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Unread 10th June 2010, 11:54 AM
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Is Iron Maiden a satanic band?

My mom keeps telling Iron Maiden is a satanic band.

She knows their lyrics speak about history, literature, and short stories. I even told her the drummer became a Christian a few years ago (which is true).

But she keeps insiting the "satanic" part come in the albums covers, which feature a "monster" names "Eddie" doing "not so Christian" acts. Yes, actually their albums feature ugly and nasty images, but I dont think that makes them satanic.

I did alot of investigation throught the internet, asking people who know and like that type of music and even on radio stations; however, I would like to hear the point of view of the Christian community.
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Unread 10th June 2010, 04:49 PM
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No... they may not have the most wholesome songs here and there but trust me, it's cleaner than most stuff you can hear on the radio today. And really there aren't any that I can think of that I found really offensive at all. They had that one album, Number of the Beast or whatever... Everyone points to that album when saying Iron Maiden is a satanic band. But if you read the lyrics, there isn't anything Satanic about it. More like about a guy haunted by evil/seeing evil take place in the forest and everyone I think has had spiritual battles in their life.

I mean, I can understand someone not wanting to hear their kid going "six... six six... sacrifice is going on tonight". If I had kids, I wouldn't let them listen to it till they're older either. And they have other you know... songs that may make people do a double take if they don't know the context of the lyrics. But to answer your question, no... they are not satanic in the slightest. But they aren't Christian either. They're actually one of the more "wholesome" metal bands out there though. And seriously... much less offensive than anything on the radio today content wise. And much better musically too

BTW: I don't speak for the Christian community... this just my opinion as a Christian who loves metal.
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Unread 11th June 2010, 03:51 AM
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What "not so Christian" acts does Eddie actually do? I'm not that familiar with their single covers, but for the albums the only one I can think of that can possibly be classified that way is Number of the Beast where Eddie is controlling the devil like a puppet. Most of their album covers are just pictures of Eddie on his own.

Skilletdude's pretty much covered it, but I would add that I get the impression that while Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris aren't Christians, some of their lyrics suggest that they're not entirely opposed to the idea of there being a God.
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skilletdude, fantastic analysis...
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Just thought I'd toss in some IM trivia as well. the album "Number of the Beast" was actually a joke/ ribbing at their critics that kept calling them a satanic band. Pretty much, just them thumbing their nose at them. lol
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Originally Posted by Awesome_Frog View Post
Just thought I'd toss in some IM trivia as well. the album "Number of the Beast" was actually a joke/ ribbing at their critics that kept calling them a satanic band. Pretty much, just them thumbing their nose at them. lol

This is correct. It's much the same way that a band called Suicidal Tendencies did a song called "Your Mommy" and the Misfits did "Last Caress" which flat out says "I've got something to say.. I killed your mother today..." It's a snarky reaction to people who call metal and punk "kill-your-mother-music"

Did Elvis ever stop shaking his pelvis when parents complained about it?
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Originally Posted by Delphiki View Post
This is correct. It's much the same way that a band called Suicidal Tendencies did a song called "Your Mommy" and the Misfits did "Last Caress" which flat out says "I've got something to say.. I killed your mother today..." It's a snarky reaction to people who call metal and punk "kill-your-mother-music"

Did Elvis ever stop shaking his pelvis when parents complained about it?
haha my nephew was singing "your mommy" the other day along with the music so i promptly turned it off lol i love it when bands tell critics were to stick it
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Hi, I'm new here but thought I'd throw my opinon in. One of my favourite albums is the first one where all the songs relate to horror films. Apart from some innuendo in the lyrics there's not a lot wrong. Similarly "Killers" isn't too bad, in fact I'm fairly comfortable up to and including Piece of Mind. However, after that they seem to play more and more with darker themes which rather puts me off.
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They aren't christians man. That said they are incredible musicians. The horror themes are just from a weird fascination Bruce Dickinson (singer) has, and really having nothing else to write about. listen to em', its great music. just dont ingest the message. question it and put God first.
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Not quite sure how many of you guys know it, but NoTB is based off a book of some sort (which is something Maiden have always had a penchant for).

Eddie's just a mascot that helps make their live shows a bit more awesome. They're a great band, for sure, and definitely not satanic.
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