Sad Satan: Terror from the Deep Web

Many of us are drawn to metal in pursuit of something elusive, something evocative and fleeting and frightening, lingering ever beyond our reach. For some, this quest takes us through the disparate left-hand paths of the occult. For others, it leads us through the twisting interdimensional apertures of dissonance. For others, harsh walls of sonic oblivion are our gateways to alien nirvana. Whatever form this necrotic glamour inhabits, there will always be those who pursue it. At times, the path to infernal enlightenment may even lead us to uncharted territory well beyond the confines of metal, film, or other media. Today, we explore this spectral hunt for truth through a video game culled from the deep web. Join me as we investigate the arcane world of Sad Satan.

Gaming websites have been abuzz the last week or so with news of a confounding “game” that surfaced on an Onion site in the deep web. Joe sent me an email last week regarding an excellent Kotaku article that detailed much of the bizarre world. At the moment, it is unclear who created Sad Satan, why the game was created, or what the end goal of the game is. If not for Jamie from Obscure Horror Corner, we likely wouldn’t even know it exists. Most of us will never venture into the seedy underbelly of the internet, and the likelihood of sifting through all the illicit content just to find this esoteric game is minimal at best. What we do know is that a mysterious personality on the deep web known only as ZK appears to be the one who initially drew attention to the game. For what little is known of the game, even less appears to be known of ZK, aside from the fact that he likes to post unsavory content to Onion sites and leaves clues in the form of cryptic notes and demoniac ramblings. Compounding the otherworldly quality of the game is that the Kotaku article mentions that the game itself may be a vessel for something far more sinister, seemingly opening text files with occult symbols and doing who knows what else to a user’s computer.

If the game itself isn’t a channel for some malevolent code, it certainly feels like a ritual summoning pentacle for some foul hellspawn. The original Kotaku article only showed two of the videos of the game being played. There are now five videos uploaded to YouTube, all of which are presented below with minimal comment. I want to give as little of this away as possible because Sad Satan is an experience that cannot, and perhaps should not, be described.

Part 1 opens with the player trapped in a gloomy, monochromatic hallway. As the player wanders around, you get the sense that you’ve just taken some mind-altering substances and are in for a very bad trip.

Part 2 is where things start to get truly strange. It is here that the player learns that he is not alone in this waking night terror. Static images, garbled dialogue, and piercing screams are used to dramatic effect.

Part 3 is the segment that disturbed me the most. Here the player is subject to actual psychological torment. Trapped in a sealed hall with no escape and no reprieve, the player is bludgeoned with repeated audio clips of ominous threat. “Believe me, if I started murdering people, there’d be none of you left.”

Disarmed, disoriented, but not alone, the player now must start to actually seek answers for the endless riddles of the maze. There’s an urgency to Part 4 that has yet been unseen in the labyrinth.

Part 5 reveals that the threat of the in-game entities is real. Perhaps there truly is no escape.

I cannot say what exactly Sad Satan is. I have not played the game, and I’m certainly not going to go poking around the deep web to find it. Instead, I have settled for vicariously experiencing the nefarious world through the above videos. After watching all five parts, I was left with far more questions than answers. Why was the game made? What do the static images mean? Who is behind this?

What I can say is that the game appears to be quite the cinematic experience. Even the videos tap into some unseen, primal sense lurking deep within our subconscious minds. The raw emotion and disturbing atmosphere are reminiscent of independent horror film Begotten. Both are twisted journeys into the darkest reaches of the abyss in corners we may not be meant to illuminate.

Much of the potency of the videos is derived from the bare, disruptive sounds employed. However, I found that the videos make excellent backdrops for some of the more malevolent branches of the metal tree. Below I have selected one song to play with each video. Play each at 50% to 75% volume with the corresponding video to allow the dramatic and insectile effects of the videos to emerge.

  1. Abyssal – “Veil of Transcendence”
  2. Jute Gyte – “Flux and Permanence”
  3. Ævangelist – “Veils”
  4. Whitehorse – “Remains Unknown
  5. Incantation – “Abolishment of Immaculate Serenity”

There are many paths through the dark. Sad Satan offers one of the most mystifying trails I’ve yet encountered and takes you to the very edge of the yawning maw of desolation. To face whatever lurks in the black depths of the well may require a cost that is far too great.

(h/t Joe Thrashnkill, Patricia Hernandez, and Jamie form Obscure Horror Corner)

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Published on: July 13, 2015

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  • 2spooky4OHGODMYEYESTHEY’REINMYEYESMAKEITSTOP!

  • Le Tapir The Based

    Not going to deep web is definitely a good idea.

    • KJM

      Just make sure you recite the proper chant before you hit ‘enter’ or They will come.

      • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

        “Klaatu Barada N… Necktie… Neckturn… Nickel… It’s an “N” word, it’s definitely an “N” word! Klaatu… Barada… N…”

        [coughs]

        • KJM

          Groovy.

          • JW(E)G

            Have you seen the latest trailer for the Ash vs Evil Dead series?

            I should probably look into how to see the series in Canada. I don’t think we get Starz on Shaw Cable, but surely there’s an online method for which I could use a VPN (like how I’d get U.S. Netflix if I were inclined).

          • sweetooth0

            I hear tell of this thing called Torrents.

          • JW(E)G

            I may resort to that if nothing else free of charge (or that I’m not already paying for) pans out.

          • sweetooth0

            The trailer gave me new hope that the Evil Dead TV show will be good.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I’m fairly optimistic, it looks pretty good

    • Maik Beninton™

      I don’t even know how to get there.
      2obscure4me.

  • Disgustache

    There is some whack shit in the deep web.

    http://staticmass.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ab_3.jpg

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
    • CyberneticOrganism

  • Is this going to be revealed to be some marketing campaign for a new horror movie?

    • The W.

      I wouldn’t even be mad.

    • I hope not. It’s so much more fun to think someone just made this out of twisted enthusiasm.

      • I just have a lot of skepticism with stuff like this.

        It doesn’t make any less creepy, though.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Is anyone actually taken in with this “deep web” horror bullshit?

          I imagine the real deep web is a lot less interesting; mundane spreadsheets for drug transactions, hidden government file archives (the boring ones, not the X-Files shit), etc.

          • And a huge lot of bad html web designs with Cliparts and Wordarts lol

          • The W.

            There’s a whole lot of illicit pornography on the deep web, from what I hear.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            I prefer my pornography licit.

          • KJM

            Actual purchasing and delivery of said drugs as well.

          • Dagon

            I think most of the outlandish stuff like human sex dolls and what not are probably bullshit.

            The hitman, drug and sick porn rumors, probably not. Also snuff films.

          • Call the Slambulance

            Nah, that shit is all pretty real.

          • The W.

            Also, even if the deep web isn’t some den of occult horror, these videos are still pretty spooky.

          • I just assumed “deep web” came from a late 90’s movie about cool young skateboarding computer hackerz that constantly say “We’re in”.

            http://www.devildead.com/hackers/hackers10.jpg

          • Dagon

            I loved that flick when I was a kid.

          • Le Tapir The Based

            I believe red rooms have been proven false, but there’s quite a lot of CP there.

          • redacted for stupidity

          • oh, I think I got it. nevermind

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Someone’s gonna get lawnmower manned!

          • Call the Slambulance

            You aren’t far off. It’s a pain in the ass to navigate. It looks nothing like standard internet browsers. You basically have subsections you have to click on, hoping you get sent to the place you want to be. You need to know your way around if you want it to get anything out of the experience.

          • I don’t know how many do, but I think it’s more the allure of the unknown. The deep web may be rather mundane in actuality, I’m quite certain. But the idea conjures up images of surreal horror in a world where conspiracy theories are true and the darkest depths of the human psyche are unchained.

  • I tried to use Tor to download the game and somehow ended up hiring a hitman pls help Google

    • I tried to use Tor do download the game and somehow ended knowing how to make bombs to blown up the Venezuelan goverment pls help Google

      • Dagon

        If you need help detonating them I’m your man. Screw these crappy gubnments.

    • KJM

      I tried to use Tor to download the game and ended up ordering approx 1000 80 mg Oxycodone tabs. Hurray for me.

      • Dagon

        I tried to use Tor to download the game and ended up finding 12 bricks. Now I gotta make them count. Finna make them flip.

        • I tried to use Tor to download the game and now we got baking soda, we got baking soda.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I tried to use Tor to download the game and I ended up buying the corpse of Chris Benoit pls help Google.

          • more beer

            You should take his corpse on some sort of a tour! Make some money.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            It was a joke.

          • more beer

            So was that!

          • Ann plz!

      • more beer

        You win!

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      You think that’s bad? When I tried to download the game I ended up buying the corpse of Chris Benoit. I don’t want to have that wrestler/murderer’s corpse.

    • Hotdog Clifford

      I tried to use to Tor to download the game and accidentally ordered a sex slave and downloaded 10 gb of child porn what do i do

      • I guess do whatever Pete Townsend did. He’s somehow not in jail.

      • more beer

        Hit the weight pile. You will need to bulk up before that lengthy prison sentence.

    • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

      Hiring a hitman? Is that you, Phil Rudd?

  • Spear

    Power Electronics: The Game

    • Made by Edward & Molenaar Software

      • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

        And Terrorfakt Studios.

  • KJM

    Some of the voice FX are slightly altered numbers station broadcasts.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station

    • The W.

      Interesting. I didn’t know this. I know the speech in video 3. Didn’t want to give it away. Also, some of the static images are easily identifiable.

      • KJM

        Are you familiar with the movie ‘Banshee Chapter’?
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banshee_Chapter

        • The W.

          I’m not, but that looks really interesting!

          • KJM

            It’s on Netflix instant.

          • The W.

            BOOM!

          • The W.

            I remembered watching a John Cusack film about Numbers stations.

          • KJM

            I read about it that film while looking up numbers stations after seeing Banshee.

  • MADNESS CHAOS IN THE BRAIN

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

    For those late to the Abyssal party. The album is streaming in full on Bandcamp.
    https://abyssal-home.bandcamp.com/

    • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
      • Dagon

        Same artist, maybe? I always thought Misþyrming’s kinda looks like what you get from scanning microscopes.

        • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

          Not sure, but it’s pretty terrifying. It’s like an abstract view of Hell.

          • Void Dweller

            I thought that Misþyrming’s cover was hell. Once you look close enough and see all the people, etc.

          • The W.

            Oh, you’re right!

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Yeah, I did notice them on the LP artwork. Still very abstract which I think makes it even more terrifying.

          • Yup, it’s very clear if you have a high res copy with a little bit of brightness. It have the fumes and the lava.

            The Abyss one is abstract, I didn’t found shapes for it.

          • Void Dweller

            Yeah, that one seems more “artsy”.

          • The W.

            You ever listen to Incantation?

          • Void Dweller

            I honestly have never paid much attention to them. I’ve always been meaning to check them out though.

          • The W.

            Of the bands I selected, I figured that one would appeal to you. Stronger riffs than the others.

          • Void Dweller

            Yeah, I need to get on that.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude, you must explore Incantation. They are the original evil, cavernous, dirge-like death metal band, spawning many imitators but also influencing countless amazing bands. Start with Onward to Golgotha or Mortal Throne of Nazarene.

            EDIT: Try this one. A short, to the point sample of their sound. One of their most classic tracks.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeqHXbiIPy8

          • The W.

            Even their most recent album is pretty good.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            I liked their newest one a lot!

          • Howard Dean

            Dirges of Elysium was great!

            Incantation might be the most consistent death metal band ever. For some this is a bad thing, as they haven’t shaken things up much over the years. But I’m not complaining.

          • The W.

            Christian and I were talking about that the other day. They may be consistent, but they have still evolved slightly over the course of their career.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            They played with Gath Šmânê at the MDF pre-party. I fucking missed it though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnr8FnuIXIM

          • more beer

            They have been consistent through the years. They just cancelled a show they were supposed to play here in August due to a shady promoter. It really pissed me off. I go pretty far back with John and was really looking forward to seeing them.

          • more beer

            They have always been a good band.

          • Void Dweller

            Byah! Will do dude, thanks. I’ve known of the band for over 15 years, just never really checked them out.

          • I second W and HD. Incantation are one of my favorites, perfect if you dig that “death metal echoing from the caverns of hell” sound.

          • Void Dweller

            Yup, this shit rips.

          • Lacertilian

            Blood of the dead flowing down the river styx

        • Lacertilian

          Add ’em together and get that Phenol blue or crystal violet for those gram negatives & positives brah.

        • Malted Hate

          John Martin – Satan Arousing the Fallen Angels

          • Malted Hate

            @tyreegearhart:disqus here you go!

          • Dagon

            Great catch. I would never know/look for it myself. Time to start digging John Martin’s work up.

          • Malted Hate

            You’re in for a treat. He has some breathtaking paintings!

      • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
      • Malted Hate

        Oh shit you’re right! Those two covers fit so well together!

    • The W.

      Boom! I was impressed with how the music and video synced up when I tried them together. The weird circus part kicks in at a tense moment.

      • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

        Yeah, the whole album is really fucking claustrophobic.

    • YES! THIS IS A GOOD THING!

    • so damn tasty.. i love The Cornucopian and it’s first two minutes of ambiance, really pays off in the end

      • Lacertilian

        Their back catalogue is name your price on BC muh bwoy.
        Been hitting it all week, RoTW candidates throughout.

        • transferring 69 GBP’s to your account for this brotip…

          • Lacertilian

            You’re my bwoy Blue

  • RustyShackleford

    DANK writing W. Read that Kotaku article before and it scared the crap out of me. Deep web is 3spoopy5me. Yep.

  • 2:18 in the first video. Ayy, don’t enter you fool!!!!

    ;_;

    • 3:39 in the first video. Jajajaja, it reminds me of those old chinese phones ring tones.

      • 4:10 in the first video. Someone give a flu medicine to the girl reciting the numbers.

  • Dagon

    Spoopy.

    I won’t be able to check these videos right now, but I must say the fact you laid down some music pairings just made this post TOP NOTCH. Great stuff, W.

  • JW(E)G

    I saw this a few days ago – it was tweeted by one of the films I’m following – and though I figured it would be exactly the sort of thing TovH should know about I also assumed you probably had also found it (or learned about it from the FB group I’m not in) and were planning an article already.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    What if ZK was Zx1000 or our friend zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….?

    • EsusMoose

      I was just thinking that, Sad satan brought to you by the letter zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • I get creeped out enough playing Minecraft. I am sure I would not get through the above game very well..

    GL

    http://i39.tinypic.com/o5nja9.jpg

    • The W.

      The weird thing about it, GL, is that there don’t seem to be any overt objectives. It seems more about the experience than the actual gameplay.

      • That is fair. The creepy factor is still high, though!

    • Le Tapir The Based

      You know what’s the scariest thing about Minecraft? All the annoying little shitty kids playing it. Fucking horrifying.

  • To those who didn’t knew. I found that one of the photos in the first video is part of a photography series by an artist called Roger Ballen:

    You can see some of the works in the book Shadow Chamber here: http://www.rogerballen.com/shadow-chamber/

  • The W.

    The Kotaku article mentions that there seems to be some sort of link to the NSPCC.

  • Howard Dean

    Hey Dubya, I know you are keen to reddit. I just did a search for Sad Satan and found this treasure trove of analysis:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/sadsatan/comments/3c1moy/individual_part_analysis/

    • The W.

      I saw it pop up on some of the subs I use, but they didn’t seem to know any more than I did. This is an actual subreddit for the game, though! Thanks for pointing it. Will dig in!

      • Howard Dean

        Yep. I did a quick search for more info and found that subreddit. It appears the prevailing opinion is that the game is child abuse themed.

        • The W.

          That’s what the Kotaku author thought, but she hadn’t seen much of the game yet. Seems like the later videos hint at it more heavily. That post you linked went up about nine days ago which is about when I finished this post (maybe a couple days before). Had I known about it, I’m not sure how much more I would have said. Part of what makes it so eerie is the mystery behind it.

          That said, this is a great resource with some very interesting analysis! Thanks again.

        • Lacertilian

          Legend is that there lurks a reddit below subreddits, the dark reddit.

    • This is a great finding. I want to read it. Thanks, Howie!

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • JW(E)G
  • IronLawnmower

    I’ve been meaning to get on the deep web for a while so this may incentivise me more. I love fucked up shit.

    • Call the Slambulance

      I say go for it. Do some internet readin’ before you go on so you know keywords, what to look for, etc. Once you get navigating down, it’s a hell of an experience.

      • IronLawnmower

        I mostly want on so i can get mind altering substances without leaving my home

        • Call the Slambulance

          Lol my roommate used to do business via the Silk Road. It’s a different environment.

          • IronLawnmower

            Its darknet markets or somethin now innit?

          • Call the Slambulance

            I have no clue what it is now. I haven’t looked tat anything like that in a while.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    A word of warning for all you drug users here: please don’t play this game while high.

    • Le Tapir The Based

      Translation: JJD played this while high. He saw some shit!

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        I don’t do drugs or drink or smoke. This would scar me forever if I saw this while high. A part of my soul would die forever if that happened.

        • we’ll help corrupt you!

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Jimmy plz! The only thing I’d ever do is drink and I don’t turn 21 until next April!

          • i̡̛̯̬̩̩͙̝͚̙͇͌͆̑́̔͛̕͘͝ņ͚̗͚̬͙̗̼̺̤̂̆̈́̆̈́̓͌̾̚͝ ̢̫̰̩͓̜̖̫̗̥͗̾̋̿̽̌̀̏͘͠m̨̡̧̧͈͇̟͔̮͋̌̂̎͂́̈́́̚̕ͅy̧̛̙̟̮̺̮̤̰͍̽͐̒̌̿̎͋́͠ͅ ̞͚̰͎̰̼͈̠̠̫͋̏̀̑͆̉͆̿́͝m̩̘̞̯̣͍̳̪̜͋͒̒̑͊̈́̃͂̆͒͜i̪̬̳̜͈̫̩̦̙͆̊͋͐̿̉̍͂͜͝͝n̢̛͎̭͚̫̲̣͈̯̯̈̆̊̽̓̉͂͒̚d̨̗̲̣͓̮͙͔͖̩̈́̒͂͛̀͐̂̽͋͠.̡̟̺̦̠͖̪̜̹̲̽̎͊̒̓̉͂̾̇͝.̛͚̟̞̪̝̯̭͔̝̿̅̔́́̒̏́̎͜.̨̠͙̜̝̫̯̪̫̣̂͂̄̈́̿͛̍͑̂͝

            http://i.imgur.com/PDdR6Qs.gifv

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Gurp plz! Now I’m scared!

          • A word of warning for all you drug users here: please don’t watch this gifv while high.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            GAH

          • we all wanna see some hilarious FB posts the first time you get drunk!

          • #TeamJJD!

          • Le Tapir The Based

            MCNULTY NO!

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Awwwww. That kitty kat is so adorable.

      • KJM

        Poor kitty.

    • Lacertilian

      Odd to give advice on something you’ve never tried.

  • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom