Top 10 Metal Songs with Religious References


The Top Ten

1 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

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

2 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

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

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

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

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

One of heaviest black metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

8 I Am - Theocracy
9 War of the Gods - Amon Amarth
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

The Contenders

11 30 Pieces of Silver - Theocracy
12 The God That Failed - Metallica
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

14 God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath
15 Omerta - Lamb of God
16 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

17 The Holy Grail - Blind Guardian

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

18 Darkness of Chirst - Slayer

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

19 Jesus Saves - Savatage
20 Jesus Saves - Slayer
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Top Remixes

1. Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth
2. Holy Diver - Dio
3. Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth



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