With the horrible taste that Silent Hill: Revelation 3D left in my mouth, I found myself returning to classic Silent Hill music to remind myself of how amazing the series was (and is, thanks to Downpour (review)). And as I was listening to Akira Yamaoka‘s Silent Hill 1 OST, which I used to fall asleep to (that probably explains a few things about me…), I felt something that I hadn’t felt from the latest film in any way, shape, or form: fear. Trepidation. Unease. I was looking over my shoulder as each track unfolded and I felt my nerves begin to stretch and tighten.
Since it’s officially Halloween, I wanted to share with you my 8 Scariest Silent Hill 1 Tracks as a way of revisiting the past to one of the most terrifying video games ever released. Head on below for a playlist that will make your Halloween party that much more spooky!
“All” (Track 2)
Opening with a metallic shaking that snakes in, increasing in speed before suddenly slowing down and fading out, this track builds and builds, hinting that something huge and awful is coming for you. And then it simply fades out, leaving without letting you know what it is. It’s the tease that always got to me.
“Over” (Track 5)
Another track that builds slowly, this time adding in a wheezing, bellowing sound, like some awful, diseased breathing. Then, a maniacal siren comes in, schizophrenically changing pitches followed by violent percussive sounds, an impending doom coming straight for you. It all comes to a fever pitch with those sirens shrieking, warning everyone to get as far away as possible.
“Hear Nothing” (Track 11)
The reason this track scared me so much was how sparse it was. Much like the town of Silent Hill, this track was minimal, almost a “ghost town” of a track, ambient noise hovering overhead while pipes clanged distantly in the background, barely emerging from the fog. Who was banging those pipes? Where was the sound coming from?
“Killed By Death” (Track 13)
This track is a build up to something terrifying. Pipes clang but, unlike “Hear Nothing”, you are in the middle of them. Demonic whistling pervades when suddenly a whooshing howl escapes, letting you know that something terrifying is just beyond the darkness, ready to pounce out.
“Heaven Give Me Say” (Track 20)
A single windy howl floats ghostlike through this track, while, sporadically, a very, very low rumbling rest underneath, the juxtaposition of air and earth, Heaven and Hell. Towards the middle of this song, there is a bell-like peal, a beacon calling out to offer salvation. And yet, there is something incredibly sinister in the air.
“I’ll Kill You” (Track 22)
This track, for me is the perfect Silent Hill representation of a “chase”. Each instrument creeps in, building in volume and intensity, as though something is coming closer and closer. Be it low pitched, arpeggiated rumblings or shrieking whistles, something is after you. And then, when the frantic tribal drums come in, there is this cacophony of screams, a choir shrieking in pain and urging you to run fast, to get away. The track ends with a piercing tone, almost like a the sound when someone flatlines.
“Never Again” (Track 29)
The track opens with strings, pulsating booms in the background, and a strange, goose bump-inducing raspy scratch. Suddenly, everything drops out and there is silence. And then that raspy scratch comes back. Then silence. Then the raspy scratch. I was always terrified by that because I never knew what caused the “music” to stop. What was this scratch that forced the other instruments into silence? My imagination ran wild with that very question.
“My Heaven” (Track 37)
Everything comes to a header with this track. This is sheer chaos, unpredictably jumping from frantic drums to paced notes, all while a terrifying pitch-shifted howl screams overhead. The name is also an aspect that frightened me. Who would call this insanity their heaven?