The Number of The Beast
Marc Sinan’s dramatic composition associatively links two textual foundations: Roberto Bolaño’s novel “2666” and Jean Franco’s “Cruel Modernity”. Both texts reflect on the phenomenon of male violence, its mechanisms and how it’s directed towards women or entire ethnic groups.
The vehemence of these texts is mirrored by the sound of his band, which performs with a vigour greater than Motörhead and the fragility of a baroque ensemble. The musical score is interspersed with the religious chanting of IS propaganda. The composer is plagued by the question of how a society, which is far removed from the ravages of war both in relation to time and geography, can remain aware of its own potential for violence, removing the taboos surrounding it and making people comprehend that barbarism is not a phenomenon exclusively associated with “the others”.
Extremely human or humanly extreme? Is man completely human only when he loves and hates, creates and kills, seduces and is seduced, when he revels and plays with relish? When love, lust and death become one? The beast of man manifests particularly well in this triad – appealing, repugnant, unfathomable and still endlessly vivid. With their 1982 album “The Number of the Beast” Iron Maiden released an opus full of disturbing invocations. Fast forward 36 years and together with his band, the composer and guitarist Marc Sinan will explore man’s terrifying contradictions when he’s pushed to the very edge. This is the last part of the “Schlachten” concert series – a night of advanced music, death, heavy metal, seduction, soccer and suckling pig.