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DIMMU BORGIR

Spellbound (by the Devil)

Leave it to the Norwegian black metal musicians to churn up some diabolical devil chants.

Enthrone Darkness Triumphant is the third studio album by Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir, released on 30 May 1997 through Nuclear Blast. It was the band’s first release through Nuclear Blast. This is the last release to feature keyboardist Stian Aarstad and the first with bassist Nagash.

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Chances are if you’re a fan of metal music, you’re also a fan of the Halloween season. While the hallowed holiday itself is always a blast, the days leading up to it are equally if not more exciting. The best way to maximize your macabre month of madness is to have the perfect soundtrack playing throughout the spooky days and haunted nights.

ARCTURUS

Master of Disguise off the album La Masquerade Infernale released: October 27th 1997.

La Masquerade Infernale is the second studio album by Arcturus. Released by Misanthropy Records in 1997, the album marks a drastic musical change from the slow, nature-influenced melodic black metal of Aspera Hiems Symfonia. Most of the songs revolve around the themes of theater, literature, and Satan. The screams characteristic of black metal utilized by Kristoffer Rygg on Aspera are replaced by a gruff, low-toned, clean vocal style. The album also features operatic singing and bizarre high-pitched singing from guest vocalist Simen Hestnæs, who nine years later would replace Rygg as the band’s frontman. It was reissued by Candlelight Records in 2003.

The voice of Garm is much like the mayor of all things spooky, and the mad circus style keyboards compliment him perfectly.

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Creepy Green Light” is a song by Type O Negative, included on the fifth album World Coming Down, released in September 13th 1999. This song was formerly titled “Spooky Green Light” before it was renamed while the album was in production.

It is track #8 in the album World Coming Down.

Creepy Green Light has a BPM/tempo of 130, is in the key C Major and has a duration of 06:56. Below is a table of the meta data for Creepy Green Light.

This song is split into three cantos—the first and third cantos are titled “Creepy Green Light”, and the one in the middle is titled “Frightening Black Night”. The middle is instrumental featuring an organ followed by doom metal riff over it, so all the lyrics are sung during the first and third cantos.

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Powerwolf have upped the ante yet again, this time with a regal music video for “Dancing With the Dead,” taken from their new album, Call of the Wild.

The song comes on the heels of a new version of the hit “Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which featuring a guest appearance from Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz, as well as another stupendous video for the lead single “Beast of Gévaudan.”

Here, the German band’s familiar sense of pomp and bombast is overwhelmingly present as the costumed members occupy a rich looking ballroom, tangling with both the dead and undead on the dancefloor.

Watch the “Dancing With the Dead” video at the bottom of the page and read the lyrics to the new track below as well.

Powerwolf, “Dancing With the Dead” Lyrics

Long ago in a time of twilight
Seven sins, seven hearts on strife
Lost her way in a storm of rivals
Stay safe at night, come home alive

Years ago in a dome at midnight
Innocent and immaculate
Fold her hands on the holy altar
A masquerade, all out of fate

And on her way to hell betrayed her Christ

Then she went dancing with the dead
Lost the lord and the spiritus sanctus, raving
Dancing with the dead
Fell in love with the temper of twilight, lust and evil powers

Long ago on a tale of moonlight
Painted lines of the pentagram
Holy words all are long forgotten
The spell is cast, the dread is done

Hail the goat, to the night surrender
By the glow of the morning star
No way back from the night remember
All merciless and sinister

And on the way back home forsake the skies

Then she went dancing with the dead
Lost the lord and the spiritus sanctus, raving
Dancing with the dead
Fell in love with the temper of twilight, lust and evil powers

Dancing with the dead
Lost the lord and the spiritus sanctus, raving
Dancing with the dead
Fell in love with the temper of twilight, lust and evil powers

Long ago under skies of starlight
Read the words of the secret rhymes
Lost her soul to the darkened fire
We burn alive for all the time

We all are dancing with the dead
Lost our hearts to the spiritus sanctus, praying
Dancing with the dead
Fell in love with the temper of skylight, God and lethal powers

Dancing with the dead
Lost our hearts to the spiritus sanctus, praying
Dancing with the dead
Fell in love with the temper of skylight, God and lethal powers

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FASTWAY – TRICK OR TREAT

Here’s a curveball for you that you might not have heard. Originally done for the soundtrack of the horror film Trick or Treat. An over-the-top movie from the 80’s that wasn’t well received at the time. The soundtrack by Fastway kicks ass and this is the perfect amount of spooky themes and hard rocking guitar to get you and your party going.

Trick or Treat is the fourth album by the heavy metal band Fastway. It was released as a studio album in November 1986, a month after the release of the film. This was the final Fastway album to feature Dave King on vocals.

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In true hard rock fashion, the lyrics contain crude sexual metaphors that leave little to the imagination. A sampling: “Let me drink the wine from your fur tea cup. Velcro candy, sticky sweet.”

The “Frankenstein” is the singer’s monstrous sexual appetite.

This ferocious glam metal scorcher was written by Alice Cooper, Mark Manning (aka Zodiac Mindwarp), Ian Richardson and Nick Coler. Manning’s band, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, recorded the original version of this track for their 1991 album Hoodlum Thunder. The British rock band was the brainchild of vocalist/songwriter Manning, who formed the four-member band in 1985. They were the embodiment of “Sleaze Rock,” with many songs of sex and debauchery similar to this one.

Some famous string players appear on this track: Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are on guitar, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue played bass.

The Hey Stoopid album was a big commercial success, peaking at #4 on the UK album charts and #47 in the US. Guest musicians played a big part in the album’s success: in addition to Satriani, Vai and Sixx, other notable musicians who played on the album include Ozzy Osbourne, Vinnie Moore and Mick Mars. The album was helmed by Peter Collins, who has produced albums for a number of big-name music acts, including Rush, Queensrÿche, Bon Jovi, Brian Setzer and Suicidal Tendencies.

Alice performed this song as part of a classic scene in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World. Backstage, Wayne and Garth meet Alice, who turns out to be a low-key intellectual and explains the origin of the word “Milwaukee” (Algonquin for “the good land”) When Alice invites them to hang out, Wayne and Garth bow down and proclaim, “We’re not worthy!”

The original plan was to have Alice perform “School’s Out” in the film, but two weeks before filming, Cooper’s manager Shep Gordon informed the film’s writer and star Mike Myers that Alice would be performing a new song instead: “Feed My Frankenstein.” Myers and Gordon ended up becoming good friends, and in 2013 Myers directed the film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which chronicles Gordon’s exploits.

The music video is basically and extended version of the Wayne’s World scene where it appears. It was directed by Penelope Spheeris, who also directed the film.

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“Dead Souls” is a cover of a Joy Division song, frequently played live. It appeared in the 1994 film The Crow and was released on its soundtrack. It was also the tenth track (before “A Warm Place”) on the Japanese version of The Downward Spiral. In 2004, it was included as the fifth track on the second disc of the 10th anniversary The Downward Spiral Deluxe Edition.

The Joy Division original was recorded in 1979 and released on their compilation album Still. In commentary for The Crow with producer and musical supervisor Jeff Most, it is revealed that Nine Inch Nails were originally supposed to perform in the film instead of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. While this song appears on The Definitive NIN – The Singles, it was never released as a single or promo.

“Dead Souls” is often considered to be about a schizophrenic man, as evidenced by the lyric “a duel of personalities” and the other lyric “they keep calling me”.

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This is often misinterpreted as a song celebrating personal freedom. It is actually a commentary on how people really want choices made for them. The song’s statement is made in the last chorus, “Freedom of choice is what you’ve got, freedom from choice is what you want.”

Devo – Album: Freedom Of Choice (1980)

Devo was founded by Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, who met at Kent State University. Here’s what Jerry said in an interview about “Freedom Of Choice”: “We loved that song very much when we were creating it. It was about how people were throwing away their freedom of choice into meaningless choices like between Pepsi and Coke, or pink fur shoes or blue suede shoes. Just mindless consumerism, they’d rather not be free, they’d rather be told what to do, because that’s what appeared to us was the case, especially in the Reagan years. That was a very Devo position – Freedom Of Choice is what you’ve got, Freedom From Choice is what you want.”

The lyrics about the dog in ancient Rome who had two bones are based on an old Aesop’s fable about a dog that’s walking across a bridge with a bone in his mouth. He looks down in the water and sees another dog with a bone, and he gets so upset that he finally goes to attack the other dog and loses his bone. Or, as Mark Mothersbaugh explains, “It could have been about the Cocker Spaniel that lives in my house. There’s two Pugs, and if I give the Cocker Spaniel a treat, she’s happy until I give one to the other dogs, and then she drops hers and can’t believe that they have the treats too. She thinks they’ve gotten her treats, so she’s upset until that’s over.”

This was used in a 2003 commercial for Miller Lite beer. With this playing in the background, people topple over each other like a giant line of dominoes. They keep toppling until the line reaches a bar, where the last guy steps out of the way and orders his Miller Lite. Says Mothersbaugh, “I liked that one as much as the Swiffer one gives me goose bumps of repulsion.”

Devo will allow their songs to be used in commercials only if they can re-record them for the ad. As a result of a bad publishing deal they signed in 1978, they own only half the rights to their songs. Re-recording the songs allows them to keep all the performance rights, and also lets the advertiser change the lyrics. In the Miller Lite commercial, the line “He went in circles ’til he dropped dead” was changed to “He went in circles ’til he dropped down” because the Miller people didn’t want to imply that the people falling like dominoes were dying.

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The mysterious death of Iron Butterflies bassist Philip Taylor Kramer

Philip Taylor Kramer was born in 1952 in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1974, he joined Iron Butterfly as its bass player, playing on two of the group’s albums, Scorching Beauty and Sun and Steel, both released in 1975. After the breakup of Iron Butterfly, Kramer continued to play with founding member Ron Bushy in the groups Magic and Gold between 1977 and 1980.

After leaving the band, he dropped the Phillip from his name, went back to college and earned a degree in aerospace engineering, which led to a stint working for the U.S. Department of Defense. In the ’90s, Kramer created Total Multimedia Inc., a high-tech multimedia company that did pioneering work in video compression technology. Ultimately, his brief stint in Iron Butterfly was a mere footnote to his much more involved life’s work.

He also married and had two children. In 1994, he grew emotionally distraught as his companies went bankrupt and were reorganized. In the weeks prior to his disappearance, he told his wife, Jennifer, that he was working on an important computer and data compression project. He claimed that the program could take a missing child’s photograph and find that child in a group of thousands of people.
On February 11, 1995, Taylor and Jennifer went on a hike in Thousand Oaks. While hiking, she noticed that he had great amounts of energy. At one point, he pointed out a cross on a hill, telling her that their house was in its path. According to her, he was finding sacredness in everything. She now believes that his bizarre behavior was due to sleep deprivation.
On February 12, Taylor left home at around 9AM and went to visit his father-in-law. After leaving there, he went to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up a business associate and Jennifer. After arriving at the airport, he waited for twenty-five minutes and then left for no apparent reason. He drove north, towards his home. During this time, he made several phone calls. At one point, he left a message for Iron Butterfly’s drummer and close friend, Ron Bushy. According to Ron, he sounded stressed and scared. After that, he called Jennifer and told her to call his business associate. When she asked where he was going, he would not answer. He claimed that, when he saw her, he would have a “big surprise” for her.
One hour later, Taylor made a call to 911 from his Ford Aerostar. He claimed that he was going to kill himself. That was the last time he was heard from, and no trace of him or his van was found. However, since his disappearance, multiple eyewitnesses have come forward, claiming to have seen him alive. A pawn shop employee in Kenowga Park remembered seeing him in late February. At around the same time, a woman and her daughter saw him at a garage sale.
On February 28, two-and-a-half weeks after his disappearance, Taylor allegedly made one final call to his family. All he said was “Hello, hello”. He has never been located.

Four years later, on May 29, 1999, two photographers snapping pictures of old car wrecks at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California found Taylor’s van. His skeletal remains were inside; the cause of death was blunt force trauma, consistent with him driving off of a cliff. His remains were identified through dental records. After an investigation, his death was ruled a probable suicide based on forensic evidence, financial problems, and phone calls made before he died, one of which stated he was going to kill himself.

“My brother would not have left his family,” Kramer’s sister said in an interview with VH-1. His widow told the L.A. Times that Kramer “would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves more than life itself.”

Kramer had reportedly been working on a revolutionary method of transporting information and matter through space, and his father remained unconvinced his death was a suicide. “Taylor had told me a long time before, there was people giving him problems,” he said. “They wanted what he was doing, and several of them had threatened him. He told me ‘If I ever say I’m gonna kill myself, don’t you believe it. I’m gonna be needing help.'”

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The group formed in the Latin District of San Francisco. They are named after group leader Carlos Santana, and were originally known as the Santana Blues Band. It’s one of the few groups named after a guitarist in the band (The J. Geils Band is another).

They appeared at both the original (1969) and second (1994) Woodstock. When they played the 1969 festival, they hadn’t yet released their first album – their manager, Bill Graham, pulled some strings to get them on the bill. They went on sooner than expected, catching Carlos in the middle of a mescaline experience. “I was praying to God to keep me in time and in tune,” he said.

Their performance was one of the most acclaimed and thrust them to stardom. As Graham predicted, it went to their heads: Carlos embraced an extravagant rock star lifestyle, but soon changed direction and went down a more spiritual path.

Carlos launched line of shoes at J.C. Penny in 2000. He did not design them, but they were supposed to be inspired by his music. Proceeds go to children’s charities.

When Neal Schon entered the group, there was some controversy because he was white. Carlos Santana wanted to try a two-guitar sound and thought Schon was up to task even though he didn’t have a Latin heritage. Schon and Rolie formed Journey when they left the group.

When the band had some hits and became a popular live draw, some of the members started using drugs, and Carlos thought they were getting lazy at their shows. He briefly left the band, but rejoined them later on tour.

Carlos Santana had a huge resurgence when his 1999 album Supernatural was released. Pairing Carlos with popular young singers like Rob Thomas, Everlast and Dave Matthews was a winning combination, and made Santana relevant to a whole new generation. The album was the big winner at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Some of Santana’s early hits were new arrangements or adaptations of other artists’ material: “Jingo” from Babatunde Olatunji, Willie Bobo’s “Evil Ways,” Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va,” and Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman” (a big UK single for the late ’60s Fleetwood Mac).

In addition to being husband and wife for 34 years, Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, have also owned businesses and started a children’s charity, the Milagro Foundation, together. In late 2007, Deborah filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

In the early ’70s, Santana helped out another Bay-area band that went on to a five-decade career: Tower Of Power. Carlos Santana enlisted them as an opening act when ToP’s first album came out.

“We were hot in the Bay area, but in the rest of the country we were nothing,” Tower Of Power founder Emilio Castillo said in an interview. “But Carlos was into the band. And mind you, every night, we gave him a run for his money. A lot of guys would have just said, ‘I ain’t going to have those guys open for me, I look bad.’ But I believe he felt it made him play better and urged him on. So he took us all over the country and people had no idea who we were.”

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