Did they really sell their souls to the Devil?

Music was and has always been a mode expression. The purpose of a song is basically to have a say. Hence, lyrics are written and molded with music to bribe in a listener’s interest. It transcends poetry and transforms into something much more appealing called a song. It becomes an influential piece of art and like any other art it’s beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

Talking about one of the most popular genres in music, rock is intriguingly an interesting one particularly when it is related as the devil’s music designed and carved by the illuminatis. The concept of rock music is basically understood by its distorted sound, loud screams, howling, the horn sign and flamboyant outfits. However, is all that enough to place or say that rock is from the devil? It is a controversial statement on its status to refer rock as the devil’s music based on its sound. Lyrical however, a song has more to deliver and reveal a better understanding of the genre.

History has seen many rock bands soar to success. Did they sell their soul to the devil for fame? Or was it their sheer determination? Their songs were influential to many but what was their influence in turn. There’s no one better to answer these queries than the bands themselves and while it seems they may have answer, an analysis of their song writing do speak a lot of what that answer may be. A lot of musicians come under this controversy. Some of the most popular are The Beatles, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie James Dio and many more.

All of these bands have had huge success but with all respect to the bands, it is also seen otherwise. The Beatles were regarded as Satanist with regards to their music. The band had then released albums such as “Helter Skelter” which means revolt of the youth against authorities by the illuminatis. Further, they are also regarded as prophets of occultists and also have the face of Aleister Crowley, a famous occultist and father of modern day Satanism on their cover art of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. The Eagles were a big hit with their song “Hotel California”.

It is believed to have been written about a converted hotel in California which was actually a church of Satan. It may very well be a rumour, but however, their manager Larry Salter in Waco-Tribune Herald (February 28th, 1982) did admit that the band was involved with Satanism. One of the most iconic rock legends in history Ronnie James Dio was truly one of the best. He was just as popular with the horn sign (rock sign) of the devil in occultism as much as his songs were. His song “Last in line” is believed to be written for illuminatis. The song is mostly addressed as “we” meaning “Legion” which means a group of demons in Christian Bible and refers to the illuminatis. The song also mentions “We’re off to the witch, and we may never never never come home, but the magic that we we’ll feel is worth a lifetime”, which could mean as selling the soul to the devil for fame.

The next line of the song “We’re all born upon the cross the throw before the toss you can release yourself but the only way is down” which may mean that all are meant to suffer under Christ and the only way to escape the suffering is by selling your soul to the devil. Yet another controversial song is Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to heaven”, which is believed when played backwards, mumbles phrases such as “sweet satan” or “sad satan”. However, the point here is that the song was meant to be listened as it was and not backwards. A lot of songs form new words when listened backwards and therefore it may not have been intentional. The Rolling Stones too are tangled in this controversy with their song “Sympathy for the devil” which is claimed to be Lucifer as the narrator of the song.

All of this may not be the most digestible stuff for any rock fan with the truth hidden and the only thing to believe is what we get. However, like said earlier song is a mode of expression and regardless of what it may express it is subject to criticism as much as appreciation. While it may seem that “Rock” is from the devil, it is much from man himself as an expression of his emotions which may be good, bad or ugly and should be conceived with an open mind.

Denis Sangma

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