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Is Iron Maiden a satanic band?

Discussion in 'Secular Music' started by Joseph Deheza, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Joseph Deheza

    Joseph Deheza Newbie

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    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.
     
  2. Skilletdude

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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 :p

    BTW: I don't speak for the Christian community... this just my opinion as a Christian who loves metal.
     
  3. Citanul

    Citanul Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent

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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.
     
  4. JC_Crust

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    skilletdude, fantastic analysis... :)
     
  5. Awesome_Frog

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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
     
  6. Delphiki

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    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? ;)
     
  7. JC_Crust

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    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
     
  8. eyupmiduk

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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.
     
  9. theb4ssm4ncometh

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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.
     
  10. WandererOfTheWastes

    WandererOfTheWastes witty and/or profound title

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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.
     
  11. singpeace

    singpeace Senior Member

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    Here are the lyrics to just 3 of Iron Maiden's songs. I listened to them over 25 years ago before I was saved. I went to one of their concerts and everyone in the audience was screaming "666! 666! 666!"

    They have some songs that contain pretty good lyrics. Don't let it fool you. It's a way for Satan to get his foot in the door with you by sugar-coating the truth with lies.


    The Number Of The Beast lyrics
    Songwriters: Harris, Steve;

    Woe to you, oh earth and sea
    For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
    Because he knows the time is short
    Let him who hath understanding
    Reckon the number of the beast
    For it is a human number
    Its number is six hundred and sixty six

    I left alone, my mind was blank, I needed time to think
    To get the memories from my mind
    What did I see? Can I believe that what I saw
    That night was real and not just fantasy?

    Just what I saw in my old dreams
    Were they reflections of my warped mind staring back at me
    'Cause in my dreams, it's always there
    The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair

    Night was black, was no use holding back
    'Cause I just had to see, was someone watching me?
    In the mist, dark figures move and twist
    Was all this for real or just some kind of Hell?

    6 6 6, the number of the beast
    Hell and fire was spawned to be released

    Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
    As they start to cry, hands held to the sky
    In the night, the fires are burning bright
    The ritual has begun, Satan's work is done

    6 6 6, the number of the beast
    Sacrifice is going on tonight

    This can't go on, I must inform the law
    Can this still be real, or just some crazy dream?
    But I feel drawn towards the chanting hordes
    Seem to mesmerize, can't avoid their eyes

    6 6 6, the number of the beast
    6 6 6, the one for you and me

    I'm coming back, I will return
    And I'll possess your body, and I'll make you burn
    I have the fire, I have the force
    I have the power to make my evil take its course




    [the] Iron Maiden [song] lyrics

    [Paul Di'Anno]

    Won't you come into my room, I wanna show you all my wares.
    I just want to see your blood, I just want to stand and stare.
    See the blood begin to flow as it falls upon the floor.
    Iron Maiden can't be fought, Iron Maiden can't be sought.

    [Chorus]
    Oh Well, wherever, wherever you are,
    Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far.
    See the blood flow watching it shed up above my head.
    Iron Maiden wants you for dead.

    Won't you come into my room, I wanna show you all my wares.
    I just want to see your blood, I just want to stand and stare.
    See the blood begin to flow as it falls upon the floor.
    Iron Maiden can't be fought, Iron Maiden can't be sought.


    Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter lyrics

    Honey it's getting close to midnight
    And all the myths are still in town
    True love and lipstick on your linen
    Bite the pillow, make no sound
    If there's some living to be done
    Before your life becomes your tomb
    You'd better know I'm the one
    Unchain your back door, invite me around

    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go
    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go
    Let her go, yeah!

    Honey it's getting close to daybreak
    The Sun is creeping in the sky
    No patent remedies for heartache
    Just empty words and humble pie

    So get down on your knees Honey
    Assume an attitude
    You just pray that I'll be waiting
    'Cause you know, you know I'm coming soon

    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go
    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go

    So pick up your foolish pride, no going back
    Nowhere, no way, no place to hide, let her go

    Bring in your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    To the slaughter

    Bring in your daughter
    Fetch your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Fetch your daughter
    Bring in your daughter
    Fetch your daughter
    To the slaughter

    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go
    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go
    Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
    Let her go, let her go, let her go

    Let her go, let her go, let her go

    I'm coming to get you now!



     
  12. WandererOfTheWastes

    WandererOfTheWastes witty and/or profound title

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    Two out of three of those lyrics (daughter & number) are based off novels, Iron Maiden was by their first singer and doesn't get a run anymore. I dunno, they're definitely not christian, but they're definitely not satanists either. You've pretty much cherry picked the worst Maiden songs and went with that, it's not an accurate representation.
     
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    yeah but also never know if theyre just telling a story.
     
  14. eyupmiduk

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    I know this is a thread about Iron Maiden but consider Black Sabbath. Everyone thought of them as satanic and then they wrote a song about having being saved called "After Forever" on the Masters of Reality album. writing of song lyrics isn't always a literal thing, it's like poetry and is written for a reason. Iron Maiden's first album lyrics were to celebrate the horror flick genre which they all liked, but I think the lyrics may have specifically been written by Steve Harris (??) as he was and still is the driving force in the band. If we stop listening to music because it's not Christian then that's fine and dandy, but I don't think we're meant to be afraid of things just because they don't tick all the theological boxes or whatever.
     
  15. theb4ssm4ncometh

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    BumP this post, I STRONGLY agree:amen:
     
  16. Citanul

    Citanul Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent

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    This is based on a nightmare that Steve Harris had after watching the movie the Omen II. And the line if you look at the following verse, it's not casting the events described in the song in a good light.

    I'm not quite sure what this song is about, but I wouldn't say that it's obviously evil.



    This is another song whose meaning is unclear, but Bruce Dickinson has apparently stated that this song is about a girl getting her first period, while other theories suggest that it's about sex. That still doesn't make it evil.

    And if you're quoting lyrics, you missed this one, which hardly seems to be what you'd expect from a "Satanic" band.

    No Prayer For The Dying

    There are times when I've wondered
    And times when I've cried
    When my prayers they were answered
    At times when I've lied
    But if you asked me a question
    Would I tell you the truth
    Now there's something to bet on
    You've got nothing to lose

    When I've sat by the window
    And gazed at the rain
    With an ache in my heart
    But never feeling the pain
    And if you would tell me
    Just what my life means
    Walking a long road
    Never reaching the end

    God give me the answer to my life
    God give me the answer to my dreams
    God give me the answer to my prayers
    God give me the answer to my being
     
  17. JC_Crust

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    *high five* :wave:
     
  18. PeculiarGuy

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    They have a great sound. I listen to some of their music, but quite, I heard more than one song about the devil, which made me question them. I lot of metal band like singing about satan, which doesn't make them satanic.
     
  19. theb4ssm4ncometh

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    thx you.

    non-believers may have a fanciful fascination with Satan. they may have this same fascination with greek mythology. that doesnt mean they believe it.
     
  20. PeculiarGuy

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    But I wouldn't suggest anyone listen them...
     
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