* Some scenes from the movie The Crucible featuring Abby Williams set to the music Dancing with the Devil by Breaking Benjamin.
- The relationship:
Many rock bands get inspiration from literature classics. The power metal band Jag Panzer was originally formed in Colorado in 1978 as Tyrant. They later found out that there was already a band in existence by the name of Tyrant, so they named the band Jag Panzer after the Jagdpanzer, which was a German WWII tank. In 2000 they released the concept album "Thane to the Throne", based on Shakespeare's Macbeth. One of the songs included in the album is "Three Women of Fate", an obvious allusion to the three witches -"the weird sisters"- whose predictions prompt Macbeth to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and his son, and to blindly believe in his own immortality.
In his play The Crucible (1952) American playwright Arthur Miller also deals with the theme of witchcraft and the 1692 Salem witch trials, which resulted in the executions of 20 people (14 women, 6 men) and the imprisonment of between 175 and 200 people.
It is hard to believe that in our times people can in fact be involved in black magic practices but in fact it does happen... Undoubtedly the band most closely associated with witchcraft was Black Sabbath ("sabbath" means, in fact, a meeting of witches). The band took its name from a book by Dennis Wheatley that Terence Wheezer (one of the members of the band) was reading. The band lead singer, Michael Osbourne, was nicknamed Ozzy after an experience he had while reading a 16th century magic book: weird things started to take place in his house and when, because of fear, he tried to get rid of the book, he couldn't find it. Hence, the name Ozzy, which obviously comes from The Wizard of Oz. Black Sabbath released the album Blizzard of Oz (a pun on Wizard of Oz) and also recorded the song Mr Crowley, dedicated to the British occultist and mystic Aleister Crowley.
Jimmy Page, founding member of Led Zeppelin, openly admitted he admired Aleister Crowley and his doctrines. He even opened an esoteric bookstore and bought Boleskin house, which had belonged to Crowley and was located in Scotland, near Loch Ness. Boleskin House had been built on the ruins of a church that had burnt with all the church-goers inside. Page was helped by Charles Pace, an expert on black magic, to decorate the house. Meanwhile, several misfortunes fell on the band: Karac, singer Robert Plant's son, died in 1978. In September Zeppelin's drummer, John Bonham, died due to alcohol abuse and a few months later the band split...
Vincent Furnier took his stage name Alice Cooper after one of Cooper's Ouija sessions, learning that he was a reincarnation of a 17th century witch of the same name that apparently had been burnt at the stake during the Salem witch trials. King Diamond, lead singer of the band Mercyful Fate, had a skull who, according to him, had belonged to a witch called Melissa. The skull was stolen by a fan during a concert of the group.
- The question:
I personally don't believe in black magic though I admit that out of desperation people can resort to witchcraft looking for "magical solutions"...