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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Making a playlist. Not looking for anything too "heavy" (like Gorgoroth, Cannibal Corpse, etc). Although I like metal, the person I'm making the list for doesn't.

 

 

Radiohead - Everything in its Right Place

Massive Attack - Heat Miser

VNV Nation - Tempest

Charles Manson - Ego

Acid Bath - Scream of the Butterfly

Mount Eerie - Through The Trees

Dead Can Dance - The Host Of Seraphim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning to throw in a few mellow dubstep tracks by Milanese, Skream and 2562.

post #2 of 14

Pink Floyd - Brick in the Wall

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

 

They're not gory or heavy but they're creepy imo.

post #3 of 14

Turn on a radio and turn on a Top-40 station biggrin.gif. Most ARE ultra cheesy thou

post #4 of 14

Anything by king diamond. 

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post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Great suggestions! Added "Benighted" by Opeth too, it's perfect!

 

I tried to find an Anton LaVey audiobook but haven't been able to so far ;-)

 

post #7 of 14

"Poison" from Lauri Anderson's Bright Red/Tightrope album.

 

Pure paranoia put to music. That doesn't sound like anything else.

 

The whole album is a bit creepy, and for audiophiles it's particularly well recorded, with Brian Eno atmospheric production. Compared to many mentioned so far, this is definitely on the quiet side.

 

The only link I could find was a live version, which is NOTHING like the original.

 

Or how about "A psychopath" from Lisa Gemano's Geek The Girl.

The scariest song about girl-terrified-by-axe-man-at-door. Ever.

 

 

 

 

post #8 of 14

First Post... biggrin.gif

 

Chilling to my taste are more dark ambient pieces such as

Whiteout by Mick Harris (lull) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQgbadfQzWk

Metastatic Resonance by Lustmord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m89egz033sQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL98B71A8F6CBF7277

and other artists like Michael Stearns.. in particular the album Lyra,

Michael Bentley (All the Stars Burning Bright),

experimental stuff by Mika Vainio,

and Classical stuff by composers Gyorgy Ligeti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnuAaKiX1sg and Krzystof Penderecki.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzOb3UhPmig

hope u enjoy :D

 

post #9 of 14

Current 93's "The Inmost Light" Trilogy is absolutely unnerving. I'm not allowed to listen to it around my brother's girlfriend or my niece apparently.

 

Most Current 93 works fall under the Creepy/Scary category, but the "Inmost Light" trilogy is by far some of his best.

1. Where the Long Shadows Fall (Beforetheinmostlight)

2. All the Pretty Little Horses: The Inmost Light

3. The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home (Theinmostlightthirdandfinal)

He wrote them with the help of Horror writer Thomas Ligotti 

Mind you Nigel has a lot of work in which I haven't even begun to scratch the surface.

 

 

Before that though you may want to give "I Have a Special Plan For This World"

post #10 of 14
Any of the tunes on Nick Cave and the Bad Seed's Murder Ballads qualify as music not to listen to if you're home by yourself.
post #11 of 14

"Mitternacht" on the 1974 Kraftwerk Autobahn album is spooky electronic music. Play it with a system that can handle bass well though for the full effect.

post #12 of 14

Pretty much the whole soundtrack to "The Shining" (Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion Celesta M.III especially)

 

Geez, so much dark/drone ambient like Jack Danger's "Music for Planetarium", Hyios "Consuetudines", Frore "The Nameless Place" etc)

 

Trent Reznor's side project How to Destroy Angels "The Spaces in Between"

 

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Originally Posted by thinkpol View Post

Making a playlist. Not looking for anything too "heavy" (like Gorgoroth, Cannibal Corpse, etc). Although I like metal, the person I'm making the list for doesn't.

 

Radiohead - Everything in its Right Place

Massive Attack - Heat Miser

VNV Nation - Tempest

Charles Manson - Ego

Acid Bath - Scream of the Butterfly

Mount Eerie - Through The Trees

Dead Can Dance - The Host Of Seraphim


With Massive Attack on that list, you should definitely add Portishead. Their self-titled album is one of the overall creepiest albums I've heard - as in, creepy without sounding malevolent (sort of a tricky balance between the two). There are a lot of creepy tracks on Portishead's self-titled album, my favorite is "Humming".

 

Not sure why "Heat Miser" is on the list though, I've always thought of that track as being more sexual/sensual than creepy and I'm pretty sure that was MA's intent too - "creepy" definitely isn't a theme on Protection, the album it's on. If you want Massive Attack-style creepy, go with a track off Mezzanine instead, like "Inertia Creeps" or "Black Milk", or "Antistar" from 100th Window.

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thinkpol, great list of music there. I made a bunch of recommendations on this other thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/569455/creepy-horror-setting-music/15

 

To save bandwidth, I'll just link the ...link. Hopefully you'll find something suitable. If you want some eerie dubstep, check out Burial's Untrue album.

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