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Mercyful Fate


This transcription was included int the first issue of the Grimoire. Bill Zebub handed this issue to one of the guitar player’s of Deicide, and this is why Glen Benton told the tale of intimidating King Diamond on an airplane, which is stupid because the issue SPECIFIED that Kind Diamond didn’t say anything out of disrespect. Additionally, Glen Benton’s words, which I have on tape, didn’t depict an outright challenge to a fight, so I don’t know why he bragged as if there was some kind of gauntlet slapped – and Glen’s story indicated that it was the hulking guitar player who did the intimidating. But even if the guitar player were normal-sized, ganging up on someone, especially when there is no reason to start a fight, isn’t something that should be bragged about.

King Diamond
King Diamond

Are the rest of the members into Satanism the way that you are?

No. No.

Are you a card-carrying member of the Church of Satan?

Yeah.

What do you think of Deicide and their version of Satanism?

I haven’t heard the band. I think they’re portraying the old christian view of Satanism during the time of the Inquisition.

So you think that their image could hurt you?

It’s bad that people are discriminatin in a completely wrong way. They must be a christian band – putting out the christian word on what they think it’s all about. (THIS IS WHAT I PUT IN PARENTHESIS RIGHT AFTER THE STATEMENT – THIS WAS PRINTED, SO GLEN BENTON SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN UPSET – “When you read, it is easy to put emotion behind written words. King did not say this with anger or disgust. Nor did he issue challenge.”)

Did you have a Satanic wedding?

We had a civil wedding.

Do you remember the song “Burning the Cross” – there was a mysterious musician who played in it called Benet Peterson. Was that you, Kim Peterson?

No. Not at all. He was a man who was in the band for a short while.

Did you know that you have a backwards message on “Melissa?”

No. Tell me about it.

When you play the words “Satan’s Cross upon the wall” you hear “What message is this?”

Is that really what is says?

You didn’t plan that?

No. We always did it the right way. It would be stupid for us to try and put something in there when you played it backwards, because it’s all there. It’s all straightforward.

Some people criticize you for excluding Satan in your lyrics. Others say that your music isn’t heavy anymore. How do you feel about that?

People who know about Satanism also know that we have not excluded anything. We may have changed some of the words. We omitted “Satan” and “Lucifer” because many people got turned off as soon as they heard those words. They’d grown up hearing from christians that this is what Satanism is all about – killing babies, and stuff like that. “Satan” means “the powers of the unknown” and that’s very much what I’m singing about. I certainly don’t feel that I mellowed out in any way.

What made you decide to sing in falsetto?

The first band I was in – we did covers of bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow, and I had to strain the vocals a lot to hit those notes. I was not very good in the beginning, but a lot of hard practice made it easier for me. I learned how to use my stomach. It enabled me to hold the notes longer and make them cleaner, and all that. One day, a fan came up to me and said, “You should use your falsetto some more.” I didn’t know what the word meant. But I started to work on the high vocals a lot more.

Altarage – The Approaching Roar (Season of Mist)

This is a dirty, muddy sort of death metal. The vocals sound like a wounded boar, which is interesting, and for me, this is the chief selling point of the album. It is a dying beast that I hear.

The insistent pounding of the drums is interspersed with thick, oozing sludge. The production isn’t very pretty, but that is because it delivers an atmosphere of ugliness.

This monstrous music is hard to compare to others, which is good. It can be safely added to your metal diet without side effects.

Altarage - The Approaching Roar
Altarage – The Approaching Roar

Devil Worshipper – Music for the Endtimes (I, Voidhanger)

The last time when I heard something with a slightly similar feeling was the band “Black Pentacost” which featured anguished yelling, as of someone being tortured. The music seemed to serve as a ritual rather than as songs.

This album bears some of that, but there are words, and the vocals are more varied, sometimes sounding like psychotics who are wailing while suffering mental horrors, and at other times there is black metal rasping or spoken words, but each flavor is heavily demented. This is like a legion of demons.

The strangeness of this album is enough to merit a purchase. The dark creativity and the atmosphere of derangement provide immense pleasure if heard in the right mood. then again, simply listening can place you where you must be.

Take a chance and support originality.

Devil Worshipper - Music for the Endtimes
Devil Worshipper – Music for the Endtimes

Crucified Santa T Shirt

A colorized version of Bill Zebub’s “Crucified Santa” shirt is now available.  For a limited time it is $18 in America (includes shipping).  Sizes SMALL-5XL, and Ladies Baby T in S, M, L

Email bill@billzebub.com for more details on ordering.

If you prefer, you can get the original black and white version.

This art was originally for Issue #7 of THE GRIMOIRE OF EXALTED DEEDS magazine and drawn by Jim Walls, under the intruction of Bill Zebub (Bill Zebub came up with the concept, and Jim Walls executed it).  The colorization was done by Bill Zebub.

Crucified Santa T Shirt
Crucified Santa T Shirt

Santa Nailed by Jesus shirt

The “crucified Santa” shirt is available for a limited time for $15, shipping included (in the United States).

This was the cover for Issue #7 of THE GRIMOIRE OF EXALTED DEEDS magazine.  During those days, printers were horrified by the art, and three vehemently rejected the job before one did so in secret, but the art was stolen ( or destroyed) by the printer.

Bill Zebub is colorizing a version of this shirt,, but for now, this art is available for you to wear with pride.  Email bill@billzebub.com if you are interested.

Grimoire #7
Grimoire #7

Bill Zebub Black Friday

Fans have asked for a crazy sale, and Bill Zebub answered the requests.

To claim one, Email Bill (at) billzebub (dot) com

 

You get an assortment of Bill Zebub DVDs and at least one Blu(e)ray -30 Titles for $150 if you order between now and November 23.  If you order in Saturday, price jumps to $180 (but it is still a great deal), and a Sunday order is $200.  Shipping is included in that price, baby!

This is a great way to immediately hyper-expand your collection, or you may do as people usually do – you buy this assortment with the intention to give the movies as gifts.  Maybe one of your favorite people gets all 30, or maybe 30 people each get one movie.  If you are in the corporate environment and get caught up in the “secret Santa” tradition, give your chosen recipient a Bill Zebub movie and you will never be forced to participate again.

If you are a fan of Bill Zebub’s work, it is highly likely that you have friends who also appreciate independent film.

If you request, these movies will be autographed, or you can request them to remain shrink-wrapped.

If you are outside of America, you get the same price, but the discs will wrapped in foil as one puck – no plastic cases due to ridiculous shipping cost (Seriously, it costs $80-ish to ship this box overseas, so the out-of-case option must be the one, but you get free shipping).

The first 10 people get at least one out-of-print movie.

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