A truly Magical night. First, I decided to take a perusal at a local music outlet to possess a CD I have been pondering owning for the last couple of weeks, yet other obligations and events have manifested themselves - but this night, there was a certain something extra in the air... The CD in question happens to be Deicide's "Scars of The Crucifix", which was, intererestingly, released the same day as the kinky Passion blood-fetish movie, yet I Am sure I prefer this to that any day. From what I have heard from several, I Am not impressed; Scars of The Crucifix is indeed hell-paced and brutal, and wouln't that be an appropriate idea - that is, playing clips from various films depicting the torture of the jewish whipping-boy to the tune of this most intense unleashing from the depths of black hate. The cover depicts what appears to be either a shroud or a straight-jacket, either one makes sense, as in death or insanity, where the blindlight eventually leads anyway - the musick is relatively predictable in that it will be ferocious, and an exercise in horrific psychodrama focusing on aggression with the madenning guitars... It is accompaned by a DVD showing some of the private lives and various opinions of some subject matter of the band, including how Glen Benton derived that inverse cross fore-head scar brand, opinions on Christianity, among other things.
And this is something I really like - when bands include films to further exemplify and amplify the musical experience. This is an enjoyable trend I see manifesting with more frequency, and to the credit of King Diamond's "Puppet Master" for pioneering this wonderful idea.
So I found this, and while on My way to the cash register, what did I spot, but another two of those magnificent "Two From The Vault" series - this time, King Diamond's "Fatal Portrait / Abigail"; and Mercyful Fate's "Melissa / The Beginning..." to add to the previous King Diamond "Them / Conspiracy" find - again, the incremental accumulation of all that which is Magically evocative - the haunting echoes in the fog, and the explosion of flames in the darkness revealing the leering face of KD - phantom of the night. Well, I later realized I had probaably spent a bit too much this evening, which leads to the next relation...
At the printers, I had to enforce a couple of minor corrections wth them, to ensure top quality for My customers - I felt like I was their employer, making suggestions, arranging, organizing - well, eventually, when all was printed to precision, and the order I had placed the night before was filled, they decided to charge Me a mere 1/4 of what it was worth in ink and paper. So it seems that My previous concern about "over-spending" was abated by this extraordinary discount. I would have paid the full proper price anyway, but I took this to mean that it was somehow meant to be, and now I realize why. Before I had left the Blackthorne Lair, I decided that I should receive a discount, considering the relative incompetence of this new establishment, and that it should be sizable. And whallah, by the Grace of Satan, all came to be and balanced perfectly. HAIL SATAN.