Black Mass

Black Mass

Fuzzy's picture



Liner Notes: 

I made this track for International Strange Music Day;

It's not really a Black Mass - it's a reading of the original version of "The Battle Of Maldon", a poem in Old English about the defeat of a Viking raiding party by a group of East Saxons on August 11th, 991.

But I think it works pretty well as the soundtrack to some kind of eldritch demon-summoning ceremony.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


atitlan's picture

OK. What should I do with the demon that's now sitting in my living room? Smile

This is suitably weird. The vocal processing is excellent ....

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Very scary indeed ... and reciting that poem was an inspired idea. Oh, those halcyon days of 991! That slowed-down voice is insanely creepy, and that organ is deliciously B-movie-ish. I would love to use this as opening music for a performance!

kahlo2013's picture

Creative, creepy, and chilling with the instrumentation and vocal effects that are captivating. Perfect response to the challenge!

Suitably strange. Particularly the vocals, which have a distinct Christopher Lee vibe going on. The backing has a suitably malign feel to it as well. Nicely done!

corinne54's picture

The spoken word certainly adds to the creepiness! Eek!

Klaus's picture

Strange, spooky, suspicious, scary, and suspenseful. Before I read liner notes I thought this was in Norwegian, something that those young men with their hair dyed black chant before another church burning. Smile

coolparadiso's picture

Great title to play with and a great way to deliver it, certainly was a bit strange but pretty darned good

barbara's picture

Great seriousness, honor, and pride in that reading. Spooky because I can’t be sure we’re on the same side, and I think this is a formidable, not-un-Klingon-like sensibility so I know enough to be afraid. Bravo on having Old English at your command, and for the vocal processing that made you 8 feet tall and scary, and clearly with a horde behind you, or before you.

TomS's picture

The quintessence of strange. Like that doesn't describe nearly everything I've heard of yours. Smile

phoenixash's picture

It does not disappoint as a Black Mass, even though it's not. The strangeness of the language plus the incredible soundtracky backing does make it all feel like a demonic summoning. I may or may not have lit some candles around the lap top and may or may not be expecting something to rise up and do my biding

pfoo's picture

That is cool. Seriously sounds like the devil has shown up. I did put on headphones - has an unsettling, moving, throbbing, lilting feel - which is meant as a compliment.

standup's picture

Ah yes, the death metal octave vocals are primo! Not sure what they're saying. Actually, not sure this sounds like a victory. .Are you sure they won?

But damn fine sound here. Love the panning. And the gutteral vocals.

Adnama17's picture

I'm going to play this for my church friends. Bet they'd love it!
That organ sound is giving me the creeps.
And the voices... {shudder}
Love it!

Joanne Gabriel's picture

This has an abyssal feel - not sure where it comes from, but it's terrifying. The title definitely fits here : I can picture a silent choir of insectoid robots waiting for the overlord to complete his performance before they make their voices heard. Love it.

Chip Withrow's picture

Intrigued by the title - it conjured that feeling of dread when I used to listen to Paranoid by Black Sabbath on vinyl as a kid. Felt like something I shouldn't be enjoying, and that's what I liked it.
Giving this one a second listen now. Yes, it's strange indeed, and also theatrical, creepy good fun.