Satan. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. Cheeky chappy isn’t he? Tempting Christ. Tempting Eve. Tempting you. He’s a real meddler alright. But not just in biblical matters, many believe Beelzebub’s got his grubby red hooves all over our music industry. Satan has scattered clandestine symbolism throughout mainstream chart music. These subliminal messages are manipulating our thoughts, controlling our collective cognizance, and causing us all to commit lurid acts.
It’s all here people. It’s happening.
Turn on the radio right now to hear the Devil himself coming in your ears.
It’s time to wake up. Now I am awake.
Satan will be forever associated with rock music. But it seems he’s branching out. He’s bored with double bass pedals, head banging and guitar shredding. Or maybe he’s trying to get laid. Either way, the most beautiful women in pop – Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are all among Satan’s Sluts, spreading his evil seed.
Being the embodiment of diabolism, Satan has a host of ways in which to saturate music with his subliminal messages. Thanks to MTV and the rise of the music video, Satan was presented with a more visual opportunity to manifest his malevolence.
According to many online sources, music artwork and videos are rife with symbolism all depicting the occult. Many believe that this imagery is placed by the Illuminati, and/or Satan himself to convey their beliefs and agenda. One of which is the destruction of religion.
Convinced? Me neither.
A prominent source of Anti-Illuminati Propaganda is The Vigilant Citizen. VC aims to analyse and uncover the truths within our culture. The most recent of truths being hidden within Lady Gaga’s Judas. Pop music videos are meticulously examined, and each possible link to an occult agenda is wildly extrapolated upon until your rationale is entirely consumed by a lake of fire, and you begin to accept the conspiracy theories that the Vigilant Citizen is forcefully pissing down your throat.
With this much evidence, presented in a professional and coherent manner, it makes for a compelling argument. VC is probably enough to convince those sat on the fence of the existence of dark forces not only within our music industry, but every aspect of our culture. But y’know what, if you’re sat on a fence, I don’t consider you a rational person worthy of debate anyway. So get a chair, and get the fuck out of my garden.
People want to believe in conspiracy theories because it seasons their lives with a level of interest unattainable through regular beliefs. The Illuminati is among the most popular conspiracy theories in existence. Believing in such bestows you with a special understanding of the world. An understanding which is beyond the reach of non-believers and all those ignorant of Illuminati practices. As such, it makes the believer feel like he knows something you don’t. It makes him feel special.
Embrace a conspiracy theory and suddenly you’re part of a gang sharing privileged information; your sense of power and dignity rises a smidgen and this troublesome world makes more sense, for a time.
The Vigilant Citizen analyses everything in such agonising detail, I’d be surprised if it didn’t uncover irrefutable proof of the existence of Satan and all his friends. If I examined the patterns within the walnut veneer atop my IKEA furniture for long enough, I’d eventually discover the Devil, along with the eye of Sauron, six Triceratops, a Zapdos, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
An Illuminati symbol it may be, but you cannot rationally attribute Satanic symbolism to everything displaying only one eye. Y’know what else only has one eye? My penis. That’s right. Does that mean my dick is the devil? My Johnson is under Illuminati control? No. Just because it has one eye, doesn’t mean it has horns and a tail too.
Are Jessie J & co. really employed to saturate a vulnerable world with devilish imagery and hidden symbolism? No, of course not. They’re pawns of the music industry, not of the Illuminati and not of the Devil. They are controlled and manipulated into homogenised icons. They are designed, created and manufactured. They are dressed by others. Their music is written and produced by others. Yes, they’re puppets, but they’re not suspended from strings.
I don’t doubt the existence of occult symbolism within our culture. It’s a part of our past, and will stretch long into our future. But I doubt that it’s placed there by the Illuminati. The connotations of colours, images and shapes have been constructed through years and years of layered culture. While it’s true that a triangle can connote the presence of a conspiratorial organisation. It cannot prove it.
I sincerely hope that the imagery contained within contemporary pop music artwork and videos is placed there intentionally by producers and artists alike. Not to spread the word of Satan, but to wind up the patrons of Marco Ponce, Jesus is Saviour, evangelicals and pastors worldwide.
Let us, for a second, assume that Lucifer and his Illuminati do indeed have absolute control over mainstream chart music. They control everyone from Chesney Hawkes and Hanson to Rolf Harris and Rihanna. From a purely musical perspective, I wish Lucifer would be more forthright with his occult agenda. Any theme that deviates from the love of one’s girlfriend is a welcome change to my ear canals.
Why hear about how Bruno Mars is willing to catch a grenade for her, when you could hear about how the grenade exploded prematurely, instantly mincing Mars and showering innocent bystanders with chunks of homogenised pop-bullshit, before Satan himself rises from the depths of Hell and dances all over his discarded remains. The lyrics would be more diverse. That’s all I’m sayin’.
Satan’s symbolic saturation of music videos isn’t his only trick. Lest we forget Lucifer’s musical credentials.
Back when the Devil was learning guitar at rock school, he developed the tritone. The tritone is a musical progression spanning three whole tones. The gap between two notes played simultaneously, or in succession was branded Diabolus in Musica by medieval musicians, and has been linked to the Devil ever since.
Lore suggests that during the Middle Ages the Roman Catholic Church attempted to outlaw the use of the tritone, because they believed it was the work of the Devil, that it could summon Satan.
The tritone is simply musical manipulation. Due to the dissonance and nature of the chord progression, it sounds sharp, dangerous and exciting. It’s commonly used throughout blues, jazz and orchestral film music. The emotive manipulation that the tritone allows, means that film music composers can utilise it to alter the emotional state of the audience.
One of the finest examples of the Devil’s Tritone is found within Black Sabbath’s self titled epic.
Given the clandestine nature and lack of general knowledge surrounding Satan’s Interval, one would think it would act as an extremely effective subliminal message. The perfect musical accompaniment to the visual imagery so rife within pop music videos.
So Satan, if you’re reading, and why wouldn’t you be, I have a message for you. Too long has the tritone been exclusive to bald, bearded, BC Rich wielding brutes. It’s time it was reintroduced to popular music. Combined with your eyes and triangles, it would provide the perfect audiovisual onslaught.
That’s hidden symbolism and the tritone covered. But we’re missing one essential ingredient to our devilishly delicious cake – one of the most well documented weapons within Mephistopheles’ arsenal – Backmasking.
Backmasking is the inclusion of Satanic messages within records. Messages that are only audible when the record is played backwards.
There are many examples of this Satanic technique throughout many genres of music. Perhaps more amusing than the varied list of artists, are the variety of messages that they supposedly distribute. They include Britney Spears urging you to sleep with her, she’s not too young and Queen recommending that you smoke marijuana, smoke marijuana.
The most infamous of occurrences involving backmasking, is the infamous trial of Judas Priest. To aid in my explanation of this, and more, I’ve enlisted the aid of the late Bill Hicks.
As a metal fan, I’m regularly subjected to songs of Satan’s shenanigans. Satanic symbolism, the Devil’s tritone and Satanic lyrics are common throughout my daily playlists. Some of my favourite songs not only reference Lucifer, but are sung from his perspective.
Given the sheer amount of metal I consume, multiplied by the violent videogames I play, according to the laws of the hypodermic needle theory, I should be a genocidal maniac.
What effect does this music have on me? Does this make me want to kill? To do Satan’s work? No. It makes me want to shred the shit out of a Jackson V. Where’s the harm in that?
As well as featuring my favourite guitar riff, the song features a genuine spell from the Satanic Bible. That’s hardcore. The spell has little bearing on my love of the song. It just so happens that Dave Mustaine was able to tailor these particular semantics into a great lyrical narrative. The spell could be replaced with the recipe for his mother’s smoked salmon fritters for all I care.
I don’t actively seek music in relation to Satan. Lyrics about Baphomet are no more appealing to me than lyrics about drugs, death, love, sex or the assembly of flatpack furniture. If a song features well-written lyrics with memorable vocal melodies it doesn’t matter what the subject matter is. It just so happens that many of the songs featuring the attributes I look for in a song, happen to be about Horny McGoathead.
I am aware of the Satanic connotations of metal music. But according to much of the internet masses, even when I don’t know I’m listening to the Satan’s messages, I’m listening to Satan’s messages.
Thankfully though, people do not act upon what they hear people singing. They never have. They never will. If they did, we’d all be rapists, and we’d all be rape victims.
While I believe Satan to be responsible for many of the atrocities on this Godforsaken rock we call home, Battlefield Earth, Batman & Robin, Elf Bowling and Shaq Fu, to name but a few, in defense of the Devil, I don’t think he’s behind the scenes, controlling out chart music.
But ultimately, no matter how much sensibility you or I attempt to sow, or how much rationality you or I attempt to reap, we cannot win this argument. Even after putting our most logical feet forward, we will always be countered by the favoured quotes of believers.
That’s what they want you to think.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
Well fuck me. This entire article has been a waste of time. Time that would’ve been better spent repenting my sins in order to achieve access to the salvation of God’s Kingdom. Except, I’m with Hicks.
Let’s say for a fact that we know rock ‘n’ roll is the Devil’s music. At least he fuckin’ jams. If it’s a choice between eternal Hell and good tunes, or eternal Heaven and New Kids on the fuckin’ Block, I’m gonna be surfing on the lake of fire, rockin’ out.
I’ll see you down there Bill.
Disclaimer: MacTingz is in no way affiliated with Satan or his minions. At least, that’s what he wants you to think.