Heavy metal rock band Slayer has come under fire over the past few weeks for allegedly using satanic imagery in many of their songs and on album covers. Several influential religious groups have recently discovered satanic references in the band’s work and are looking for answers. Barbara Weishaupt, the leader of Christians For Decency and So On and So On, has gone so far as to claim that Slayer actually makes several direct references to hell on the 1985 album “Hell Awaits”.
In a statement released by the band, lead singer Tom Araya denied that the band was referring to the mythical land of the dead where sinners are punished, but was, in fact, attempting to acknowledge famed Hungarian astronomer Maximilian Hell. Hell is best known for his patient, lifelong study of the surface of the moon. His work was so influential that several lunar craters are named after him.
However, not all of Slayer’s references to the devil can be so easily explained. For example, the band has been accused of referring to the dark prince of the underworld in the song Altar of Sacrifice when Araya screams “Enter to the realm of Satan!” In fact, in a 2006 interview with Boys’ Life Magazine, guitarist Kerry King claimed that the song is actually a reference to the final act of Shakespeare’s 1973 play “Macbeth”.
In the play, Seyton, Macbeth’s servant, bares witness to the decline and fall of the Scottish ruler’s empire. King, who recently portrayed Romeo in a Shakespeare in the Park version of “Romeo and Juliet”, is an avid fan of The Bard’s work and wanted the song to “reflect the realm of despair that Macbeth’s was in as he and his trusted servant dealt with news of their immanent demise.”
In the song “Skeleton Christ”, Slayer has been accused of using the expression “hail Satan” as an attempt to show their allegiance with the devil. This lyric, in fact, was written by Tom Araya during his conversion to vegetarianism and is actually supposed to be heard as “hail seitan”.
Slayer has also gone on record in the past in an attempt to clear up the misconceptions related to the song “Jesus Saves”. While some in the religious community have claimed the song to be a sarcastic dismissal of Christian values, it is actually meant to be in praise of Christians who are frugal with their money. The band’s original drummer, name withheld at the request of Kerry King, even went so far as to say that the band considered opening a bank called “Jesus Saves” in order to offer better interest rates to deeply committed members of the Christian faith.
Much of Slayer’s career has been filled with these false, libelous accusations. The album 2006 album, often incorrectly dubbed “Christ Illusion”, is actually supposed to be “Christ Allusion”, and is meant to be an indirect reference to famed German botanist and inventor of the fern Konrad Hermann Christ.
Many album covers are thought to be satanic themed drawings. Again, it’s merely an unhappy coincidence. Years ago, Kerry King asked his 7-year-old niece Wendy to draw him pictures of what she witnessed on her journey through the streets of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, promising her that the band would use the pictures as album covers. To date, every album cover has been taken from the drawings that little Wendy produced on her visit to East 55th Street on that fateful day.
The band has weathered the many storms of bad publicity and controversy due to the often deluded, utterly paranoid American public’s breathtaking ability to become wildly concerned about issues that have no impact on their lives, but it has come at a cost to their reputations. Things have gotten so bad that Kerry King has had to abandon his missionary work in Zanzibar because of all of the bizarre stories about the music.
Sadly, Slayer seems doomed to spend the latter part of their careers fighting off these irresponsible and inaccurate allegations made by a public hell-bent on removing satanic references from the minds of America’s young and impressionable future corporate employees.
#1 by David on November 8, 2013 - 12:14 PM
Such nice wholesome young men!
#2 by valleyofsteel on November 8, 2013 - 12:15 PM
I nearly lost it at “The band’s original drummer, name withheld…”
#3 by Fried Chicken And Metal on November 8, 2013 - 12:39 PM
Slayer wouldn’t sink to those depths… would they???
#4 by Guerra on November 8, 2013 - 2:30 PM
Why not just reply, ‘yes, it’s anti-Christian — what are you going to do about it?’ Why pretend it isn’t? We could have been fighting the American Taliban in the ’80s, but nooooo — everyone wants to pretend it’s only theater and not a statement against hypocritical douchebags. And hey, if you don’t worship Satan then it’s still your duty as a ‘Murican to fight for those who do — why? Because it’s a ‘free-country’, right?
#5 by Tyler Durham on October 27, 2015 - 2:50 PM
im a Christian and I love slayer. I also have no problem with what you believe, wanna worship Satan then go ahead we can be friends. but I don’t think everything they sing about is for the Satan.
#6 by O'Keeling James on November 8, 2013 - 2:43 PM
I have to call Bullshit. I was opened minded about this post until I read that Slayer wrote a song giving credit to a fern? Ya’ can’t even smoke that shit!
#7 by gruesomegreg on November 8, 2013 - 9:04 PM
Sounds like someone’s never smoked a fern before…
#8 by Darlene Steelman on November 8, 2013 - 2:51 PM
This is the best blog post I’ve read in a year… Awesome.
#9 by Keith Spillett on November 8, 2013 - 3:02 PM
#10 by Lance Wahl on November 8, 2013 - 5:38 PM
Of all the bands, they call Slayer Satanic? What more could you expect from dingbats?
#11 by joseph mcdonald on November 9, 2013 - 12:26 PM
Has anyone heard of deicide… or vital remains??? Lmao who the fuck cares if there satanic? There’s no fucking god anyway.. stop believing in your fake ass fantasy god.. an start believing facts.. cause there proven.. god is a fucking fairy tale.. so is the devil.. people are so dumb.. not to mention this imaginary god has caused more death then slayer ever could.. so leave them alone.
#12 by Keith Spillett on November 11, 2013 - 9:28 AM
Actually, almost no one has heard of Vital Remains.
#13 by Nick Marlin on November 13, 2013 - 1:11 PM
Since their ReChristianize album dropped, they have actually exploded in popularity. I’ve heard they are selling out at least three youth bible camp shows every other year.
#14 by Disenfranchised on March 6, 2014 - 1:53 AM
There, Their, They’re
Read a book, Google it, or whatever you want to do.
#15 by David Bach on April 1, 2014 - 2:38 PM
OMG you figured it all out
#16 by Tyler Durham on October 27, 2015 - 2:55 PM
your an ass for that one, let me believe in what I wanna believe in, im having trouble holding on to my beliefs as is. be a non-believer but shut up.
#17 by Santiago Garcia on November 9, 2013 - 12:28 PM
Oh really? It’s like we did not now about that. So fucking What, too bad their not there to satisfy your religious beliefs! They make metal and sometimes it will have maniacal satanic lyrics or album covers related to it but that’s what makes slayer, slayer. Keep your religious beliefs to yourself and just do it for the music. If the lyrics and the album covers offend you some how then don’t listen to em, I’m sure that your religion warned you about “devils music” and to stay away from it, maybe you should obey. Dont go trying to change a band thats had so much success. I mean just look what happened with metallica. They were never the same
#18 by Ace Houle on December 1, 2013 - 3:46 PM
Dude, It took me 4 trys to reed threw you’re first 3 sentences…
#19 by Tyler Durham on October 27, 2015 - 2:57 PM
you said it
#20 by Tommy on November 9, 2013 - 1:25 PM
“There Never Was A Jesus Christ, There Never Was A Sacrifice No Man Up On The Crucifix. Beware The Cult Of Purity Infectious Inbecility I’ve Made My Choice 666!” Lyrics To Christ Illusion Or Allusion. Haha!
#21 by King Dinosaur on February 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM
Um…clearly some of you morons cannot read a simple yet clever satirical article.
Oh, and…SLAAAAYYYEEEERRR!!!! \m/
#22 by Matt on March 21, 2014 - 5:52 PM
This is really great. Thank you!
#23 by Joel on March 26, 2014 - 8:46 PM
“name withheld at the request of Kerry King” has me in stitches.
#24 by nick on September 30, 2014 - 3:24 PM
Who needs death metal bands they are far too light !
They are in the easy listing section compared to what is outside my door right now.
There called road works incorporated. They dig a mean drill.
The lead player uses earmuffs while he is playing.
He also plays a mean JCB Hydraulic Hammer Drill.
This is the future of music a 3 piece band – not that light sissy death metal.
2 2 road drillers in harmony
Fans get real this is way heavier.
Slayer are only altar boys in comparison.
#25 by Keith Spillett on September 30, 2014 - 6:51 PM
#26 by Mitch on November 27, 2014 - 10:20 AM
They describe the bible so well. God killed 2million people and satan only killed 10.