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Nightmare Fuel / Metallica

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  • "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 barrel organ isn't going to keep you up at night. Something like this.
    • Just Marianne Faithful? The song's lyrics are creepy and disturbing as fuck as well, about a once-relevant pop star living on their glory years to delusional extremes, even locking themselves in a room and reminiscing unhealthily on past glories ("Hear the nowhere crowd cry nowhere tears of honour"). Faithful's bits get even creepier when you realize it's meant to resemble said washed-up pop star singing said song. Even worse when you realize according to the band it's loosely based on the equally disturbing movie Sunset Boulevard.
  • "Unforgiven II" features disturbingly nightmarish imagery. Set in a monochrome void world where a young boy grows to adulthood with his arm permanently sealed within a massive concrete wall which collapses around him as the song progresses but leaves him trapped. Highlights including the wall transforming into a giant book that sucks the young man in and snaps shut, the young man trying to get away from the wall by stretching his arm out into a long tentacle that reels him back in again, and raging fires, fountains of water and a whirling tornado emerging from the top of the shattered wall, ending with the wall transforming into a topless woman who still has the man's arm thrusting through her body. James Hetfield in particular looks absolutely demonic with his face lit from below by flickering light. Once you see it, you'll never forget it.
  • "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.
    • "Blackened" is pretty much the same thing.
  • Try listening to "One" and not imagining yourself 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 S&M show ups this already horrifying song even further with the chillingly dark symphony accompanying them. If that wasn’t enough James ends the vocals with a bone chilling desperate scream of Rapid-Fire "No!"
    James: “'NO NO NO NO NO!!!'”
  • "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.
  • "For Whom The Bell Tolls", based on Ernest Hemingway's eponymous novel, describes in excruciating detail the scene where the anti-fascist rebels are surrounded on a hill and bombarded into oblivion by the Falangist Air Force.
  • "Harvester Of Sorrow" is about a substance-abusing man who regularly pummels his family.
  • "Enter Sandman" is a song quite explicitly about nightmares. It takes the lighthearted folktale of the Sandman, and twists it into something terrifying.
  • "Until It Sleeps" sounds like it is about someone suffering from PTSD or some other traumatic event, or someone who has seen an Eldritch Abomination.
    • "Better" yet, it's actually about having cancer.
  • "Fixxxer" is about a God that playfully tortures his subjects, and the clamor of those who suffer begging him to stop, as he's the only one that can.
  • "Where The Wild Things Are" is about child soldiers, and whose playground became the battlefield.
  • "Blackened". Everything about it, from the relentless nature of the music to its terrifying lyrics about a natural disaster and the destruction of planet earth. The intro scores some points for creepiness too; as if the fact that it sounds mournful and even funerary in nature, it gets even worse when you realize it's a backwards recording. The un-reversed version is just as chilling.
  • The cover to "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" is complete facial horror and more. Here, have a look!
  • Evil Laugh: Master of Puppets.
  • St. Anger. In its entirety, if you think of it as a concept album about someone slowly losing their sanity until the last track, "All Within My Hands". They go completely insane after two failed suicide attempts, those being "Purify" and "The Unnamed Feeling". The effect of this is that they violently murder their loved one and then the only thing they think KILL. It's genuinely disturbing.
    • Just that final line of "All Within My Hands": KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL!!
  • "Call of the Ktulu." Without lyrics, it invokes sheer Cosmic Dread. If you've read your H. P. Lovecraft, you can picture the stars lining up...and ancient doors opening...
  • "The House Jack Built" is quite possibly the most harrowing song about alcoholism ever written. Hetfield wrote the song about his own battles with alcohol addiction and the slow, plodding snails pace of the song perfectly emulates the feeling of being drunk and lethargic all the time.
  • "Spit Out The Bone" is a horrific insight into the ever-increasing reliance and dependence on technology. The video doesn't make it much better, as various slips of people transforming into robots and/or androids and horrifying imagery plagues the video.
  • "All Nightmare Long" from the album Death Magnetic is about being chased by The Hounds of Tindalos, time-traveling hunters that never give up and can emerge from any corner of any room. The video is about an Alternate Universe where the Soviet Union takes over America by using a zombifying creature found at Tunguska to cause a Zombie Apocalypse. Here's the video.
  • In addition to "Call of Ktulu" mentioned above, the album Hardwired to Self-Destruct contains the song "Dream No More" which details what happens when Cthulhu awakens "he wakes as the world dies screaming, all horrors arrive."

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