Chilling Songs About Serial Killers, Take 4 | Playlist
The world is disgusted and fascinated with serial killers and the crimes they commit. Here are 16 more chilling songs that capture the horror of serial killers.
How can some people be so cold-hearted and evil? That is the question that is often asked about serial killers. Serial killers both disgust the world as well as fascinate the world. The reason for the fascination is because it’s tough to believe anyone could be so disturbed and go to such measures to end innocent lives. The perversions of these killers have inspired numerous books, films, and music. Today, we’ll explore just a small sliver of songs about serial killers. Here are 16 MORE Chilling Songs About Serial Killers (Take 4).
If you somehow have missed action that’s been going down, you may want to catch-up on our other killer lists. They’re “very, very frightening.”
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Without further ado, Chilling Songs About Serial Killers, Take 4.
1. Richard Thompson, “Love in a Faithless Country”
Album: Faithless, 2004 | Killers Referenced: Ian Brady & Myra Hindley
Sometimes, the darkest songs can be the most beautiful. That is the case with “Love in a Faithless Country,” one of the most radiant, yet blackest songs ever. This song originally appearedon the 1985 LP by veteran British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, Across a Crowded Room. In the United States, however, the only available version appears on Thompson’s 2004 effort, Faithless.
“Love in a Faithless Country” “deals with a mass murderer and his wife roaming across Britain,” even though, the Moors Murderers – Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – aren’t explicitly mentioned in the song. Nonetheless, as beautiful as “Love in a Faithless Country” is, it’s also unsettling, as are the lyrics. However, That’s the way we make love.
“Always make your best moves late at night /Always keep your tools well out of sight / It never pays to work the same town twice /It never hurts to be a little nice.”
2. Church of Misery, “Plainfield”
Album: Early Works Compilation, 2011 | Killer Referenced: Ed Gein
Previous Appearance: A Twisted Soundtrack for Ed Gein: Butcher of Plainfield | Playlist
Ah, we love some Church of! The Japanese metal band has appeared on the majority of our serial killer playlists for good reason – they seem to have a song for every killer we’ve profiled. Mr. Gein gets some of their affection as well on “Plainfield.” The lyrics certainly suit Ed to say the least. Church of Misery wouldn’t dare miss the opportunity to mention the dead skin mask. Fittingly, the band set things up with some background info and an extended, dark, malicious instrumental before the singing commences.
“Lonely old blood farmer / Resides in deserted house / Grave robber, body collector / Fall from sanity’s grace / Digs up a bone and human body… / Put on your ‘Dead skin mask’ / Now’s the time to perform the rite.”
3. Downthesun, “Lucas Toole”
Henry Lee Lucas and his accomplice, Ottis Toole. Two very bad people. Understatement. Lucas was born into trouble, and naturally, he extended upon such trouble. As for Toole, he literally “wasn’t the smartest tool in the shed,” pursuing a life of crime. Notoriously, Toole is believed to be responsible for the murder of Adam Walsh.
“You watch them, contemplating your desires / Waiting for someone like you / Life means shit, you’d kill anything / Empty eyes smile, erasing innocence.”
Read more on the two despicable deviants if you wish, but Downthesun does an exceptional job of describing the two lowdown souls above and below.
“Shutting out the life / Was Lucas born to die / A circle of madness is made / A tool of a sickened mind.”
The band truly captures the perspective of loved ones, mourning the loss to a disgusting serial killer.
“I wish I’d never had heard of this / Staring at his picture hurts inside / Why’d you have to make him die / I’d give anything to bring him back / And put you in his place.”
4. Interpol, “Evil”
Fred West and Rose West made some kind of husband/wife pair – a murderous one. There are plenty more serial killing duos that garner more press, but this English pair shouldn’t be left out. Arguably, Fred West is the worst of the two, ultimately hanging himself after being convicted. Rose, certain wasn’t innocent, eventually earning a life sentence. Alternative darlings Interpol tackle the twisted pair on “Evil,” a popular song from their 2004 album, Antics.
“Rosemary / Heaven restores you in life / You’re coming with me / Through the aging, the fearing, the strife… / When your friends they do come crying / Tell them now your pleasure’s set up on slow-release.”
“Evil” is taken from the perspective of Fred, who is focused on his wife, Rose, who is still alive (remember, he hangs himself).
“Rosemary / Oh heaven restores you in life / I spent a lifespan with no cellmate / the long way back / Sandy, why can’t we look the other way? / You’re weightless, semi-erotic / You need someone to take you there.”
5. Neko Case, “Deep Red Bells”
Album: Blacklisted, 2002 | Killer Referenced: Gary Ridgway
Gary Ridgeway. Just look at a photo of the dude with that weird look in his eyes and you can tell he’s one messed up individual. He was also quite prolific in his murder as the infamous Green River Killer. Officially, he murdered 49 women, but likely many more. Singer/songwriter Neko Case captures the fear and horror of his killing activities.
“He led you to this hiding place / His lightening threats spun silver tongues / The red bells beck you to ride / A handprint on the driver’s side.”
“It always has to come to this / The red bells ring this tragic hour / She lost sight of the overpass / But daylight won’t remember that / When speckled fronds raise round your bones / Who took the time to fold your clothes / And shook the Valley of the Shadow?”
The last excerpt is particularly notable. Considering Ridgeway chose victims that were at the bottom of society, naturally, he racked up more victims because these weren’t important individuals. Cruel, but true in a “dog-eat-dog world.”
“Where does this mean world cast its cold eye? Who’s left to suffer long about you… / All those like you who lost their way / Murdered on the interstate / While the red bells rang like thunder.”
6. Tormentor, “Elisabeth Bathory”
Album: Anno Domini, 1988 | Killer Referenced: Elizabeth Báthory
Previous Appearance: A Bloody Soundtrack to Countess Elizabeth Báthory | Playlist
Fittingly, a band from Hungary puts in their two cents about Countess Báthory. Their tale of Elizabeth hails from their 1988 album, Anno Domini. Expectedly, at times, Tormentor are sarcastic towards the Countess.
“Countess it is your night / You haunted by your wild desires / Possessed by bestial lust / You are the goddess of the love.”
Even with some sarcasm coming into play, the vocals aren’t the least bit sympathetic in sound. This is an eerie listen by all means. Perfectly suited for Halloween – maybe not for the kids though. Definitely not for the kids…
“Her mind is insatiable / She craves virgins’ blood evermore / Her flames will never die… / Surrounded by infernal glory.”
7. The Acacia Strain, “Ramirez”
Album: Wormwood, 2010 | Killer Referenced: Richard Ramirez
Metal collective The Acacia Strain seem like a perfect match to tackle “the horrible, no good, very bad,” Satanic monster, Richard Ramirez. The interesting thing about Ramirez is that he is one of a handful of serial killers who was quite handsome. Unfortunately for the ladies who think this dude is a stud, he wasn’t called “the night stalker” for no reason. There was nothing beautiful about Ramirez on the inside. He died in 2013, of natural causes, while on death row.
“Hail Mary, the virgin whore / I can’t fucking take this anymore / Hail Mary with the broken face / You name the time I’ll name the place.”
“Ramirez” the song may not be able to capture the horror of the serial killer (thank God), but doesn’t do a shabby job of simulating hellishness, blasphemy, and angst.
“I wanna tell her I felt it in my heart / But I have no heart to feel / I wanna tell them I know who stole my soul / But I have no soul to steel / I believe that Hell is real / Hell is other people / I am a burning building / You can’t save me.”
Yep, The Acacia Strain nails it on the final lyrics, particularly the final, profane phrase.
“I am the one who will bring Hell upon you all/ I’ll stand at the gates and watch your kingdom fall / Ashes to ashes, and dust into dust / This world is a graveyard / I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!”
8. Exodus, “Going Going Gone”
Album: Shovel Headed Kill Machine, 2005 | Killer Referenced: Richard Ramirez
Thrash metal band Exodus can’t be left out the mix! Like the Acacia Strain, they have something to say about the devilish Richard Ramirez on “Going Going Gone.”
“A straight razor and a flick of the wrist / Brass knuckles and a willing fist / A big knife and a little scream / They do wonders for my self-esteem / Warm blood and a cold embrace / The catch is better than the chase / They all ask why I’m doing this / Violence is bliss.”
Phew, that right there is some hellish stuff. There’s more.
“What you see / All I know to be / Is a madman out on a killing spree / One thing I say
I did it all my way / Gave rise to the dawn of the dying age / When I feel the urge / And it’s starting to surge / Soon I’m blowing like an atom bomb / When you comprehend / Your life’s coming to an end /I’m going, going, going, going, gone.”
“I never leave any telltale traces / Only fear frozen on dead faces / An orgasm of depravity / It’s the best kind of therapy.”