Heavy Metal Albums That Turned Out to Be Disappointingly Less Satanic Than I Had Hoped
Starting at the tender age of 7, I discovered heavy metal. After my rabbi sent a note home in the third grade urging my parents to skip Halloween, I was encouraged to look further into the occult. While I was fascinated by any allusions to Satanic music, I never actually got to hear anything directly influenced by the devil until I was 26.
- •Motley Crüe - Shout At The DevilTitle is misleading. Even the track "God Bless The Children of The Beast" reveals nothing about what the children of the beast actually do
- •AC/DC - Back In BlackAlthough the band was in mourning for recently deceased singer Bon Scott, there was nothing really Satanic about this album. Even "Hell's Bells" was basically blues rock.
- •Black Sabbath - Black SabbathA stoner lifeguard at the Palo Alto JCC gave me this cassette in 1989. Great songwriting, some real Boris Karloff influence, but zero directly Satanic content.
- •Judas Priest - Stained ClassIn sixth grade, I watched the documentary about the two kids who claimed that the song "Better By You, Better Than Me," caused them to attempt suicide (both eventually succeeded). I checked this one out repeatedly in college, and found zero Satanic content and couldn't even hear the subliminal messages.
- •To Hell With The Devil - StryperThis one turned out to be a Christian metal band, so I was able to figure it out before buying it, thanks to the helpful clerks in the Tower Records cassette department.