Titular Homogeneity – Halloween

Ain’t no doubtin’ it, Halloween is Heavy Metal’s holiday.

So given it’s that time of year, round two of Titular Homogeneity is inspired by and dedicated to Samhain; the annual Satanic Saturnalia; the balls out hedonistic hoedown that is The Devil’s Day. We’ll be sticking to the no covers rule even though we fucked that up in the very first installment, so that means you won’t see Dark Moor’s excellent cover of Helloween’s “Halloween.” Instead you get the real deal.  But you should go check out the cover anyway.  Nor will you see Blind Guardian’s take from their 1985 demo, but go find that one, too.  There’s just not enough room in this raggedy ol’ pillow case for all the tricky treats. But what we have managed to stuff in there is pretty friggin’ sweet.

The songs featured in this installment come from seminal Teutonic power metallers who staked their careers on Halloweeney imagery; a group not normally associated with The Dark laying down a bit of All Hallow’s Shred; and a few denizens of the wayunderground that any and all who’ve ever thrown the horns (fuck you, Avril) need to experience at least once.  And, yes, you should be expecting mention of one particularly devilish dude for whom every night is Halloween, but His Majesty’s exalted hails have been respectfully reserved for a special tribute.

You’ll notice that most of these tracks were brewed up during (or look back fondly upon) Heavy Metal’s adolescence, when things were just starting to mature out of “Shout at the Devil” into “Raining Blood” and from Fuck Tipper Gore to Scream Bloody Gore.  This wasn’t intentional; at least not here.  Rather, it’s a reminder of a simpler time when the impetus was on having fun, as opposed to the über-srs 24 hour news cycle we live in today.  Hell, chit-chat about Halloween these days mandatorily involves poison candy, toxic costumes and stranger danger, not to mention the (very real) potential lethality of pumpkin carving.

Literally, or at least in spirit, these songs were made when Halloween was just plain fun, either because it was or because we were too young to give a shit; just a bunch of tenderfoot hooligan metalheads in last minute costumes, armed with a couple dozen eggs ripened two months under six-inches of Hallowed backyard soil, half-cocked on Jimmy Beam swiped from Uncle Rod’s liquor cabinet and offering not-yet-hairy BA’s through Old Lady Arbuckle’s big bay window.  Kids get caught doing that shit today, they end up gettin Scared Straight, or worse.  Either way, at least we’ve got the memories.  So sit back and enjoy the metal from which they were forged.

Yeah, fuck All Saint’s Day. Its Halloweeeeeeeen!!!!

 

HELLOWEEN

[From Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I, Noise Records, 1987]

Masquerade, masquerade,
Grab your mask and don’t be late
Get out well disguised
Heat and fever in the air tonight
Meet the others at the store,
Knock on other people’s door
Trick or treat they have no choice,
Little ghost’s are makin’ lotsa noise

But watch out… beware – listen… take care

[Chorus]

In the streets on Halloween
There’s something going on
No way to escape the power unknown
In the streets on Halloween
The spirits will arise
Make your choice,
it’s hell or paradise
Ah – It’s Halloween
Ah – It’s Halloween… tonight!

Someone’s sitting in a field,
Never giving yield
Sittin’ there with gleamin’ eyes,
Waiting for big pumpkin to arise
Bad luck if you get a stone,
Like the good old Charlie Brown
You think Linus could be right
The kids will say it’s just a stupid lie
But watch out… beware – listen… take care

[Chorus]

Listen now – we are calling you…

And there is magic in the air

[Solo][Kai]

Magic in the air… on Halloween

Black is the night full of fright
You’ll be missing the day
What will be here very soon
Changing your way
A knock at your door
It is real or is it a dream
On trembling legs you open the door
And you scream… on Halloween

[Solo][Kai / Mike / Kai / Mike]

Darkness
Where am I nowIs there anybody out there
What has happened
Am I in heaven
Or is it hell?
I can see a light comin’
It’s comin’ nearerIt’s shining
It’s shining so brightIt’s shining on me

[Solo][Kai / Mike / Rhythm change][Mike / Kai / Mike / Kai]

I am the one, doom’s in my hands
Now make your choice,
Redeemed or enslaved
I’ll show you passion and glory
He is the snakeI’ll give you power and abundance
He’s the corrupter of man
Save me from the evil one
Give me strength to carry on
I will fight for all mankind’s
Deliverance and peace of mind

[Harmony Solo][both]

But watch out… beware – listen… take care

[Chorus]

Yeah, it’s Halloween

[Solo Licks / Kai]

Yeah, it’s Halloween… tonight!

 

IMPELLITTERI

[From Eye of the Hurricane, JVC, 1997]

AVENGER

***Avenger became Rage after this album in 1986***

[From Prayers of Steel, Wishbone, 1984]

Dark mountains, thunder and rain
The lightning burns down the sky
Wild creatures howling out in the night
The fire’s burning, hell has opened its gates
Satan meets all his wives
They come from everywhere to see him tonight
Dance for him carefree and wild

Black terror, an evil’s triumph
Human’s meat torn from bones
Warm blood, that’s what they’re looking for
It is the night of the Underworld
Satan takes his tribute
The demons roll, chaos rules all tonight
For this there’s no substitute

Hide your head, oh you better watch out
Aware of danger, don’t laugh about
Steal away, there’s no more less time
You’re struck down in a bestial crime

Halloween – the Earth will start burning
Halloween – there ain’t no returning
Halloween – the witch dances on fire
Halloween – the flames high and higher

Dark mountains, thunder and rain
The lightning burns down the sky
Wild creatures howling out in the night
The fire’s burning, hell has opened its gates
Satan meets all his wives
They come from everywhere to see him tonight
Dance for him carefree and wild

Hide your head, oh you better watch out
Aware of danger, don’t laugh about
Steal away, there’s no more less time
You’re struck down in a bestial crime

Halloween – the Earth will start burning
Halloween – there ain’t no returning
Halloween – the witch dances on fire
Halloween – the flames high and higher

Halloween – the Earth will start burning
Halloween – there ain’t no returning
Halloween – the witch dances on fire
Halloween – the flames high and higher

Halloween

IRON CROSS

[From Halloween EP, Self-released, 1999]

It´s Halloween, it´s Halloween
It´s Halloween again

Demonic monsters, ghouls and beast
Stalk their prey, their bloody feast

It´s Halloween, it´s Halloween
It´s Halloween again
It´s Halloween, and I´m feeling mean
The rituals begin

Witches fires, are burning bright
The dead are rising, this stormy night

Chorus:
Creatures are crawling, children are falling
Demons are calling beware
Full moon rising, it´s not so surprising,
That the evil is rising everywhere

Solo

It´s Halloween, it´s Halloween
It´s Halloween again
It´s Halloween, like you´ve never seen
It´s Halloween again

Demonic monsters, ghouls and beast
Stalk their prey, their bloody feast

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

RIPPER

[From …And the Dead Shall Rise, Iron Works, 1986]

Night has fallen, the wind begins to blow… 
Children at play in the streets, the ones you know… 
Clouds fill the sky, the leaves are falling down… 
A cauldron of black spills a spell onto your town…

[CHORUS:]

Tonight is halloween, your heart turns to stone… 
Theres death on halloween, spells of death will be sown… 
You’ll die on halloween, on the sacrificial mound… 
Tonight is halloween, where remains will be found…

Descending down like you knew they would… 
Bringing death to your neighborhood… 
Children dance unsuspectingly… 
Their blood will spill on this sacred eve… 

[REPEAT CHORUS:]

Slaughtered lambs on the ground, they bleed… 
Eating flesh is their only need… 
You want to wake from this dream of hell… 
This is no dream, you know damn well… 

[REPEAT CHORUS:]

[lead solo]

[REPEAT CHORUS:]

Halloween

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