The 10 Most Satanic Metal Bands

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No other genre can claim a connection to evil like heavy metal. Whether it's a brutal Satanic death metal band from Florida, a church-burning Norwegian black metal band, or a Mexican gang of Devil-worshiping drug lords, we decided to dig deep into the fiery underground pits of Hell for our selection of the Top 10 Most Satanic Metal Bands. This is a list that would make Lucifer himself proud.

See also: 10 Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die


10. Nattefrost
As lead singer for Scandinavian black metal miscreants Carpathian Forrest, Nattefrost is the solo band by the singer of the same name, which is even more Satanic than Carpathian Forrest, who are pretty damn evil to begin with. With a very caustic chainsaw, speed metal punk fury, this band revives the eerie old school sound of bands like Hellhammer, Darkthrone, and Mayhem, with a necro-obsessed theme, and calling for evil entities and dark forces. With songs like "Satanic Victory," "Sluts of Hell," and "Mass Destruction" all from the 2004 album Blood and Vomit, the band is uncompromising in lyrics and raw power. Terrorist, an album from 2006, features more misanthropic torture, with songs like "Primitive Death," "Goat Worship," and "Satan is Endless Satan is Timeless." Basically, it's the type of scary music that you would hear in a Born Again Christian's nightmares.


9. Morbid Angel
Since the debut of an extreme metal classic in 1989, Altars of Madness Morbid Angel have mastered the art form of extreme metal, producing some of the most evil-sounding heavy metal music in existence. With a foundation of musical technicality that is nothing short of sorcery, the roots of the Florida-bred band are steeped in the occult and worship of the beast, but have moved towards more dark, spiritual and esoteric themes, such Sumerian deities, mythology and even ancient incantations and witchcraft.

Morbid Angel are included with their peers in Deicide and Cannibal Corpse as being the most successful first wave of American death metal bands. Ironically, what is considered to be the band's most Satanic album, 1993's Covenant was the first album released by a death metal band, on a major record label (a subsidiary of Warner Bros) and is still ranked among the some of the best selling death metal albums of all time. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Covenant, the band will perform the album in its entirety on tour beginning in November.

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zarthanas
zarthanas

JAJAJAJA WHO DID THIS?...  A 10 YEARS OLD KID OR WHAT

cr1ms0njihad
cr1ms0njihad

Varg was a fill in on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas for Necrobutcher, the ORIGINAL bass player. do your homework.

rhyskendall
rhyskendall

Gorgoroth? They're more satanic than all these bands


barlowe2003
barlowe2003

Satanism is shallow and pretentious, both as a philosophy and as a religion. I can't believe anyone takes it seriously. Does Glenn Benton realize that the upside-down cross is actually known by Catholics as the St. Peter's cross, in reference to how that saint was crucified, and that certain Catholic circles wear it as a necklace? According to tradition, Peter refused to be crucified right-side up, since he felt himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as Christ. The Pope (who is said to be St. Peter's successor) even has an upside-down cross in his own papal chair! So essentially, wearing and/or displaying the St. Peter's cross represents your subservience to Christ. I guess this is fitting, given how idiotic Satanism is to begin with. 

bizzle
bizzle

Dissection? Burzum? Really?

Bxious
Bxious

Really, no Deathspell Omega on this list? Neither Akercocke? Nor Celtic Frost? A f--kin' blasphemy.

assblaster
assblaster

Deathspell Omega? Leviathan? are you guys even trying?

snowmanrides666
snowmanrides666

Danzig is busy getting punched out,,,, and being gay.

blanks77
blanks77

confused lil boys hahaha

pskully57
pskully57

Without King Diamond and Ghost, this article misses the mark pretty badly.

uniquelyserved
uniquelyserved

most of you are wrong in general anyway...most of these bands do not "worship' satan,that would require an acknowledgement of his existence and all of these dudes are  way too smart to do that..,,i mean if all of you are going to split hairs and mention all these bands that you deem as 'satanic' then NONE of these bands fit that category and they will be the first to tell you that

Jokkeen
Jokkeen

Stop whining, there is dozens of satanic bands out there, and you have to choose 10, not every band can be mentioned on such short terms...

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

Sweet Mercyful satan this list is idiotic.

First off:

Gorgoroth, Watain, Dissection, Insision, and Akercocke not listed, you know, bands who actually celebrate their devil worship, Also no King Diamond or Mercyful fate? You know King Diamond? The guy who uses the sign for Anton Lavey's Church of Satan in his logo?

Instead it reads like:

9 metal bands my mom is scared of and Behemoth, who are kinda mom friendly

Shutter16Magazine
Shutter16Magazine

How is Watain not on here?  http://www.templeofwatain.com/  I'm a music photojournalist and have seen them worship the devil ON STAGE. they literally carry a bag of dead crows they have sacrificed before each tour. Have an altar and bathe in the stench of carcasses as well.  Music is pretty intense as well. I've never had to walk out of a photopit to vomit and run back in to make sure I got all the shots I needed.  http://shutter16.com/the-decibel-magazine-tour-behemoththe-devils-blood-and-watain-amos-southend/

AngryJay
AngryJay

This list is null and void without Possessed!!!

AngryJay
AngryJay

Wow I cant believe Possessed is not on here!!!!!!!! DEATH METAL!!

570thrasher
570thrasher

This list sucks! You don't know what your talking about Alex. Where is Venom, NunSlaughter, Bathory, Slayer.......

psychopatri
psychopatri

@barlowe2003  If we are talking about anti-christianity, the inverted cross does not mean St. Peter's cross, it's a total bullshit. The cross is the symbol of christianity, the inverted cross is the symbol of inverted-christianity aka anti-christianity. Symbols have more than one meaning, it depends in which context you would like to use them. Just take the peace sign for example. That means peace in modern usage, however that's a death rune. Invert the peace sign, you have the anti-peace symbol however it means the rune of life too.

With this logic even christianity can be "shallow and pretentious" because christians does not realize that the cross is an ancient symbol either. It had nothing to do with christianity, they just adopted it.

karelkebreugel
karelkebreugel

@barlowe2003

Satanism is a  mere reflection of Christianity.

Therefore it can't be anything, but 'shallow and pretentious', 'both as a philosophy and as a religion'.
Explains why people take it seriously.


Glenn Benton probably does know that the inverted cross is a St. Peter's cross, for all I know he might even  know the story behind the inverted crucifixion.


But, truth be told, most of the present day Christians know it as a sign of the devil/apostasy.
The story behind it?

Not a clue, I'm not a historian.


Just as people nowadays believe that an inverted pentagram is a sign of the devil (evil) and the 'regular' pentagram a sign of god (good).

They used to be symbols used by pagans - yes, those that were massacred, because they refused to believe in a deity, which wasn't theirs and what little survivors of a tribe remained where Christened - (or as Christians refer to them: heathens.) who worshipped mother Earth, a cult which outdates Christianity by 4000+ years. (Yes, every religion is a cult.)


Satanism is equally idiotic as Christianity - since they are eachothers exact opposites, one can't exist without the other; what else are they gonna frighten their followers into obediance with? - nonetheless my favour goes out to Satanism, simply because it's the outcast, hated by (almost?) every other religion and their followers.
(Most of the bands featured in this article aren't a reference, because they merely use Satanism as a façade or as a stage-act.)



Now, before anyone can make allegations towards my person, i'll do it  myself.

I'm an atheist, have been since birth (I was never baptised).
I have no intentions to mock any of the above mentioned religions, I was just trying to debunk what he was saying


mlaingold
mlaingold

@pskully57  

King is not satanic, but horror. And Ghost is baby shit with couple of OK songs

vibrationsofdoom
vibrationsofdoom

@barbertj23 Actually, Watain is more about death worship, especially would you know that if you've A. ever interviewed them (Vibrations Of Doom Magazine, issue #45, and B. been to one of their live shows. I've seen them three times and the smell of death is always around... :) King Diamond IS a professed Satanist, but you don't read much of that in his music. Still, I would mention Mercyful Fate, they seemed to include more satanistic lyrics that the King. 


Still, dead on with the other bands you listed... I think they mean bands who write about satanism and profess a fondness for it AND bands who "practice what they preach." Don't know if I would have put Mayhem above Deicide however, I think Deicide probably deserves the number one spot, but then again Benton never murdered anyone or burnt down churches... For "trueness," I guess that puts Mayhem at #1...


easyriderrecords
easyriderrecords

@barbertj23 You are so correct.  Whoever wrote this list finds their metal at hot topic.  total fuckin weaksauce article, please OC weekly stick to writing about trendy high end taco shops and riding on the LA weekly's coat tails.



mastema
mastema

@barbertj23 or ondskapt, ofermod, heresi, sorhin, triumphator, vorum, armagedda, the list goes on endlessly at how pedestrian this list is. f em it's typical web "journalism".

uniquelyserved
uniquelyserved

@Andrea Schiavio  most of the members of slayer are christians

easyriderrecords
easyriderrecords

@Andrea Schiavio no slayer dude. they don't worship the devil. go back to hot topic.

uniquelyserved
uniquelyserved

@Shutter16Magazine they don't worship the devil...they practice the temple of the black light routine...go back to the website you referenced and actually read it


jsamoulsmith277
jsamoulsmith277

@karelkebreugel @barlowe2003 dont satanism is not a reflection a christanity in fact satanists dont believe in gods or devils it is a atheistic religion and satan is a symbol of nature NOT a deity get your fucking facts straight


barlowe2003
barlowe2003

@karelkebreugel @barlowe2003



"Satanism is equally idiotic as Christianity - since they are eachothers exact opposites, one can't exist without the other; what else are they gonna frighten their followers into obediance with?"

Now you’ve successfully paraphrased the ninth Satanic statement. No matter, it is false. Christianity lasted 1900+ years fine without Satanism, thank you very much. Satan himself only has a few appearances in the Bible, and none of the church fathers considered him terribly important. It was only the imaginations of certain writers like Dante, Milton, etc., who expanded on Satan, and subsequent churches placed more emphasis on hellfire and damnation in the wake of the Reformation. The Medieval church didn’t even acknowledge the existence of so-called witches until the middle of the 15th century, and there is no evidence that secret Satanic rites and coven meetings ever existed in the first place. Some Renaissance era occultists appeared to have practiced a form of theurgy that included summoning and controlling devils, but they certainly did not follow anything resembling LaVeyan Satanism. Like Wicca, Satanism is very recent, and it has an invented history.

The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey in the 1966, who merely ripped off the philosophies of Nietzsche, Crowley, Rand, and the Marquis de Sade (to name a few). But there was little he wrote that hadn’t been said before, and better, by these other people.

Now, if you think the relationship between Satanism and Christianity is a perfect mirror of interplay or the they are “equal” in anything, I should ask you to name the great Satanic philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, artists, and musicians. Where are the great Satanic charities, hospitals, institutions of learning, or works of art and literature? What is its legacy to Western Civilzation other than creating a counter-cultural movement that appeals mostly to angry teenagers, inspiring the clichés of heavy metal lyrics and a few decent horror movies?

The importance of Christianity to the full flowering of Western civilization is pretty difficult to overstate, but rather than expound upon why our notions of modern philosophy, charity, human rights, tolerance, trade, economics, international law, educational systems, and even some of the foundations of the natural sciences are rooted in Christian thought, I’ll simply make a few comparisons.

 Who are the Satanic philosophers, aside from LaVey? Can we retroactively grant the likes of Nietzsche, Rand, de Sade, and Crowley as well? That’s a paltry list compared to Augustine, Aquinas, Occham, Pascal, Bacon, Butler, Locke, Berkeley, Ignatius, Keirkegaard, Kant, Adler, and Plantinga.

 The Literary giants of Satanism? Ignoring the fact that the Bible itself is the cornerstone of Western literarure, I’ll be generous and count, say, George Bernard Shaw, Stanislaw Prybyszweski, and Jules Michelet as honorary Satanists. Again, this is a pathetic list when Christianity can claim the likes of Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, Dickens, Austen, Tolstoy, Swift, Dostoyevsky, Chesteron, Macdonald, O’Connor, Lewis, and Tolkien.

Who are the great Satanic artists, and what have they contributed? I don’t know, but it can’t be the ones who contribute to most metal album covers, given that they simply tend to be parodies of Christian art. Satire or parody is the lowest form of art. Fantasy and imaginative realism are among the highest, and there is no shortage of such artists drawn from among the pool of Christianity.

Now who are the great Satanic musicians? Aside from a handful of the most distinguished black/death metal bands, who do we have? Marolyn Manson? Diamanda Galas, perhaps? Utterly pathetic if Christianity can claim Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Stravinsky.

Who are the great Satanic scientists? Are there even any Satanic scientists? The list of important scientists is simply too staggering to name, even if we narrow it down to Catholic scientists, Catholic clergy, or to Jesuit priests specifically.

What about great pagan scientists, then? Can you name any? Because I can’t. There are perhaps a handful of respectable neo-pagan historians (who wouldn’t disagree with any of what I’ve written above), but this is nothing compared even to modern Christian intellectuals.  

Even if we were to pit every pre-Christian scientist (with whom modern pagans have no solidarity whatsoever) in tandem with the greatest minds among the Satanic community (generously counting the “not-really-satanists” above) against the Jesuits alone, it would still be a ridiculous curb-stomp battle.



"nonetheless my favour goes out to Satanism, simply because it's the outcast, hated by (almost?) every other religion and their followers."

The Church of Satan is peopled by yuppies and bohemians who know nothing about oppression, degradation, alienation, persecution, suffering, evil, or despair. The entire history of Judaism and a good portion of the history of Christianity, on the other hand, consists of people who struggled to overcome these very things. The whole narrative of Exodus, for instance, tells of a god who frees slaves. The Jews and Christians are called to care about people who are not of their own, because of the god they worship, who teaches them not to love the world or despise it simply, but to love its goodness as a manifestation of a goodness that is eternal. But it’s easy to take certain ideas for granted when they were revolutionary for their time. If the world speaks about human rights now, about the dignity of the poor, it is because we have first heard the words of Moses, the prophets, and, of course, a certain Jesus of Nazareth.

Anyway, my rant is over. I actually listen to some of the bands on this list. I may be of the opinion that you need not agree with an artist’s message in order to admire his or her work, but I grow a bit weary of the childishly insipid anti-Christian invective that is so characteristic of the metal ethos.   

barlowe2003
barlowe2003

@karelkebreugel @barlowe2003 Given the general formatting of comments on this site, this will be my only response to the above.

"Glenn Benton probably does know that the inverted cross is a St. Peter's cross, for all I know he might even  know the story behind the inverted crucifixion."

Either way, someone who burns an upside-down cross into his own forehead is a moron.

"They used to be symbols used by pagans - yes, those that were massacred, because they refused to believe in a deity, which wasn't theirs and what little survivors of a tribe remained where Christened - (or as Christians refer to them: heathens.) who worshipped mother Earth, a cult which outdates Christianity by 4000+ years. (Yes, every religion is a cult.)"

Neo-pagan practices have almost nothing to do with ancient pagan beliefs, and modern pagans have no solidarity whatsoever with either the ancients or with anyone accused of witchcraft throughout history. Wicca, Thelema, LaVayanSatanism, and most (but not all) forms Hermeticism are thoroughly modern belief systems. This does not mean that they are false, but their pretensions of being ancient certainly are. The false histories of Gerald Gardner, Margaret Murray, Montague Summers, and Jules Michelet, have each been thoroughly debunked. Philosophically, they are post-modern religions of the post-modern age, drawing inspiration from Romanticism, occult revival, and Jungian archetypes.

Gardner lifted much of his material from Alister Crowley, who, in turn, based his beliefs largely on the writings of A. E. Waite, Eliphas Levi, and John Dee, all of whom were Christian occultists. Their systems were based on esoteric, syncretistic, and kabbalistic traditions, all of which had roots going back at least to the Renaissance, when people freely mixed religion, magic, and science however they pleased. In actual Renaissance Era occult manuals such as the Grimorium Verum, the Key of Solomon, the Enochian Invocations of John Dee, and the Grimoire of Pope Honorious (that's right--the pope wrote an occult manual), the invocations appeal specifically to the Christian God, the saints, Jesus Christ, etc. to cast out demons, command the spirit world, and otherwise bring your own will into fruition using magic. Virtually every accused witch, whether he or she confessed to using spellcraft or not, was a Christian. Of course, there was little in the way of actual witch hunts in the middle ages prior to the publication of Malleus Malelificarum (which was picked up as the de facto witch hunter’s manual in secular courts despite being officially banned by the church), but that's another story entirely.

Ironically, modern pagan religions probably have more Christian DNA than they do ancient pagan DNA. Any time prior to the mid 19th century, almost all occultists were believing Jews and Christians, albeit unusual ones.


watuzi
watuzi

@mlaingold @pskully57 King's solo stuff might not be full of references to Satan, but Mercyful Fate was highly satanic in the '80s.

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