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Mephiskapheles Most people wouldnt think that medieval myths and modern music have much in commonHowever to a certain extent they do share at least one thing in common and it is the bandMephiskapholes a play on words for Mephistopholes a mythological deity To understand Mephistopholes and how he relates to the band in question one mustunderstand his role in German mythology Mephistopholes is always an evil character and is oftencompared to a devil or Satan The most popular reference to him was in Faust which is widely consideredas one of the greatest works ever written It is a midevil story about a philosopher appropriately namedFaust who becomes very lonely and calls out to Satan It is then that Mephistopholes first enters themyth and offers Faust a beautiful young woman named Marguerite in exchange for signing a contract with himHe eventually accepts and as one might expect Faust ends up regretting signing it as many badthings happen after accepting the deal The story comes to an end as both Faust andMephistopholes are banished to Hell Although this myth is more frequently seen as a book or as an opera production the storycreated by Goethe the greatest German writer in any literary form is also a fixture inGerman culture as well as ours to a certain degree For example the words Mephisto and Mephistophelian arederived from the characters name Also derived from the characters name is the name or the worlds great satanic ska bandMephiskapholes Although at first one might think that the band may have misspelled theirname they fully intended that spelling The reason for this is that they play ska music which ishorn-fueled dance music that has influences from reggae jazz big band and punk music and many of todaysska bands fit their three-lettered musical genre into their band names like the Skatalites and theSkalars The band hailing from New York plays ska music which merits a name derived from a mythical devil Despite a
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