How many of you are seeking out “the end” right now? You know, the end of the world as “foretold” by an ancient Mesoamerican civilization hundreds of years ago… in a book written in 2006? Be honest now.
Keep looking; you’ll find it someday.
For those of you whose name is not Jack Van Impe, let alone have a stockpile of food and an arsenal to match in their bermed bunker while looking forward to live out their “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”/”28 Months Later” cultural zeitgeist fantasies, I present to you a quintet of songs perfect for your end of the world celebration this coming Friday as the Mayan calendar kicks off its 14th baktun when the cyclical rings read 126.96.36.199.0. Make the jump, turn it up, tune the madness out.
“Rapture” – Killing Joke: From their 2012 album “MMXII” comes this ode to the end times as only Jaz Coleman & Co. know how to deliver. Play this one loud as your neighbors “disappear” into the heavens while you welcome the fires of the apocalypse in the form of a nuclear shockwave, which is a pretty awesome cocktail from what I understand.
“Arise” – Sepultura: Emerging from the jungles of Brazil — far south of where the Mayans made their home — the Cavalera Brothers lead their band under a pale gray sky, thrashing their way through an old, dead world where humanity has been obliterated; gas masks and crucifixes optional.
“Apocalypse Please” – Muse: This one goes out to those apocalypse seekers like the ones who keep bugging NASA — of all organizations — about the Mayan apocalypse, as well as those like the aforementioned Jack Van Impe, who seems to want the Book of Revelations and the Mayan Calendar to actually happen. A nuclear shockwave for them, I say.
“Until the End of the World” – U2: Named after the film of the same name by German director Wim Wenders, this song is about a conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. That said, it could also be a conversation you could be having with someone caught up in millennial hysteria right now.
“Red Skies” – The Fixx: Finally, I leave you all with this gem from the band’s 1982 debut album “Shuttered Room.” The song was re-recorded at the behest of MCA for 1987′s live album “React,” which ultimately did not do as well as it had five years’ prior.