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Scariest Listening Experiences

on October 31, 2012, 1:15am
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Artwork by Cap Blackard

Our own fatalistic tendencies get the best of us time to time. We’ve seen enough horror movies and read too many headlines to meddle with the dark corners and stuffy basements — yet, somehow we always do. There’s a hidden, deep-seeded love for the darkness in all of us, whether we’re screaming as it stalks us or laughing in its presence. It comes down to thrills, the ol’ fire at the bottom of our souls that burns brighter and tougher with each jump or scare.

Sometimes that experience is enhanced by music; sometimes that experience is music. So, in light of Halloween, aka the greatest holiday of the year, Consequence of Sound asked its staff to digress on some of their most frightening listening experiences to date. We were impressed with the stories, too: One took place overseas, another involved a spectre, and all sent jolts to the heart, like any good scary story should.

Don’t let the tales stop here, though. Spin your own spooky legends in the comments below. We’re dying to hear them.

-Michael Roffman

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November 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Probably the opening of Slipknot’s debut album before it transitions to (sic). Trilling XD

November 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

No YOUR ALGEBRA by The Shins?

Pee Pee Monster
October 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

“Mr. Fingers” from Animal Collective’s ODDSAC gets me every time, driving to work in the cold at 4am.

Aaron W.
October 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

No Type O Negative?

As for me, Hey Foxymophandlemama, That’s Me by Pearl Jam. Have only listened to it one and a half times ever.

October 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Reading Helter Skelter while Love’s Forever Changes spins in the background.

A frightening combination.

October 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

Some unfortunate omissions:

1. Careful with that Axe Eugene- Floyd
2. Shankill Butchers- The Decemberists
3. Climbing up the Walls- Radiohead

Otherwise fun read.

October 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

Nice feature. I can relate to Paula’s really well and the last one really killed it. Excellent writing. My scariest experience was being given a Justin Bieber record last Christmas.

Steven Fiche
October 31, 2012 at 5:39 am

“Fear of Ghosts” from Disintegration-era Cure is a pretty frightening song as well.

October 31, 2012 at 3:07 am

why would you have a campfire at bonnaroo? it’s always hot and humid AF

October 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

“Waking the Witch” by Kate Bush has to be the scariest song I know. Dark room and headphones for the full effect.


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