Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Apocalyptic Music - Aphrodite's Child - 666

If you didn't know, before Vangelis was VANGELIS, he was a part of a Greek band called Aphrodite's Child, which put out a double album called 666, which is a musical interpretation of the Book of Revelations.  As you can imagine, it's got some serious apocalyptic imagery. 

Enigma actually sampled quite a bit of the album for their seminal work, MCMXC a.D., and listening to 666 for the first time, having been quite a fan of Enigma was very revealing.  I knew that they sampled heavily (oh, those halcyon days) from many different sources, but it's always fun to hear something you know in a different way.

The famous heavy breathing from Enigma's Principles of Lust, for instance, is a sample from "∞", a five minute song supposedly cut down from 39 minutes, recorded in a single take, where Greek actress Irene Papas chants, "I was, I am, I am to come" over and over, in increasingly hysterical tones. 

Anyway, it's some pretty heavy progressive rock, with seriously apocalyptic overtones.  So enjoy!