Posts Tagged ‘Possession’

the exorcistBack in 1973, one single film scared the living daylights out of people and it certainly pushed the boundaries in the world of Horror with some of it scenes. Of course, the film I am talking about is the 1973 classic by William Friedkin (The French Connection) in The Exorcist. For actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), everything is going great in Georgetown as she is working on a new film and enjoying time with her daughter. For Father Karass (Jason Miller) things are not going so great as his faith in God has been tested to it’s limits. What both of those people don’t know is that there paths are about to cross when Chris’s daughter Reagan (Linda Blair) becomes possessed by a demon. With the help of Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), they will attempt to ave Reagan from the demon before it’s too late. The film also stars Lee J. Cobb (12 Angry Men) as Lt. Kinderman, Kitty Winn (The Exorcist II: The Heretic) as Sharon, Jack MacGowran (The Fearless Vampire Killer) as Burke Dennings, William O’Malley (This Christmas) as Father Dyer, Peter Masterston (The Stepford Wives) as Dr. Barringer, and Barton Heyman (Dead Man Walking) as Dr. Klein.

reaganThis film definitely pushed the boundaries back in it’s day so I can see why it was so controversial especially with the language and some of the imagery. Think about it for a second, she is vulgar especially towards the priest, she is jabbing a cross into her you know what, and the head spinning scene was pretty amazing as well. The makeup work for this film was also very incredible especially with Reagan whether it be the scars on her face or the green stuff that she constantly spews at the priests. Now I remember a friend of mine’s mother wouldn’t allow us to see the film when I was a kid because she said it scared the living daylights out of her, but by the time I was actually able to see it didn’t phase me at all. Unfortunately, I failed to put myself into their shoes in order to understand how this scared everyone, but I can definitely see it now. This is definitely one of the most incredible horror movies of its time and if there was a hall of fame for horror, I would definitely include this one. The film has it all from a great story (The film is based on the story of Roland Doe), great acting (Linda Blair was just absolutely terrific in this film), and even some amazing cinematography with some amazing shots (like the shots in Iraq when Father Merrin is there). If you have not had the pleasure of watching this film in your life, then you need to put this one on that list because it’s a classic. That is why I am going to give The Exorcist an A for a final grade and it’s a well deserved A.

crystalBack on the old site, I had interviewed some artists before I closed down the blog site and regretfully I never transferred over the interviews from that blog onto this one. That is OK because I have recovered the interviews from the In This Corner segment and I have them here for you now. The first interview I did for In This Corner was with Marta Gabriel of Polish heavy metal band Crystal Viper. The band had just released their fifth studio album Possession and she took the time to sit down and talk to me about the new record among other things. So, let’s check out the interview below:

Me: The new album is called Possession and it’s a concept record. How did you come up with the concept of the new record?

Marta: Before I started to work on a “Possesion”, I already knew it will be a concept story. I read few books, seen a bunch of  good movies, heard few amazing stories and got inspired by this theme. As I thought it’s a good topic, I decided to write a concept album about – let’s say – possesion, as it’s not typical ghost/exorcism story, it has an unexpected twist, which can surprise the listener pretty much when everything is getting clearer and clrearer with each next song…

Me: Was there any elements outside of music that influenced the writing process for the new album?

Marta: There’s always something outside music, that inspire me while I’m writing new songs. It can be a good book, the weather, my mood or my imagination. Of course music is also very important, and this is what we’re talking about, but as an artist, I’m like a “sponge”, I absorb everything I hear and see around me, and in this huge stream there’s always something that brings new notes and sounds to my head, and this brings new songs to life. There’s always something playing in my head.

Me: If you had to pick a favorite track(s) on the record, what would they be and why?

Crystal-Viper-Possession-coverMarta: There are two: “We Are Many” and “Prophet Of The End”. I can’t tell you why these two are my favourite ones, maybe because of their melodies, maybe because of the lyrics, I don’t know… But the truth is when I listen to “Prophet Of The End” I feel that this is the best song I’ve ever composed.

Me: I think it’s every fans dream to be able to scream on a record by their favorite band, how did you decide to do that and what do you think of the results?

Marta: I’ve always wanted to do something like that, we love our fans, the truth is if there would be no fans, there would be no music at all, no Heavy Metal and no Crystal Viper. Except that, we – all members of Crystal Viper – are die hard fans of Metal, we love a lot of bands, we keep on buying albums, t-shirts, we travel to live shows and festivals as fans. We thought it would be something really cool to do something like that, something different – you know, everyone can buy a CD or a t-shirt, but how often can you find your name in the album booklet, and say to your friends “listen, it’s me on this album!”? I don’t know if any band did it before, at least I haven’t heard about something like that.

Me: You’ve covered everyone from Virgin Steele, W.A.S.P., and even Accept. How do you guys decide on what song to cover for an album if you do choose to cover a song?

Marta: It’s not that easy, believe me, haha! Everyone in Crystal Viper listen to a lot of different music, from classical genres to black and death metal, so there’s always a lot of totally different ideas for a cover song. But at the end we choose songs that would fit the album, and a song that we all really like – and this is how it was with Riot’s “Thundersteel”. We all really adore this one, and I think that this is one of the best songs in heavy metal, and what else, if you follow the lyrics on our new album, you will notice that lyrics from “Thundersteel” can be like kind of continuation of something, what happened, or better, something that got revealed  in “Prophet Of The End”. But going back to cover songs, there are so many great and beautiful songs that we would love to record in the future, you know, we all are fans of music, it’s a lot of fun when you can play with your own band songs of your favourite artists, it’s amazing!

Me: You have such a wide variety of covers, who were your major influences as a guitar player and vocalist?

Marta: From vocalists most important ones have always been for me Tony Martin, Rob Halford, Doro, Leather Leone, Eric Adams, David DeFeis… My favourite guitarists are mighty Glenn Tipton, Mike Oldfield and Eddie Van Halen!

Me: In the last ten years, a lot of metal bands that have female lead singers has been rising in numbers, what do you believe contributed to this and is this a sign that Metal is no longer just the boys club?

Marta: I wouldn’t say that metal have ever been only boys club, and what else, I think that in classic metal we have less numbers of women than for example in the 80’s. Of course there are a lot of rock, gothic and symphonic female fronted bands, but in heavy metal and classic rock, there are aren’t that many. Who remember such great bands like Rock Goddess, The Runaways, Warlock, Vixen, Acid, Blacklace, Zed Yago, or Wendy O Williams, to list only few? I still hope that there will be more and more women in the future, who are ready to rock!

Me: Lastly, I want to thank you for taking the time for this interview, after the album is released what are the future plans for Crystal Viper as far as touring is concerned? Can we expect a US run?

Marta: We would love to play in the USA, but it depends of the promoters, if they invite us, or not. If it would depends of us, we would play 365 liveshows a year, on every continent. Thank you very much for making this interview, and for your support! We are Metal Nation!

220px-DanzigI remember when I first heard Danzig for the first time in my life, I thought the man was pure evil because the music sounded evil. Now I just think the music sounds bad ass and it still gives me goosebumps to this day every time I pop it in to my CD player or on my Ipod. Glenn Danzig was originally the singer for The Misifts before he left to start Samhain and then Danzig started his own solo group with his last name as the band name. This was the band’s first album and it featured John Christ (Guitar), Eerie Von (Bass), Chuck Biscuits (Drums), and of course Glenn on Vocals. The album was the first album released on Rick Rubin’s (he also produced the record) new label Def American Recordings back in 1988. The album also recently celebrated it’s 25TH anniversary back in August of this year and James Hetfield of Metallica appears on the record. You may not have known that and there’s a good reason for that. Due to contractual reasons, he wasn’t allowed to be credited in the album liner notes. He provides background vocals on Twist Of Cain and Possession.

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Twist Of Cain is the first track on the record and it starts with a very evil like blues beat as the drummer pounds on the snare before the rest of the band kicks in. The lyrics explore a very biblical story of Cain and Abel. John Christ describes the recording of the track, “We started writing that song even before Biscuits joined the band. At first we started recording it in G, then at the last minute we decided that A was better. We kept the drum tracks as they were and re-recorded the guitars, bass and vocals. Not many people know this, but James Hetfield (of Metallica) came down and recorded some backing vocals on that track.” Not Of This World explores of the dark brewed blues with Danzig’s signature evil Elvis/Jim Morrison like vocal style. Sadly, the first time I heard She Rides was in a dingy strip joint and it’s very fitting as the song has a very sexual nature to it with it’s sleazy guitar. John Christ says, “Our first sex song…it’s such a stripped-down song, just a couple of guitar tracks and almost no bass. “She Rides” probably has the best vocal performance on the album, though. There are also some really weird background noises and moaning sounds on it.” A couple strokes of the bass and Danzig’s vocals kickstarts Soul On Fire and then it’s bluesy doom metal heaven for the rest of the track. Am I Demon is one of the coolest tracks on the record with it’s trailblazing guitar track that reminds me of classic metal like Diamond Head.

File:Danzig - Mother single cover.jpgMother may be one of the greatest Danzig songs ever written and it took five years for the song to become a radio hit. The song was a response to Tipper Gore and the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) who were trying to tell musicians what they could and couldn’t release. Possession starts with a backwards piano track and some weird demonic voices as it proves it’s the evilest track on the record. End Of Time starts off sounding like it could be the official soundtrack for doom and destruction with the ominous clean guitar track before it kicks into overdrive and it’s sludge guitar heaven. The Hunter is essentially a cover of the Booker T. and The M.G.’s track with some lyrics changed here and there. Evil Thing starts off sounding like a AC/DC fast as lighting rock track before it slows down and then it’s a Danzig blues rock track for the remainder of the time. It’s definitely one of my favorite Danzig albums of all time so I am going to give it four stars out of five.

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nothingFor Pastor Dan (James Tupper), there is a higher calling for him and God is the higher power. So, he takes a job in Stull, Kansas to be new pastor and so he moves his whole entire family from the big city to a farm town where everyone seems genuinely nice. We all know that looks certainly can be deceiving and nothing is what it seems to be in Stull. Pastor Dan’s daughter Rebecca (Rebekah Brandes) begins having very weird visions in her dreams as soon as the family arrives in town. Soon after that, her sister Mary (Jennifer Stone) is chosen to be possessed by some kind of demon thanks to the towns now “former” Pastor Kingsman (Clancy Brown), a out of control whack job that has the whole town believing in some dangerous stuff. The movie also stars Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco), Heather Roop (Guns, Girls, and Gambling), Ethan Peck (In Time), and Wayne Pére (Ocean’s Thirteen) in this horror debut from Former Guns N Roses legend Slash’s new production company Slasher Films.

nothing 3I have to be honest for most of the film I had no idea what was going on until Mary was possessed by whatever it was. It’s another possession movie where it sounds, but they try to play it off like it’s based on a true story. There was a rumor started in the 1950’s that one of the seven gates of hell was buried under a church in a cemetery in Stull. According to a website that I found while researching says that none of this is true. Anyways, the film was OK, the special effects were pretty decent especially when the demon was taking over Mary’s body. We don’t really find out why they choose families to sacrifice, but it just enhances the mystery. I will say that this was one of my least favorite Anne Heche roles because it seemed so unnatural and her acting was a little cheesy.  Other than that, I did enjoy most of the film and it’s not a bad first film for Slash, so if you want to rent it our of redbox or scour the internet to look for it, go ahead and do so. I am going to give the film a B-.