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Iron Maiden… Satanic?

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Up the Irons?

Up the Irons?

In the music scene, the metal genre has been wrongfully assigned such traits as aggressive, noisy, satanic, etc. Really… satanic? I recently watched a live performance from the legendary metal band, Iron Maiden. This was a direct quote from the iconic frontman, Bruce Dickinson, just before their performance of Revelations in their live album/DVD, Live After Death.

“…you might remember on The Number of the Beast album we got all this crap from people about being what was it, devil-worshippers and all that kind of stuff and everything over here. Are Iron Maiden satanic? The answer is NO WE’RE NOT! And we wish these people would go and fuck off and die or crawl into a corner or something, you know?”

But it’s not sufficient to just say you’re not devil-worshippers; you certainly must prove it. So where is this proof? Ummm… right in their songs! Duh! For those who are accusing bands of satanism simply because they’re metal, here are some things you missed (100% of the things you don’t listen to go unnoticed).

Let’s examine some Iron Maiden songs and find out what they’re really about. Now an article of this type is easily biased, especially if I personally select the songs.  So for the sake of fairness we’ll let DigitalDreamDoor choose the songs. Their Top 10 (according to the site) will be used.  (What’s DigitalDreamDoor? – click here)

Oh, and make note that Iron Maiden has claimed to be clean, so these songs are written from drug-free imagination.

A joint?! Sorry, dont smoke that shit. - Quoted in Edmonton, Canada

"A joint?! Sorry, don't smoke that shit." - Quoted in Edmonton, Canada, 2008

1 ) Hallowed Be Thy Name  (Lyrics) – Oh, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” it’s gotta be devilish… wrong! It is about someone who awaits the death sentence. The lyrics describe how this person feels knowing these are his last minutes of life.

2 ) The Trooper (Lyrics) – This song is based on a battle during the Crimean War between the British and the Russians. It is said to be based on the poem “Charge of the Light Brigade,” describing the horrors of war, as the British cavalry charge into certain death.

3 ) The Number of the Beast (Lyrics) – I promise we’ll revisit this one! ;)

4 ) Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Lyrics) – Based on the poem of the same title by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. According to the band’s interpretation, “we must love all things that God made.” Oh so hellish in nature!

5 ) 2 Minutes to Midnight (Lyrics) – About the Apocalypse? Yes sir! It’s about how close we were to complete destruction during the Cold War.

6 ) Run to the Hills (Lyrics) – Now obviously it wouldn’t be on Rock Band if it had satanic themes… It deals with the European invasion of the Native lands in America, portraying the occurrence rather unbiasedly.

7 ) Aces High (Lyrics) – This one truly makes you feel like you’re playing your part in the Battle of Britain (WWII if it didn’t ring any bells).

8 ) Powerslave (Lyrics) – It’s about the Pharaoh. Because he sees himself as a god, he questions his impending death. He refers to himself as a “slave to the power of death.” Bet you didn’t see this comin’ at all!

9 ) Fear of the Dark (Lyrics) – The title sums it up quite well…

10 ) Phantom of the Opera (Lyrics) – More literature from Iron Maiden. It’s based on the book of the same title written by Gaston Leroux.

So that just about wraps things up… oh wait!

The Number of the Beast

The Number of the Beast

Number of the Beast – With lyrics like “666 ” and “hell and fire” this must be pure evil. Why bother even listening to the song when you already know these words are in it? It’s satanic… right? Well, according to wikipedia, “the song is inspired by both a nightmare bandleader and bassist Steve Harris had after watching the movie Damien: Omen II, and the storyline of the poem Tam o’ Shanter.”  Apparently, reading poems and having nightmares implies that you worship Satan…

So, Iron Maiden… satanic? Instead of me just telling you my answer, how about giving them a listen and finding out yourself?

Yours Truly

Yours Truly

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  1. axirr
    January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    “In the music scene, the metal genre has been wrongfully assigned such traits as aggressive, noisy, satanic, etc.”

    I would agree with you on satanic being wrong but I don’t think there is any way around the fact that metal is noisy.

  2. CJ
    January 24, 2009 at 1:14 am

    noisy in my opinion is a bad word to describe metal; i would go for “complex”

    like why do u link metal and noisy? is it cuz it has a lot of notes in a short period of time? is it cuz the ocassional use of soft parts emphasizes the loud parts? is it because of the use of exotic scales that use unusual pitches that may not immediately click so it sounds unnatural?

    but then again… some music is just noisy, but metal shouldn’t be generalized that way

  3. axirr
    January 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I think if you feel that “some music is just noisy” then metal definitely fits into that category. The combination of lots of notes and heavy distortion makes it harder on the ears than a more soothing type of music.

    Noisy doesn’t mean bad though. You want metal to be generalized as “complex” because you think that has positive connotations versus the negative connotations of “noisy”. Complex music can sound bad just like noisy music often sounds good. I think you don’t like metal being called loud because you just associate that with grandparents talking about that “gosh darn noisy metal music”.

  4. CJ
    January 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    when i say “some music is just noisy” i don’t mean specific genres, i mean all music in general. i dun see why metal as a genre must fit in that category when there’s other genres like rap and techno which sometimes don’t even use pitches. and what is sound without pitch: noise. the way ur thinking about metal is at a careless listen and defining it that way as well. i guess you could say that ur thinking about simply “hearing” metal rather than “listening” to it.

    The reason for having alot of notes is because it allows for more to be done musically. because of this it’s not only what notes are hit but also how they tie into the sequence of notes being hit. And also it allows for more possible ways of changing keys and emotions and stuff like that. gives more musical freedom.

    the use heavy distortion can be thought of as having dozens of the same instrument in an orchestra; it more freely enables the use of dynamics as well as stronger transitions. in addition to this there are things that you can do with a distorted guitar than without, such as pinch harmonics, pick slides, continuous legato, smoother hammeron/pulloffs, and other shit which is constantly used in metal. again, more musical freedom.

    So to sum up, for me it’s not necessarily thinking about metal positively/negatively. the word “noisy” merely takes away from the musical adeptness of the genre (even though it can be very true for some metal). so actually, it’s more thinking about metal musically/non-musically.

  5. November 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Jesus said “Judge Not Least You Be Judged”. Bob Dylan stated in his song The Times They Are A Changing “Dont Critisize What You Cant Understand”. Everyone has their own opinion. Mine is dont cut down my beloved Iron Maiden. They were there for me in my time of need during the 80s to the present. Only Iron Maiden, God and myself know this. Their reward will be for sure great in Heaven. What a concert that will be!!!! Roger Kozora 11-19-09. p.s. All of you behave or i will send Eddie after you! All of you non Iron Maiden fans! Look out! Eddie can be very angry when set off!

  6. November 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Bruce! I agree

    Hey Bruce! I agree! This thing about Iron Maiden being satanic is totally disrespectfull not only to the band but to the fans also. I think the solution to this is to have Eddie spank all their asses! ( and from what i gather Eddie spanks pretty hard!) Guys thank you for being there for me! And i speak with all the fans. I will say this again and again and again without shame “Your reward will surely be great in heaven”. Roger Kozora Iron Maiden fan 1980 to present. 11-19-09 p.s. It angers me severely when you guys go out and bust your asses and to have to make sacrifices so that the band can share their God right given talent to the world while some stupid fuckin assholes have the gull and nerve to say that Iron Maiden is satanic. That is bullshit to me,the band and the fans. Irons up!

  7. January 28, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Please, keep up the good work and continue to post topics like this. I am really fan of your page!

  1. October 29, 2009 at 11:23 pm

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