- The opening riff of "Citizen Erased" is undeniably epic to an amazing degree, but it's also extraordinarily harsh and jarring. It's like hearing a guitar screaming abuse in your ear- melodically, but still with real malevolence. The subsequent lyrics are equally harsh:
Break me in,
Teach us to cheat
And to lie, cover up
What shouldn't be shared?
All the truth unwinding
At my mind
Please stop asking me to describe him
- The album Absolution is pretty standard fare Hard Rock, 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 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..."
- A lot of people are also creeped out by the second-last song, "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist". Scares the hell out of me, and the end is all I can see...
- Hell, just the album cover itself◊ is disturbing!
- "Screenager," from their earlier album Origin Of Symmetry. Tom Waits-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.
- "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 crushing riffs, Matt's ear-splitting falsetto and completely creepy lyrics.
- PLENTY in the song "Unsustainable" from The 2nd Law. In the promotional trailer for the album AND in the actual music video.
- In the trailer there's people running from a jagged THING tearing up the ground behind them in broad daylight , the Jump Scare you may get when the creepy, CREEPY TV Head Robot debuts, and the fact that Earth is apparently so messed up at this point that it costs $999.99 for around 15 gallons of gas.
- The sequel, Isolated System follows the people from the previous video who are running from this strange relentless wave which twitches in time to the underlying heartbeat throughout the track. Early in the video one of the runners trips and is consumed by the wave, curling up as it reduces him into a poorly rendered human figure and then a frame-skeleton, and finally nothing.
- "Animals" is strangely frightening. It's similar to "Screenager", the song is mostly quiet and subdued except for the dark riff that occurs twice, the lyrics are very accurate to how big executives of companies really alienate people, and the last thing you hear is voice samples from the trading floor on Wall Street.
- Shrinking Universe, perfectly used in the 28 Weeks Later trailer, Apocalypse Please and Take A Bow are really creepy, especially Take A Bow with its epic/doom sound and accusing lyrics (Corrupt, you're corrupt, bring corruption to all that you touch...).
- Con-Science and Host are both extremely dark B Sides.
- "Uprising" is pretty much about a totalitarian dictatorship, sort of like 2112.
- The world in "Unnatural Selection" is no holiday spot, either. Just make sure that you are looking out for number one, much?
- The video for "Plug In Baby" arguably suggests plenty of this, of the Uncanny Valley variety.
- As does the Supermassive Black Hole video.
- Execution Commentary, which is a mass of incoherent screaming paced to a brooding rock beat. What's really creepy about this is that it's not known what the lyrics are, or even if the song has any. As an instrumental, the band played this have often as part of a medley, originally with Yes Please, then with other songs.
- The lyrics to "Survival," while awesome, can be quite disturbing as it is exactly what The Social Darwinist would say. It's left ambiguous how far the character will go to win.
"I won't forgive, vengeance is mine."
- "Psycho" takes the already unpleasant concept of military hazing and makes it truly terrifying, by using it to brainwashing people to become psychopaths, capable of killing a person on command. It doesn't help that the lyrics make it sound so easy. Its follow-up, "Mercy", is probably even more terrifying: its lyrics are basically a desperate cry for help from the protagonist, who is now brainwashed and wants nothing more than a way out from the situation she's in.
- The Globalist. Just, The Globalist. The concept of Drones has already been terrifying up to this point. But now, the second protagonist has been successfully brainwashed and what does he do? He declares nuclear war and destroys the world all within a matter of minutes!!!! And after that, she suddenly breaks, has a My God, What Have I Done? moment and vents to to his former love interest, who is the only person on earth other than him, with true remorse.
- The music doesn't help matters either. It's all calm and dandy until 4:32, when one of the darkest riffs in Muse's career suddenly erupts. There's a creepy countdown to top it all off too.
- And it's immediately followed by "Drones". All Matt harmonizing with himself, the protagonist singing about how his whole family has been killed by drones. "Now you can kill from the safety of your home, with drones."