I have 15 demons inside my head, I try to ignore them while they try to control me. Sometimes they become extremely loud and boisterous preventing me from doing anything and then I have to resort to smoking opium to get any peace. I try to reason with them and I tell them that I don’t want to be their zombie, but most of these demons are pure evil. They once told me to stab myself in the face with a scissor and I was bleeding all over the place and they all just laughed at me. They seem to like Black Sabbath music and especially the song ‘Black Sabbath’ that this chose to be named after. They were originally called Earth till they found out that another band was using that name. They got Black Sabbath from a 1963 horror movie starring Boris Karloff which lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and bass player Geezer Butler went to see.
They started rehearsing some new material, and they experienced a supernatural experience. Geezer and guitarist Tony Iommi were playing new riffs for Ozzy and drummer Bill Ward when, much to everyone’s surprise, they both strummed the same notes at the same tempo, although neither had ever before heard the other one play that piece. They were convinced that this was an omen, Geezer christened the song and the group Black Sabbath. They realized that a lot of people were paying money to watch horror movies, so they figured that they should start writing horror music, and when the hairs stood up on their arms, they knew it was strange, but they all liked it. The thing is that Black Sabbath never practiced black magic, they never aligned with the dark forces, as they stood against black magic and they never tried to conjure up the devil. Black Sabbath engaged in white powder not Saran worship, but many satanic admirers became their fans.
Butler was obsessed with the occult at this time, and he even went so far as to paint his apartment matte black and placed several inverted crucifixes and pictures of Satan on the walls. Ozzy Osbourne gave Butler a black occult book, written in Latin and decorated with numerous pictures of Satan. Butler read the book and then placed it on a shelf beside his bed before going to sleep. When he woke up, he claims he saw a large black figure standing at the end of his bed, with a sinister stare of impending doom. After a few frightening moments, the figure slowly vanished into thin air and Butler ran to the shelf where he had placed the book earlier, but the book was gone.
The band had another brush with the devil, which happened one night, after they finished a show, when they returned to their hotel and found the corridor leading to their rooms was completely filled with people wearing black cloaks, sitting on the floor with candles in their hands, chanting “Ahhhh”. They climbed over these people so they could get to their rooms, but they could still hear them chanting. They called security, but since that didn’t work, they synchronized their watches, opened all of their doors at the same time, blew the candles out and sang “Happy Birthday” to the intruding Satan worshipers to piss them off.
I have my own big and scary monsters and they look like beasts and wear masks to become more villainous to me. I wake up every morning to fight the same demons and my only solace is that one day the grim reaper will be coming for me, and I am ready to look the devil straight in his face and scare him shitless after all of the torment these demons have put me through. I will smile as I take these bastards with me and drag all of them straight to hell.
What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I’m the chosen one
Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan’s sitting there, he’s smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh no, no, please god help me!
Is it the end, my friend?
Satan’s coming ‘round the bend
People running ‘cause they’re scared
The people better go and beware
No, no, please, no
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #360 that uses a picture by Yuuki Morita.