Just think, it all started with the Beatles.Hell's Bells - The Dangers of Rock 'n Roll
It's not just the artists who are being affected by this spirit of violence and death. The rock 'n' roll era has seen violent crime increase among young people by over 10,000%. Concert violence has become epidemic, culminating in a "Who" concert in Cincinnati where 11 people were trampled to death as crowds rushed the doors. Even the way many listeners relate to the music, shouting with fists punching the air, or crashing into one another in that paroxysm of aggression called "slam dancing", bear witness to the spirit of this world operating beneath the surface.
However, it is in the incredible arena of bizarre murders, ritualistic violence, and self-mutilation that the reality of satanic influence can be most clearly discerned. The last few decades have seen the appearance of some of the most twisted and violent acts imaginable. The primary things that link these senseless acts together is an obsession with rock music and a similarity to ancient satanic ritual.
Beginning with the most benign, the punk music revolution made self-mutilation a pop phenomenon. It became quite common to see young people stick safety pins through various parts of their body, or carve slogans into themselves with razor blades. Superficial bloodletting at concerts became a badge of the vacuousness, anarchy, and existential madness that was the clarion call of the movement. It was not uncommon to see artists like Sid Vicious or proto-punk Iggy Pop drag broken beer bottles or razor blades across their chests while on stage. Even heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper, in his typical Hollywood fashion, has gotten into the act.
Moving on to even more serious acts of violence, self-mutilation has graduated in the last decade to murder and human sacrifice. Here are a few examples of a growing phenomenon that many law enforcement officials believe might already be epidemic:
*On April 12, 1985, a 14-year-old metal-head killed three people. An Iron Maiden freak whose involvement with the occult led him to carve 666 into his chest, the boy claimed to have been under the influence of Eddie, Iron Maiden's mascot, when he committed the murders. (The Toronto Sun, November 1, 1985)
*The now infamous California mass murderer, Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker", was reportedly led into his obsession with the occult and ritual murder through groups like AC/DC. A school mate reported that it was their song "Night Prowler" that particularly seemed to affect Ramirez. On the record cover for Highway to Hell, the album in which "Night Prowler" appears, the singer of the song wears a pentagram around his neck. The most common of satanic symbols, it became Ramirez' calling card, appearing on the walls of his victim's homes and sometimes on the victim himself.
*1987 saw the capture of the serial murderer, occultist, and apparent cannibal Gary Heidnik. Time magazine noted that from his house in Philadelphia where the crimes were committed, heavy metal music blared day and night. (Time, April 6, 1987, p. 34)
The Doors. Voice of Jim Morrison. Background song.. ˜Theres a Killer on the road".
I don't know how to tell you, but, uh, I killed somebody. No! It's no big deal you know. I don't think anybody will find out about it. Just....uh...I don't know. This guy gave me a ride, started giving me a lot of trouble and I couldn't take it man. I wasted him."
Most people familiar with the case agreed no one of Tommy's age and background could have committed this perverted and violent of a crime without something to help him; yet neither alcohol nor drugs played a part. What then could it have been? The only real clues were found in Tommy's room and notebook. During the previous year he had become involved in the occult. And the vehicle for his satanic initiation heavy metal rock 'n' roll. Some would say, "So what, it's all just in fun, nobody is supposed to take the message seriously." Well that sentiment completely ignores both the nature of man and the power of music. As Ken Wooden, investigative journalist and reporter with ABC's 20/20 has said, "Why do we spend billions on advertising? Because people answer the ads. This type of music is a form of advertising. And I've seen kids who have responded to the ads. I've seen them dead on marble slabs." (Richmond Times-Dispatch, June
Another way people are answering the ads in rock music is through suicide. Now the second biggest killer of young people in the west, surveys have found that as many as one in seven teenagers have tried to kill themselves. Again, there are other factors contributing to this tragedy, but clearly rock 'n' roll has played a major part. (Music Metallica's "Fade to Black")
"Life it seems will fade away.
Drifting further every day.
Getting lost withing myself
Nothing matters, no one else.
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free."Suicide is perhaps the ultimate satanic deception because it must effectively short-circuit a primary human instinct self-preservation. To accomplish this some basic truths have to be destroyed and replaced with lies.
The most foundational truth is that life has a transcendent purpose to know and experience God (light, love, truth, beauty). We've already seen how rock has either ignored or ridiculed this truth. In place of it, the satanic lie is that life is fundamentally pointless, that at best our existence is given meaning by the pleasures we enjoy. One would be hard-pressed to find a secular rock artist who does not at least tip their hat to this demonic philosophy; most bow their knee and worship. (MTV's "Hedonism Weekend" with Bon Jovi)
"Do anything, no matter how excessive."
It's worth noting here how the scriptures characterize the generation caught in the throes of end-time apostasy, "In the last days, men will be lovers of self, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." (1 Tim. 3:2-4)
The next step in getting people to kill themselves is to remove human suffering from the context of transcendent meaning. The truth needing to be destroyed here is that suffering is either symptomatic of spiritual disease, thereby leading one to God, or is a temporary trial permitted by God in order to perfect one's character. The fact is, life is full of trials for everybody maturity and greatness come from triumphing over them. Against this, Satan's deception is that if life is found in pleasure then the absence of pleasure is to be avoided at all costs. If the pain becomes too great, killing oneself can be the logical way out. .....
Another self-destructive and occult related activity that has been popularized by rock music is drug abuse. It is stating the obvious to say that drugs are everywhere in rock from the ravaged bodies of the stars to the lyrics of their songs. The Beastie Boys best selling album "Licensed to Ill", for example, contains over 90 references to drugs and alcohol abuse. (Rising to the Challenge, Vision Video, 1988 P.M.R.C., research by Robert DeMoss, Jr.)
What is not as well known, however, is drugs connection to the spiritual realm. Psychotropic or mind-altering substances are viewed by sorcerers and others involved in he occult as a gateway, or guide, into the spirit world. The Greek word in the scriptures for "sorcery" in fact, is "pharmakia", from whence we get our words "pharmacy" or "pharmaceuticals" in other words, drugs.
This trend-setting song by the Beatles was originally entitled "The Void." Its purpose was to proclaim the gospel of enlightenment through drugs while simulating the sensory effects of LSD. The first line of the song was taken directly from the bible of the acid cult, Tim Leary's "The Psychedelic Experience."
"Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream
It is not dying, it is not dying
Lay down all thought, Surrender to the void
It is shining, it is shining."
Ex-Beatle George Harrison explains the origins of his Krishna consciousness, "When I was younger, with the after-effects of the LSD that opened something up inside of me in 1966, a flood of other thoughts came into my head which led me to the yogis." (Rolling Stone, November 5, 1987)
Likewise, a rock magazine described the Cure's Robert Smith's creative process as follows: "He often comes up with his most macabre ideas for songs in the nightmares he experiences while sleeping off alcoholic binges. The entire album "The Head on the Door" was written under those conditions."
(Starhits, October, 1988) Over the years, the Grateful Dead have become almost synonymous with marijuana and LSD use
. A national newspaper described the uncanny fascination they inspire in their devoted fans, "For many of the camp followers, the Dead are a religion and their lyrics a Bible. It is generally accepted that the Dead are tapped into some profound LSD inspired truth. Not surprisingly, some hallucinating Deadheads have weaved weird and elaborate theories about God and the Universe from strands of Grateful Dead lyrics."
(The Washington Times, Concert 1986, Souvenir Edition)
It's not surprising because the Dead themselves have acknowledged this drug-induced transcendence. As Captain Trip's, Jerry Garcia, said in their biography "Playing in the Band", "I can't deny that there is a moment when I'm transformed, when all of a sudden God is speaking through my strings." (Playing in the Band, David Gans and Peter Simon) As many rock artists like Garcia have entered middle age, they've had to break their addictions to drugs in order to survive. A few have recorded testimonials for RAD, Rock Against Drugs. A classic case of too little, too late, for most their warning cries sound hollow.
How can you be against something that your philosophy and lifestyle give rise to. For example, Bon Jovi has done a spot for RAD while maintaining their hedonistic message. And their powerful hit video "Wanted Dead or Alive" contains a not-so-subtle endorsement for the most abused drug of all, alcohol. Ultimately, comedian and rock devotee Sam Kennison's criticism of Rock Against Drugs says it all, "It's like Christians against Christ, rock created drugs." Popular music video director Marty Callner, whose pornography style landed him in the LA Times' "Hall of Shame", defended his use of erotic imagery by noting the nature of his subject matter "Sex is what rock 'n' roll is all about." (L.A. Times, January 24, 1988)
From the hip shaking of Elvis the Pelvis in the 60's to the perversity of the 80's, truly sex is what rock 'n' roll is about. Even the term rock 'n' roll, coined by Cleveland disk jockey Alan Freed, is a euphemism for sex in the back seat of a car. And the sex heralded by the rock industry is not the mature and unselfish kind mandated by God, but the satanic alternative impulsive, carnal, and ultimately destructive. As Dr. Alan Bloom said in The Closing of the American Mind, "Rock music has one appeal, a barbaric appeal, to sexual desire not love, but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored. It acknowledges the first emanations of children's emerging sensuality and addresses them seriously, eliciting them and legitimizing them,..." (The Closing of the American Mind, p. 73) Dr. Bloom makes an important point here. Moral sanity is not anti-sex, but anti-exploitation.
One of Marilyn Manson's t-shirts reads in large red letters â€” KILL GOD, KILL YOUR MOM & DAD, KILL YOURSELF. In smaller, harder-to-read letters, the shirt reads:
"Warning, the music of Marilyn Manson contains messages that will KILL GOD In your impressionable teenage mind, as a result you could be convinced to KILL YOUR MOM & DAD, And eventually in an act of hopeless Rock and Roll behavior you will KILL YOURSELF. Please burn your records while there is still hope".