- 10 Years: The entire album Feeding the Wolves. However, "Now is the Time" stands out due to 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'
- The Acacia Stain: "The Impaler". Despite the pretty funny video and having an awesome riff, the Serial Killery and misanthropic lyrics make the song horrifying.
- Acid Bath: 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 things that should not be done to the human body, and vocals that switch between slow and melodic Stoner Metal, 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."
"The Mortician's Flame": "I can smell abortion on you, I can see through, I take the gun out of my mouth and point it at you."
- Admiral Angry:
- Amon Amarth: "Where Death Seems to Dwell". It's about a dead man mindlessly 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 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 mercy of fading from existence.
- Anacrusis: Most of the band's discography qualifies as this; a sample is here. Perfect music to walk through an abandoned asylum in the dark, no lights, because that's what real men do.
- Anaal Nathrakh:
- "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 Atilla Csihar's ominous growls, which were then distorted even more.
- 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.
- Anjo Gabriel: The two-part song Lucifer rising (both part 1 and part 2). The main thing that makes the song so scary is its unpredictability and general attempts at making you uncomfortable. You would normally start hearing something that feels pretty generic until it starts distorting itself. Only to switch back to a generic track that did not match the previous track at all. Add to it some very unfitting background sounds (such as pitches, water etc.) and you get something that will make you unsettling during the entire ride, as they seem to repeat this process the entire time.
- Avenged Sevenfold:
- "Bat Country". The lyrics are based on the bad acid trips experienced by Raoul in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
- "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.
- Battle of Mice: The vocals are downright creepy all the time. Two songs that take the cake are "Bones in the Water" and "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.
- Black Sheep Wall: Sludge Metal nutcases. Think Meshuggah slowed down to about half the speed, with the hatred dialed all the way up.
- Bloodbath: "Eaten". It seems like standard Death Metal fare and nothing exceptionally creepy for the genre, but then you read about the story behind the song. It's about the Armin Meiwes case, and is also the basis for the Rammstein song "Mein Teil".
- Blut Aus Nord: The discography of this black metal band fits under this trope. Their music consists of atonal screams, atonal guitars, atonal everything else. And, dear god, is it terrifying.
- Burzum: The screamed vocals 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 is quite chilling.
- Cannibal Corpse:
- Song names such as "Necropedophile" and "Meat Hook Sodomy" explains why much of their music is Nightmare Fuel.
- 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 Nightmare Retardant.
- "Orgasm Through Torture" has Cannibal's signature gory lyrics, but the song itself is Nightmare Fuel period. Try to listen to the main riff alone at night.
- Cattle Decapitation:
- As with all deathgrind bands their lyrics can be potentially vomit-inducing at times with the over the top gore, but their song "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.
- "Testicular Manslaughter"? The intro? That's audio from a video of a Russian soldier being beheaded with a knife. The lyrics can be considered Nightmare Fuel too, though the fact that they're about castrating a rapist may take the edge off for some.
- Their new album kicks it a notch further. First off, there's the downright traumatizing video for "Kingdom of Tyrants". It's not just that, though; pretty much every single song on the album has some sort of deeply unsettling moment. The absolutely terrifying chorus of "Your Disposal" takes the cake, however.
- This is also the album featuring "Forced Gender Reassignment (extremely NSFW link). The lyrics alone can cause difficulty sleeping and extreme pain in sensitive regions.
- While Travis Ryan is a very mellow, down-to-earth person offstage, he is this trope onstage. Uncanny Valley is his specialty.
- Celtic Frost:
- "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."
- 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.
- The song "Abeo" sounds pretty unsettling for a Nu Metal band (as they were at the time).
- Cradle Of Filth:
- Try having a good night's sleep after listening to "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" or "Venus in Fear". Extremely unsettling.
- Dani Filth's unnaturally shrill screams are just terrifying. He sounds like a female murder victim from a horror movie at times. Other vocal techniques he uses always sounds eerie, too; his deep voice sounds like Satan himself.
- As a bonus for curious tropers, here's Dinner at Deviant's Palace in reverse.
- Cradle of Thorns: "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.
- Crimson Glory play rather fanciful progressive metal, but the occasional song (Especially from the first album) manage to sneak through as nightmare fuel. You have Dragon Lady with it's loud Evil Laugh in the beginning, Azrael with lyrics like "If you hold the evil, I'll RIP YOU ALL APART" and the somber Lost Reflection which is about a man locked in an attic for eternity having no company but his own reflection in a dusty mirror.
Ha, ha, ha, ha!
You're not me!
- On the album Once Was Not, 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 "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.
- Deadsoul Tribe: "Some Things You Can't Return"; while the music is Darkerand Edgier 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.
- Deadsy: "Itty Bitty Titty Girl." 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.
- Deathspell Omega: They sound nothing like a human band and everything like a sonic reinterpretation of the many layers of hell.
- Defeated Sanity: The Lovely sounds of a girl getting brutally tortured...then seemingly killed via being skinned alive in the beginning of this song.
- A Welsh death metal band 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 cross the line; they 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 page.
- Diamond Head: Their most well-known song, "Am I Evil?". The opening riff, by itself is already a sign of things to come: it's as evil as the title indicates. And then the lyrics come: it's about a guy who goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after witnessing his mother getting burned at the stake.
On with the action now, I'll strip your pride
I'll spread your blood around, I'll see you ride
Your face is scarred with steel, wounds deep and neat
Like a double dozen before you, smells so sweet
- And the Metallica cover might be even scarier, if only thanks to the ominous prelude they added to the aforementioned riff.
- Dimmu Borgir: "Puritania". A song that starts "we'll do away with your kind" and then a robotic voice saying "exterminate the human race." and finishes with "Earth successfully erased". Most of the song is sung by someone impersonating a demonic robot.
- Disgorge: For reasons unknown, this Mexican brutal death band decided to put this quite unfitting and haunting melody at the beginning of "Raise the Pestilence". Just check your sound levels before playing it.
- "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.
- "Hell" sounds like a revenge-rock anthem, until the second bridge:
Save me, from wreaking my vengeance upon you!
(Translation: Stop me from killing you; I can't control myself!)
- Electric Wizard: "I, The Witchfinder".
I am albino, evil witchfinder
I'll cleanse her sins, for witchcraft I condemn her
My implements of torture are bloody red
Your confession to sorcery will leave you dead
I'll pierce her flesh to find his mark
Torture, my pleasure, true servant of the dark
- Evergrey: The 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 he was the subject of some sort of an experiment and his tormentors were human all along.
- Faith No More:
- They and Mike Patton are known for covering some unconventional topics for such a big-name band, but the track "Jizzlobber" from Angel Dust has got to be one of the most horrifying songs ever, for its themes as much as its music. 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 Prison Rape.
- Anyone willing to get themselves scared shitless should listen to Mike Patton'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.
- How about "Edge of the World"? Sounds innocuous, but Adult Fear doesn't begin to describe it (it's sung from a pedophile's POV, after all).
- 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.
- Forever Slave: Alice's Inferno 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 Inferno and 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. "In the Forest" and "Aquelarre" are great examples.
- Gaza: "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.
- Gorguts: Obscura, especially the linked song "Sweet Silence". The last minute always catches you off guard.
- Hell: Their entire album Human Remains, where you have songs with subject matters ranging from burning in Hellnote , the Black Plaguenote , insanitynote , dark Shakespearenote and imprisonmentnote . The intros to different songs build a chilling atmosphere, and the evilest sounding music plays while the vocalist spews out demented ravings like a psychotic madman. This album was actually made in the 1980's, and didn't get released until 2011. If it's so scary now, imagine how horrifying it would've been (espesically to non-metalheads) at a time where metal was already controversy for sounding so evil.
- Hellhammer: "Triumph of Death".
"When...you... / Have...been... / Down...in your grave... / ALIVE!!!"
- Helloween: The intros for both The Dark Ride album and its corresponding title track. Horrifying!
- Horse The Band: Their lyrics are really terrifying. Especially with the creepy angry face howling at a 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"
- Iced Earth: Dante's Inferno, the song. A sixteen minute-long trip through the nine circles of Hell, experiencing all the tortures it had. This time, however, you're Dante.
- Intestinal Disgorge: Early albums them sound just barely sound human.
- Judas Priest: "The Ripper", a song from the first-person view of Jack The Ripper, filled to the brim with Paranoia Fuel and a bridge that, at one point, has a guitar mimicking the screams of one of his victims.
- Katatonia: "Untrue". 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 Ĺkerfeldt'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.
- Khanate: They are known to be this in musical form. 
- King Diamond: Albums about living paintings, corpses made into puppets by a deranged magician and are very aware and alive, ground glass in dinner... his album concepts are pure Nightmare Fuel.
- Thanks to his vocal skills, King manages to turn an offering of tea into this in "Them".
- Korn: "Twist", which can't help but evoke the image of evisceration by a wolverine with rabies. However, the song could also be considered the Crowning Moment of Funny in this video.
- Kyuss: "Freedom Run. Free to run. Freedom run..." But watch the video for "Demon Cleaner" to see a whole new level of terrifying.
- James LaBrie: His 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.
- Linkin Park: Some of the lyrics to "Figure.09" are strangely unsettling.
You've become a part of me
You'll always be right here
You've become a part of me
You'll always be my fear
I can't separate
Myself from what I've done
Giving up a part of me
I've let myself become you
- Living Colour: They were 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 about strangling someone with a hemp rope. The same album also contains the song "Go Away" wich has some of the most depressing and existentially horrifying lyrics imaginable.
I don't want anybody to touch me, i think that everybody has AIDS. What's the point in caring for you? You're gonna die anyway.
- Macabre: 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 Nightmare Retardant if it wasn't for the fact that it all actually happened.
- Malice Mizer:
- "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 Kami Existence Failure not too long after the song was released, that doesn't really help.
- From the early days: "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 the corpse of the woman he has just strangled to death that things get truly unnerving.
- 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 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.
- Megadeth: "Good Mourning/Black Friday." 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.
- Ministry's album The Land of Rape And Honey might not be very creepy or disturbing in itself musically, 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.
- Mortification: "Livin' Like a Zombie", possibly because it was in BME Pain Olympics.
- Motorhead: The title track from the 1992 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 militarism, predatory capitalism and social unrest, like "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 "For earth to heal then we must die, no one deserves it more".
- Nile: "Howling of the Jinn". 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.
- Nuclear Death: "Days of the Weak". Not only is it a particularly unhinged and apocalyptic death metal tune, but the lyrics are some of the sickest ever put to music.
- Oak: "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. 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".
- Ocean Chief: Most songs are just straightforward stoner doom metal songs, such as "Galleons from the Sun." However, twelve 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.
- This song's about drowning someone to death, which is creepy in and of itself, but something about this bit is chilling, especially when it leads into the sinister, repetitive outro.
Thrown back at me
Laughing at me
- 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 The Deep South led to some music that had no screaming or thrashing in it but made up for it in sheer creepiness. It's like if Faulkner played punk rock.
- Peccatum: "Desolate Ever After" and "Stillness", both from the same album. The former is better by the fact that its lyrics were meant to be a Tear Jerker, 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
- Pig Destroyer:
- Their lyrics are incredibly nightmarish. David Lynch doesn't have squat on JR Hayes.
- The album Terrifyer is appropriately named. Even the album cover is disturbing as fuck, depicting a nude girl in a red background with deformed breasts and a face concealed by blackness.
- And then there's Natasha, an EP taken up by a single, 37-minute long song named "Natasha". It's so fucking unpleasant and nihilistic it's almost painful to listen to.
- The reprise of Jennifer that follows "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.
- Another notable song from the same album (Prowler In The Yard) is Body Scout, considering how it ends:
Like explosions in space and prostitutes of fire.
And prostitutes of fire.
And prostitutes of fire!
- The Plasmarifle: "Haunted by the ghost of a dead actress". It's an enjoyable song, but it quickly turns unnerving when the whispers start. Listen to it at midnight with no lights on and think it's not terrifying.
- 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. Some find it distinctly unnerving, with demonic voices chanting "Shemhamforash" in the background while the man rants on against all things Christian.
- Saltatio Mortis: The German Folk Metal band gives us "Koma", which is either this or a Tear Jerker. The song is from the perspective of a person who 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.
- Sentenced: "Excuse Me While I Kill Myself." The name is bad enough, but the fact that the song is so upbeat and catchy when it's about shooting yourself in the head is just evil.
- Silencer: A Swedish suicidal black metal band who released one album, fronted by one Nattramn, who has an 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.
- Skinless: Their song "Execution Of Reason" begins with a sample with a man saying, "They say a hanging man hears glorious music. I wonder what it sounds like." And then the man apparently hangs himself.
- "The Virus of Life" 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, "Iowa".
- "Frail Limb Nursery" also deserves a mention with that eerie monologue, but the worst one they have is Scissors, where Corey screams himself into a delirium and breaks down for real in the studio.
- Stalaggh: This vaguely Black Metal-related noise project consists of the sound of insane people straight out of mental wards locked up together in cathedrals, toppling over each other frantically while shrieking endlessly and inadvertently evoking the sound of the complete chaos, confusion and all-consuming sorrow lurking in the most base end of the human psyche, and is pretty much the most unnerving thing you could ever hope to listen to. The "performers" supposedly consented to take part in these recordings, though it's been called into question whether anyone that far gone into mental instability can really consent to being exploited for art in this way; thus, Stalaggh has always been a very controversial act and is often name-checked among Black Metal acts known for their often exaggerated crimes against humanity. (If you're wondering how this counts as Black Metal, there are trem riffs hidden in the cacophony occasionally, but they don't serve as much more than window dressing for obvious reasons). Listen here.
- Star Of Ash: "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. It far from the only Star of Ash song to have potential Nightmare Fuel.
- Sunn O:
- They have 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. 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.
- Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine:
- "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. It will 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.
- 3 Inches Of Blood: The song "Premonition of Pain." "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."
- 1349: If you know your historynote , the name alone is chilling enough. The title-track off Hellfire packs enough nightmare fuel for the album (not counting the other songs). The last minute is filled with nothing but the sounds of something burning and a dark Evil Laugh.
- Torsofuck: "Raped by Elephants". Yeah, it sounds funny at first. Then you'll hear the intro.
- Devin Townsend: The majority of the album Ocean Machine/Biomech is angsty and a bit depressing at its worst. The last song is a peaceful one, something you'd listen to while watching a sunset while out on a boat. And then when the song has ended and you're at the peak of peace and relaxation...
- Trivium: The 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.
- Twisted Sister: After you go through two cheerful songs on Stay Hungry, the title track and We're Not Gonna Take It, The mood suddenly shifts to a bleak and desolate song called Burn In Hell. Take a guess what it's about...
- Type O Negative: For those interested in cocaine, alcohol, and tobacco, they 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.
- Velvet Cacooon: The 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 first and second halves.
- Warbringer: "Living Weapon." At one point in the song (Hiding right behind you/But you won't see me there) the vocals are modified so that, if you are wearing headphones, the voice literally sounds like it's coming from ''right behind you.''
- Wewelsburg: "Fatal Futurism Factory". It begins with some mysterious, atmospheric noises, a dog barks, then a man rants 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 Creepy Child voice lamenting, "Everything is dark here! Why did you let me die?"
- Xasthur: Recently ended, this ambient black metal project created what can only be described as slow-burning dissonant hellscapes.
- Zero Hour:
- A Fragile Mind 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. He promptly uses it on the woman he loves.
- The Towers of Avarice 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.