One can notice through the
phrases in rock music that it has common elements with religion. This music for
example, recognizes a higher force that rules the world. However it becomes
quickly obvious that it is not God that is praised as the Highest Benevolent
Being and not even the blind "fate" of the pagan poets, but someone
dark and cruel. On the periphery of the fundamental channel of rock music,
there is a group that has extreme anti-Christian leanings. The cacophony of
some "heavy metal" groups are permeated with occult and satanist
motives. Those who overindulge in this type of chilling music are deservedly
drawn down into infernal regions.
Here are some examples of ritualistic practices of black mass. During a
concert staged by "Gwart," one of the participants (on stage) severed
the head of a human dummy and then proceeded to sprinkle blood on the audience.
Then the members of the group smeared themselves with blood, taken from the
dummy and drank it! They also brought in animals on to the stage and tore their
Even in 1966, John Lennon boasted that Christianity would pass away and that
the Beatles would become more popular than Christ. He portrayed Christ under
the guise of a character he named "Jesus l. Pifco, a garlic eating,
stinking, little yellow greasy fascist bastard Catholic Spaniard" (John
Lennon, A Spaniard in the Works, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1965 p.
14). As we all know, he died tragically in 1980. David Bowie, one of the
biggest rock stars in 1976, declared "Rock has always been devil's
According to Spin (Jan. 1991, p. 29) Danzig
"embodies both rock's past glories and the promise of its future."
Yet in songs like "Am I Demon," "Mother," and others, he
glorifies occult ritual and sacrifice, violence and spiritual anarchy. In one
blasphemous video a woman at the foot of the cross looks up and sees not Jesus
but a graphic portrayal of the devil, arms outstretched, hanging on the cross.
The immediate impression this confusing image gives is either that Jesus was
really the devil or that what the cross symbolizes is satanic.
It is known that from its very beginning, rock music was rebellious in
content, defing parental and societal authorities. Today some of the newer rock
groups are openly calling for the rejection of traditional Christian principles.
In one of the earlier interviews conducted by the Rolling Stones
magazine with David Crosby, from the group "Crosby
Stills and Nash," he commented, "I figured the only thing to do was
to swipe their kids... By saying that, I'm not talking about kidnapping. I'm just talking about changing their value system, which removes
them from their parents' world very effectively" (Rolling Stone,
vol. 1 p. 410). In the journal "Jesserson Starship," Paul
Kanter confesses: "Our music is intended to broaden the generation gap, to
alienate children from their parents ." (In Tinglehoff Documentation of Expose, p. 4).
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones has remarked, "There is no
such thing as a secure, family-oriented rock and roll song" (same journal
p. 5). Jon of Bon Jovi observed, "I wanted to rebel against anything and
everything, and it happened that I was able to do it by playing rock and roll
in a band" (Metal Edge, Aug. 1987, p. 12). John Cougar reveals,
"I swear or cuss because I know that it's not socially acceptable. I hate
things that are 'this is the way you are supposed to behave.' That is why I
hate schools, governments, and churches" (In Tinglehoff Documentation
of Expose, p. 6).
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue comments: "We never set out to be anybody's
role model. But since we have become that, we are trying to give our fans
something to believe in. On the second album, we told them to "Shout at
the Devil." A lot of people... think that song is about Satan. That's not
true. It's about standing up to authority, whether it is your parents, your
teacher or your boss. That is pretty good advice, I think. But I'm sure that
any parent who hears it is going to think it is treason" (Rock Beat,
1989 p. 41).
Rock music almost unanimously rejects Christian standards and beliefs. For
example, reading through a text like Rock and Roll Babylon is as
depressing as reading Hollywood Babylon; the anti-Christian nature of
these subcultures are laid bare in graphic terms. From The Doors' Jim Morrison's
mocking, screaming hatred of Christian prayer ("Petition the Lord with
Prayer") to Skid Row's "Quicksand Jesus" ("Are we saved by
the words of bastard saints?") to the more explicit blasphemies, rock
culture has often identified its aversion to Christian faith. Ozzy Osbourne
acknowledges "I'm not a born again Christian but a born again Hitler (Cream
Metal, March 1986 p. 12).
Here are more quotations from "Heavy Metal." "The Oath"
by the band King Diamond: "I deny Jesus Christ, the deceiver, and I adjure
the Christian faith, holding in contempt all of its
works." "Possessed" by the band Venom: "I am possessed by
all that is evil. The death of your God I demand. I ... sit at Lord Satan's
right hand," and "I drink the vomit of the priest, make love to the
dying whore, Satan is my master incarnate, hail, praise to my unholy
Billy Idol attempts "to show what a human rip-off religion is."
Leon Russell thinks that "organized Christianity has done more harm than
any other single force I can think of in the world" and suggests that the
religion of rock and roll replace it. In an interview in Spin, Sinead
O'Connor emphasized, "It's a huge abuse to teach children that God is not
within themselves. That God is pollution. That God is
bigger than them. That God is outside them. That is a lie. That's what causes
the emptiness of children" (Spin, Nov 1991, p. 51). In "Hymn
43" the band Jethro Tull conveyed this message, "We are our own
saviors, and if Jesus saves, then He better save Himself" (Cream Metal,
Mar. 1986, p. 12). There is no limit as to the amount of blasphemous citations
one can obtain from these songs.
In rock and roll as well as "heavy metal" music, there is a strong
occult influence. Cyril Scott was an eminent composer during his lifetime. He was
a student of the occult religion known as Theosophy and also interested in the
potential of using music for the occult. Two of his books, The Influence of
Music on History and Morals and Music: Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages, were received through inspiration
of the spirit world by one of the Theosophic spirit guides (that also Madame
Blavatsky, founder of the theosophical movement in pre revolutionary Russia).
In the latter book, Scott tells us that, from his talks with this spirit, it:
"takes a special interest in the evolution of Western music .... Indeed,
he considers it advisable that students of occultism of all schools should more
fully appreciate the great importance of music as a force in spiritual [occult]
evolution, and to this end he has revealed much that has hither to not been
revealed, and that cannot fail to prove of paramount interest to all
Scott himself is convinced that "the great Initiates [in the spirit
world] have vast and imposing plans for the musical future" (p. 199). What
is this plan? It is to use music as an occult medium through which to develop
altered states of consciousness, psychic abilities, and contact with the spirit
world. Scott explains: "Music in the future is to be used to bring people
into yet closer touch with the Devas [spirits]; they will be enabled to partake
of the benefic [beneficial] influence of these beings while attending concerts
at which by the appropriate type of sound they have been invoked .... The
scientifically calculated music in question, however, will achieve the two-fold
object of invoking the Devas and at the same time stimulating in the listeners
those [psychic] faculties by means of which they will become aware of them and
responsive to their [the spirits'] influence" (pp. 200-201).
Scott concludes his book by citing the words of his spirit guide:
"Today, as we enter this new Age, we seek, primarily through the medium of
inspired music, to defuse the spirit of [occultic] unification and brotherhood,
and thus quicken the (spiritual) vibration of this planet" (p. 204). This
genre of "inspired music" is now found in local record stores. Some
"New Age" music is spiritistically inspired for specific occult
goals. The "composers" of the New Age music claim it can foster
meditation, help develop psychic power, alter consciousness, induce
"astral" travel, and transform personality. Other contemporary rock
musicians parallel these ideas.
Many of the big-time rock stars have been heavily involved not only in the
occult but also in overt Satanism. Trying to describe his own
"inspiration" process, [John] Lennon said: "It's like being
possessed: like a psychic or a medium...." Of the Beatles, Yoko Ono has
said, "They were like mediums. They weren't conscious of all they were
saying, but it was coming through them..." Marc Storace, a vocalist with
the heavy-metal band Krokus, told Circus magazine: "You can't
describe it except to say it's like a mysterious energy that comes from the
metaphysical plane and into my body. It's almost like being a medium..."
"Little Richard" had similar experiences and identified Satan as the
source of his inspiration: "I was directed and commanded by another power The power of darkness ... that a lot of people don't believe
exists. The power of the devil. Satan." Jim
Morrison (of The Doors) called the spirits that at times possessed him
"the Lords," and wrote a book of poetry about them. Folk rock artist
Joni Mitchell's creativity came from her spirit guide 'Aft." So dependent
was she upon 'Aft" that nothing could detain her when he
The prevalence of such "spirits" among top rock stars seems to go
beyond the realm of coincidence. Superstar Jimi Hendrix, called "rock's
greatest guitarist" ... "believed he was possessed by some
spirit," according to Alan Douglas. Hendrix's former girlfriend, Fayne
Pridgon, has said: "He used to always talk about some devil or something
was in him, you know, and he didn't have any control over it, he didn't know
what made him act the way he acted and what made him say the things he said,
and songs ... just came out of him." (Dave Hunt, America:
The Sorcerers New Apprentice, Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1988, pp.
Many other rock stars practice occultism, and their compositions describe
their condition in terms of being possessed or in a trance. (Larson,
"Larson's Book of Rock," pp. 125-35, Hunt, America: The Sorcerers
New Apprentice, pp. 245-246). It is now well known that a large
number of musicians are discovering an interest in occultism, sorcery and
sometimes even satanism. Some names of "black
metal" groups have an association with the occult. For
example, "Coven," "Dark Angel," "Demon,"
"Infernal Majesty," "Possessed," "Satan,"
"Cloven Hoof" and others. (Details for
Men, July 1991, pp. 100-101).
Ozzy Osbourne noted, "I never seem to know exactly what I'm gonna do
next. I just like to do what the spirits make me do. That
way, I always have someone or something to blame" (Faces, Nov. 1983
p. 24). Osbourne, a former lead singer of "Black Sabbath"
triumphantly summoned satan at one of his concerts in Canada.
"Sometimes I feel like a medium for some outside force... " (Tinglehoff, Documentation of Expose, p. 21).
Black Sabbath has also made altar calls to Lucifer at some of their concerts.
In "Master of Reality" they sing that he is "lord of this
world" and "your confessor now."
According to a Rolling Stone interview, Peter Criss, the first and
most famous drummer of the rock band KISS stated, "I believe in the devil
as much as God. You can use either one to get things done"
(Rolling Stone, Jan 12, 1978).
Another guitarist when asked "From where do you draw the strength for
such delivery?" He said,"Most probably from below, up there there is
no Rock-and-Roll." Members of the group Iron Maiden openly admit that they
are dabbling in the occult, including witchcraft (Cream, Sept. 1982).
One Iron Maiden concert in Portland, Oregon,
opened with the words "Welcome to Satan's sanctuary." Glenn Tipton of
the group Judas Priest confessed that when he goes on stage, he goes crazy: "It's
like someone else takes over my body" (Hit Parade, Fall 1984).
In describing what a Van Halen concert is like, David Lee Roth commented,
"I'm gonna abandon my spirit to them [emotions], which is actually what I
attempt to do. You work yourself up into that state and you fall in
supplication of the demon gods" (Rock, April 1984).
Guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue described his band as "demonic,
that's what we are" (Heavy Metal Times, May 1983). Nikki Sixx referring
to their "Shout at the Devil" stage show commented, "We have
skulls, pentagrams, and all kinds of satanic symbols on stage .... I've always flirted with the devil" (Circus, Jan. 31,
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac has several times dedicated their concerts to
the witches of the world. An album of the rock group Venom entitled,
"Welcome to Hell" contains the following words on the back cover:
"We are possessed by all that is evil. The death of your God we demand: we
spit at the virgin you worship, and sit at the Lord Satan's left hand."
The "Rune" album of Led Zeppelin displays on the cover the famous
black occultist Aleister Crowley. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, a self-confessed
Satanist, bought Crowley's old
mansion. John Bonham, a drummer for the band, died in the house in 1980; Robert
Plant allegedly split the group up after his death and blamed Page's obsession
with the occult for his death.
Lovers of "heavy metal" music often wear amulets with the
above-mentioned symbols. The name of ZOSO means a 3 headed dog, guardian of the
doors of hell, NATAS is the name of satan spelt
backwards; the image IL CORNUTO - with the forefinger and little finger
extended forward, is a symbol of satan.
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