Music and Occultism
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 intestines out.
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 music."
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,
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 host."
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 music-lovers."
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
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. 239-40).
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,
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, 1984).
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.