5. Cradle Of Filth – “Tortured Soul Asylum”
We enter the realm of magical gothic horror with Cradle Of Filth. If you are a fan of monsters and witchcraft, then “Tortured Soul Asylum” is sure to cast one hell of a spell on you. I can’t think of vocals more unique (and terrifying) than that of Dani Filth, who adds such a strong emphasis on the night seeking terror atmosphere on this track.
4. Cannibal Corpse – “Hacksaw Decapitation”
We could have easily have filled this entire list with Cannibal Corpse songs, but we had to find the creepiest of them, and “Hacksaw Decapitation” stands out as one of the best. Lyrically, it is full-on body horror at its most cringe-worthy. And not only can you count on being uncomfortable with the lyrics, you’re also sure to get hooked on the guitar work, with such a groove that slides back and forth…like a saw.
3. Marilyn Manson – “Godeatgod”
You knew the prince of darkness was going to make this list. “Godeatgod” is unsettling in its realism and commentary, leaving a void of hopelessness and chills that vibrate throughout one’s ears and body. Manson’s voice mixed with the lo-fi fuzz creates a pit one slowly finds themselves drifting further into, escaping into something much more sinister.
2. Sunn O))) – “It Took The Night To Believe”
It’s really tough to pick the creepiest Sunn O))) song (since so many of them are terrifying), but “It Took The Night To Believe” is pure nightmare fuel that stands out as a classic for the band. It is certainly not a song you want to hear while wandering the woods at night.
1. Slipknot – “Iowa”
With its 15-minute run time, there is nothing more sinister than “Iowa.” Opening with distant screams, haunting percussions and Corey Taylor’s spoken word and growls, this is easily the most terrifying song on this list. There is something deep within it, something at its core full of a dark and angry muck. “Iowa” is a song that has laid the ground for transporting us to dark and unsettling places.