It’s trick or treat season once again, and it’s also time to clear the cobwebs off the rickety old Halloween playlist and hand out some new ear candy.
We went through the best of the best last year, so this time around, we’re going to go through some fresh spine-chilling 2013 titles to rock your bloody socks off.
And please, don’t chop our heads off if your favourite didn’t make the list — you can add your own spooktacular tune to the comment section at the bottom of the page.
Nine Inch Nails, “Came Back Haunted”
What better way to kick off a scary crop of tunes then with the master of mope himself, Trent Reznor? This solid, spooky track from Nine Inch Nails’ latest disc, “Hesitation Marks,” sets the tone with lyrics such as: “Now I’ve got something you have to see/They put something inside of me/The smile is red and its eyes are black/I don’t think I’ll be coming back.” Yes, we’re ha-ha-haunted already.
The Neighbourhood, “Afraid”
You may be familiar with the California alt-rockers for their hit “Sweater Weather,” but their second single from their debut album, “I Love You,” will send you running for the hills with its dark hooks and edgy sound.
Cage the Elephant, “Come a Little Closer”
Three albums in, it’s about time we all got a little closer to the rockin’ Kentucky fivesome. Their latest, “Melophobia,” may mean a fear of music, but there really is nothing to be wary of in their case. Or is there? Muhahahaha.
New Beat Fund, “Scare Me”
This quirky and hair-raising track may have you either enthralled or completely annoyed. Either way, it has done its job.
Vampire Weekend, “Unbelievers”
Okay, we’ll admit that this won’t exactly have you shakin’ in your boots, but the band’s spooky name gives us free reign to give it a plug. Besides, it’s one of the great songs of ’13 and it’ll get the undead to come alive.
NONONO, “Pumpin Blood”
“It’s your heart, it’s alive, it’s pumpin’ blood,” shouts Nonono lead singer Stina Wäppling. Thanks for the tip. Anyways, this ridiculously catchy, yet melancholy debut song from the Swedish trio will have you whistling in your zombie costume.
Queens of the Stone Age, “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”
This creepy lead-off track to the Josh Homme-led band’s latest (and damn fine) “…Like Clockwork” sets the bloodcurdling theme for the rest of the album. There will be blood.
Kanye West, “Blood on the Leaves”
We know he wouldn’t be surprised that he made our list. Whatever side of the Kanye fence you sit on, there’s no denying the power and spell that this track holds. All bow down to Yeezus! Or not.’