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.
  1. Motley Crüe - Shout At The Devil
    Title is misleading. Even the track "God Bless The Children of The Beast" reveals nothing about what the children of the beast actually do
  2. AC/DC - Back In Black
    Although 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.
  3. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    A 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.
  4. Judas Priest - Stained Class
    In 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.
  5. To Hell With The Devil - Stryper
    This 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.