The godfathers of metal take on a fellow British act, as Black Sabbath battle Cradle of Filth in this Round 1 match in our Most Haunting Halloween Track tournament.

Tony Iommi's notes created one of the most haunting sounds to ever emanate from a guitar. The song “Black Sabbath” is over 45 years old and still counts as one of the scariest songs to come out of metal since Black Sabbath invented the genre. The barren verse has Ozzy Osbourne's quivering voice describing the hazy and Hellish scene, “What is this that stands before me? / Figure in black which points at me / Turn 'round quick, and start to run / Find out I'm the chosen one / Oh no!”

England’s Cradle of Filth create some scary sounding music, but their lyrics serve almost as literature due to their length. “That fateful Eve when / The trees stank of sunset and camphor / Their lanterns chased phantoms and threw / An inquisitive glance, like the shadows they cast / On my love picking rue by the light of the moon.” “Her Ghost in the Fog” is no exception, delivering pitch-shifted narrative vocals, Dani Filth’s shrieking vocals that sound like a tea kettle boiling over, and ethereal female backing vocals to deliver the full cinematic experience.

Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" or Cradle of Filth's "Her Ghost in the Fog?" Cast your vote for the Most Haunting Halloween Track in the poll below! Voting for this round closes on Friday, Oct. 16, at 9 AM ET. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure that the Most Haunting Halloween Track wins!

Black Sabbath, "Black Sabbath"

Cradle of Filth, "Her Ghost in the Fog"

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