Black Sabbath: The First Christian Rock Band

by ZolarCzakl on January 26, 2005 · 88 comments

in General Tomfoolery,Miscellany,Music,Old School

You see them walking down the street, hanging out at the 7-11 parking lot, waiting for a bus, and even at your local record store flipping through the copies of old Voivod albums. They are usually wearing all black, with much more hair than you falling on shoulders draped with a faded t-shirt bearing a violent cartoonish graphic on the front. They usually have a scowl on their face, or at least a look designed to keep all grannies and members of the clergy at arms length, and an attitude that could only be described as “Very Metal”.

These are the legion of true rockers who worship the ‘gods of thunder’, the heavy bands that melt brains and shatter skulls with their tumultuous feedback and galloping beat, bands that all owe a great debt to the originators of all music that is “heavy” and “evil”: a band whose coming is sounded by a holy chant that can be heard echoing off the mountainside in the distance… “Sabbath… Sabbath… Sabbath!”

How will they feel when they find out that their beloved Black Sabbath, yes “Ozzy’s old band”, are responsible for bands like Petra and D.C. Talk?

Now this may be a bold statement, and I may get death threats from metal heads around the world, but I’m going to go off a very short and not-so-high-off-the-ground limb and state that Black Sabbath were the first Christian rock band. “Whoa there, little buddy,” you may say to me, “Aren’t Sabbath known as one the most evil and crazy devil worshipping rock and roll combos that has ever laid a black boot upon sacred earth?” The answer is “NO.” That distinction goes to many a Norwegian Black Metal band who has ever been involved in murder and cannibalism in addition to their devil worship. Ozzy just bit the head off a bat, and that was in his later, hideously drunken, solo years.

The truth is that Sabbath perpetuated an evil image that was false, wearing black clothes and crosses and writing many a song about the horned beast Beelzebub. If you take a look at their lyrics, and I only speak of the early albums with Ozzy (because that’s all I can bring myself to even listen to), all of those supposedly evil songs about licking the firey scrotum of Ol’ Scratch or whatever, are actually about begging for God to deliver them from that great evil. Take the lyrics of the opening title track from their first album, 1970’s “Black Sabbath”:

What is this that stands before me?

Figure in black that points at me

Turn round quick and start to run

Find out you’re the chosen one.

Oh No!!!

Big black shape and eyes of fire

Telling people their desire

Satan standing there he’s smiling

Watch those flames get higher and higher

Ok, evil, right? This is clearly talking about the Prince of Darkness and how much of a bad mofo he is. But wait, Ozzy follows this with a tortured plead of “Oh No! No! Please God help me!” Clearly Ozzy doesn’t like Satan pointing at him and telling him he’s the chosen one. The chosen one for what? TO DIE!!!! Ozzy’s running, for Christ’s sake! These are not the words of a Satan-worshipping, blood-drinking, virgin-sacrificing heavy metal hellion. Of course you could say that these are the words of a man who is scared of evil and death, which many of us can relate to, but a Christian rock band does this not make. Alright, Doubting Thomases, what about the lyrics for “War Pigs”?

“War Pigs,” one of the most famous of the early Sabbath songs, deals with politicians and world leaders and how they are destroying the world with wars and what our president now would call “terra”. In the first part, Ozzy paints a picture of these leaders as being the true evils of this world, referring to them as “Sorcerers of death’s construction” and comparing them to “witches at black masses”. It is in the second part of the song that he admonishes them, telling them to “wait ‘till their judgment day comes, yeah!” Finally, in the last verse Ozzy gets religious:

No more war pigs have the power

Hand of God has struck the hour

Day of judgment, God is calling

On their knees, the war pigs crawling

Begging mercy for their sins

Satan, laughing, spreads his wings

So the bad guys lose and get to spend an eternity in Hell with Satan, whom the Sabbath guys doesn’t seem to be worshipping in this one. See? Christian rock.

More examples abound. Again from the self-titled album, “Wicked World” is a rather hippyish anti-war song about all the childrens of the world getting together in peace and harmony. From the Paranoid album, “Electric Funeral” warns of an evil futuristic atomic age where bombs melt houses and evil robot slaves turn the Earth into a wasteland of biblical proportions. There’s even a little section where Ozzy talks about “Heaven’s golden chorus” and warns of how “Evil souls fall to Hell, ever trapped in burning cells.” From the same album, “Fairies Wear Boots,” although lyrically confusing and fairly ridiculous, is ultimately an anti-drug song. After seeing fairies and dwarves on a deranged drug trip, a doctor tells Ozzy at the end that he’s “gone too far / ‘cos smokin’ and trippin’ is all that you do.” How evil is not doing drugs?

Perhaps the most religious oriented album from the early period is “Master of Reality,” from 1971. Sure the first song, “Sweet Leaf” is about pot, but it is the second song, “After Forever,” which is the real kicker and the biggest proof that Sabbath were indeed the first Christian rock band:

Have you ever thought about your soul – can it be saved?

Or perhaps you think that when you’re dead you just stay in your grave.

Is God just a thought within your head or is He a part of you?

Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were at school?

When you think about death do you lose your breath or do you keep your cool?

Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope – do you think he’s a fool?

Well, I have seen the truth. Yes I have seen the light and I’ve changed my ways.

And I’ll be prepared when you’re lonely and scared at the end of your days.

Could it be you’re afraid of what your friends might say

If they knew you believe in God above

They should realize before they criticize

That God is the only way to love.

Is your mind so small that you have to fall

In with the pack wherever they run

Will you still sneer when death is near

And say they may as well worship the sun.

I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ

I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced

Will you be sure when your day is near say you don’t believe?

You had the chance but you turned it down now you can’t retrieve.

Perhaps you’ll think before you say that God is dead and gone

Open your eyes, just realize that He is the one,

The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate.

Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes – I think it’s too late!

Now I may be wrong, but that’s about as overt a Christian statement that has ever been found on a major label rock album, especially by a band that is supposedly so “Satanic.”

There are many other lyrical examples in those early albums, but I think you get the point. Black Sabbath is Christian rock. And it doesn’t suck! So there you have it. It’s proof that you can Rock for Jesus and still be cool. Well, as cool as Black Sabbath is. Now hopefully I won’t get jacked by a gang of metal-heads wearing shirts designed by Pushead. May the Lord be with you all!

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  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    I never really considered Ozzy satanic OR Christian.. just very confused.  I point to any episode of the Osbournes as my evidence. smile

    You have convinced me, though, that he’s more Christian than Satanic.  Nice write-up.

  • Just Plain Bob

    How would they feel?

    They wouldn’t listen.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com Davion

    I thought it was pretty well known the Ozzy is quite religious.  Hmmmm must not have seen the Iron Maiden interviews

  • Vee

    i have to admit you make several good points, but some of the lyrics you quoted come from other sources,

    like the song black sabbath lyrics, came from a dream tommi iommi once had, about a dark figure and he couldn’t move in his bed.

    dio also contributed to some of the lyrics, with some occult stories

    im not saying he is not spiritual, but i think he has his own vision of god rather than the christian, like most people do.

  • D.B,

    As a christian and a huge black sabbath fan, Ozzy and the band is far from christian. However, they are not “satanic” and never were. Some of the band members indulged in satanic readings, manuscripts and rituals as a fact. Geezer butler (bassist) confirms that him and ozzy came up with the lyrics for “black sabbath” after an ancient witchraft book dissapeared in a house they were occupying at the time. Throughout their career they have been accused of being satanists because of the material they talk about, not because of what they did in their private lives. You have to remember, 1970 was a time when this sort of material was very controversial and it boosted their fan base. However, the band is not self-proclaimed christian . Much like the lyrics versing on satanism and the jesus christ rape (sabbath bloody sabbath), they merely talked about christianity in a few songs. They never were nor at the time of this writing are they christian. From my point of view, they were at the time of the lyrical writings… looking for their path in life. Bottom line is, alot of what they talk about can be considered influential to satanists or christians, it all depends on your faith. Although again, as a christian myself i’ve never found anything they sing about very influential religiously. Personal opinions aside. Black sabbath rules. Now thats a fact.

    • Another Christian

      I think “After Forever” is about as evangelistic as you can get!

      They are definitely not dogmatic, but they really believed in a higher power, and as far as any recent band member interviews, are still extremely faithful in a higher power.. and at the very least, it’s not Satan.

  • BADD

    UM……

    Didn’t Ozzy go to Catholic school?  Probably a some of the rest of the band did as well.

    Ozzt described Black Sabbath as a hippy band in a recent interview.  They really never had any leanings to god or satan.

    However, you do make a great point in that Black Sabbath could have influenced many Christian rock bands, positively or negatively.

    Cool thing to bring up and get the mind rolling about.

    How the hell did I miss this article!?

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Ummm, because it’s almost 2 years old?

  • BADD

    OH yeah!  I am too (mentally).

  • spoonbread

    I love the song “After Forever” and it is one ( if not THE!) fist song in about Christ and God that wsa written in a heavy metal style ( albeit…one of the FOUNDING songs of many future metal songs).

    This song is HEEEAAVY! And the lyrics are sooo true.

    Black Sabbath…are the devil worshippers?? No way….maybe heathens of a sort…but as Paul said in the New Testament….if one speaks evil of Christ, then I rejoice”…..Sabbath never spoke evil of Christ, they just wrote about the good and the bad that people invoke in this world.

  • http://www.mindgarage.com Larry

    The Mind Garage was the first Christian Rock band.

    Black Sabbath is not even close, off by about 4 years. The alpha, very first Christian Rock band, meaning the one that took the amps and electric guitars into church and blew the plaster off the walls with bar room rock and roll with religious words to glorify God was the Mind Garage. They paved the way for all the others who came after. The Mind Garage is documented creating Christian Rock in local and national papers, magazines and TV from 1967 to 1970 years before Larry Norman’s first Christian Rock song in 1970( sometimes called the Father of Christian Rock) years before Black Sabbath’s After Forever,” in 1971. Most people have forgotten about them because it WAS so long before everyone else. Check it out on the Mind Garage website.

  • cody

    I think your exactly right there not at all satanic just back then everyone one was quick to judge and they took the lyrics to sabbath to personal and nevr realized the real message they were tryin to get through. Thats the genious of old rock n roll song lyrics can have up to 10 meanings and thats just the lyric part of it. But anyway i like what your saying and if they were satanic dont you think they would admit it. Would you ever hide your religion from god…..i dont think so and the satanic bands i have herd of seem to be proud of it and admit it freely like anybody would with there religion they would not hide it and sabbath never said they were satanists. It just goes to show people should not judge so fast and give others the chance they deserve instead of giving them a bad rep.

  • sam

    black sabbath wasnt christian rock but they DEFINITELY werent satanic…i cant even believe i found an article like this i got in an argument over some forum about black sabbath not being devil worshippers and i used the same example of the song “after forever” which is also a great song :p well im gonna say sabbath isnt satanic or christian rock but christianity definitely influences their music and most of the band was catholic i think. the only real devil worshipping bands are hte norwegian black metal bands that were burning churches in the 90s. sabbath used the image of satanism because it was new and it looked cool and stuff like that and it drew fans pretty much :p but yea sabbath rocks

    oh yea…im a metalhead and im not gonna beat you up :o im pretty sure metalheads dont care if its christian or not as long as its heavy and if they really think sabbath are devil worshippers they probably wont bother arguing that much abotu it.

  • http://www.thedelicateillusion.com zentaochi

    excellent article. what with judas priest coming out of the closet and now this!! one’s mind does start to speculate on a few of the others. the hairspray metal for example.

  • Tommy

    This is so true, i became christian when i listened to Sabbath. Happy to meet others who found out of Black Sabbath!!!:-)

  • Maria

    ha who you ever made this website is an idoit and you know what it’s not anything interesting or any facts it’s just the opions of the guy who made this website that’s taking up space wtf are you guys talking about black sabbath christian are you guys on crack seriously maybe you guys got the wrong black sabbath all you fags can do it label!

  • maria

    i meant opinions

  • MTsabbath

    Ozzy didn’t write many of the lyrics for Sabbath. It was mostly Geezer until RJD joined the band.

    “Sabbath even did a blatantly pro-God, Christian hymn type of song, ‘After Forever’, and people still took it the wrong way.” – Geezer Butler

    “Lord of this World” is another one of Sabbath’s Christian leaning song.

    You’re searching for your mind don’t know where to start
    can’t find the key to fit the lock on your heart
    you think you know but you are never quite sure
    your soul is ill but you will not find a cure.

    Your world was made for you by someone above
    but you chose evil ways instead of love.
    You made me master of the world where you exist
    the soul I took from you was not even missed.

    Lord of this world
    Evil possessor
    Lord of this world
    He’s your confessor now!

  • JxC

    obviously if you listen to some of the metal and black metal and death metal you will find that most are christian

    Black sabboth are quite light compared to some

  • KEVIN

    Though I agree with 99% of what you say, I believe “fairies wear boots” is about homosexuality not drugs.

  • Jon

    Fairiers Wear Boots is about drugs, not homosexuality.

    Black Sabbath are not Christian rock nor are they devil worshippers.

  • Randy

    Sabbath scared the hell out of me when I was a kid in the early 70s. I just couldn’t turn away from them, they were so brutal. I’ve heard and read many interviews from the band members that stated that they were more interested in turning people on to the reality of evil in this world. It’s hard not to believe in God when you see satan all around you. I’m a Sabbath fan and a devoted Christian. Oxy-moron? Maybe, but I doubt it.

  • Jesus Christ

    listen to “lord of this world” you stupid fucktards… then you should realize that all of you who call black sabbath a christian rock band deserve to die like pigs

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    One day people will discover that this was written mostly in jest.

    • Bleh

      true that alphamonkey.

  • Just Plain Bob

    Nono, I don’t think that’s true.

  • Just Plain Bob

    …meaning I don’t think they’ll ever discover that.

    …also, while I’m already double-posting to clear up the ambiguity of what I just wrote, I’ll also point out that I’m pretty intrigued by how many people must be googling “Black Sabbath” and winding up here, cuz this post just won’t die.

  • Me

    Black Sabbath is not a Christian rock band, saying so is just stupid, Ozzy Osbourne openly criticizes Christianity, and always makes comments about satanic things. Plus he often wears a pentacle around his neck. Calling Black Sabbath a christian rock band is an insult, because as a general rule, christian rock really sucks. Finally, did you not notice the name Black Sabbath?

  • Me

    Also as a reply to something i saw earlier, lots of people went to Catholic schools at that time, I know many an atheist who went to a religious school, and many who do.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I can’t decide which is funnier, the fact that Sabbath fans get so upset over this, or the fact that no one thinks it might be written tongue-in-cheek.

  • Just Plain Bob

    Can we just replace the article image with a big red stamp that says “THIS IS A JOKE”?

  • Andrew DeGolyer

    No, I think its funnier this way. Unbridled anger over something so unimportant makes me smile….

  • jesse stevens

    i dont think the name black sabbath is intended to be “evil”. these guys werent evil. they were just putting out the facts. it just so happens that its a lot easier to see the evil in the world than the good. as for there name……… they were just being critical of modern religion. we all should be. they saw all the problems with modern day christianity and they exploited it. as for them being the first christian rock band………. i would have to say no. as for what they actually believe…… who knows…… can we really know? its not our place. people too often judge a book by its cover. i am in a metal band and people often take the music that i write as being evil, cause they dont actually understand what im talkin about. just cause i say the word satan, or hell or anything of that sort. they think i worship satan. but i dont. i worship jesus…. something to think about.

  • nick

    this is a good topic to write about and secondly you have persuaded me and to the third point black sabbath actually got the name from an old movie. and that leads me to the 4th point thank you for writing this because i am a black sabbath fan however im pretty religous and it just kinda “freaks” me out that there was a rumor around that they weere a satin worshipping band

  • Just Plain Bob

    I can understand them worshipping satin.
    it’s so.. smooth and touchable.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Go on….let yourself go! It’s real velour!

  • jd100

    “Well I don’t want no jesus freak to tell me what it’s all about
    No black magician telling me to cut my soul out”

    -Black Sabbath, “Under The Sun”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath for Christian metal bands to have lyrics resembling that.

  • MetalFRO

    Actually, as interesting as The Mind Garage is (I’ll have to look them up), they’re not the first. They may be the first truly heavy/hard band (at least by the fuzz guitar standards of the mid-late 60′s), there were Christian rock bands springing up in the UK before that, most emulating the Mersey beat sound of The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and their ilk. You don’t have to look far into Jesus Music history to see that there were other examples prior to that time. A perfect example would be the UK band The Envoys with their 1965 single “Nobody Like”. An even earlier example would be The Pilgrims from London, who got their start in 1962, just as the “beat” sound was taking shape, before The Beatles had really gone anywhere.

    In any event, there were other Christian rock bands that were out at the same time as Black Sabbath as well. The psychadelic/fuzz band Azitis (1971), Out of Darkness (1970, much like Jimi Hendrix), Earthen Vessel (1970, early hard rock), The Exkursions (1970, blues rock/fuzz sound), along w/ Larry Norman’s own “Upon This Rock” album (1969).

  • http://jimloomis.deviantart.com Jimmy

    I think we’re all missing something here. The album “Vol. 4″ was just as un-Christian as some of the songs on “Masters of Reality”. It was released after “Paranoid” and the last song on the album has some lyrics that seem to go against their Christian leanings:

    “Under the Sun/Every Day Comes & Goes”

    “Well I don’t want no Jesus freak to tell me what it’s all about
    No black magician telling me to cast my soul out
    Don’t believe in violence, I don’t even believe in peace
    I’ve opened the door now my mind has been released

    Well I don’t want no preacher
    telling me about the god in the sky
    No I don’t want no one to tell me
    Where I’m gonna go when I die
    I wanna live my life, I don’t want people telling me what to do
    I just believe in myself, ’cause no one else is true

    Every day just comes and goes
    Life is one long overdose
    People try to rule the nation
    I just see through their frustration

    People riding their real face
    Keep on running their rat race
    Behind each flower grows a weed
    In their world of make-believe

    So believe what I tell you, it’s the only way you’ll find in the end
    Just believe in yourself – you know you really shouldn’t have to pretend
    Don’t let those empty people try to interfere with your mind
    Just live your life and leave them all behind”

  • http://jimloomis.deviantart.com Jimmy

    Oh, here’s another one from Vol. 4:

    Cornucopia

    “Too much near the truth they say
    Keep it ’til another day
    Let them have their little game
    Delusion helps to keep them sane

    Let them have their little toys
    Matchbox cars and mortgaged joys
    Exciting in their plastic ways
    Frozen food in a concrete maze

    You’re gonna go insane
    I’m trying to save your brain

    All right

    I don’t know what’s happening
    My head’s all torn inside
    People say I’m heavy
    They don’t know what I hide

    Take a life, it’s going cheap
    Kill someone, no one will weep
    Freedom’s yours, just pay your dues
    We just want your soul to use

    You’re gonna go insane
    I’m trying to save your brain”

  • http://jimloomis.deviantart.com Jimmy

    Alright, one more from “Vol. 4″ to prove my point, which is that this band is pretty confused about where it stands on religion…

    Supernaut

    “I want to reach out and touch the sky
    I want to touch the sun
    But I don’t need to fly
    I’m gonna climb up
    Every mountain of the moon
    And find the dish that ran
    Away with the spoon

    I’ve crossed the ocean, turned every bend
    I found the plastic and the gold at rainbow’s end
    I’ve seen through magic and through life’s reality
    I’ve lived a thousand years and never found the key
    Got no religion
    Don’t need no friends
    Got all I want
    And I don’t need to pretend

    Don’t try to reach me
    ‘Cause I’ll tear up your mind
    I’ve seen the future
    And I’ve left it behind”

    Hmm, Vol. 4 tells me that the Oz is an atheist! Somebody grab him before he eats babies!

  • MetalFRO

    Supernaut is a GREAT song. That riff is monstrous. The thing about the lyrics is that it’s more of a fantasy/sci-fi story than a viewpoint.

  • Just Plain Bob

    oh for the love of god somebody lock the damn thread!

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Naw, I’m gunning for a record here.

  • Just Plain Bob

    it’s an interesting study in how few people actually read all of the thread they’re about to post in.

  • http://www.waterhopper.net My friends call me Cygnus

    I agree with everything said here…and would even go further by saying that Alice Cooper provides some pretty awesome Christian Rock! Sabbath and Cooper go hand in hand for anyone who appreciates serious Rock with (mostly) good messages to the listener.

  • Bertoche

    Well, I actually read it all.
    I’m not exactly christian, and got to this page after a evangelizing play full of prejudice against Black Sabbath and rock listeners, showing them as those who need salvation together with prostitutes, drug addicted people and fathers of bastards sons. Got to show this page for them.
    In fact, they took the black metal stereotype and attributed to all those who listen to rock, which are minority around here.
    It’s in some way good to me to know musicians I listen to aren’t satan worshipers. Besides, those “bad guys”, the “metallers” can’t even write an entire paragraph around here. But if they were, I won’t give it any importance.
    I’m from Brazil, so forgive any english barbarism, it’s not my mother tongue.

  • grimtraveller

    Just to clear up a few points. Firstly, Geezer Butler wrote the overwhelming majority of the lyrics for the band across their first 6 – 7 albums. Secondly, that period of time (late 60s / early 70s ) was a time when many different religious and spiritual themes were being explored in rock and pop so Christian themes that most of that generation had been brought up with (and rejected) made for good subject matter, whether pro, anti or neutral. As did the new eastern religious ideas. As a sidenote, Bob Dylan’s mid 60s stuff is shot through with ideas that came from his Jewish upbringing even though he wasn’t practicing Judaism at the time.
    One of the good things about pop/rock from the mid 60s onwards was that literally anything made for good subject matter to write about and guys like Geezer Butler did.
    For those that like a good read, check out the website “Only Solitaire”. It’s a record review site and it used to be interactive. At the end of each album review is a readers’ comments section and in the Black Sabbath section, I’ve written some extensive thoughts on the band, as have others. They’re well worth having a look at but only if you like reading !
    As a christian who has been into the heavy stuff since the late 70s, my opinion is that Sabbath (so named partly because some of the band liked the vowel sounds when all put together) were not a christian, satanic or an anything rock band. Like alot of groups in those years, they covered alot of lyrical ground coz the old order was breaking down and young people from the early 60s for the first time had a voice that counted and they spouted out their thoughts and feelings. When you’re young, your feelings and opinions can change rapidly even though it doesn’tfeel like they ever will and we oldies have been there with passionately felt thoughts (some of which never change though they may modify). That accounts for why the songs seem confused and also, it’s daft to hold people to what they were saying 35 years ago – unless they overtly state that that is where they still are at.
    Black Sabbath were just a very good heavy rock band that made some superb music. And heavy rock, like ‘christian’ rock, was an evolution, rather than an invention in which someone was the originator…..

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I think I’ll call ol’ ZolarCzakl today to let him know that his bastard child of a post is still lurching about like a rock n’ roll Frankenstein.

  • http://transbuddha? psychonaughty

    Hi guys, I was a Black Sabbath fan a long time ago, when I was about 12 years old, til I was about 18. They got me close to grass. They got me close to God. Why? Because I had the predispositions for that. First: Grass because it symbolized rebelliousness, doing things the parents knew less than nothing about and for the dreamy discovery of a different perception of reality, for better and for worse. Second: God, because to me he symbolizes the answers to all existential questions and love and peace and all good things. In those days I was caught in a black hole (that’s exactly how it was) of rejection and no family love and psychological abuse, like loads of other guys and girls and I so appreciated the consequences. So the lyrics “my name it means nothing, my fortune is less. My future is shrouded in dark wilderness…” from the Masters of Reality album has had much influence on me for the simple reason Toni sung the feelings I could not express. So I took to weed first, a year later I started messing around with Jesus the Messiah. And did both at the same time which wasn’t very compatible. And everything was gone. My soul fizzled out slowly, for not being able to see God as a true and loving father. At last He took me out of this confusing maze by the collar (this took a few years).
    I believe that, as a whole, rock and roll is nothing more than a modern artistic expression of the silent cry inhabiting the souls of most of us fans, whether it be a cry of pain or confusion or hate or abandonment or passionate love or lust, or whatever. Black Sabbath is just one of them. Others will turn you on politically, philosophically, esoterically, druggily, or religiously or just to partying. And I wish to insist on the fact that the so-called Christian bands can be idolized and won’t necessarily attract people to a closer relationship with God. That’s the modern world. Black Sabbath has followed the world’s evolution in a time of much confusion and quest for new or/and more convincing answers. They are artists of high sensitiveness and that’s what true artists are meant to be. I can believe that a lot of things said about them can be total bullshit. But how can one say anything about anybody without deeply and personally knowing him? Why should Ozzie and buddies open up on their private life, if they’ve got nothing good to say ? So many frustrated and limited judges in this world… Believers and non-believers alike. There’s a call echoeing all around this confused and hateful world and, summarized, it is this : get your hands out of your pockets and get yourselves to knowing God, I mean the creator of bumblebees and spiders and women and flowers, mountains and rivers, galaxie’s clockwork wonders and the like, etc. He’s trying mightily to make us turn but we’re so rusty and deaf. God bless ya all and the metalheads of all denominations too and any otherheads and the outcasts and the misfits and all those who one way or another are creeping in the dirt under the devil’s thumb.

  • Slamazzar

    alphamonkey and Bob,

    On what basis do you state this article is a joke?
    How do you explain the fact that many people have similar assumptions when reading BS lyrics and this text just confirms them?

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    My basis would be that I remember the drunken conversation with ZolarCzakl from whence this post originated.

  • truefollowerofChrist

    The first question i should be asking is “What is your definition who a Christian is”?

    “You shall know them by their fruit”. None of the Black Sabbath members have lived nor are they living a life. that is anything near what Christ asks us to live.

    I concur with Just Plain Bob, this article is a joke

    Have you seen the album covers of Black Sabbath or any of the other band that the respondents claim to be Christian. What aspect of Christianity do they show.

    Are any of their lyrics absolutely clear about Jesus being lord and the only way to salvation. How do their lyrics or their life on and off stage give any semblance of Christianity

    Satan is described in the bible a “The Lord of this World” just to be clear on that. By the way Black Sabbath fans, has any of you actually read the Bible? Just asking.

    By the way ,isn’t Ozzy known as “The Prince of Darkness” an allusion to Satan himself.

    “Not everyone that says Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom of God”

    Either yall need to pray for deliverance from such bondage of DELUSION. Or you need to stop calling yourself a christian till you get better clarity on who a Christian is.

    • deryck

      Wow. This is why i was pushed away from church. Its called judgement. Because i was different than the cookie cutter kids i went to church with (for 18 years) i was treated different. It wasnt just that church either, it was the camp and other church functions i went to. I decided to go back when i turned 22 and was flat out ignored at church because A. i was new, B. i was the only person under the age of 50 in the congregation. So, yes, this black sabbath fan has read his bible lately. And where in the bible does it say its okay to judge??? because unless youre a close friend to any of these members, i dont think you have a right to determine how they live their lives. Instead of deciding who is christian and who is not, try working on making church a more loving and pleasant place for people who need it.

  • http://bluechristian.blogspot.com Jon Trott

    I think this thread is humorous… and serious. If it was dreamed up by someone in a drunken stupor, hmm… still like it.

    I grew up listening to Black Sabbath. “Paranoid” was the first rock LP I owned, and I played it so many times it literally ceased being a stereo album. (One time my older brother threatened to snap it in half if I played it for the 37th time that day!)

    I became a Christian at 16. My Sabbath stuff went on a long Sabbatical… for years. But recently I got it all back out again, and must say I concur in part with the idea of Sabbath reflecting (inconsistently, however) a Christian sensibility. I don’t think they ever reflected a Satan-worshipping one.

    I interviewed Ozzy back in the 1980s… and he told me he’d come up w/ the idea of Black Sabbath after watching “The Exorcist” and thinking how great a theatrical heavy-metal band with vague occult themes would be. He was, of course, right on the money.

    A few Jesus rock bands that are astonishingly heavy — and remain almost unheard of — predate Sabbath. Out of Darkness (1969 or so) is incredibly heavy, esp. after getting a Hendrix-like vocalist in 1972. Two LPs exist, both great but the later one (re-released on Plankton records) is better.

    Two more bear mention — though neither’s LP had over 100 or so copies pressed. Azitis’ self-titled LP was psych-rock with authority (and lame lyrics, but hey!). Then there’s the truly intriguing Fraction and their LP “Moon Blood.” Released around 1970, that LP has a Doors-like vibe and is one I enjoy listening to still.

    Again, thanks for this humorous post that… hey, has some truth to it despite the slightly surreal concept it suggests.

  • grimtraveller

    Just a quickie on a couple of points…….
    Jon Trott’s interview with Ozzy “in the 80s” kind of highlights for me how mythology becomes fact if repeated often enough – even though the facts can’t possibly concur. As an example, it is often stated that Charles Manson was turned down for the role of one of the Monkees……even though he was in jail at the time of the auditions. It is a matter of public record that from 1961 to March 1967 he was in jail. But the myth persists and makes good copy. And so it is with the Sabs. Ozzy says he was influenced by a watching of the Exorcist which gave him the idea for a theactrical band with occult themes – yet this can’t possibly be true. The Exorcist is a 70s movie – it was released on boxing day 1973, by which time Black Sabbath had been in existence for at least 5 years and had released 5 albums !! Influenced by “The exorcist” ? I don’t think so !! Besides, it is arguable that the Rolling Stones had long beaten them to it as some of them dabbled for a short while. Lots of bands and band members looked into the occult in the late 60s and it reflected in many songs and album art.
    As a point of record “Fairies wear boots” is neither about homosexuality or drugs. It’s a rather clever dig at skinheads. In England in the late 60s/early 70s, the skinheads used to terrorize all kinds of groups, especially longhairs and once, some of the band were beaten up by skinheads. “Fairies wear boots” was Sabbaths revenge in song. Couched in terms of drug misuse, it’s actually having a pop at the skins, saying “you’re a bunch of poofs!” – very English.
    Finally, there were, both before and during the Sabs, christian rock bands. Some like Fraction, Earthen Vessel, Out of Darkness, Agape and even the Exkursions and Azitis could be dizzyingly heavy. Others threw in the odd heavy song from time to time. I hate those “who was first” debates because history is rarely that cut and dry and often you’ll see that there were parallel developments happening at various points in history, like with TV or human flight.
    Facts are much, much more interesting than mythology……

  • Just Plain Bob

    I’m banging my head against a wall.

  • Crambone

    This is a GREAT thread…have loved every word. May it live forever!

  • Justin

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/09/23/garden/at-tea-with-ozzy-osbourne-family-man-fights-fat-is-good-with-kids.html?pagewanted=all

    “Devil-worshipers may be chagrined to learn that Ozzy, a member of the Church of England, kneels and prays backstage just before going on; he makes the sign of the cross, too. (Maybe as a hedge against the dozen or so fans who storm the stage at each concert. One fan last year broke three of Ozzy’s ribs.)”

  • Bobbobbobbob

    I think that this is a pretty good article. But there’s really nothing that I can say that hasnt been said. Sabbath is among my top favorite bands (which they are one of many), but I’m am about 99.9% sure they are not satanists. Although I wouldn’t say they ae a complete Christian band, I would say that the songs describe and some others can be described as Christian rock. I personally think that they may have been actually Chistian, but they were young and didnt really care about religion one way or another, like a lot of young people do. But, as a Christian myself, the rumors about bands being satanist kind of creeped me out too. But If you look into it, You’ll see that this isnt true. They always depict satan in negative way and like in “War Pigs” they associate satan with the war pigs that they hate. So they are actually against satan. I think basically the satan rumors start because people want to judge rock and roll because its loud and associated with sex and drugs. People are so quick to judgeabout people they dont even know. Another band that is heavily criticized (and I like even more than Sabbath actually) is Led Zeppelin. I think the idea that they were satanists can be disproved can be looking at their songs lyrics (foreward, not backwards like that stupid rumor), just like Sabbath. I mean Zeppelin’s song “In My Time Of Dying” disproves the satanist idea as easy (or easier) than “After Forever.” It asks the Lord and Jesus to deliver him and it ends with him going to heaven. My point is that many of the heavy bands are criticized for being satanists by people who think all rock and roll is evil and don’t even care to look into a band before they make horrible assumptions. Black Sabbath was warning the general public about the evils of this world and satan, not trying to put him in a good light. Anyway it was a great article. You should make one about Zeppelin, the Stones, and the Grateful Dead too (because I hate when they criticize them too).

  • D

    That’s about as dumb as it gets to say Black Sabboth is or was a Christian Band when members of the band themselves have admitted to satan worship !!! Dumb and Dumber

  • Jesus

    Always noticed the Christian influence in early Sabbath.
    Thank God for Black Sabbath!

  • Jones

    Holy shit, 6 years and counting.

    IT’S THE THREAD THAT WOULD NOT DIE

  • headache times three

    Go forth and multiply the posts upon the thread…. Sabbath had a Christian/Catholic worldview combined and skewed with INSANE amounts of various drugs. They are more of a STONER band than anything else. And yeah, After Forever, IS pretty much a Christian rock song. AND Lord of the World dammit.

  • David Emme

    Aleister Crowley is not who I would pick to influance anyone-but Ozzy disagrees. When U2 came out with the song, “I still havent found what I am looking for” or the dooby brothers singing that Jesus is alright with me doesnt cut it either. There are many songs across differing Genres expressing the same ideas but are no less anti Christ When Marilyn Manson starts singing, “You are the church and I am the steeple, when we bleep we are all God’s people. When Davis began asking for God to save him in the song “Helmet in the Bush” would not be seen as a new conversion like his guitar player.

    There is much misconstrued in the world-when the bible equates rebellion as the sin of witchcraft, I hope some will begin to see independance from God should be seen as a bad thing. When Adam and Eve were tempted and fell-Satan never asked anyone to worship him-he just wants all of us to not worship God. Not expecting many agreeing word for word as I always try to be righteous-when it comes to music-yah I am a hypocrite and this is why most times I try to share what I know and hopefully do not sound judgmental or disparaging.

  • Monk Magoo

    The first 6 Black Sabbath albums come directly from God. They then did 2 mediocre albums after loosing their original spirit.

    Then Ozzy was fired and Dio joined, and Black Sabbath became satanic. In the satanic light of what Dio did with them, it cast all their classic material as satanic, as Dio put a different inflection and emphasis on the lyrics.

    Ozzy on his own also became satanic. Probably as a gimmick at first, but the devil took over his music.

    When Dio sang the song ‘Black Sabbath’ he did an evil laugh representing the devil, after the line ‘Satan’s sitting there he’s smiling’. When Ozzy returned as the singer, he did the same evil laugh, in the same place, even though it wasn’t part of the original version. This is because Ozzy became a satanic musician on his own.

    As far as the actual band, they can go either way.

  • JustPlainBob

    …are we on Candid Camera?

  • http://cupofwrath.com Cupofwrath.com

    Alot of Sabbth lyrics are just PROVOCATIVE. Its part of their success. They have some Christian themes, but the band certainly isn’t a Christian band. Alot of it is like saying “I’m a tortured soul trapped between good and evil”. Its just spiritually themed music.

    I find that metal expresses true Christianity better than alot of music. The bible is pretty hardcore. It presents the world as a place of evil and death and delusion and deceit. Everything is a sham, a fleeting dream, and everyone is a sinner, wallowing in their own filth, surviving on someone elses misfortune.

    It presents a pretty ugly view of human nature, that people are dead and spiritually blind and fake, and full of hypocrisy and deceit. The more power they have the more corrupt they get. The world is just a jungle like the animal world. Alot of the prophets talk about the day of Judgment coming to cleanse the world. Messiah is the way out of this cesspool, since we all have blood on our hands.

  • http://www.doommantia.com gabb346

    Have you ever heard of Doom Metal? Black Sabbath is not only the first HEAVY ROCK/HEAVY METAL BAND IN HISTORY, but also the first band to have created the idea of doom metal… and of course its “relatives”, like stoner doom metal, sludge doom metal . The song “Black Sabbath” is about being afraid, getting into a panic attack. Ozzy is filled with ultra anxiety, playing the role of Geezer (the bass player in Black Sabbath who actually dreamed that nightmare). How would you feel if you have dreamed about a black/dark figure in front of your bed, pointing at you? Well of course you would be kinda scared… And that’s not all. Geezer woke up in the middle of the night, after having that nightmare and he was still seeing that black figure in front of his bed. That’s a hallucination. It’s rumored that Geezer took some LSD around that time (you all know what LSD does to people, right? :) ) and more: Ozzy gave him this book about black magic and witchcraft and it was all written in latin. Geezer read many things in that book before he went to bed the night he had that nightmare. So… the song “black sabbath” has nothing christian in it, as you say, buddy. It’s all about getting panicked as fuck. The song “NIB” is about what Lucifer says to man, generally speaking. And yeah, I kinda agree with you on “After Forever”. It’s a song about praising god and christ and all that stuff, but it was a time when Black Sabbath were dubbed as “satanic” and the members had nothing to do with Satanism. Ozzy and Geezer however were the only ones who were JUST interested in the occult in their early days. Besides, you should listen to the song “Under the Sun” featured on Vol. 4, their fourth album. The song is about being free, about not having any god, any jesus freak or a priest/magician to save your soul or some shit. It’s about “living your life and leaving all shitheads and shit happenings behind”. So, BLACK SABBATH WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN BAND AS YOU SAID.

  • http://www.doommantia.com gabb346

    I don’t understand why are you all so hypocrite! Just because a rock band sang a song about god, like Black Sabbath sang “After Forever”, you all go stupid and retarded, saying “oh yeah, man… they’re christian rockers, going to church, praising god and making christian propaganda”. Like it or not, Black Sabbath (with Ozzy, of course) were not even religious. They weren’t satanists, they weren’t occultists (though Ozzy and Geezer were interested in the occult in the early days of Sabbath), but they sure as hell weren’t even religious, like christian or some shit. They were living their lives in the way they wanted: drinking as much alcohol as they could, smoking as much marijuana as they could, getting laid as often as they could with as much groupies as they would have, doing coke, quaaludes, lsd, magic mushrooms , amphetamines/mdma (towards the late 70s) 24/7. What’s christian/religious about that kind of lifestyle? You should have made another topic, perhaps more interesting, like: “Why Osama Bin Laden was found and killed on 1st May 2010 and not earlier or later?” That would have been more interesting and not this crap about “Yeah, man… Black Sabbath was a christian band, they were all going to the church every day, they were the most well-behaved little kids in the world of their time, praying to god and jesus every minute of the day for like 10 years”. Bullshit, man !

  • http://www.doommantia.com gabb346

    Sorry, I meant “1st May 2011″ …

  • angry christian

    i grew up listening to black sabbath and ozzy when he went solo,the music (early sabbath with ozzy only) both music types for me were brilliant,i am a christian,and anti any thing satanic,i never thought ozzy was satanic in anyway,nor sabbath,but now after reading ozzies book (i am ozzy) and doing some more research i think he is completly satanic,and sabbath obviously were,i think we all grew up around them not taking onboard the religious values of the music,we only heard from it and took what we wanted but as we grow older we want to understand the people behind the music and the lyrics that they were trying to get out there,it sort of upsets me in a way if they are a satanic group and ozzy also,that they could get away with promoting it so much!!!
    it appears they did get away with it,getting the most publicity as a satanic group,and ozzy went on solo and got away with it till this day,promoting what it the worst in this world.

    who drinks blood? it stands for everything against the holy church (bitting bats heads off)

    who writes and promotes a peadofile horrible murederous basta#d like aliester crowley??
    -ozzy

    bottom line is they did it cause they could and they got away with it.

    me as a past ozzy fan and sabbath now admit to how dumb we all can be for listening and promoting this music and not understanding what it was about,now some of us are confused and dissapointed that it could have really have been trying to promote the evil that is in our world :(

    this is the sad world we live in and it’s is a scary dark place.

    i still like the music but don’t like the people involved anymore (band members) as they clearly stood for something dark and evil that i didn’t see until now.

  • god himself

    grabb346
    your post is idiotic,YES they were satanists without a doubt,look at (who are you) for god sakes unless you are slow does these lyrics tell you anything…

    “i only have one question before my time is through,but please can you tell me in the NAME OF HELL who are you? ”

    in the name of hell?

    black sabbath and ozzy are scum lowlifes that were lucky enough to make it any way big and were also lucky enough to have some musical talent which was enhanced with modern technolagy to make it sound better along with ozzies’s vocals.any group that promote this sort of shit is scum,have they any children them selves? YES ozzy has,how would he like it if somebody kidnapped one of his daughters and done stuff that that shithead aliester crowley did to HER???

    murder,rape,scum horrible lowlifes,they should never have been alowed to get any sort of airplay
    they should have been sent to the electric chairs the whole lot of them to promote that sort of crap
    like MR crowley.

    decent people who know right from wrong are religious and believe in GOD and what’s right.

    what more can you ever expect anyway from a group of drug addicts

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  • kevin purifoy

    I was 13 when I started listening to Black Sabbath and those lyrics that encouraged keeping God in your life made a difference in me. Later in their career, I noticed a shift toward patronizing the darker side of their fans which I felt was unnecessary. Perhaps it became a personal a.t.m. machine to do so.

  • Bob E

    Sabbath are all over the map with spiritual themes. After Forever is definitely a Christian message, and written by Tony Iommi, who did a gospel album called Fused with Glenn Hughes. Into the Void has Christian themes “leave the earth to Satan and his slaves, find another world where freedom reigns.” War Pigs depicts corrupt leaders standing before God in judgment for their sins. Lord of This World is from the devil’s perspective, but it points out that people are foolish, turning to him in life without realizing that they’ll have to pay for it in death and the afterlife. Sabotage has renunciations of evil and messages of love, possibly from a higher power.

    At the same time N.I.B. says, “my name is Lucifer come take my hand.” Someone’s being invited to follow the devil in that one. Under the Sun tells clergy and sorcerers alike to stay away. The lyricist just wants to be left alone at this point.

    Are they Christian? I really don’t know. I hope they know God. It’s only been positive for me to know that I’m loved and forgiven and that I have help to face life’s trials. Some of their lyrics point to God–many of them in fact. A very few (N.I.B.) depict the devil in a postive light, (some seem to encourage drug use (sweet leaf, snow-blind), some seem to discourage drug-use (hand of doom) and many others songs are about anything from bad contracts to space flight.

    When I was a Wiccan, drug-user, I gravitated towards N.I.B. and Sweet Leaf. Now that I’m a Christian and clean and sober, I prefer After Forever, Into the Void, Symptom of the Universe and the like. I also hope Ozzy doesn’t think that the hate literature you read from religious sources is an accurate reflection of God’s heart. God is love, the Bible tells us. We’re encouraged to trust in what Jesus did on the cross to receive his love, his forgiveness and his help to be loving people. That’s it. You can rock hard while doing all of that.

  • karl peterson

    Finaly a man show that a rock band can rock and also can be religious i think lots of the band who are in tv satanics are in real religious

  • Dave

    Ozzy has changed throgh the time like many other rock n’ roll icons, if don’t believe listen to songs like “Iron Man” and “Mister Crowley”
    Also you better know who is Ozzy’s best friend…. yes Marilyn Manson!!

  • Barry

    If Black Sabbath was a Christian or Devil promoter, they really suck at it. Geezer’s was probably grasping for lyrics because of the time crunch they had of making records. They probably all had a good laugh at and shook their head at Geezer’s lyrics. Tony probably said , hey look I am great guitar player I don’t care what you write just let me play guitar. Just go it because we have too cut the song tomorrow. Bill and Ozzy were too stoned and drunk to really care what was written, they wanted to sing and play drums without getting fire. For me , I was attracted to Tony’s guitar playing and Geezer bass playing not their lyrics. Black Sabbath were musicians that had very bad promoters. The crime here they could have make better albums if they were not too rush and too stoned.

  • Randall Carano

    What about the track N.I.B. ? That song is from the perspective of Lucifer. How is that Christian?

  • CoosCoos

    Time to bring this debate into its 8th year. :)

  • PatVulture

    The lyrics to Under The Sun clearly point them in at least a secular area. Ozzy is very much expressing that he has no desire to worship anything but himself(which is also one of the facets of Satanism, but I won’t get into that just yet).

    Under The Sun
    Well, I don’t want no Jesus freak to
    Tell me what it’s all about
    No black magician telling me
    To cut my soul out
    Don’t believe in violence
    I don’t even believe in me
    I’ve opened the door
    And my mind has been released

    Well I don’t want no preacher
    Telling me about the god in the sky
    No I don’t want no one to tell me
    Where I’m gonna go when I die
    I want to live my life, I don’t want
    People telling me what to do
    I just believe in myself
    ’cause no one else is true

    Every day just comes and goes
    Life is one big overdose
    People try to ruin me
    And I can’t seem to eliminate them

    People riding their real pace
    Keep on running their rat race
    The ante is risen once a week
    In their world of make-believe

    So believe what I tell you
    It’s the only way to fight in the end
    Just believe what I tell you
    You shouldn’t have to pretend
    So don’t let those empty people
    Try and interfere with your mind
    Go and live your life
    And leave them all behind

    Not to mention the album covers(Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Born Again, the title of which is clearly mocking the jesus freaks). I will admit that the lyrics to Aftr Forever and Lord of This World seem to point them in a Christian direction, but they are also cryptic enough that it isn’t specified. I think of them more as musings about what happens after we die, which any human being has pondered at least once in his or her life. I would say, no, they aren’t Christian to much degree. I think they used the imagery almost against them.

  • DaNKaN

    Dudes, this thread is wicked… I just googled for some christian rock n’ roll and this is what I find, “Black Sabbath, the first Christian rock band”… Gave me a good laugh.

    Well… Long story short… I’ve grown up in a Christian family (the true Christian beliver type, Jesus died for our sins) and in my late teens (about the age the Black Sabbath guys released the first record) I started smokin’ pot (WOHOO) and drifted away further and further from the truth.

    The thing is, a lot of inputs above during the years, a lot of people call them self Christians and mention God. But, where’s Jesus ? ?

    Jesus is what Christianity is about! The CORE!

    Not the !#¤# pope , not any church ( not that a good church is something bad, but as the word says, look out for false prechers/teachers ), not rituals, not givin’ your life up and livin’ a boring life!

    When you realise this, there is no doubt in your HEART that Black Sabbath has never been Christians.
    Also, it should be enough to read a couple of pages of Ozzy’s book… Sick shit but quite entertaining….

    So, cheers and Jesus loves you!
    Open your hearts and let Him in.
    He’s knockin’!

    <3

  • john

    part of ozzy’s latest lyrics from his new song “God is Dead” from new album:

    Nowhere to run
    Nowhere to hide
    Wondering if we will meet again on the other side
    Can you believe a word?
    What the good book said?
    Or is it just a holy fairytale and God is dead?
    God is dead
    God is dead
    God is dead
    God is dead
    Right!

  • Darrell

    Like most groups back in the 60s and 70s, the occult and general rebellion against authority worldly or otherwise, was a common theme running through their music and image. The Rolling Stones and Zeppelin for example. Sabbath simply took it to the extreme of their day. Were they occultists? I think they clearly flirted with it. Iommi, certainly. I think it was more of a gimmick to Ozzy than anything else. Does that mean they did not believe in God? Probably not. But believing in God doesn’t make you a Christian.I don’t think Christianity or Satanism meant much to them either way.
    Clearly Sabbath rode the occult/Satanism track for awhile. It was part of their image and their nonchalance towards anything religious.

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned ‘Who Are You?’ for overtly anti-God themes. This song scared the crap out of me when I was a young kid.

  • Adam

    I must correct something here. For one thing, the song is entitled “God Is Dead?,” not “God Is Dead.” Also, the lyrics that were posted don’t come close to reflecting the meaning of the song; Ozzy clearly states, over and over, in other parts of the song, that he doesn’t believe God is dead, but that others are telling him it is so. When it comes to songs about Satan, most of them reflect the horrific nature of Satan; they certainly don’t embrace it. N.I.B. is about falling in love with evil and how it holds a power over you that you can’t escape. The song Black Sabbath highlights the horrors of Hell. Under the Sun’s lyrics state that they don’t want any Jesus freaks, many of whom practice hate speech, telling them what to do; they don’t want people telling them how to act or what to believe, because they already follow their hearts, their own paths, and that’s good enough for them. The theme of many of their songs is about how love is what matters, not how people live their lives. If anything, their lyrics tend to reflect Christianity in its truest, non-perverted sense: Love without judgment or hate.

    • http://dadsbigplan.com Joseph Pack

      Adam,you totally nailed it. I just found this post this morning. Quite interesting and entertaining. I’ve been a Sabbath freak since the 1st time I heard “War Pigs” in my friend’s bedroom on a cheesy cassette player around 1971 or so when I was around 13 years old. It was like nothing I had ever heard.(And the malevolent power of the song still holds up,all these years later!) I never ever considered Sabbath truly satanic,I thought they were delving into a lot of the occultish and spiritual themes that many bands of the time seemed to be exploring,whether out of genuine searching or just to be provocative. It was kinda trendy. Yes,they did a lot of mentioning of evil,the devil,and all sorts of negative occurances. But,such is the world we live in. They were just stating the obvious,not that they approved of the direction in which it was headed. They kinda seemed to me like wounded hippies who in spite of it all still believed in peace and love however futile. Which seems kinda Christian to me,after all !

  • EastSideArcanum

    Chiming in on an old post here, but The Wizard has always struck me as a song about Jesus. There’s debate, of course, but give it a listen and you’ll see it makes perfect sense in that light.

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