It’s just such a perfect trope. I’ve used it already on The Fallen album, which we’ll showcase here today. However i am going to revisit that trope on the Weird West Cabaret. I’ve finished the Sheriff song (not really, but it’s close and i should step away from it for a spell) and it’s time to do Miss Helen’s song. Which is likely to be a pair of songs. In her backstory we address the Carnival that prowls the desert outside of Lost Hallow and only appears every few years.
It serves a very different function from the one in The Fallen, but there is a theoretical bent in which it could conceivably be the same carnival. It wouldn’t be during the time of the Angel, in fact it might after Raven’s time there. At the end of the Fallen, (this is not clear in the album only in the stage show), the Demon rescues the Angel from Raven’s Carnival by making a deal with Raven that he will return to the Carnival if Ravem allows the Angel’s release. Raven releases the Angel, the Demon takes her away, they spend a tender night together, and then, just before sunrise, Raven appears to escort the Demon back to the Carnival. And that’s how The Fallen ends.
Except.. in my mind, the Demon, having escaped and overpowered Raven once, could do it again. And he didn’t promise Raven he’d stay forever. So he could, in theory, rise up later down the road and take Raven down. Thus we still have the Carnival post Raven.
OR the Carnival predates Raven. Raven uses it for his own ends, but the Carnival exists before he comes along and certainly after. This is a strong possibility.
In the Cabaret the purpose of the Carnival is vastly different than in the Fallen. Indeed there may be no reason to link them together at all. But as i said, there is weird and obscure reason that one wouldn’t even begin to understand until the album after the Cabaret album in which you COULD have it be the same Carnival at a different time period and it would work, and it links Shaperaverses.
Which reminds me, the Cabaret album will not be a double album. It will run in the 40 something minute range ( i think) and be essentially Book 1 of the Lost Hallow series (or Act 1, however you want to see it.) I don’t know whether there will be 2 or 3 acts/books yet.
Anyway, evil carnival. So here is the original evil carnival bits from The Fallen. The Angel is sung by Jen Folden.