Halloween. The time of year where boomers hide behind their front doors, scared of the outside world demanding more free stuff from them (apparently) and an opportunity for the youth to go against everything they’ve been told in life and accept candy from strangers, so long as they’re dressed up in a costume (weird thought hey!).
But it’s also a time to welcome the scary, ghoulish and creepy vibes into your life and today we present to you a plethora of songs you should probably give a listen to and watch the videos for, to set the spooky mood at home and probably prevent your house from getting egged because the neighbourhood kids will be TERRIFIED if they hear some of these tracks playing from your speakers… Here’s The Top 20 Horrific Halloween Songs To Add To Your Playlist…
#20. Alice Cooper – ‘Feed My Frankenstein’
The godfather of shock rock has to kick this list off with a little number that is just awe-inspiring to watch in a live setting. Seriously, if you’ve never seen Alice Cooper live when he performs this song, you haven’t lived your life right yet!
#19. The Gloom in the Corner – ‘Misanthropic’
As far as bands with a schtick or gimmick go, TGITC are above that. Their latest EP Flesh & Bones (our review here) showcased not only their hard-hitting heavy style, but a story about a twisted individual named Sherlock Bones who instantly gives you the creeps once you dive into his world. Seriously, why this band isn’t bigger than they already are is astounding.
#18. Wednesday 13 – ‘Haddonfield’
The creep master Wednesday 13 singing a song inspired by the Halloween movie series? Sign us the fuck up!
#17. Rob Zombie – ‘Living Dead Girl’
If you’re stuck for Halloween costume ideas, here’s two options for you: 1 – go as the man and horror icon himself Mr Rob Zombie or 2 – go as a Living Dead Girl, it’s like a zombie but sexier.
#16. Motionless in White – ‘Disguise’
Their band name should creep you out alone, but when I first watched this video, it was reminiscent of all the old creature feature movies I used to watch as a kid and all of that PTSD from being a scared 10yr old came flooding back. So now, you can suffer too.
#15. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Fucked With A Knife’
…then you’ve got a song titled ‘Fucked With A Knife‘ by Cannibal Corpse which is just utterly fucking terrifying for obvious reasons…
#14. Marilyn Manson – ‘This Is Halloween’
Easing up on the shock for a second, you know what’s better than the original theme song to the goth/emo cult classic film of all time, The Nightmare Before Christmas? A version performed by the one and only Marilyn Manson. Have this on repeat tonight and give those trick-or-treaters a lesson in good music!
#13. Ice Nine Kills – ‘IT is the End’
Listening to this song is a journey in itself. There are so many elements that make this track such a fucking amazing experience. It’s heavy, it’s fast, it’s inspired by IT, clowns are fucking scary, the horn section from Less Than Jake really adds an extra level of excitement whilst listening to it and goddamn, frontman Spencer Charnas dressed up like Pennywise the Clown!
#12. High Tension – Veil
If you’re a sucker for brutal heavy screams that just fill you with joy (or spine-tingling shivers) go no further than High Tension‘s Karina Utomo who can switch from sounding so calm and collected to DESTROYING YOUR HEARING IN LESS THAN 5 SECONDS.
#11. Slipknot – ‘Vermillion Pt. 2’
This song, part two in particular gets on the list purely for the fact the music video, when you watch it for the first time, send chills up your spine with the way they turned the original, heavy version, into this ballad-esque sad song where you can’t help but feel sorry for the girl, alone and floating around with no one in sight proving you don’t need jump scares or shock horror to make someone feel uneasy…
#10. KoRn – ‘Dead Bodies Everywhere’
Fun Fact: In high school, we had to do a project/assignment based upon images we were given from a teacher and explain how they made us feel and attach a song to the picture and explain how they’re connected. I was given a photo of a battlefield during World War II and whilst everyone else chose the Black Eyed Peas ‘Where Is The Love?‘, I opted for the uncomfortable, in your face track ‘Dead Bodies Everywhere‘ by KoRn. I can’t remember what the teacher gave me for that presentation, all I know is the kids in my class didn’t look me in the eyes much following that.
Also, the song is actually about Jonathan Davis succumbing to parental peer pressure and working in a morgue as opposed to a normal job and all he got out of it was “dead bodies everywhere”
#9. Lacuna Coil – ‘Reckless’
A few weeks back, this video popped up and ruined everything in my life… Do NOT watch if you don’t enjoy things that make you squirm.
#8. Portal – ‘Glumurphonel’
Brisbane band Portal have always crept me the fuck out and this performance in particular makes me want to down a few beers and try to catch their show, just to see what the fuss is about. If you grew up playing the Silent Hill video games, this is just like watching one of the creepy creatures in that game, on stage, violently shredding on guitar.
#7. Maroon 5 – ‘Moves Like Jagger’
Utterly terrifying shit when you think about it. Mick Jagger is 76 years old now. Can you imagine him trying to bust a move on the dancefloor? On top of that, having to listen to a Maroon 5 song in full (again) should be considered torture treatment material…
#6. Cattle Decapitation – ‘Forced Gender Reassignment’
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Fucking NOPE!
#5. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
A classic metal anthem that ties back to the old which hunt era. For a song so simple and easy to listen to, it does have a major creep factor when played out of place or when no one is expecting it. It’s the kind of song that’d come on in an old school horror movie when the protagonist enters a creepy, old house trying to find someone/something only to be chased away or hunted down as the riffage at the end opens up.
#4. The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn’
If you’ve seen the Evil Dead movies, you know that one scene where the girl is tangled up by the rose vine tree… Without going into detail about what happens (if you know, you KNOW), imagine the look on my face when I found out The Black Dahlia Murder wrote a song about it.
#3. My Chemical Romance – ‘Early Sunsets Over Monroeville’
This song alone proves just how technical MCR were. It’s about a husband and wife who are on the run from vampires. Unfortunately, the wife gets caught, bitten and her husband is forced to kill her before she turns. But it’s not just the story within the song that sells it for us, the singing starts off soft and slow before the tempo rises, it gets louder and more hectic as the story progresses. Amazing narrative through music.
#2. Whitechapel – ‘When a Demon Defiles a Witch’
Where do you even begin with an album like The Valley from Whitechapel (our review here). It was full of emotionally driven songs about Phil Bozeman‘s life and featured videos that drew you into the stories being told and gave them an extra level of relatability through his pain and discomfort. This song in particular got me with sooo many feels like sadness, uneasiness, fear, vulnerability and weird appreciation for the track because of the video alone, combining the song to tell such a hard-hitting and brutal story that needed to be told.
and the winner is…
#1. Avenged Sevenfold – ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’
This song/video has everything. A blossoming relationship. A horrific murder. A tumultuously, overbearing guilt felt from the murderer. A resurrection. An act of revenge and a happily ever after ending. It’s quite frightening how beautifully crafted this song/video is and I’m so surprised no one has turned this into a graphic novel or cartoon series yet because it has everything to make this dysfunctional relationship an exciting and engaging series (or webisode) with a soundtrack from Avenged Sevenfold.
Happy Halloween you filthy animals xoxo