Femme Fatale: lovers, sisters, friends, possessed by demons and obsessed with love. The woman tears up the prison of the stereotype that saw her as a victim or redemptive beauty. Are there any songs to make the metamorphosis from fairer sex to femme fatale?
1) One-Eyed Doll – Be My Friend
Fatal Femme? We start with One-Eyed Doll’s Be My Friend, the goth punk duo that terrorized Texas with their playful songs and lyrics that are anything but innocent.
I met a cute boy, he liked my smile
We fell in love for a little while
He kissed me on the lips and it tasted sweet
So I chopped him into pieces and cooked his meat
The piece stays in the head with a rather funny pattern. Unless it bothers me to hear the story of a pretty girl who, between one murder and the next, does some fashionable sin. Who wouldn’t want a beautiful dress with the skin of a priest accusing us of sacrilegious acts?
2) Machigerita – Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance
Rotten Girl, Grotesque Love: the title says it all. Could the theme of obsessive jealousy be missing? Machigerita, in a sort of electro-spooky, explores the meanders of a heart in love and brings to the extreme the often common pain of “why does the person I love prefer someone else but me?”
What a pretty girl she is
Tell me how much you love her
I’ll kill her and pack her up
Miku Hatsune, the infamous vocaloid who, as we have seen elsewhere, acts as an actress in the worst stories from the Rising Sun, impersonates here a real stalker, who the more she wants to do well to his lover, the more terrifies him.
3) Hannah Fury – Girls that Glitter love the Dark
Shining girls love the dark and possess small, bittersweet black hearts. Hannah Fury, one of the most important exponents of Victorian Industrial, cheers us up with a trace halfway between the softness of silk and the cut of a knife.
Glitter covers all the ugliness
Sparkle covers evilness
Shimmer covers all the mess
Glitter covers darkness
Imagine a femme fatale at Veronica Lake who, after the usual crime, comes home and rests listening to this song on the gramophone. Hannah Fury almost offers us a hymn to the bad girls, who love and protect themselves, who love and hate love, or maybe they idolize it and for this reason they remain with their throats dry, thirsty for nefariousness. An evil part that, as mentioned, is hidden by lace, powder and bright pearls.
4) Ghost B.C. – Ghuleh: Zombie Queen
If your ears are attentive to the news coming from the metal world, you will surely know the phenomenon of Ghost B.C. – the band of masked boys that for four years now has been popular in the charts around the world.
Up from the stinking dirt, she rises
There’s a lot to be said about the Ghost B.C.. From the gossip about the true identity of the band members, to the accusations of satanism – useless, moreover, since the luciferin cults are on metal like the occult triangles to most of the pop. Publicity stunt, you could insinuate. With Zombie Queen, the Ghosts improvise the evocation of an infernal creature, a succubus, which is projected onto the earth using the witchish Ghuleh formula, completely fictitious. The piece is enjoyable, rather light, and the detachment from the slowly sung to the bustling gives a good idea of an evil queen who breaks her stone-prison.
5) Sound Horizon – Stardust
We have seen that, in these delusions of love, the uncomfortable third parties are always involved. But a femme fatale with a broken heart can even get to eliminate the man of her life, so much anger that hides in her chest. Does Stardust’s fairy tale mean anything to you?
She turned the heads of every passing man
In her left hand was a bouquet, in her right was a promise
There was no stopping the impulse to run
In the story of Neil Gaiman, a star made woman falls in love and together with his companion will face several adventures, in perfect magical style. In the revisitation of the Horizon Sound, which in this case are true masters, the fallen star, of unprecedented beauty, is first returned and then betrayed. A bunch of roses, a gun and the white man’s shirt get dirty with vermilion.
6) Theatres des Vampire – Carmilla
How can we talk about supernatural creatures and not mention Carmilla? Count Dracula’s less famous colleague, who came out of Sheridan Le Fanu’s pen and was brought to music by our own Theatres des Vampires.
You see her under the moon shadow
Standing near the feet of your bed
In her lacy white dress
Bathed, from her chin to her feet
In one great scarlet stain
Sonya Scarlet’s scratching voice, halfway between Gothic and Symphonic Death Metal, perfectly renders the hollow and ravenous face of the vampire woman, who almost makes fun of her different male counterparts.
7) Sound Horizon – Ark
As usual, I’ll close with my favorite song. The Sound Horizon is back and, in the concept album Elysion, they have had the chance to test the most different musical genres and the most disturbing themes. In Ark, the setting is an asylum, which houses a subject called Soror by the medical staff. The girl has in fact murdered her brother, believing, in the grip of delirium, to be able to live in this way a happy life in his company, a life in paradise.
Hey… why did you change,
even though we loved each other so much?’
Exchanging her tears for a smile,
she drew closer, clutching the thing called the Ark
The only way to get into the much-vaunted Elysian Fields is to use the knife that shows off the girl: the Ark of the title. A forbidden love can only result in death and in the search for another place to abandon oneself to one’s enjoyment, without remorse. Now crazy, Soror speaks to herself. Listeners do not know if the story she tells is true, false, distorted. Her clear voice is chorused by medical reports, notes on her condition, confused and vibrant monitors.
There are no major warnings to make. They are songs of death and love, of evocations and cruelty that, when listened to, may seem very common. The Femme Fatale, which came to life as a literary “type” back in the 19th century, is still interpreted differently today. Sometimes, as a symbol of obscure emancipation, others as a pure instrument of fantasy. That women, however, even in the horrific field, deserve more attention can not be denied. Finally, I strongly recommend listening, if you have not already done so, to Stardust and Ark, who boast a very important text. Despite the ambiguity and restlessness of the stories, they are little gems that are far too unknown.