14 rock and metal songs that are legitimately terrifying

From Pink Floyd to Rammstein, these bands have seriously freaked out their fans…

14 rock and metal songs that are legitimately terrifying
Kerrang! staff

When we decided to ask the internet recently, ‘What is the scariest song that you have ever heard?’, we were met with quite the mixed response. Some smart-arses jokingly referred to tracks by the likes of Cliff Richard, Aqua, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber, while others took the question much more seriously (thank you – we appreciate you people), and revealed the horrors they experienced diving into rock and metal bands’ dark sides.

Whether it’s the gruesome lyrics and disturbing subject matter, the way in which the words are actually delivered, or simply just some creepy-as-hell instrumentation, there’s plenty of music out there that doesn’t simply just increase the heart rate and causes hair to stand on end, but is nigh-on impossible to listen to.

So dive in – if you dare…

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

Peter via Facebook: “Put that song on while all alone in a cabin in the middle of the deep woods a dark rainy night in November…”

Slipknot – The Virus Of Life

Laura via Facebook: “Scariest, making you uncomfortable as hell: The Virus Of Life. It creates an atmosphere, everything is wrong: the lyrics, the melody, the screams… I love it but god does it make me uncomfortable and sick.”

Korn – Daddy

Kïrstïn via Facebook: “Probably the most fucked up song I’ve ever heard yet so heartbreaking at the same time.”

Slayer – Dead Skin Mask

Jskellington07 via Twitter: “Actually scared me the first time I listened to it, I was home alone and blasting Seasons In The Abyss for the first time and this little girl’s voice came through the song and scared me, I actually stopped the song as it scared me so much!!”

Megadeth – Sweating Bullets

Weston via Facebook: “First time as a kid hearing Sweating Bullets by Megadeth gave me chills. The video didn’t help either.”

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

Maksymilian via Facebook: “Closer by Nine Inch Nails. This disturbing tune and the lyrics always give me chills.”

Guns N’ Roses – Civil War

Lotto via Facebook: “I told my younger brother that the opening guitar part to Civil War by Guns N’ Roses was the song you hear before you die, so I used to play it on my acoustic guitar in his room while he was sleeping. Wish I’d had a video of the freakouts.”

Faith No More – Jizzlobber

tavisallen via Instagram: “Jizzlobber by Faith No More off of Angel Dust. Every aspect is scary: the sampled intro, the dissonance in the keyboards, the brutal drumming, the chord progression, the bass fills, the lyrics and how they are delivered, and the organ/choral ending.”

Rammstein – Wiener Blut

schoof.rita via Instagram: “Wiener Blut by Rammstein because of Till’s voice and creepy atmospherics of the song.”

Every Time I Die – Moor

Brandon via Facebook: “More so creepy and unnerving than scary, but still. Moor by Every Time I Die. Can’t remember the last time something sent shivers down my spine like that song did the first time I listened to it.”

Suicide Silence – And Then She Bled

Joe via Facebook: “No lyrics, just an instrumental with the phone call from the lady whose friend was attacked by a chimpanzee and her face was ripped off lol.”

Avenged Sevenfold – A Little Piece Of Heaven

Cris via Facebook: “Watch the whole music video and listen to the lyrics itself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the typical creepy thing, it’s more than that and much more serious. The riffs are quite good and the rhythm of the song made it scary asf.”

Mr. Bungle – Dead Goon

Aaron via Facebook: “Dead Goon by Mr. Bungle. Hands down. Loved Bungle since age 12, and that song in particular sounds like circus music from hell.”

Pink Floyd – Careful With That Axe Eugene

RichMyself via Twitter: “There is a scream in the middle which curdles my blood every fucking time.”

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