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A Brief History of Satanic Rock

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The first thing you need to know is that a true Satanist will tell you that any group that puts Satanic imagery on their album covers or in the music is bogus. Every single one.

The other thing you need to know is that a true Satanist will also tell you that all music is Satanic, every single note.

Consequently, an article on Satanic rock is a tricky proposition insofar as none of it is real; explicitly Satanic rock like Venom is really no more Satanic than The Carpenters. And the Carpenters are just as Satanic as Venom.

However, there is a history to the appearance of Satanic imagery and references in rock music. So consider this an attempt to organize that history a little.

Part I: The Blues

Robert Johnson

The Blues has always been the Devil’s music. Music that glorified drinking, womanizing, gambling, dope, violence, and depravity, blues was an easy target for ministers and pastors of the South, who countered with sermons forbidding the congregation to listen to it. Many god-fearing churchgoers heeded this message, establishing Gospel as the safer alternative. Even some bluesmen were convinced; legendary blues picker Gary Davis usually refused to play blues after he was ordained as a reverend in 1937. Ultimately, he relented just before his death and recorded a historic session of blues (secular and gospel) in 1971. He died soon after.

One of the most pervasive legends surrounding the blues is that of legendary delta guitarist Robert Johnson, often considered the first bluesman in the chain that ultimately pointed towards the development of rock ‘n’ roll. Johnson was an acoustic player of the 1930’s who died under mysterious circumstances in 1938.

The legend went that Johnson, not blessed with guitar talent when he first began playing professionally, yearned for overnight success that would put him in league with the other guitarists on the circuit. One night, he heard a voice that told him to visit the crossroads by Dockery’s plantation at midnight. There, he was met by a large black man who apparently was the devil in disguise. The big man took the guitar from Johnson, tuned it, and returned it to him.

Johnson’s improvement on his instrument was swift and amazing (although historically, it took him about a year to become great). He earned the instant recognition of big name guitarists like Son House, who championed his cause. However, Johnson was tormented in his dreams by visions of the devil, and hellhounds on his trail. In his waking hours, Johnson played the role of bluesman hero, chasing women, drinking, behaving arrogantly. In 1938, during a show, he was poisoned (possibly by a jealous husband of a woman he had been putting moves on). The poison had him foaming at the mouth and talking babble, he died within days. His last words were “I pray that my redeemer will come and take me from my grave.”

Fearing the devil, the townspeople buried him in an unmarked grave.

Johnson’s recorded legacy supposedly refers to his deal with the devil in “Crossroads Blues”, “Me and the Devil Blues” and “Hellhounds On My Trail”.

A more likely explanation for Johnson’s tremendous guitar prowess was probably a magical ritual known as “practice” as well as help from a guitar tutor, one Ike Zinneman (an unrecorded bluesman known for practicing in the local cemetery, sitting on gravestones). But the sold his soul legend persists to this day.

Part II: The Satanic 60’s

Jagger at Altamont, 1969

When rock ‘n’ roll appeared in the 1950’s, and its effect on teens became known, it was only natural that it would be derided as the Devil’s music as well. It was also attacked as decadent, dangerous, immoral, obscene, and even part of a Communist think tank’s psych-op assault on the West. Rock music was one of the first cultural movements in America that was somewhat colorblind as well; white musicians covered black songwriters, black musicians covered white ones. White kids bought records by black musicians, which alarmed fundamentalist, segregationist elements in society. Many forces aligned in the late 50’s to end the menace before it could get out of hand. So Elvis was drafted, Chuck Berry arrested, Jerry Lee Lewis blackballed. Eddie Cochrane and Buddy Holly were killed in accidents, Little Richard became a preacher. By the early 60’s, rock was, for all intents and purposes, dead. Gone with it were the hip shaking, dancing, shaking, and partying the Devil commanded.

It was a short-lived victory for the legions of decency. The Beatles rolled into town in 1964, and worse, so did the Rolling Stones and Animals. The British Invasion was also greeted with accusations of communist plot and devil’s music, but it was too big to stop. Also too big was the demographic who listened to it, the first Baby Boomers to reach adulthood. The enormous demographic swing of the 1960’s saw an unprecedented number of young people reach prime record buying age.

The 60’s were a time of reckless experimentation and fads. Drugs became a significant component of white suburban life for the very first time, as youth experimented with pot and LSD. The drug experience, coupled with a new political awareness thanks largely to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, helped create a new underground youth movement, which popularly came to be known as the counterculture, egged on by the Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out and Never Trust Anyone Over Thirty philosophies of the day.

The counterculture was a polymorphus thing; it branched off into many avenues; it never was a single shared thing except as a huge demographic, but rather thousands of vaguely anti-establishment pastimes to hardcore radicalism to weird drug scenes to a proliferation of cults. Many in the counterculture were political, as the anti-war and pro-civil rights movements gathered steam. Some were holistic, or environmental, or mind-and-body related. Young people began exploring new realms of spiritualism. Some were drawn to Eastern religions like Buddhism and Krishna. Others were drawn to other disciplines like yoga. And still others developed a new-age curiousity about astrology, ESP, and ultimately, Satanism.

The time was ripe; Satanism had become cool. In 1966, one Anton LaVey established the ‘official’ Church of Satan, based on his book “The Satanic Bible”. In the nutshell, LaVey promoted a lifestyle of self-indulgance; desires were meant to be fulfilled. He favored rituals that involved bodily fluids which were deemed sacred; as a result, some looked upon his church as some kind of sex cult. He didn’t refer to the devil in the Christian sense, rather, he saw Satanism as a means of harnassing supernatural energy that circulates in the ambient universe. For a brief spell, he attracted trendy followers to his church, among them wannabee starlets and musicians and the like.

It was during the psychedelic-satanic 60’s that rock music first began to explicitly reference modern Satanic imagery and references.

Sgt. Pepper and Crowley

So in 1967, the Beatles, who were almost universally considered “good”, included a picture of the British-born father of the modern Satanic movement, Aleister Crowley, among the collected faces on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, perhaps the very first nod to Satanism in rock. The same year, the Rolling Stones released Their Satanic Majesty’s Request, which was delayed for release until the title was changed from Her Satanic Majesty’s Request.

Also in 1967, Kenneth Anger, a former Hollywood child actor and underground filmmaker, who had involvement with the Process Church, another Satanic group that apparently included Charles Manson among its part-time members for a brief spell, filmed Lucifer Rising, a 40-minute movie with psychedelic trappings that was based on Satanic ritual, and starred a young actor and musician named Bobby Beausoleil who also recorded the score. Beausoleil, who had briefly been a member of an early lineup of the band Love, would become one of Charles Manson’s first male followers; he’s still serving time for the bizarre 1969 murder of Gary Hinman.

In 1968 the Mansons were living in a house they had pretty much overrun Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson out of. The Beach Boys’ “Never Learn Not To Love” (from 20/20)was written by Charles Manson as “Cease to Exist”, a chorus the Beach Boys changed to “cease to resist“. On the Beach Boys’ album Dennis Wilson gets songwriting credit, Manson sold his for cash. His own version appears on his own Lie album. The Manson Family weren’t Satanists per se, but Manson, a jailbird most of his life, had explored a number of Satanic church/cults and was a jailhouse psychology expert; Tex Watson famously announced “I’m the devil, and I’m here to do the devil’s work” (a quote borrowed by Rob Zombie in the film The Devil’s Rejects) to his victims at the Tate house.

In 1968, The Rolling Stones continued to dabble in Satanic imagery, releasing one of their most provocative songs ever, “Sympathy for the Devil”. Onstage, Jagger developed a devilish persona in his manner of dress and dance that reached full bloom during the Stones’ 1969 tour. Much of their interest in Satanism came to them through Anita Pallenberg, who dated Brian Jones, then Keith Richard, and finally Mick Jagger.

Also in 1968 came the release of the Roman Polanski film Rosemary’s Baby, the first explicitly Satanic mainstream film, and one in which the Satanists ultimately win. One of the eeriest and most talked about films of its day, it made the news again the following year, when Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was among the Manson family victims on their first spree killing. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) lived and recorded in the Tate house in the 90’s.

1969 was a peak year for Satanic activity in the U.S. New cults, some brutal, some benign, began appearing in mutant profusion. Jagger finally succeeded in invoking the Devil himself as he presided over the Altamont festival, which was marred by violence and a brutal killing in front of the stage as fans and bikers clashed. The experience clearly shocked Jagger, who almost immediately began retreating from his devil persona, adopting one of Village Idiot instead for the next few years.

Back in Birmingham England, a band by the name of Earth began playing a campy frightshow song of Satanic possession entitled “Black Sabbath” that caused enough of a stir that the band renamed themselves after it. Black Sabbath, their 1970 debut album is rife with ominous Satanic references, from “Black Sabbath” to “N.I.B.”, songs like “The Wizard” touched on black magic. Despite accusations from fundamentalist Christians that persist to this day, Black Sabbath never really was a “Satanic” band; they never took a pro-Satanic stand in their music. With Black Sabbath, Satan was something fearsome and frightening, as were drugs, the war, and life itself.

Black Widow: Sacrifice (1970)

However, in 1969, the first openly Satanic bands began making their appearance. Perhaps first and foremost were Black Widow, who sometimes shared gigs with Black Sabbath. Black Widow’s 1970 debut, Sacrifice, is a pro-Satanist offering with titles like “Way To Power” “Come to the Sabbat” “Conjuration” “Sacrifice”. Not a heavy metal band or even a hard rock band, Black Widow’s music was creepy and, in places, corny. But it was the first attempt in rock to bring underground Satanism to the mainstream, and the first case of Satanism being the point of the music, and not just one of its devices. Onstage, they performed Satanic ritual, which included the participation of a nude woman celebrant.

It was also around this time when Jimmy Page, a known Crowley aficianado, supposedly convened Led Zeppelin for a little bit of soul-trading with the devil in an effort to assure their success, in much the same way Robert Johnson had. While the story is probably as apocryphal as Johnson’s, who really knows? Page eventually bought Crowley’s castle; Led Zeppelin IV (or zoso) and “Stairway to Heaven” in particular, was hailed by Kenneth Anger as one of the greatest Satanic works ever. A 1974 car accident seriously injured Robert Plant and his wife, drummer John Bonham died in 1980. Both events were speculated to be early paybacks for their deal.

As the 1960’s wound down and the 1970’s picked up, Satanism as a movement was on the wane. However, the success of Black Sabbath, and heavy metal’s fascinations with power, death, and doom, meant that Satanism had forever found a niche in rock; as long as there were tormented teens looking for thrills, there’d be a place for evil symbology.

Part III: The 70’s and 80’s


So in the 1970’s and 1980’s there was no shortage of heavy metal and hard rock acts that used Satanism either explicitly in a pro-Satanism sense, or in an ambiguous thing-to-fear sense. A partial roster of such bands include Angel Witch, Venom, Pagan Altar, Widow, Witchfynde, Hell Satan, Cloven Hoof, Warhammer, Onslaught, Sabbat, Antichrist-Ragnarok, Cradle Of Filth, Megiddo Bal Sagoth, December Moon, Ewigkeit, Adorior, Hecate, Enthroned, Phantasia, Forefather, Meads Of Asphodel, Reign Of Erebus, Thus Defiled, Old Forest, Annal Nathrakh. Few of these bands ever sold many records, although Venom, which included blasphemous doggerel on the album covers, became a favorite of severely disaffected youth in the 80’s.

Despite the fact that almost none of these bands ever sold as many records as a lukewarm Captain and Tennille album, the phenomenon was taken very seriously by the media and churches; the 1980’s weren’t the 1960’s. The conservative 80’s saw a bizarre anti-Satanic grassroots wellspring, which ultimately became one of the great witch hunts (literal) of the last couple of hundred years. Using “recovered memory therapy”, stories of ritual satanic abuse and sacrifice wound up circulating on TV talk shows; if all of the accusations had been correct, satanic ritual sacrifice was the #3 killer of Americans in the US, ahead of homicide and just behind cancer and heart disease. Yet, no cadre of ritual sacrificers were found, no evidence, no bodies.

While these accusations and the methods that brought out these “memories” have since been discredited (after ruining numerous lives of the unjustly accused), they helped to illustrate what a powerful signifier satanism is in the imaginations of the simplest of people; as a result, satanic rock didn’t just not go away, it once again entered the mainstream; Motley Crue had a huge seller with Shout at The Devil. Slayer incorporated a pentagram into their logo. The Christian rock act Stryper became something of the anti-Satanic metal band, tossing bibles to the audience.

The suicides of some rock listeners after listening to albums by Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne helped lend the PMRC some muscle, which played a hand in getting their rating stickers on CD’s. During the witch-hunt years, back-masking, the technique of recording subliminal messages backwards on an album, gained attention. At first, it was claimed that “Stairway to Heaven” played backwards concealed Satanic exhortations. Then other songs, until, perhaps as an example of how the anti-Satanists were truly grasping at straws, it was announced that the theme to the TV series “Mr. Ed” also hid a Satanic message.

Naturally, some bands decided to try this gimmick after hearing these stories. However, psychology has never accepted backwards masking as a way of instilling a subliminal suggestion; brains don’t process backwards sounds very well.

Part IV: Satanism in rock today

Marilyn Manson

Today, rock audiences are a little more sophisticated than they once were, and it takes more to shock. Marilyn Manson was rumored to be a minister in the Church of Satan, and persued a shock agenda, which included his choice of stage name. Rob Zombie is another dabbler in luciferian imagery. However, after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there seems to have been yet another waning in Satanic concerns (suggesting that Satanism may be the pastime of the idle middle-class; when survival becomes an issue, Satanism suddenly loses its allure).

Insofar as Satanic rock still survives, the place to turn is Norway, now the leading source of Black Metal and Satanic Metal and for a long time the gangsta-rap of Norway, with a number of brutal slayings in its midst and wake, some apparently ritualistic. Despite this, among its devotees, the same familiar arguments arise that one might find in a conversation about folk music. Who is authentic? Who is a poser? What is classic?

Again, a true Satanist will tell you that all of this is nonsense anyway, and that none of these musicians know what Satanism is all about, nor would a true Satanist cheapen their faith by littering an album with tacky pentagrams.

But then, that same Satanist will tell you, probably with a creepy twinkle in his eye, that all music is Satanic anyway.

Here’s a good list of rock albums featuring pentagrams on their covers, compiled by Robert Burke of Rhapsody Radish You can listen to some of it here.

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  • UAO, this is an outstanding historical overview. Good work.

    I note that this quote is definitely more an argument of Satanism in the pop group than of cleanliness in the Satanic group. “And the Carpenters are just as Satanic as Venom.”

    However, I think that perhaps you missed the most Truly Satanic singer in the land.

  • Quite excellent, indeed. I learned some stuff!

    What do you think about the darker stuff like Roky Erickson’s The Evil One or Skinny Puppy’s The Process, which also flirt with satanic imagery but don’t have the glammy overtones?

    I was also reminded of Funkadelic’s America Eats Its Young, with the liner notes by Process Church of the Final Judgement…but then again, liner notes don’t really count, do they?

  • Guppusmaximus

    Very Good!!! Cheers…. Ofcourse, here’s my feedback: Even though Venom may have put Satanistic themed music on the map for us “severely disaffected ” youth, it was Slayer who apitimized the exploitation of Satan in Metal for mere profit. King Diamond was another figure who brought the satanistic theme into a Drama set. Kind of like Queen meets Lucifer…but overall, The band Deicide was the only Metal band in the early 90’s who had actual Satanists that broke through into the mainstream…

  • Great article – only one correction: I believe the saying is, “Never trust anyone UNDER thirty.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure about that one………

  • uao

    doh! Thanks Vern Halen. Me and my typing.

    And thanks everyone else; this was a very tricky topic to address and research. There’s a lot of rubbish from Christians and Satanists on the internet, but I couldn’t find any kind of sober article on just, historically, what the connection between Satanism and rock was. So, this is a step in that direction.

    The really scary stuff are the Norwegian scenes, which is already the subject of a couple of books.

    Slayer was more prominant overall in rock in the 80’s; I gave Venom a little more attention as they debuted a little earlier. Didn’t mean to slight Slayer, though.

  • Yes UAO, this was a good step in the direction of starting to untangle and define the Satanic influence.

    But you’re missing the real stuff, Satan wise. You start with the argument that those who openly profess Satanism in their music really aren’t Satanic.

    Consider then an alternate view. Perhaps their is no ONE being who is Satan. I could well imagine that “Satan” is really a committee.

    Obviously, the chairman of that committee is Kenny Rogers. Is he or is he not the face of true evil? Of course, he has junior members of prominent standing on the committe with him, such as Garth Brooks, the anti-Hank.

    Why don’t you look into them? Wonder what kind of backwards masked messages you’d get out of “Coward of the County.” What’s this? “Shop at Wal-Mart. Vote Republican. Go see a Tom Cruise movie. Become a Scientologist.”

  • Guppusmaximus


    Don’t get me wrong…Excellent Article!! I was just saying that Slayer was the Britney Spears of Satanic Pop…lol:) As for Kenny Rogers, He is just Pure Evil…. Very Scary.

  • uao

    Michael West–

    A fuller history would have to include more on industrial rock, Skinny Puppy, etc.; they’ve always been on the Satanic fringe. Genesis POrrige of Psychick TV used plenty of Satanic devices and moved in some satanic circles. As noted in the article, Trent Reznor had a Manson fixation.

    Funkadelic did indeed include liner notes by the Process Church; that could go in there, too. It’s part of the packaging.

    I haven’t heard the Roky Erikson album you menison; I mostly just know 13th Fl. Elevators. But I’ll look into it; been meaning to get to him for awhile.

    Al Barger:

    Well, LaVey saw Satan as ambient energy in the universe which makes more sense to me than a deposed diety. So sure, that makes Kenny Rogers satanic.

    And again, a Satanist will tell you that strumming a single chord is Satanic; it’s done for no other purpose than pleasure, like all the best things in Satanic life.

    Personally I always thought the Carpenters were Satanic, and still do even, even though they’d be appalled at the notion.


    I’m going to look into some of the bands you mentioned in your first post; someday, I’d like to flesh this piece out more. Thanks!

  • My understanding about Roky Erikson was that he faked schizoprenia to avoid the draft, but then became an LSD casualty. He came to believe that vampire aliens were coming after him or something weird like that. So, if he’s mentally wrecked, I don’t know if that qualifies as true Satanism or not. He had a few good but lyrically odd tunes: Before in the Beginning, Two Headed Dog, etc., but most people will never hear them – he’ll always be on to the fringes of rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Good over-view of the Satanic metal movement. The one thing that has always made me laugh is those who don’t get that venom were seriously taking the piss. They never took themselves too seriously; course that could be said for quite a few of the extreme/black metal bands in Norway and other parts of Scandinavia. After I know of a band that insisted on going on first at a major gig (Inferno London) even thought they headlined so they could go fishing!

    BTW I have met a few satanists in my time; they tend to be collosal bores. Rather like their happy-clappy opponents actually….funny dat!

  • Since a good 50%+ of my tastes in rock music center around bands from the LA punk scene when I was in high school, the 2 Satanic bands that come to mind are the Flesheaters and Christian Death.

    Regarding the former, I remember reading that some TV preacher waved their A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die album before the camera while (just a moment, thesaurus.com time) seething that “You can buy this trash at K-Mart!” which took me pleasantly by surprise. This was the X/Blasters lineup, whose rockabilly image in the album photo were kind of at odds with all the occult gobbledygook that surrounded it, or so it seemed to me.

    Regarding Christian Death, I was a fan mainly because they had bitchen punk rock guitarist Rik Agnew from the Adolescents. In any case, at least one member (bassist I think) took the Satan stuff pretty seriously, as I recall reading him say after he’d repented. Which brings us to what makes me most uncomfortable about Satanism: my suspicion that inside the belly of every believer lies a Christian waiting to be born again.

  • uao

    I’m an Angeleno myself godoggo, and have always been interested in the history of LA-area music too.

    In fact, for one year I worked at a cemetery in Hollywood where Roz Williams’ cremated remains are on display in a columbarium with some poetry and pics and things. I used to have to dust the columbarium daily (I have a much better job elsewhere now), so I saw Roz (and fan-pilgrims who came to the cemetery) all the time.

    I always thought of Christian Death as Goth more than Satanic, but now that you mention it, Only Theater Of Pain did have some fairly explicitly Satanic songs on it. So they could qualify too.

    I’ve actually never heard the Flesheaters (not sure I’ve even heard of them although I know X and the Blasters well). I’ll look into them too, thanks!

  • Of course, there was no such word as “Goth” then. Meanwhile, all these bouncy young Suicide Girls just look like punk rock chicks to me. I’m starting to understand where Billy Joel was coming from back in the day.

  • tony

    what are you kidding me?? a lot of those bands were not satan worshippers and especially the blues thats deff. not i just think its dumb you actually take time to do this stuff

  • LEE


  • Sully

    Chuck (Garvey) is Satan!

  • StingK

    It may well be that I’m just drunk but, I’d just like to say that this was a fascinating article. 🙂

    Got any more?

  • rotting angel

    Satan is something or it isn’t but peopple that follow him are really lost in a world of shit drugs and rock and roll .they follow it no matter if it suks .They need Jesus or the list a Psycologist .Follow nobady

  • satan fuckin rules

    dude yall forgot so many bands cradle of filth job for acowbor and lots more dam yalls arent even really satanic

  • Jeff

    Awesome article, blues is very symbolically satanic, and I mean that in the most artistically positive way possible. Satanic rock is not religious in my views, but rather just a way to be symbolically rebellious towards the white establishment. The white youth of the 60’s dissented from what it is to be a “white” American. So ironically, Satanic Rock is about equality, and requires an open mind to discern the “evil” in it.

  • Will Brennan

    Great article. There was blues guitarist who Robert Johnson actually mentored with during that year he disappeared. But he was devil haunted, that’s for sure. Some of the Norwegian bands are the real thing. I like Bob Dylan’s line, “I accept chaos. I’m not sure whether chaos accepts me.” The universe is a complicated thing.

  • lazar

    good work,lot of facts.I love rock so God help us all! Greeting from Serbia

  • Gravy

    Great article.
    The Norway bands are no more or less “evil” than anything else, there are a few morons that exist anywhere. Most Norway satanic bands are about anti-christianity, not hurting people.
    Venom, if you read their website, was all about the “show” as is Rob Zombie. It’s like classic horror, only musically.
    As, of course previously mentioned in the article and this blog, ALL music is about the show, and done for personal pleasure, and is, thus, satanic.
    Think of that next time you sing “Silent Night” after Christmas Ham!

  • Tyler

    ok,ok this is a load of bull, Music has no effect on your religion. im a christian and i listen to rock/heavy metal. Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, it is just that the church is to hypocritical.

  • Marilyn Manson

    My life is gooood and my music is better than my every aspect of life.

  • Aleister

    Jimmy Page was not satanic, nor is Led Zeppelin. And please get your facts straight. The Car accident with Plant and his wife Maureen happened in 76. Not 74.

  • Nema Natas

    Thanks for this enlightening expose. People need to be made aware of this vile filth. I for one had not heard of Old Forest before today but now thanks to you I love them and will play them everywhere I go and introduce all my friends and family to them. Nema Natas !

  • Marcia Neil

    ‘Satanic rock’ as a genre has been influenced by the voice-strip utterances heard within a mucousal/wax oracle-bead chronicle found beneath a roadside-rest in northwestern PA — i.e. by an archaeological artifact. Give your performance keywords, music isn’t a boxed casserole dish.

  • Gene

    Whoever wrote this article is a filthy liar! How dare you claim that the death of Buddy Holly in a plane crash was an act of God to prevent the sin of rock music from spreading! The bible itself has many references to music and dancing, which makes you blasphemers as well. Buddy died because his pilot took off in snowy conditions and was not able to fly in them. Buddy never played a note of vulgarity or profanity. If you think music is satanic, please feel free to destroy any records you might have, and your lying selves along with them. Oh, and keep in mind that Little Richard, the preacher man, was a homosexual which is condemned in the bible. Remember Sodom and Gomorah, you idiots? Your article inferiorates me.

  • Citce Johannes Airlines

    Not that funny, man.
    I only read the first to pages,
    you’re trying to stretch one joke far to long.

  • Brian Louis

    It’s all fun and games until someone goes to hell. Jesus is Lord. Believe and be saved.

  • Gene

    So true, why today I played Wipeout by the Surfaris and followed it with John Fogerty and Buddy Holly. I am really posessed now!

  • Mike

    If you fread the slanted way this and other articles like it are written, with carefully picked facts which are often innacurate, it resembles one thing: nazi propaganda tricks.

  • joseph

    hey led zeppelin is my fav band and they are satanic and who cares i am two satan rules

  • joseph

    i dont no if zeppelin is satanicats just what m brother told me sorry

  • joseph

    who dont like rock music i mean come on that shit is good dont any one of you people like it

  • Coven

    Coven – Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (1969)

    THE 1st ever satanic rock album!!!!!!!

  • joseph

    me again jamming to zeppelin still got three kids now its great we are moving to norway with my band zion ITS KICKASS

  • Trickzta

    Uriah Heep, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, King Crimsom, Pete Townsend, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, SRV, Six Inch Nails, Bob Hite, David Gilmore, Roger Waters, Frank Sinatra, Marc Bolan, Freedoms Children, Arthur Brown, Keef Hartely, Mary Poppins, The Tubes, MC5, Baxtop, Janis Joplin, Sir Mick, Keith Emerson, Yoko Ono, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Green, Georg Busch, Twist in the Tail, Alvin Lee, Cassius Clay and many more are the real devil, they worship themselves.

  • Leotagoras

    You missed Coven, the American band. In 1969, before Black Sabbath they recorded an Album called “Witchcraft destroys minds and reaps souls”, including even a Black Mass.

  • AntiAntiChrist

    First Satanic rock band? The Beatles, kids. Whoever wrote this piece is either blind to reality or does not believe that Satan or God actually exists. Some people (naiive as little schoolgirls) don’t want to believe Jimmy Page was involved in Satanism despite the fact he owned Crowley’s mansion and one of the largest occult bookstores in London, despite Satanic lyrics in some of Zep’s songs, etc. If I told you, “I tried smoking weed but I did not inhale”(!), would you believe that too? If this fact about Page bothers you, why don’t you stop listening to Led Zep instead of denying reality like a fool. To understand why Satanism is prominant in rock music, consider who Satan is. Many biblical scholars believe Lucifer had something to do with music before he was cast out of heaven, based on descriptions of him in the Bible. That’s likely why Satanism is not quite as prominant in the field of carpentry as in music. Satan has musical ability….he’s not known for flipping houses. In order to gain fame, wealth, musical inspiration, etc, many musicians flirt with the occult….a process known as “channelling” through demonic spirits. Numerous well known musicians complain about being tormented by voices, etc as a result of occult involvement. Who? Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, Ozzy, Prince, and others. Don’t you believe the musicians themselves? I know, I know….you’re thinking of Hollywood’s portrayal of demonic possession. When Jesus was on Earth, Satan offered Him the kingdoms of the world if He would worship Satan. The Bible states that Satan has considerable power in the world. It’s clear that many musicians are doing more than just reading occult books. They are trying things they have read about. Where do you think The Beatles got the idea of backward song lyrics? Crowley! Some people will do ANYTHING for personal gain….were you born yesterday or do you not understand human nature? Yes, kids, this stuff actually goes on. I would not recommend anybody try it. Remember Satan is a deceptive SOB. Ultimately, he wants to destroy you. Kurt Cobain was another person who embraced Satanism…and Hendrix…and Jim Morrison…How did that work out? Did they seem like truly happy people? BTW, of course not everyone who flashes the hand sign of the devil or puts Satanic symbols on their album cover is invovlved in Satanism, but many are to some degree.

  • I’m in the latter camp, I don’t believe that Satan or God actually exist.

    That said, something doesn’t have to exist for somebody to believe in it…

    Do you actually have any evidence to support your idea that The Beatles were into Satanism?

  • Dr Dreadful

    Numerous well known musicians complain about being tormented by voices, etc as a result of occult involvement.

    Well, knowing what we do about popular music culture and in particular the lives of the individuals mentioned, I find it rather more likely that the voices they reported having heard were the result of various interesting chemicals rather than anything to do with the occult…

  • Jeffrey Nolan


  • Paul Reinhart

    What about the eagles, hotel cailifornia was mixed in a witches coven and pentagram of blood