Top 10 Metal Songs with Religious References

The Top Ten

1 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth

Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don't understand

2 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth Cover Art

Hell is one of the most important Christian concepts.

3 The Four Horsemen - Metallica The Four Horsemen - Metallica Cover Art

The Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse) is a concept in the Christian Bible - The Four Horsemen are a group of mythical riders that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. The Four Horsemen are symbolic descriptions of different events which will take place in the end times.

4 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio Cover Art

There are 2 opposite interpretations both related to Christianity:
1) "Holy Diver" is Jesus Christ descending into Hades, the realm of the wicked not the holy. "You've been down too long in the midnight sea". Midnight sea is Hades, the absence of God, God is light so this place is void of it.
2) The song is about Satan, and his descent to Hell (his "dive"). The lyrics deal specifically with Revelations 12:9 where Satan was cast to the earth. The tiger is symbolic of the wild beast that comes out of the sea, as mentioned in Revelations 13:1.

5 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards Cover Art

The lamb, the rose, they don't exist
The grail's in pieces
All the bliss is gone
The rose has dried out
And the lamb got slaughtered long ago
The hope became another lie
Like the nonexisting Father God
Golgotha - had seen nothing else but
A carpenter's death
Golgotha - not more maybe not even that

6 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth Cover Art
7 Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War Cover Art

One of heaviest black metal songs.

8 I Am - Theocracy I Am - Theocracy Cover Art
9 War of the Gods - Amon Amarth War of the Gods - Amon Amarth Cover Art
10 Creeping Death - Metallica Creeping Death - Metallica Cover Art

very good religious song,

The Contenders

11 Valhalla - Blind Guardian Valhalla - Blind Guardian Cover Art

It's about the shift from Norse pagan religion to Christianity:
"So many centuries, so many gods
We were the prisoners of our own fantasy
But now we are marching against these gods
I'm the wizard, I'll change it all"

12 The God That Failed - Metallica The God That Failed - Metallica Cover Art
13 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy Cover Art
14 God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath Cover Art
15 Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards Cover Art

The Holy Ghost can't save you anymore
Your souls are condemned to burn in hell
Damned for all time
So spoke the noble one
He convinced us all
He is a gifted man
Though he will slaughter in the name of Christ

16 The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian Cover Art

"Come to be the Nemesis
Kiss of death
Crucifix and the grail"

17 Omerta - Lamb of God Omerta - Lamb of God Cover Art
18 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

Based on the life of John the Baptist and his death:
"In deserts I was preaching
The hand of god was with me
Baptized with water and I praised
The one who came behind me
To save us all with the holy ghost
[...] I hear the hangman coming, I wait for execution".

19 Jesus Saves - Savatage Jesus Saves - Savatage Cover Art
20 Enemy of God - Kreator Enemy of God - Kreator Cover Art
21 Another Holy War - Blind Guardian

Will I fail to rise again
Another Crucifixion for
Another holy war
Can't stop what's going on

Sooner or later you must understand
My words bring freedom
And rescue for man
What else,
To call me your Messiah
Oh, I wish there could be another way
Cross and nails are already prepared

My sell out
Waits till I'm crucified
I will die before my vision ends

22 Darkness of Chirst - Slayer Darkness of Chirst - Slayer Cover Art

It's a short intro song (only 1:30 long).

23 Jesus Saves - Slayer Jesus Saves - Slayer Cover Art
24 Precious Jerusalem - Blind Guardian

It is based on the final days of Jesus of Nazareth and his temptation in the desert.

25 Computer God - Black Sabbath Computer God - Black Sabbath Cover Art
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