Pop Culture Satanists

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In the last couple of days, some of us on FOTM (see the comments section of the post, “Can Newt be Trusted?“) engaged each other in a lively debate about the curious “horns” hand signal that some politicians and pop stars make.

To some, they’re making the devil’s horns. Others say it’s really the “I luv u” or “rock on” signings at a rock or metal concert.

Christians have had the sign of the cross, holy hymns and sacred songs for centuries. Why is it incredible that the opposing side also have theirs?
Take a look at this video of a live performance of a death metal group called Possessed, in Berkeley in 1985. [Warning: suffocating spiritual darkness]

Wikipedia says:

Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra’s guttural vocals, they have been cited as a great influence on the death metal genre. In fact, the band’s influence on the genre is so great, they are sometimes called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed are often cited as the first death metal band, largely because of the early use of grunted vocals. Satanic themes they had become noted for. Lyrically, most of Possessed’s songs focused on Satanism and death. The band’s efforts on [their first album] Seven Churches have been called an influence by groups like Death, Pestilence, Sepultura, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, God Dethroned and Amon Amarth.

The band originated in the San Francisco Bay Area, California in 1983, when guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus’s garage band recruited Jeff Becerra following the suicide of vocalist Barry Fisk. In 1990, Jeff Becerra was paralyzed from the waist down following a shooting incident.

Did you know that the popular hip-hop artist Jay-Z, with a net worth of over $150 million and married to Beyonce Knowles, has a song to “Lucifer” in his 2003 The Black Album? ( H/t NiceneTruth.com)

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12 responses to “Pop Culture Satanists

  1. Sage,
    I’ve been puzzled about “Christian Rock” because I just can’t hear anything holy in it. Now I know why.

    • sage,
      What’s the “back beat”, if any, of the terrible awful guttural sounds of death metal? I’ve never heard anything that more evokes what I imagine Hell to be.

  2. Bob Larsen out of Denver used to have an entire ministry devoted to the eevils of Rock and Roll. I remember the furor over Amy Grant (El Shaddai)
    “selling out ” and recording a couple of songs that weren’t ‘church-lady’ approved. Counter and synchopated tempo (as in Chopin and Bach) were quite the rage. back when…but add drugs and licentiousness and suddenly we’re in another epidemic of misguided youth…..and don’t get me started on rap 🙁

  3. Just like left/liberals do… hmm, no wonder.
    “God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil’s on my side, he’s a good Communist.” –Joseph Stalin

  4. Funny, I have seen Rush play live 16 times, Styx five times, the Who four times, Yes three times, Kansas, Jethro Tull, Bad Company, Van Halen twice, and Eric Clapton once, yet I have never heard of any of the bands mentioned in this post.
    LOL – Maybe I’ve been hanging with the wrong crowd?

  5. Strange, was there suppose to be music on that video? I never even heard of death rock, much less the groups playing it, but I have heard of JayZ, Beyonce and Led Zepplin…

    • Kheta,
      There are sub-varieties of alternative rock, the most disturbing being gothic rock, death rock, and death metal.
      Gothic rock originated during the late 1970s and is distinguished by its introspective dark themes of gothic horror, Romanticism, existential philosophy, and nihilism. Death rock is an offshoot of gothic rock which “emphasizes a creepy atmosphere and an introspective mood,” surreal lyrics, and bleak themes of isolation, disillusionment, loss, and death. Death metal, a sub-type of heavy metal music, uses violent or dark lyrics that focus on death as a nihilistic metaphor. The vocals are often grunts, snarls, and low gurgles—colloquially called “death grunts” or “death growls.”
      Common to all three rock subgenres is their nihilism and morbid preoccupation with death and decay, as exemplified by the song titles and lyrics of the goth-industrial rock group, Velvet Acid Christ. The songs listed on the group’s website include the following: “Dead (Death Wish Mix),” “Dead Flesh,” “Dead Tomorrow,” “Decay,” “Fun With Drugs,” “Fun With Knives,” “Futile,” “Hail to the Dead Souls,” “Hell Two,” “Hopeless,” “Masked Illusion,” “Mental Depression,” “Misery,” “Murder the World,” “Pain,” Psycho,” “Serial Killer 101,” “The Hopeless,” and “There Is No God.”

      • It’s amazing what passes for entertainment, not really sorry I never heard any of this music but thanks for the edification… 🙂

  6. Wow …the things you miss when you’re out of
    circulation 🙂 I try to keep up….even find an
    occasional song I like on the radio if I can understand
    the lyrics. It seems as if the decent has accelerated
    in the last half dozen years. At least my boys have
    moderated what they play…lest I turn the station to
    country or polka 🙂

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