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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Containment Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation operatives are to covertly engage with various music publication companies and identify individuals producing music under the heavy metal genre. Any of these individuals relaying memories or dreams consistent with occurrences of SCP-XXXX are to be issued amnestics as deemed appropriate by an associated MTF unit. Cases of missing person reports from individuals susceptible to SCP-XXXX are to be investigated for possible leads.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon affecting approximately 20% of all documented individuals self-identified as heavy metal musicians and operating under an established record label. At unspecified times between finishing recording for and publishing a studio album, susceptible individuals, hereby denoted as SCP-XXXX-1, will periodically demanifest from baseline reality and be transported to an extradimensional structure, hereafter referred to as SCP-XXXX-2.

Across numerous documented SCP-XXXX occurrences, SCP-XXXX-2 visually resembles a modern courtroom setting, though the architecture of SCP-XXXX-2 has been observed to differ for each individual SCP-XXXX-1 instance. At the back of the courtroom are typically a set of three cameras, lighting fixtures, and audio recording apparatuses, though no entities have been observed tending to these devices. Consistent architectural features of SCP-XXXX-2 iterations include the absence of windows, a circular wall structure surrounding the courtroom, and a distinct tinge of red.

Once SCP-XXXX-1 manifests within SCP-XXXX-2, multiple entities, denoted as SCP-XXXX-A instances, will enter the courtroom and either seat themselves in the courtroom gallery or near the judge's bench, the latter of which assume the role of judicial officers. Depending on where they are typically seated, SCP-XXXX-A instances have variable appearances and body types: generally, these instances stand at a height of around 2 to 2.5 meters, are clothed in dark-colored robes, and bear a pair of horns above their ears1. After these SCP-XXXX-A instances have congregated and seated, a large, caprine humanoid entity, referred to as SCP-XXXX-B, will enter the courtroom, seat themselves at the judge's bench, and commence a series of courtroom proceedings.

During these proceedings, SCP-XXXX-B will discuss various sections of the studio album in question with SCP-XXXX-1. From this, songs targeted, addressed, and discussed by SCP-XXXX-B will become subject to ontological alterations in accordance with the advice given by SCP-XXXX-B. While the exact mechanics of these alterations remain poorly understood, cross-analysis of reality-stablizied documentation of songs sampled pre- and post-alteration reveal that certain traits of the music are typically reinforced and enhanced. These have included a faster tempo; louder, deeper vocals; and an increased prevalence of certain musical instruments, such as the electric guitar. These proceedings typically conclude approximately 10-20 minutes after SCP-XXXX-1 transportation into SCP-XXXX-2, at which point SCP-XXXX-1 will reappear within baseline reality where they had previously demanifested.

In addition, SCP-XXXX also exudes an amnestic effect shortly after SCP-XXXX-1 remanifestation, wherein SCP-XXXX-1's respiratory system will be filled with a Class-C amnestic variant, typically resulting in SCP-XXXX-1 forgetting all procedures conducted within SCP-XXXX-2. Although to a lesser extent than for SCP-XXXX-1, this effect appears to extend to observers of SCP-XXXX-1's demanifestation.

Addendum 1 | Video Logs of SCP-XXXX-2: One of the most extensively documented cases of SCP-XXXX comes from a series of Foundation-operated explorations on behalf of SCP-XXXX-1 instance Alex Thomson. Prior to Foundation acquisition, Thomson was a bassist who formerly played for a Brooklyn heavy metal band The Deconstruction, from which xe had disbanded due to extensive creative differences. Since then, Thomson had released 2 studio albums, the third of which at time of acquisition had not been released yet. In turn, as part of a Foundation effort to gather more information on SCP-XXXX (in particular to learn the specifics of SCP-XXXX-2), Thomson was covertly enlisted to partake in this documentation initiative due to xer demonstration of susceptibility to SCP-XXXX.

Under the guise of filming a documentary about the New York heavy metal scene, Thomson was provided with a handheld camera and instructed to film their activities at all times in hopes of capturing an SCP-XXXX event. What follows are a series of video logs depicting such events.

With the basic mechanics of this SCP-XXXX occurrence now for the most part understood, exploration efforts on behalf to Thomson were soon directed towards understanding more of the layout and architecture of SCP-XXXX-2. After Thomson remanifested, xe was given a set of introductions detailing how to exit the premises of the courtroom in SCP-XXXX-2 and which other areas to explore and capture on film.



Addendum 2 | Thomson Voicemail Recording: [LEAD-IN TO VOICEMAIL TO THOMSON'S BAND MEMBER]

barredowl's Idea(s):

  • Sometime in between finishing and publishing their albums, various heavy metal musicians are being temporarily transported away from baseline reality and into an extradimensional courtroom where they must bargain with stand-ins for the Devil about their music.
    • Narrative follows an aspiring heavy metal musician (named Alex Thomson) who is covertly contracted by the Foundation shortly after finishing their 3rd studio album. Through a series of exploration logs, they learn the true nature of their music: namely, that many of their songs were ontologically altered against their prized creative vision in order to be more "violent" and "satanic". Unwilling to be subject to such, Thomson permanently disappears one day under the custody of the Foundation, stating in a note that they could not tolerate having their music be meddled with against their own will.
    • Focus is to be given towards the interactions of Thomson and this courtroom system, along with the emotional weight of Thomson learning about their creative vision being stripped away from them all this time.
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