Along with all the gore and creepiness of the new already-hit Spanish film Sister Death now playing on Netflix, the song features a helluva cool and quite haunting ending song.
A rock track that begins playing as we see Sister Narcisa visiting Verónica’s classroom, and as the end credits then begin playing.
That song is called ‘Maldito Duеnde‘ and is performed by the now defunct but absolutely glorious Spanish band Héroes del Silencio (aka Heroes of Silence).
When was Héroes del Silencio’s ‘Maldito Duеnde’ released?
The gothic rock track was released by Héroes del Silencio on the band’s second studio album Senderos de traición in December, 1990.
The 12-track gothic rock/hard rock album was not a huge hit worldwide, but was very successful in Switzerland, Spain and Germany.
It went on to sell over 3/4 million copies in all three countries, and to be certified Gold and then Platinum in Switzerland and Germany, and 3 x Platinum in Spain.
The song itself, which means ‘Damn Goblin‘ in English, while it sounds as though singer Enrique Bunbury is singing about an elf or goblin appearing, he is actually bemoaning his own struggle with his own dark emotions.
Emotions that sometimes feel as though they are being manipulated by a goblin or “duende”.
He oído que la noche
Es toda magia
Y que un duende te invita a soñar
Y sé que últimamente
Apenas he parado
Y tengo la impresión de divagar
I’ve heard that the night
Is all magic
And that an elf invites you to dream
And I know that lately
I’ve hardly stopped
And I feel like I’m wandering
While Héroes del Silencio’s ‘Maldito Duеnde‘ was not a big commercial hit for the Spanish rock band, it did put the band on the international music map, and has since become one of their most well-known, most loved and most critically-acclaimed tracks.
The band itself was founded in Zaragoza, Spain in 1984 and was active until 1996 when they broke up. During that time, they became known as one of the most influential Spanish rock bands of all time.
Héroes del Silencio got back together briefly in 2007 for a 10-city world tour.
The Spanish band was also the subject of a recent Netflix documentary — Heroes: Silencio and Rock & Roll — which features the band’s former members talking about the history of the band and its music.
Listen to Héroes del Silencio’s ‘Maldito Duеnde’, as played over the Sister Death end credits in the song’s music video, and via the band’s Senderos de traición album down below.
Because, let’s face it, the track still packs a helluva gothic rock punch decades after the band broke up. And that melody and those vocals are gorgeous.
If you enjoyed the movie and, with it being from renowned Spanish horror master Paco Plaza you probably did, you should also watch its 2017 sequel Verónica.
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