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#ThemeSongTuesday: Root of All Evil


Since debuting on NXT earlier this year, Aleister Black has become one of the stars I look forward to watching. From his vignettes to his initial appearance on the brand, he's been packaged pretty completely. He's mysterious and enigmatic, and yet it doesn't feel like Creative just lazily withheld details and nuances about his character. He walks to the ring with a purpose and carries himself with an air that screams no-nonsense. When he begins to fight, you know he's about to kick someone's head in hard and fast.

Part of what's made the Aleister Black character interesting thus far is his presentation, and it's pretty evident in the theme song they gave him. CFO$ collaborated with a hardcore punk band from Long Island, NY named Incendiary for Black's entrance theme, which is called "Root of All Evil."


The track gives off an ominous aura as the intro kicks in. From the sound alone, there's a vibe that some shit's about to go down and it isn't going to be pretty. Once the drums come in, there's a sense of an imposing figure about to make his presence felt. It's slow, but steady. And then it builds up to the guitar riff that pretty much warms you up for what's about to come: complete and utter destruction.

And then the vocals come in. Brendan Garone screams about how no man is truly good nor truly evil, how he can do things you never could and how you can never be equal. Heavy stuff.

Here are the lyrics in full:

No man is ever truly good
No man is every truly evil
I do the things you never could
And we won't ever be equal

You point your finger and play the victim
So take your best shot
Release the pressure
You perpetrate your propaganda
And now I'm calling you out

The track is a little under six minutes long, and yet, your eyes do not deceive you. That's it. Those are the lyrics to the song. It's indicative of CFO$' pattern of repeating songs and verses over and over again in a continuous loop. This makes it hard to appreciate CFO$ themes outside of a wrestling setting because they're so fucking repetitive. Hell, this song doesn't even have a fucking bridge, let alone a second verse.

Lyrically, I like how the song paints the Aleister Black character as an amoral fighter who gives no fucks. The lyrics also go well with the style and tone of the song, which fits the genre and the wrestler they wrote it for. If the task was to simply create a song that would announce the arrival of a motherfucker would have no problem kicking your head in and then just meditating afterward, then mission accomplished. The problem is that as usual, CFO$ doesn't go above and beyond to actually turn this into a full song.

That said, don't let my review stop you from enjoying Aleister Black's entrance theme whenever he makes his way to Full Sail to deliver Black Mass to some poor jabroni. Incendiary already sang it themselves. They will never be equal.

Photo from WWE


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Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.

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