Silent Hill 2 - My Top 10 Creepiest Songs
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#1 Return[The part from 0.06 till 0.37]
It's just one on-going buzzing-like sound but it still creeps me out so very much. It creates this eery atmosphere like there is nothing there but you can't know for sure.
Playing in the hospital it deprived me of all the motivation to walk one inch further. No more turning around a corner, no more walking down dark hallways, no more uncertainty.
It kind of reminds me of the sound you may hear after an extremely loud noise, like a lower-pitched tinnitus. That's also why I get this helpless and uneasy feeling from hearing it. It's like being half-blind, stumbling around with no orientation. Plus the company of monsters from your psyche.
#2 TensionNever has a piece of music managed to make me that nervous and paranoid. That scraping, it's like Pyramid Head is close and searching for you, dragging his big knife along behind him. And wherever I go, he will definitely find me. The whole track has a "metallic" touch to it, if I may call it that, that makes me feel like I'm already in the Otherworld. The static creates the lonely and void atmosphere. There no one in this area, just you... and that Red Pyramid Thing. Nice prospects!
#3 Chasing DelusionsAt first "Chasing Delusions" gives me the impression that I'm approaching something big, step by step. It can't be good but everything still seems rather 'safe'.
In the game, I believe, one finds oneself in narrow corridors. Under claustrophobic conditions James and Maria make their way to the exit elevator in the hospital. The music gains a bit more momentum, you can hear a heartbeat and the crisis seems imminent. That part makes my tension even worse, but this time the premonition is nothing compared to the actual 'climax'.
Suddenly that irritating wailing starts and makes me feel like I need to run like hell or else it will have a not so pleasant outcome. And that's also what happens. Out of nowhere, clang, clang, thunk, scraaaape, Pyramid Head has come to rape, and you better run as fast you can because the usually so slow triangle man is now quite light on his feet.
#4 Only a NightmareThis plays in the Labyrinth. And it literally sounds like it's calling for you. It isn't very inviting but I still feel drawn to it and want to find out the cause of it. But on the other hand it feels like being lost in a maze, everything looks the same and there seems no way out. The howling supports that desperation and that thin line between a distant and hollow place to escape from the horror and a daunting, oppressive and dooming fortress with no break-out makes it so special. It's very hard to put into words.
#5 Lost MindI think this is another Labyrinth Theme. It also has this "metallic" feel to it, delivers more desperation and confusion and transports me into another lonesome area with nobody around but you never know for sure. Perfectly titled "Lost Mind" because that is what it makes my head experience. If I heard this in an actual labyrinth it would drive me completely insane.
#6 Forgotten InfernoThis song got stuck in my head the first time I've heard it in the corridors of the Lakeview Hotel. I said to my friend: "This might actually be a really beautiful song if there wasn't this weird noise all the time."
The constant, unstable ringing lets it become creepy.
Like I find myself in a blurry dream, gasping for air in an underwater room. The theme does possess a certain beauty but somehow for me it carries the feeling of death with it. I just want to go away and not hear this anymore, because it makes me kind of miserable.
It's similar to what I imagine a Siren's lullaby to be like (the mythological creatures). I immediately associate it with water when hearing the music only, in the game it goes along with the ceilings dripping of water in the hotel corridors and slowly filling themselves with the fluid.
Silent Hill 2 (Greatest Hits) - PlayStation 2
#7 Flooded EstateThis one feels like the world is about to end to me. In the game I thought it was Mary's last gasping for air before she died. This breathing noise sounds like it was someone connected to some kind of appartus that is keeping him or her alive artificially. That 'hammering' makes it even more apocalyptic. It's also like there's some higher lifeform watching and chasing me. Completely creeping me out.
Somehow it also gives me the image of a very cold, if not even freezing, environment. The wailing that starts to set in soon after is almost identical to the one in the labyrinth. But some time in between there are some teeny tiny noises that strangely tickle or rather unnerve my ear. Like a fly flew by it. In an inch of a second. Maybe my ears have just become oversensitive by now...
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut (Platinum) (PAL)... - PlayStation 2
#8 Warped MindIt's very, very hard to listen to this track. It's like someone drills inside of my brain and saws on my eardrum. A piece of music that could manage to turn me into a lunatic under the right circumstances; definitely an effective method for torture. It hurts and it's also extremely scary at the same time because you have no idea what is causing this noise. It doesn't sound "normal" anymore so 'something' squealing and screaming in distress or a Pyramid Head putting together its triangle seems to be much more natural. Yes, it's like one of the most definite themes in SH2 that express pain and suffering and I just want it to stop as soon as possible.
#9 Blood PulseMinimalistic with a simple, iterative bass line. Nothing more and it's already getting eery again. These weird noises which I find myself unable to describe right now let me think that something's waiting for me somewhere in this building, this area. Like it's climbing around in a lift or ventilation shaft. The music also builds up a certain suspense but I'd prefer to be less curious about what's to come in such a situation and rather get the hell out of there.
#10 Mangled CorpsesThis one is "quieter" and doesn't seem to be that spectacular at first. But the very faint ringing and the muffled humming maintain the uncertainty and false silence that can easily mislead. And I could swear that I heard someone breathing (very) weakly during the calmer parts, like someone's last breath before he is strangled or something. That is creepy as well of course. Especially because sometimes I'm not sure if there really are such noises in this track...Am I going mental or what?
This soundtrack is definitely unwholesome and brilliant. Akira Yamaoka is fantastic at creating an atmosphere in an instant.
[I will re-link the tracks asap since my soundcloud is down.]
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