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Nightmare Fuel / Pendulum

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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 isn't enough, it samples the psychedelic boat ride from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • "Tarantula" may sound very cool 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.
  • "Still Grey". it's so calm yet so... nerve wracking, because of the song picking up at a fast pace and building up to something a couple of times, but never really picking up, never giving a huge "drop", especially at the end, when it just... fades.
    • There's very few lyrics in the song additionally except for "Still grey... dream away... light up...". Very ambiguous what it means, but sounds like someone is stuck in a drug trip he can't get out of.
  • The video for "Propane Nightmares". Features a Cult with a Sinister Minister in the middle of the woods, has some sort of drink laced with who-knows-what, ends with a boy and girl escaping the cult, looking back, and seeing the shack erupt with smoky-black spirits.
  • "Comprachicos." 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.
    • The remix of "Witchcraft" by Belgian producer Netsky turns it into a calm and relaxed track, making for some blatant Lyrical Dissonance that is nigh unsettling.
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  • "Crush". An awesome song... but the video for it is about a guy who murdered his girlfriend and has gone insane from the guilt, which may change your perception of the actual song itself. Swire himself said the song is based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • The Other Side, though awesome and fast-paced, is pretty creepy.
    • The lyrics are about Demonic Possession and mind control, and the vocals in the song switch between a heavily-vocoded Voice of the Legion and two incredibly flat and creepy sounding voices saying that they control you and they're never letting go.
    • Not to mention the vocals in the bridge, sounding incredibly distraught : "they're in my head, they're in my soul".
  • Then there's "Genesis", the first song on Immersion. It begins with instrumentals sounding nearly melancholy, almost magical. Then it goes to a sudden blast of instruments, setting up an amazing intro. After that, there is Mood Whiplash, and it descends into a Scare Chord, which gradually turns more eerie along with little beeps and boops up to the end.
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  • "Voyager". It begins with discordant (yet catchy) squeals, but then you get some unfamiliar whirring and very fast drums. The middle of the song has even more high-pitched squeals and whirs and a feeling of nothingness. It doesn't help that The War of The Worlds was sampled, especially since it was an album Gareth had a fear of since he was young.


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