Metallica's terrifying war tale "One" takes on Bloodrock's haunting plane-crash account "D.O.A." in round one of our Rock's Scariest Song battle.

In honor of Halloween, we've chosen 16 of rock's scariest songs. The field will be sliced, diced and chopped in half every week based on your votes, until only the most terrifying song in rock history remains alive.

We've got two strong contenders here. Interestingly, both songs are told from the point of view of a person who has just endured a traumatic event. "One," from Metallica's 1988 album ... And Justice for All, is an anti-war song about a soldier who lost all his limbs and senses after stepping on a landmine. He spends his days holding his breath, praying for death, and desperately searching for a way to communicate his wishes to the doctors caring for him.

"D.O.A.," from Texas hard rock outfit Bloodrock's 1971 sophomore album, recounts the immediate aftermath of a plane accident in excruciatingly graphic detail. As blood flows out of his body our protagonist remembers hitting something in the air, and is soon informed that he has only moments to live. Cheerful stuff, huh?

You can listen to both songs below so you can make an informed choice. You can vote once per hour in each of the eight first round Rock's Scariest Song battles until polls close on Oct. 12 at 11:59PM ET. Your choice for Rock's Scariest Song of all time will be revealed on Nov. 1, 2015.

Hear Bloodrock Perform 'D.O.A.'

Watch Metallica Perform "One"


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