Black Metal Musicians and Christian Evangelists, Two Peas in a Pod.

Icons of anti-Christianity, black metal musicians have sparked hatred throughout the world with their satanic lyrics, frightening images, and vandalism. During the 80s, then there was a great uprising in heavy metal, a band named Venom decided to take their music into a darker sound, coining the genre with their album called “Black Metal”, focused on liberation from God to live as the goat does, freely. (By the way the common misconception of Satanists praying to Satan isn’t true. They praise Satan for standing up to a tyrant and living in his own way and try to follow in his footsteps.)

On the other hand, one of the three largest religions, Christianity, stands as the complete opposite of Satanism and paganism. In Christianity, the sheep was God’s follower, earning a place in heaven abiding to the Lord’s every wish. People known as Evangelists spread the message of Christianity in order to enlighten none believers, or most of the time they just preach to people who are already Christians through the television.

But what do Christian Evangelists and Black Metal Extremists have in common? Controversies. Both groups have tabloids swirling around their actions and words at all times because they always do and say offensive things, which make me laugh most of the time so I don’t’ really have a problem with either; in fact, I love both! But guys in Corpse Paint playing extreme metal are definitely cooler than their old and enthusiastic counterparts.

Both are extremely extreme in extremely expressing their extreme viewpoints. In fact, they both lie on the same spectrum…just on the extremely opposite ends. During the 90s, primarily in Norway, there was a second wave of Black Metal bands with infamous musicians. This rise of black metal led to over fifty church burnings in Norway, where it was most prominent by black metal musicians and fans. One of which was Gaahl, from the band Gorgoroth, who commended and suggested more burnings in interviews. He believes strongly in following the footsteps of the goat and stages really dark atmospheric shows in which he relays his massage to the listeners. One of Gorgoroth’s most famous concerts took place in the Roman Catholic country, Poland. The stage props featured impaled sheep heads, satanic imagery, a crucifixions performed by naked men and women drenched in blood. The government took extreme offence to this and polish investigations led to allegations of religious offences, but the band was not charged in the end.

Gaahl has been center stage with such incidents. In 2002, Gaahl assaulted a man who confronted him with religion. He took him captive and apparently tied his gentiles, squeezing his blood into a cup. The victim claimed he forced him to drink it. Gaahl said, he simply used to cup to prevent the blood from staining his carpet.

Another band Mayhem, a big scene in black metal has gone through extremes to spread their message. The one incident that really sparked the media’s involvement was the band member, Euronymous’s, suicide. A picture of his dead, bloodied body appeared on the band’s next album and rumors spread that the band made stew from his brains, necklaces from pieces of his skull, and the drummer used his femurs for drumsticks. However, only the latter two were confirmed true. The necklaces were given to “black metal musicians deemed worthy”.

Christian evangelists haven’t done anything as crazy as the black metal-ers but what comes out of their mouths are pretty annoying. What really caught my attention was what was said a few days ago. A televangelist named Pat Robertson said “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti. People might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh, you know Napoleon the third and whatever…and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘Okay it’s a deal.’ Ever since then, they have been cursed”. Apparently, to get away from the French rule, they swore a deal with the Devil to get away. This explains why the Dominican Republic wasn’t damaged by the earthquake and why it is home to many resorts and vacation spots while Haiti thrives in poverty. To me burning a church makes more sense. However my favorite Robertson quote must be “I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.”


Two days after September 11th, Jerry Falwell claimed the god allowed the attacks on the world trade center because of “moral decay” caused by abortionists, feminists, and gays. Similarly, Hurricane Katrina was cited as punishment for abortions, with use of the bible was textual support. Honestly, by that logic, they should be sentenced to tornados or flash flooding due to stupid remarks.

Just last year, a man was shot to death because he was an abortionist. The shooter claimed to have saved lives by killing the man. In court he completely confessed to the crime without any guilt knowing that in god eyes he was right in eliminating the man and saved hundreds of future babies.

Examples are endless for both black metal and the Christians. Ironically, if you think about it, if religion didn’t exist, these people would make great friends.

-As Published in the Rutgers Observer.


~ by Dreamflights on February 1, 2010.

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