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 - Metal_Treasure

2 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

Hell is one of the most important Christian concepts. - Metal_Treasure

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3 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

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. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Holy Diver - Dio

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. - Metal_Treasure

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5 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

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 - Metal_Treasure

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6 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
7 Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus - Infernal War

One of heaviest black metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

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8 I Am - Theocracy UListen to Sample
9 War of the Gods - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
10 Valhalla - Blind Guardian

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" - Metal_Treasure

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The Newcomers

? Chop Suey! - System of a Down

"Father into your hands I commend my spirit"

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The Contenders

11 The God That Failed - Metallica UListen to Sample
12 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy UListen to Sample
13 Poor Man's Crusade - Demons & Wizards

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 - Metal_Treasure

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14 Creeping Death - Metallica UListen to Sample
15 God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
16 The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian

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

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17 Omerta - Lamb of God UListen to Sample
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". - Metal_Treasure

19 Jesus Saves - Savatage UListen to Sample
20 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 - Metal_Treasure

21 Darkness of Chirst - Slayer

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

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22 Jesus Saves - Slayer UListen to Sample
23 Precious Jerusalem - Blind Guardian

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

24 Computer God - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
25 Enemy of God - Kreator UListen to Sample
26 Gods of Violence - Kreator UListen to Sample
27 Metal Gods - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
28 Twilight of the Gods - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
29 Deceiver of the Gods - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
30 Gods of War Arise - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
31 Where is Your God? - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
32 God, His Son and Holy Whore - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
33 Where Silent Gods Stand Guard - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
34 Bleed for Ancient Gods - Amon Amarth UListen to Sample
35 The Script for My Requiem - Blind Guardian

Still I hear the scream of thousands:
Crucify, crucify!
Take it all
Our gold, our homes, our life,
But we didn't kill your Christ! - Metal_Treasure

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36 Turn the Page - Blind Guardian

References to the historical shift from Paganism to Christianity. - Metal_Treasure

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37 Enter Sandman - Metallica UListen to Sample
38 Jesus, Mary & the Holy Ghost - Dio UListen to Sample
39 Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy UListen to Sample
40 Sinner - Theocracy UListen to Sample
41 Judas at the Opera - Edguy UListen to Sample
42 Seven Seals - Primal Fear UListen to Sample
43 Gardens of the Sinner - Gamma Ray UListen to Sample
44 Damien - Iced Earth

"When the Jews return to Zion and a comet fills the sky
Through famine and destruction
The Four Horsemen at my side
I demand a victory, I demand a sacrifice
Or spend all eternity in the flaccid gut of Christ! " - Metal_Treasure

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45 The Coming Curse - Iced Earth

I walk the Earth just as they planned
Baptized in fire for my ancient land
The coming curse, your anti-Christ, I am the Watcher's eye
I vindicate and cleanse the Earth of all mankind - Metal_Treasure

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46 10000 Days - Tool

Fetch me the spirit the son and the father, tell them their pillar of Faith has ascended

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