFourthWall Mechakara]] is around. The one that ends with the "A-JUN-JUN-[=JaJUN=]!!" The one with the violins at the beginning.\n* [[Film/TheThing dun dun.... dun dun... dun dun... dun dun...]]\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr79c_Sw7h8 Lux Aeterna]](2001:Space Odyssey). Funny nobody mentioned this one. It is even scarier in the movie, with Jupiter and black void on screen.\n** Speaking of 2001, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPa4XAhSYhE Aventures for 3 voices and 7 instruments]]. Either it's NightmareRetardant, or ''ultra super high octane nightmare fuel''.\n** AlsoSprachZarathustra itself; [[ScareChord that first trumpet blast]] can easily scar you for life if it catches you by surprise. Especially when walking through the halls at night when every dark doorway happens to looks like [[TheMonolith that goddamn monolith]].\n*** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpJ6anurfuw this]]. Thanks a lot, Portsmouth Sinfonia.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgqI32JX_jY And this]], the epitome of HellIsThatNoise.\n* While we're on the subject of StanleyKubrick, about 75% of the soundtrack to ''EyesWideShut'' easily qualifies as HighOctaneNightmareFuel. Try listening to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8acyyW51fZk the Masked Ball sequence]] late at night, alone in a dark house. This piece includes sinister strings in a minor key with a backmasked ''basso profundo'' voice chanting in Romanian. Try to sleep. The following night, play the most frightening piano piece known to man, Gyorgy Ligeti's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=manqxzkDdjg Musica Ricercata No. 2 as played by Dominic Harlan]], on your Ipod as you walk down the street alone in the dark. ''Paranoia like you have never known it before.''\n* And another Kubrick example: Half the soundtrack from ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' is this, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E46grYPdr0 Timesteps]], the Suicide Scherzo (an incredibly synthesized re-working of Beethoven's 9th Symphony), and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-mDTdeKR8 the theme music itself. (link NSFW)]]\n* Anything in the "Winter" suite of the RequiemForADream soundtrack, especially Meltdown.\n** "Lux Aeterna" is as creepy as it is awesome. ''More'' creepy, actually (except the orchestrated "Requiem for a Tower" version, which is just awesome.)\n* [[{{Fantasia}} Night on Bald Mountain]]. It's sad that it hasn't been mentioned yet. The original version was specifically written to be reminiscent of a coven of witches worshipping {{Satan}}!\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Ca_edg6RE Disney actually made this song scary enough to make Walt not want to put in in Fantasia]].\n* I can not even hear the song "Time is On My Side" because of the movie "Fallen."\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1hy4lmKfz4 "Hypnosis"]], (starting at 7:05) from the TheFourthKind soundtrack.\n* The soundtrack to ''[[TheDarkKnightSaga Batman Begins]]''. [[http://nonsenseprime.tumblr.com/post/10089259855/no-description Artibeus]] gets a special mention for being the song that plays during Batman's attack on the docks.\n\n[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]\n* The crucifixion scene from the original cast recording of ''JesusChristSuperstar''.\n* "The Dark I Know Well" from SpringAwakening is a song about sexual abuse, which is as [[HumansAreBastards horrific]] [[TearJerker and sad]] as it sounds. The music is horrendously dissonant, Martha and Ilse's parents cut in with disturbing commentary[[hottip:*:"Martha, sweetie, wear [[FridgeHorror that new nightgown your father bought for you]]!" "Ilse! ''Story time!''"]], and the refrain is ''especially'' horrible:\n-->''You say all you want is just a kiss goodnight''\n-->''And then you hold me and you whisper,''\n-->''"Child, the Lord wonít mind.''\n-->''Itís just you and me.''\n-->''Child, youíre a beauty."''\n* "Mea Culpa" from ''Sweeney Todd'' is divided between Judge Turpin perving on his teenage adopted daughter and scourging himself in a futile attempt at penance.\n* The entirety of the soundtrack for {{KA}} by CirqueDuSoleil. Unlike most of their soundtracks witch is divided between catchy upbeat tunes like [[{{Mystere}} Kunya Sobe]] and Alegria, most of the soundtrack is mostly [[OminousLatinChanting creepy simlish chants]] and fast paced drumbeats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS2aMQpDqaE Pursuit]] is a particularly nightmare inducing example. Enjoy!\n\n[[AC:VideoGames]]\n* The theme for Lavender Town in Pokemon is creepy enough. Now listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qXnJnFGZ4Y reversed]].\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSLRb1e7JDQ This may be even worse]].\n*** Brr...Sounds like something from the ''Film/{{Halloween}}'' films. \n* Two of the options for your menu theme in [[Left4Dead Left 4 Dead 2]] are absolutely blood-curdling: You could either go for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gshBY5ZzWpw&feature=related the campy, yet creepy theme]] based on the Dark Carnival campaign or the ''FUCKING terrifying'' fiddle theme based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBLvUlphxk&feature=related the Swamp Fever campaign.]] Regardless of what you choose, good luck sleeping tonight.\n* No mention of the twisted renditions of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRXQsQKGqIU&feature=related Twinkle Twinkle Little Star]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvN57M8Nevk&feature=related Ring Around the Rosie]]" from ''DeadSpace?'' Listen to those and your childhood will be RuinedForever...\n* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbkTqpkPLU the 50 second track]] that plays upon first entering the zombie-infested town of Ravenholm is enough to make even the most hardcore players soil their pants. The fact that the first thing you see when the track begins to play is a mutilated zombie corpse hanging from a tree doesn't make the whole thing any easier.\n* Overlaps with Video Games but... the ''{{Metroid}} Fusion'' soundtrack. ''Especially'' the arranged version.\n** "Phazon Radiation" from the ''Prime'' subtrilogy can make ''anything'' creepy.\n* THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK to ''AmericanMcGeesAlice'' (except for the final song, where everything is okay of course). Have a listen to the "Dementia" track[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9wKGYm_NF4 here.]]\n* The soundtrack to any given {{Silent Hill}} game. 'Nuff said.\n** There's also the Moth battle theme, the "Nowhere" music and the FinalBoss theme in the first game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgf66PpwEu the music in the clock room]] when you return from the east wing of the apartments in ''SH 2'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgRPiUi4Rys&feature=related the final descent into the Abyss from the prison]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtCKl7qXff0&feature=related the otherworld hotel]] from the same game, and the Nightmare Mall, Nightmare Office Building, and Memory of Alessa musics in the third game.\n*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TodE5qZTfVY&feature=related Blood Pulse]] from the second SilentHill (the music in the apartment area), while tame compaired to the rest of the sound track, is VERY, '''VERY''' disturbing.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me5YDGjSG3w&feature=related The Historical Society and Prison music/ambience from SH 2.]]\n** What's worse than facing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5McIwC9IKg&fmt=18 Pyramid Head]]? Facing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkvJY-YfELs&fmt=18 TWO Pyramid Heads]].\n** Discovering Cynthia's body in the subway station in Silent Hill 4, when 'Room of Angel' swells up... truly hair-raising.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekPaYGVLifY "Black Fairy"]] from the Silent Hill 2 soundtrack. It sounds like the musical equivalent of sleep paralysis.\n** From SilentHillShatteredMemories, "The Devil's Laughter." SWEET BUTTERY CHRISTMAS, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKwRm4SYu68 "The Devil's Laughter."]]\n** "Room of Angel" by Akira Yamaoka. [[spoiler: It's about matricide]] and the static. HOLY SHIT THE STATIC.\n* Never, ever listen to the soundtrack to TheWhiteChamber, unless you are actually playing the game. If you listen to it at any other time, whatever you are doing at that time will be RuinedForever.\n* The two Scissorman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CylxDpJaoU&hd=1 chase]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMKSrnJtIo&hd=1 themes]] from VideoGame/ClockTower for the PS1. When either of these kicked in after the relative silence and lack of music in the game, you knew you were in some deep shit and had better find a hiding place as soon as possible. The second one was used more as a jump-out-at-out type of scare, but the first one is arguably more frightening because it's the one that just starts up randomly after you've simply walked around for a while without encountering him, so you don't know exactly where he might be. And for that matter, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WxrXvDdKuw chase theme]] from the original game for the Super Famicom (released only in Japan, but there is a fan translation available) is just as scary.\n* Similarly to the above concerning Clock Tower, the various ambient and chase themes from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' are creepy or pants-crappingly scary for similar reasons, perhaps even more so given the chase themes' tendency to speed up or slow down based upon how close to or far away from you the stalker happened to be at the time. Here are the four main sets:\n** Debilitas: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqkdP2wv5eU&hd=1 Twisted Eyes]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qetEJMhdG_A&hd=1 Innocent Freak]] (chase)\n** Daniella: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5DLShZqoV0&hd=1 Stalking Insanity]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRM-JTBVTn4&hd=1 Something Lacking]] (chase)\n** Ricardo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mC_21h1UiM&hd=1 Writhing Embryo]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxPUZLQ0kYg&hd=1 Sly Hunter]] (chase)\n** Lorenzo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvm2xpGVOtA&hd=1 Spiral End]] (ambient) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnjAQE6aFNA&hd=1 Warped Obsession]] (chase)\n* "Dread Intrusion" off the ''{{Halo}} 3'' soundtrack. It starts off in the typical, already-creepy Flood themes, but soon adds [[SubliminalSeduction backmasked speech]] from the Gravemind. The middle segment is an almost-heroic sounding drum but reminiscent of "Ghosts of Reach" from the Halo 2 soundtrack, but when it gets to the pause, instead of returning with doubled-up awesome, you hear a strange wailing screech come in and it returns to creepy ambiance music.\n* The middle section [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ara1HO6CbpE (Infected)]] of "Mausoleum Suite" from the ''Halo 2'' soundtrack. Starts out with slow jungle drums and spooky moaning voices (similar to the Shadow Temple music from ''[[LegendOfZelda Ocarina of Time]]'') , and then turns into a cacophony of synthesizer effects with guttural voices that seem to be reversed speech, but are really just gibberish.\n** On the original game's OST: "Suite Autumn", "Shadows", the ambient section of "Truth and Reconciliation Suite", and "Library Suite".\n** Another scary one from ''2'' is "Ancient Machine", a TwilightZone-like melody with organic Flood noises and vocals similar to the aformentioned "Infected".\n** You thought the original Flood themes were scary? The ''Anniversary'' remixes turn the nightmare dial {{up to eleven}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njqFybTtD8I Between Beams (Shadows)]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_PXQFuNbNM In the Substance of It (not on the original OST)]], Bad Dream (Trace Amounts), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcXJbton40w Dewey Decimate (Library Suite)]], Demons and Heretics (Devils, Monsters), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtl5IvMZ6NM Unfortunate Discovery (What Once was Lost)]] (now sounds like a SunnO [[DroneOfDread drone doom]] piece) , Xenoarcheology (Alien Corridors) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM2Qd-Ij6VI Fragments]].\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s07rRQqmpJc Nightfall]] from ''HaloReach'', especially the first part with the DroneOfDread. The second part sounds alot like ''ResidentEvil'' music.\n* The original ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''[='=]s dark ambient soundtrack (produced by Trent Reznor). Although, with the music off, [[QuieterThanSilence it can be even scarier]].\n* Much of the soundtrack to ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} 1'', especially "Landing", "Leela", and "Aliens Again". Makes the dark corridors that much scarier.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVXFyZsnAa4 Silent Bonk]]. It is a testament to how creepy ''Main/SilentHill'' music is that even having the Scout from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' [[Main/StupidStatementDanceMix "bonk" over it]] fails to blunt the fear factor.\n** On that note, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs65S-1o-Os One-Winged Scout]] reveals exactly how creepy the Scout's cries [[ManOnFire when he is set on fire]] are.\n* The soundtrack to the game {{Dreamfall}} is alright on the whole, but "Faith", the final track, is pretty damn creepy. The song itself is bad enough, but when it ends (2:40 into the track) there are six minutes of silence. Then, static plays for a short while and a little girl's voice calls out "Find April Ryan, save her...". When you aren't expecting it, that makes for one weird and paranoia inducing end to a soundtrack...\n* A cartoonish video game soundtrack seems like an odd place for nightmare fuel, no? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKX8iJQGCAY&fmt=18 Soul Asylum]] from Mega Man X7 disagrees with you. The distorted effects in the track are almost hypnotic...\n** On the same topic of cartoonish games, try listening to some of the EarthBound music. Especially the Cave of the Past theme and the final battle music.\n* ''{{FEAR}}'' is HONF in its own right, but its soundtrack will require you to [[BringMyBrownPants bring your brown pants]].\n* Two words: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2J0EPGcfAc Sniper Town]]" from ''MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault''. Adding nightmare fuel to the fire is the fact that it plays in the sniper-infested ScrappyLevel.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkCb43ixP0I "Amongst the Dead"]], from the second level of ''MedalOfHonor: Underground'' and the Command Post level in ''Allied Assault'', with its use of [[OminousChanting Ominous]] EtherealChoir.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ibpppFJr0I&feature=related Self Esteem]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ibpppFJr0I&feature=related Android Hell]] from the VideoGame/{{Portal}} soundtrack are pretty creepy. But [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8KFh_-P98E No Cake For You]] stands out as both the best and creepiest ambient music in the entire game.\n* Speaking of Portal, [[JonathanCoulton JoCo's]] Still Alive has plenty of HONF itself. A Passive-Aggressive AI that represents the worst of Glenn Close in FatalAttraction gets a ''musical number''?!? The lyrics of which clearly point out the insanity and murder with which [=GLaDOS=] pursues science? And the song occurs after "she" is supposedly "dead"? Although, for some, the several duet versions of the song (between [=GLaDOS=] and [=JoCo=]) can make it seem more like a love song in that context.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRETQyTMatk\n* The "Double Illusion" FinalBoss music in the arcade version ''DoubleDragon II''\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk20crJJ97Q&feature=autoplay&list=PLA94E6ED8E1B77F9D&index=6&playnext=2 Cellular Tissue]] from ''{{Valis}} 1'' sounds like it was lifted from a haunted house ride or game.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRETQyTMatk Forest Theme]] from The Path soundtrack. If lyrics like, "Are you dreaming? He'll soon be feeding," and the disturbing scraping noise don't send you screaming, wait for the wolf's actual voice. Bonus for how creepy it sounds when you're actually playing the game.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDAVnFXWsg XaaaCi]] from ''ArTonelico3'' is probably one of the most terrifying themes of the game, as well as [[TearJerker saddening]] once you learn [[GaiasVengeance what it's about]].\n* Do you want to ''hear'' suicidal depression? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8no8kyLDEto Click here]] for some of CryOfFear\n\n[[AC:WebOriginal]]\n* The music from RedVsBlue: Reconstruction still gives me goosebumps. All of it. The way it was transformed from twangy, humorous, and somewhat novelty-ish in Blood Gulch Chronicles to being a legitimate dramatic tool in Reconstruction is nothing short of amazing.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQUaEF2bJZ0 The Device Has Been Modified]], a remix of dialogue from VideoGame/{{Portal}}. It makes everything so damn creepy, especially at the end. Especially since if you forget and leave it on, a full ten seconds or so of silence after the "end," [[LastNoteNightmare a Turret whispers "Are you still there?" with demonic reverb.]]\n** The download of the song has the Turret speak much sooner after GLaDOS says "goodbye," so the creepiness of it is lessened a little. Not by much, though.\n*** "Please proceed to android hell." Cue [[HellIsThatNoise Rage Sphere]].\n* [[http://www.amiright.com/parody/80s/suzannevega29.shtml This song parody]] by someone named after a line from Michael Jackson's song ''Smooth Criminal'' is a nightmarish attempt at a song about Tonight Show host Jay Leno- the song coming off as more of an Alice Cooper-like vibe to it and with the portrayal of Jay being more like Heath Ledger's Joker crossed with Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd. It makes the whole thing look more like a horror novel than a song. \n** YMMV. The forced rhyming adds definite shades of {{Narm}}.\n[[/folder]]\n\n[[folder:Needs Categorization]]\n* Literally every second of every song by Circle Takes the Square\n* The {{WWE}} wrestler The Undertaker's theme is considered HONF due to it beginning with three loud eerie ringing of a church bell like the beginning of AC/DC's Hells Bells but more scarier crecendoing into the most creepiest rendition of Chopin's Funeral March and the rest of the music sounds like something out of a {{Resident Evil}} game. Biker Undertaker's theme wasn't that scary with Kid Rock's American Badass and Limp Bizkit's Rollin'.\n* JonathanCoulton's [[http://www.lala.com/#song/2810527706922704933 'Creepy Doll']] is a second person narrative featuring an old house, a "bag of big city money", and a creepy doll that haunts its victims. By the end of the song the protagonist, fed up, locks the doll in the box it came from and throws it onto the fireplace. [[spoiler: "As the smoke fills up your tiny room, there's nothing you can do/ Far too late, you see the one inside the box is you..."]]\n* Not quite music, but ''Final Relaxation'' by The Golding Institute is quite possibly the most terrifying "comedy" album ever released. It's essentially a parody of new age guided meditation albums, but it's billed as "your ticket to death through hypnotic suggestion." That's right, the intended result of the exercise is for you '''to die'''. At first this is played for extremely dark humor, as cliche after cliche of the genre is inverted (for example, instead of a calming voice instructing you to relax your body parts one at a time over soothing music, there's a creaky-voiced old man telling you in excruciating detail how much pain each individual body part is in, accompanied by a low-pitched electronic hum). As the album goes on, however, the imagery and instructions get a lot more unnerving, that queasy electronic hum keeps growing louder and louder, the already creepy narrator gets even more sociopathic, and there's increasingly less there to remind you it's all a joke. To top it off, the inside of the booklet is a last will and testament, with blanks for the listener to fill in. \n* Wonderfully horrible group The Tiger Lillies mine a rich seam of grotesquerie, Brecht-style cabaret and vile, hilarious depravity. If you're not into them, any song might make you lose sleep, but they can sometimes tweak a scary nerve even for fans. Their latest offering, ''The Little Match Girl'' (a nasty tale in itself), has a song mentioning 'long golden hair'. In the stage version, the Match Girl's father collects her discarded hair, which as he pulls at it proves to be nightmarishly long. Ultimately there is a twisted rope of hair winding back and forth between a series of successively-smaller sets, as the 'golden' hair refrain is repeated with greater intensity. And then the Match Girl herself comes back to wind it all up again! Perhaps not that upsetting in itself, but if you've got some sort of anti-hair fetish...\n* 'How Death Comes' by the Mediaeval Baebes. A sort of spoken, sort of sung description of the process of death. Goes from scary whispering to shockingly loud.\n* This probably doesn't count as "music" per-se, but nevertheless: every [[AnimalCrossing K.K. Slider song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdDnQYCI-P4 at once.]] Also available in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiDiPPzgBa8 reversed]] form. We assure you, your first reaction will be to close the window as fast as possible, but to get the full experience you really must watch the whole thing.\n* John Zorn's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auRbohkQafc Naked City]]. The songs shift from smooth jazz to grindcore to death metal shredding back to jazz and then all over again within the span of ''seconds.'' The entirety of it is punctuated with Yamaoka Eye making the most terrifying noises he possibly can with his mouth.\n* Two words: "Death Ambient". I'll let the Encyclopedia of Electronic Music speak for me. \n->"This is scary, horror Dark Ambient, with death ambiences, i.e. graveyards, crypts, tombs, catacombs, haunted houses, dungeons, voices of the dead. Low atmospheric sounds with death-related samples."\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5tI1sYQYcc Here's]] an example. Alternatively, check out the composition by Endura called "The Left Hand of the Dead" from the album "Black Eden" for a perfect example.\n* The entirety of steampunk band The Clockwork Quartet's song "The Doctor's Wife." It combines an ApocalypticLog, a FateWorseThanDeath and a man who can't let go of his love. The only way to appreciate the horror is to listen to their song (which is free for download or streaming [[http://www.clockworkquartet.com/music.php here]]), but the last stanza of the song goes like this:\n---> [[spoiler: Tuesday the 18th of July]]\n---> [[spoiler: My latest apparatus is the only thing that's keeping her alive.]]\n---> [[spoiler: I had to stop her heart.]]\n---> [[spoiler: The mechanical replacement will ensure the other organs can survive.]]\n---> [[spoiler: Her body is destroyed.]]\n---> [[spoiler: But what nature has neglected, the fruit of modern science shall provide!]]\n---> [[spoiler: And I've broken every code of practice.]]\n---> [[spoiler: But for my love, I'd shift the planet's axis.]]\n---> [[spoiler: She'll return to me, when she's been repaired.]]\n---> [[spoiler: ''She'll live again!'']]\n\n* Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZXNpK0fLaY ''The Shivers (I Got 'Em)''.]] "Evelyn, your spine cracks like a wineglass..."\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlYTHT4oEo L'une Ou L'Autre De Nos Failes by Tribe of Circle.]]\n* Napoleon XIV's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4 They're coming to take me away, ha-ha]]'' is bad enough as it is. Try listening to it ''[[http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=L47GQG12WHg backwards]]''.\n* Brian Dewan wrote a song from the point of view of someone undergoing brain surgery. The idea behind the song is people tend to be awake during brain surgery and poking different parts of the brain causes different thoughts and emotions. The song starts out almost funny, with renditions of Happy Birthday and Yankee Doodle mixed in with random thoughts. Then he starts crowing like a rooster and crying "I want my oxygen mask!" The song descends further and further, and ends with him calling "Mommy?" over and over and over until the listener is curled up in fetal position trying to figure out what they did to deserve this level of Hell.\n* On the first album by [[{{Music/Voltaire}} Voltaire]], 'The Devil's Bris' when he's not being funny he often gets seriously disturbing. The album opens with a song about a jealous ex-lover fantasizing about chopping his ex's new boyfriend into bits and mailing the bits across the globe. Another song is from the point of view of a paranoid schizophrenic who was molested as a child, having kidnapped a girl he intends to eventually murder.\n** Speaking of Voltaire, 'That Man Upstairs' isn't that scary on its own, but the chorus of "Please kill that man upstairs" is an EarWorm. This can be ''highly'' unnerving if you're trying to sleep and your bedroom is one floor down from that of your father, boyfriend, or some other man you care about.\n* Propergol is no stranger to scary music. His album ''Ground Proximity Warning System'', for example, contains sound clips of distress calls from air crafts played over a droning background.\n* Three words: BESSIE. FUCKING. BOBTAIL. Just listen to it; there's a couple versions on YouTube. It's absolutely terrifying.\n* Loch Lomond songs are usually unsettling, but there's just something a little too weird about "Song in 3/4".\n* If you can find LemonDemon's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0tUmjYGWMU Elsewhere]]," listen to it at your own risk. The lyrics aren't all that creepy, but the background instrumentals? They conjure images of evil clowns. Once you're done with that, find the Lemon Demon song "Sick Puppy," which is in the same vein but not quite as shiver-inducing. \n* Definitely a YourMileageMayVary song for people, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0qUEgBf9I this]] song by Idina Menzel.\n--> ''Like a prima ballerina''\n--> ''I tip toe, tip toe around you constantly''\n--> ''I hear the water running''\n--> ''Will it wash your tears or leak through the ceiling?''\n--> ''Make my way up a spiral staircase''\n--> ''Hope to God you had a good day''\n* The Deadfly Ensemble song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Ah1_zyCyg "Horse on the Moor"]] is definitely this. It begins with the narration of how the "Wife" character rose from her grave, desperate for her husband and declaring that she loves him still. The song itself is about the husband cramming her wife's tomb with several things she enjoyed (such as a horse's head because "his love liked to ride", or ''one of the maids'' to "help her under there"). How does it get worse? Easy - the wife doesn't rise back from the dead at all, she was buried alive (as revealed in the final verse).\n* This song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvQOsKyB4hY Believing, by Bang on a Can All Stars and Julia Wolfe]] (I couldn't find the song anywhere outside of Rock Band, so that's all I could use). Aside from being a very hard song to play on any instrument except vocals, it sounds quite ominous, especially near the end.\n* A lot of noise music qualifies. There are quite a few who consider it to be CrowningMusicOfAwesome, but accept that this probably isn't a majority opinion when it comes to the likes of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4On0vXTg1Zc Sutcliffe Jugend]] (who were contemporaries of the below mentioned Whitehouse), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYaM0w1mWlY Slogun]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGzrL8J0t-c Merz]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDsQshrjIO0&feature=related bow]]. If HONF had its own genre of music, this could be a serious contender for the title.\n** Or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBR1OE3e60c Stalaggh]]. Dear god. Take this already rather terrifying genre of music, then have ''shrieking and crying mental patients'' doing the vocals.\n** Dominic Fernow, alias Prurient, whose musical output is at once incredibly diverse ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8Ur3Th0BRw these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgO47OlxFM4 are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZRBELnbqjE all]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alo1JzqPNoI the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbBTRgDIf3A same]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujREMWjiY4w guy]]) and almost uniformly disturbing.\n** Overlapping with (and to some extent [[TropeMaker predicating]]) the aforementioned genre of death ambient is the Swedish group [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQJoSwQoQt8 Brighter]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jSYSodugeM Death]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApmGpYRLUpA Now]], whose work is basically what happens when a band decides to frame their entire ethos around taking the "{{drone of dread}}" [[UpToElven into the most miserable place possible]].\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-34xJCI7MY In Germany Before the War]] is about a murderer, from the POV of one of his dead victims (and the melody is creepy enough on it's own).\n* {{Emilie Autumn}}. Songs that deserve mention for their lyrics include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaFFgfhzNGg Gothic Lolita]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgsCGlOgSNg I Want my Innocence Back]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KkVhxO9jaI I Know Where You Sleep]], but pretty much everything she has ever recorded is at least moderately creepy. And then there's that heartbeat-like sound that keeps showing up...\n** 306 is this defined, from it's purely hell sent instrumental to it's immensely graphic lyrics and how she just stops singing and lets the music terrify you more. It's designed to horrify you and gets it's message across very well. \n---> ''Now I'm freedom unbound''\n---> ''Cut the laces of life''\n---> ''The pistol, The poison, The noose''\n---> ''Or the knife''\n---> ''I have chosen my instrument''\n---> ''And said no goodbyes''\n** Don't forget Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches. The cheery way she sings it, like she's playing patty-cake make it disturbing. Doubly so, when you realize that this is [[ColdBloodedTorture not too far off from the truth]]. \n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5tQ-fJL-ks The "Snowy Roads" theme]] from ''TwistedMetal: Black'' (OneWomanWail plus DroneOfDread), and the rest of the dark ambience music.\n* Whitehouse. Dear God, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGNKgah948s Whitehouse]]. A band focused less on making music than gelatinizing the audience with fear, and the lyrics... Well, let's just say they make Throbbing Gristle sound like perfectly safe people to be around. They are perhaps the best-known example of music as a form of [[TrueArtIsOffensive transgressive art]], quite fitting, as their frontman cites the Marquis de Sade as an influence.\n** ItGotWorse: Perhaps their (and quite possibly the) scariest song ever? "Baby." Before you take an interest, we find it only fair to warn you; are you comfortable with not being entirely sure you've never heard a taped murder?\n* MindlessSelfIndulgence's "Panty Shot":\n--> '''Five year old'' pantyshot, can't complain/''I didn't even touch her so I can't be blamed''/Five year old pantyshot in my brain/My life has meaning when she spreads her legs'\n** The same thing happens in the first two lines of "Wrong Way" by Sublime, which states that the prostitute the narrator spends the night with was ''fourteen. fucking. years. old.''\n**** The sad thing is, it's scary because it's true. There are a staggering amount of girls under the age of 18 who prostitute themselves. Some as young as eleven years old. They run away, they're kidnapped, they're drugged, and it's one of the most frightening things to imagine. And very effectively reaches people when they hear it.\n** "The Childcatcher" by {{Lush}} is rather about the same concept.\n** "Don't Stand so Close to Me", by ThePolice, also runs along those lines. Though the girl is almost an adult, the taboo of a teacher-student relationship sparks creepy feelings, and if you're a teacher, it would probably creep you out how relentless the girl is, waiting in the rain at the bus stop so he'll pick her up. How the temptation and frustration are "so bad it makes him cry" and his coworkers harass him "the accusations fly" . On the other side of the coin, the girl is tormented by her jealous friends and cruel classmates. It makes this more than a taboo, it's also a nightmare for both of the people involved.\n** EvelynEvelyn built about half their self-titled album on this theme, notably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmTf-l1sD_E "Sandy Fishnets".]] Those songs which aren't about this topic are creepy anyway, for example "Tragic Events of September 1" in which the girls' birth leads to the death of their parents, the doctor, and a passing cop, and "Evelyn Evelyn" shows how little fun it is being part of a MultipleHeadCase.\n* SufjanStevens is one creepy cookie. Filled with whispering vocals and exotic, ululating instruments, his music is eerie at the best of times, and when he wants to, it's downright disturbing. ''Year of the Sheep'', for example, consists of soft chorale, gentle strings, electronic effects, and, oh yeah, what sounds like ''backmasking of a screaming sheep''. Not one you want your Winamp shuffling up late at night, or even on a vaguely overcast morning.\n** "In the tower above the earth..."\n** What? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0la1RyS0nI This]]?'' Come on, it's quieter and more peaceful than 3/4 ambients in any big collection.\n** Are you guys forgetting his song "John Wayne Gacy Junior"? It's about the murderer of the same name who: a) Dressed up like a clown, b) raped little boys while dressed as a clown, and c) proceeded to murder those little boys after they were raped.\n*** What's worse is the final line of the song, [[spoiler:which strongly insinuates that the narrator is also a serial murderer, or at ''the very least'' a potential one.]]\n* The band Creature Feature has some pretty damn disturbing songs, full of murder and blood and death and other unpleasant things.\n* The song Happy Colored Marbles by {{Ween}} qualifies with flying colors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1YcJOb-VV8 See here]].\n** Happy Colored Marbles is downright...well, happy when compared to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXV71xzDdJE Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)]], which takes place from the perspective of a small child suffering from the titular disease, undergoing a horrifically painful lumbar puncture (and not the first one, either), and pleading with his/her mother to not let him/her die. If the distorted child-voice backed by the deep synth mimic doesn't get you, the agonized screaming over the guitar solo will.\n* The {{Eels}}. ''Susan's House''. Hearing the speaker calmly [[SpokenWordInMusic talk about]] the corpse of a teen boy being stripped and put in a body bag with [[LyricalDissonance somewhat-relaxing music]] played in the background...you know, it's just a tiny bit unsettling. \n* Horse The Band's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Twokr090WM videos]] and lyrics are really terrifying. Especially with the creepy angry face howling at a [[KickTheDog little pink bunny]] and beating it around the ears with a massive jack-hammer, and the creepy lyrics:\n--> "Roaring with whispers, to the tiny bunnies: SQUISH those fucking bunnies!(x2) Twitching bleeding screaming, bring the hammer down! Screaming bunnies, bleeding bloody bunnies, smeared across the ground"\n* Jason Crumer. Being a very good noise artist, his album ''Ottoman Black'' generally qualifies, but when he drops the harsh static on the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqPyv3raSY "Where Were You?"]] and replaces it with abstract noises in the background that could easily be gunshots or other violence, and has the sounds of a man gasping, groaning and gurgling quietly in pain in the foreground... yeah...\n* Mew hit this quite a bit. Their lead singer and lyricist, Jonas Bjerre, has commented that he's draws much inspiration from his nightmares, which are allegedly very frequent. Said nightmares are also placed squarely into their music videos and the background visuals in their live show - a common motif is of stiffly, stutteringly animated people with animal heads (either alive or skulls) playing instruments. They have an entire album devoted to fear. Although he's fluent, English isn't his first language despite singing in it, resulting in him crafting some particularly odd and unsettling imagery. But to me, the pinnacle of the fuel comes not from an album, but from a b-side - "Succubus".\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItdHij6xFTs World's End Girlfriend - We are the Massacre]]. Just ignore that video, and listen to the nice pretty classical music, and the gradually fading in screams of horror, crying, and disturbing whispers. It all stays below the volume of the music, making it even creepier somehow.\n* Project86: The song "Me Against Me" describes a nightmare in which the speaker is fighting someone, then strangles him, only to realize the enemy is identical to himself. He then wakes up dead, having literally strangled himself to death while dreaming.\n* At The Drive-In's songs are cryptic and not easily understood, but some qualify regardless of whether one understands the lyrics or not. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_Hri6RIQs "Enfilade"]] is a perfect example, especially with the chilling ransom call opening. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgAkZfObn0c "Invalid Litter Dept."]] is similarly haunting, especially since it's about a series of migrant worker murders in the band's hometown of El Paso, Texas.\n* PatrickWolf, ''The Childcatcher''. Insanely creepy, and that ''sound''...\n* William Control's '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bR4FCqC9Fo Razor's Edge]]'. It seems like a normal, gothy, above-average alternative rock song until about halfway through you get this delightful little tirade, spoken rather than sung: \n-->''The smoke clears and in whispering waves of self-mutilation I see the [[EldritchLocation dark sky fall to pieces]]. [[CosmicHorror The world is sometimes too heavy to breathe and the dead surround me like an ocean]]. I can't recognize the reflection looking back through the mirror; as if some sort of silent stranger with [[NightmareFace mean eyes and deadly stare]], he sees everything, and why? Then with one last glimmer, defiant, I'm [[TransformationTrauma transformed into]] [[BodyHorror a monsterous giant]] with [[AndIMustScream no heart, no limbs, no desire]]. This is not a suicide letter. I just want to get a real close, look at Death, touch his matted hair as I pass him by.'' \n** Add to this the fact that his voice gets more and more raspy until he's saying the last few words in what can only be described as a demonic snarl, and that about two seconds later the vocals kick in again, and it's him screaming "''''YOU SLASH MY HEART ON THE RAZOR'S EDGE.''''" * shudders* \n* The Wedding by Annie ([[AnnieLennox not that one]]). The repeating uncanny voices in it can be quite frightening when your by yourself.\n* CreatureFeature's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chjAQnbDsfk The Greatest Show Unearthed]]". CircusOfFear, background music that sounds like the most demonic merry-go-round ever imagined, and the random screaming. Plus, it's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a totally awesome song]]. Freaky as fuck, but awesome.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUzmACvUQA0 "Sweden" by the Divine Comedy]]. A bizarre ode to Sweden, with a chorus of demonic voices that wont be used on Swedish holiday ads any time soon.\n** The white supremacist vibe of the lyrics ("tall and strong and blond and blue-eyed, pure and healthy, very wealthy") suggests the creepy whispers, ominous chorus and overdramatic villainous music are there to draw attention to the creepy fixation some foreigners have with Scandinavia in general. If asked, most examples of these people talk about Sweden's economy, the beautiful natural wonders and such, but there's a racial subtext there often: "I would like to live in Sweden, please don't ask me why. For if I were to give a reason, it would be a lie", is immediately followed by the other quote above. Also the stereotypes about Sweden are supposed to be positive, but they almost make it sound like a bland proto-fascist utopia.\n* Laurie Anderson has some music that can qualify, much of it on her live album ''Home of the Brave.'' Most notably nightmarish are "Late Show" (based on an unsettling sample of WilliamSBurroughs' voice) and this album's rendition of "Sharkey's Night." Anderson uses her "big voice" (electronically pitched down) for this and it ends with a sound horrifyingly like some kind of alarm to warn people of an impending nuclear holocaust.\n* Try listening to Circus Contraption's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn_A0D0w6ik&feature=related Toy Shop Armagedon]] at night in the dark without getting the chills and/or closing the window. Especially when it gets to the middle of the song, and things start to get even more...distorted.\n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXrkAlnC0JM The Slaughter's Promenade]] fits in here as well. That. Damn. Crack. Never fails to cause nightmares.\n* Three words: Fire. On. High. Who knew The ElectricLightOrchestra could be so...creepy?\n* Tin Hat Trio's version of "Daisy Bell". Forget [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL9000.]] This version made me want to scream "RUN, DAISY, RUN! He's gonna lock you in the basement and let you ring a bell as a reward for... something icky!" It's totally stalkeriffic.\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNDRxmMaeUw&feature=related Slow Motion People]] by Alias.\n* The British comedy medical duo, Amateur Transplants have several songs like this. Most notably '''Consultants''':\n-->''I'm pushing 83 and the trust are telling me to retire'' \n-->''I never take a history or consent'' \n-->''My post-op survival rate should be higher'' \n-->''In fact it's only 6 per cent'' \n-->''We work at Denmark Hill for the terminally ill patients'' \n-->''But they're relatively well when they arrive''\n-->''Cos I invent my own operations'' \n-->''And I'm the only one who leaves theatre alive''\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YigCFSjQZkg This.]]\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6MltGHO-lE Alice of Human Sacrifice]], from Nico Video. [[ItGotWorse It gets especially haunting at the end.]]\n-->''During this two children went into the woods'' \n-->''They had a tea party under rose trees'' \n-->''An invitation from the castle for them was''\n-->''The trump card of hearts'' \n-->''The fourth ALICE was two siblings'' \n-->''Their curiosity in the Wonderland'' \n-->''Going through many different doors'' \n-->''Coming not too long ago in a yellow boat'' \n-->''The stubborn big sister'' \n-->''And smart little brother'' \n-->''Though they were the closest to ALICE'S WONDERLAND'' \n-->''They were never woken from their deep dreaming'' \n-->''Forever they wandered in the Wonderland.''\n* The {{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune sings a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGThHuZ3lBQ ''Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance (Stalker)'']] which TERRIFIES me to death, because his ex was very similar to the girl described. It's basically about a very jealous stalker girl, [[spoiler:who realizes her boyfriend is cheating and burns his house down.]] That, coupled with the audio, piano, and random screeches in the music, makes all the more horrifying. It get's scarier when you listen to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfEFQRgmakk&feature=related ''Rockleetist'']] version, where you can actually understand it. Oh, and don't forget the picture of Miku in the video. [[spoiler:And the sound of her cutting off a kitten's head to give to her boyfriend.]]\n\n\n* The SurrealHorror song "Wild Pack of Family Dogs", by Modest Mouse, is both this and LyricalDissonance.\n* "The Ones" by Aesthetic Perfection. Whatever you do, [[SchmuckBait DON'T LOOK IT UP, I'M BEGGING YOU!]]\n-->''We are the ones you should be fearing,''\\\n''Come in the night and take your teeth away,''\\\n''Now sew up your mouth and go to sleep because''\\\n''We'll be there soon to break''\\\n''Your heart and spite your face.''\\\n\n* Just about the entire album "Feeding the Wolves" by 10 Years. However, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZZDRoBIjYA "Now is the Time"]] stands out to me due to [[AdultFear these two parts in particular]]\n\n-->''The bullet in the blood,''\\\n''Came from those you love,''\\\n''The bullet in the blood''\\\n''Came from those you trust'\\\n\n* Velvet Underground's "Heroin" was creepy enough because all it's about is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin heroin addict]].\n-->'' 'Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man''\\\n''When I put a spike into my vein''\\\n''And I tell things aren't quite the same''\\\n\n** Which was frightening, yes. But then Beck did a cover, complete with trippin' video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLWVvBegDDI&feature=related AND, left to their own devices, his backup band turned the nightmare [[UpToEleven up to eleven!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUnFShaG47E]]\n\n\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnijc0YfD9k Experiment No. 6]] by Lemon Jelly. Urgh.\n* Backwards Music Station: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgF9ZlI_R-8 \n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB5gMqFwYsI]] by dark ambient / minimalist composer Oöphoi. Close your eyes and listen with headphones. Pleasant dreams....\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1vjTJTRn48]] by dark ambient composer Robert Christopher -- a nightmarish musical work of art, intensified with a relentless near-infrasound drone and what can only be described as the distant tortured ululations of faceless night-gaunts. Beautiful and/or terrifying (YMMV)!\n* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4AH6cji708&feature=related Anything]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8jeB2EOhIY&list=UUpVi430K2U9LVn6E-reRrPA&index=2&feature=plcp Owl-Eye]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF0OXnLxsBk&context=C3eed309ADOEgsToPDskLsp1LA0eWBlQwihc4lUNL7 does]]. Jesus christ... the dolls...\n* Theres an Evanescence song called "Even In Death". At first, nice pretty song. Upon paying attention to the lyrics, I realized that the song is about someone who believes their lover is somehow still alive, digs them out of their grave, and keeps them.\n** A lot of Evanescence songs are creepy. "Haunted" has a story attached about a little girl who goes into an abandoned house and is captured to kill the evil thing that lives inside. Said evil mindrapes her every night, and its implied she has no reason to live anymore but to kill the evil. Who is also her only friend. Pretty disturbing.\n** And of course there's always Snow White Queen, with slightly distorted vocals singing about someone being raped. Coming from both the rapist and the victim's points of view...\n** "Going Under" features [[NightmareFace nightmare faces]] done by the ladies doing Amy Lee's makeup and hair and the audience. As well as the NightmareFace at the end.\n[[/folder]]\n\n\n----[[redirect:NightmareFuel/{{Music}}]]
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"This is scary, horror Dark Ambient, with death ambiences, i.e. graveyards, crypts, tombs, catacombs, haunted houses, dungeons, voices of the dead. Low atmospheric sounds with death-related samples."

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** Dominic Fernow, alias Prurient, whose musical output is at once incredibly diverse ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8Ur3Th0BRw these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgO47OlxFM4 are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZRBELnbqjE all]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alo1JzqPNoI the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbBTRgDIf3A same]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujREMWjiY4w guy]]) and almost uniformly disturbing.
** Overlapping with (and to some extent [[TropeMaker predicating]]) the aforementioned genre of death ambient is the Swedish group [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQJoSwQoQt8 Brighter]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jSYSodugeM Death]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApmGpYRLUpA Now]], whose work is basically what happens when a band decides to frame their entire ethos around taking the "{{drone of dread}}" [[UpToElven into the most miserable place possible]].
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27th Apr '12 9:32:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Able to accomplish this without the need for words is the official soundtrack for {{Akira}}. Never try to listen to this at night with the lights off.

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->- '''YouTube comment''' on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evcmsR57Xo4 a song]] from the soundtrack for ''Film/{{Akira}}.''

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YigCFSjQZkg This.]]


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** "Kometenmelodie Part 1" is a dark and spooky piece, which segues into the second movement [[LastNoteNightmare with a high-pitched whistle]].

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** "Kometenmelodie Part 1" is a dark and spooky piece, which [[FadingIntoTheNextSong segues into the second movement movement]] [[LastNoteNightmare with a high-pitched whistle]].
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* "The Ripper" by Music/JudasPriest, a song from the first-person view of Jack The Ripper, filled to the brim with ParanoiaFuel and a bridge that has a guitar mimicking the screams of one of his victims.

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* "The Ripper" by Music/JudasPriest, a song from the first-person view of Jack The Ripper, filled to the brim with ParanoiaFuel and a bridge that that, at one point, has a guitar mimicking the screams of one of his victims.
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