We’re huge Metal fans and we can confirm that there are no other musical genre that can claim a connection to evil like heavy metal. Whether it’s a brutal Satanic death metal band, a church-burning Norwegian black metal band, or a Mexican gang of Devil-worshiping drug lords. We decided to scour the darkest depths of the internet in search of the most badass satanic metal bands ever.
One would think creating such a list would be an easy task, but make no mistake there were plenty to choose from. This is our Top 10 Most Satanic Metal Bands:
This American death metal band was formed in 1987 in Tampa, Florida, and from the onslaught was a musical homage to Satan, offering up a confrontational, overtly Satanic attack against Christianity with each album and live show. The band’s name literally means the killing of God—so there’s that. Founding member, bassist and vocalist Glen Benton’s throat is consistently deep and demonic while his lyrics are blasphemous. It is no shock that the band stirs up controversy among many fundamentalist Christian groups with albums titles like Once Upon the Cross, Serpents of the Light, In Torment In Hell and To Hell With God.
Early in the band’s career, Deicide was hounded by Church protests, animal rights groups who alleged animal torture, and even several lawsuits alleging the music influenced suicide, crime, and even murder. After over a quarter of a Century of hellish death metal, the band is promoting its 11th studio album, entitled In the Minds of Evil. This is one extreme metal band that will slow down when Hell freezes over. Deicide is in the top three highest selling death metal bands of all time, (along with Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel). After all these years these guys are on top of their game and still sound evil as hell.
Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. Formed in 1992 by Infernus, the band is named after the dead plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor. There’s a loud voice echoing throughout the metal-verse proclaiming that these guys are a bunch of posers. All we know is they’ve done some pretty bad shit and their concerts are disturbing as hell. Also, they have lead vocalist Gaahl, which is famous or this clip:
Formed in 1984 in Norway, Mayhem’s hellish sound and violent lifestyle still serves as the epitome of true Norwegian black metal. The band have gone through countless lineup changes since their dark inception, initially inspired by the likes of Slayer, Celtic Frost, Venom, Judas Priest and Motorhead. But as time went on the music became faster, darker, more violent and grim, with depressing, macabre and even Satanic themes and lyrics focused on death and the occult. The band’s original singer, ‘Dead’ committed suicide by blowing his brains out with a shotgun in 1991.
Shortly after this, more violence ensued around the band, including original bass player Varg Vikernes (Burzum) who committed a spree of church arsons, to proclaim his hatred for Christianity; and the eventual murder of Euronymous, by Vikernes in 1993, just before the release of the Mayhem’s quintessential album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, a Latin phrase meaning Lord Satan’s Mysterious Secret Rites. The record came out in 1994, when Vikernes was sentenced for the murder of Euronymous. The album also eerily contains lyrics written by Dead before his suicide, and the last songs recorded by Euronymous before he was killed.
Almost 20 years after the literal mayhem, Mayhem the band has survived the first decade of the 21sts Century, and currently features most of the original members. The band’s performances have in the recent past included blood, knives, and even pig’s heads on metal spikes.
In 1998, Acheron was formed by Reverend Vincent Crowley in Tampa, Florida. These guys are probably the most legit of them all considering their ties to Dr. LaVey (writer of the Satanic bible). He joined forces together with Peter H. Gilmore, Magister of the Church of Satan. They released their first demon, “Messe Noir” as a limited edition 7-inch record, with only 666 copies. In 1991 they switched record labels and produced their first full length album “Rites of the Black Mass”. It was music that included the Black mass texts from the Satanic Bible with excellent Gothic styled intros and guitar solos. In 1994, Dr. LaVey appointed Crowley to the Church of Satan priesthood. Crowley was later promoted to the rank of Magister
Taking the band name from an ancient Babylonian God, Marduk is a black metal band from Sweden formed in 1990. The band’s musical themes include religious and philosophical Satanism, anti-Christianity, and a dark look into the past, including brutal memories of World War II and atrocities committed by The Third Reich. A few choice song titles include “Jesus Christ Sodomized,” “Death Sex Ejaculation,” “Burn My Coffin,” “Blessed Unholy,” and ‘With Satan and “Victorious Weapons.” Due to the prominent theme of World War II, many have accused the band of being racist, anti-Semitic and even National Socialist, but the band members have insisted Marduk has no political agenda, but uses the history of Fascist Germany for artistic purposes and music only.
Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums and 2 EPs . Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. Ghost gained mainstream success in 2015 with the release of their 3rd album, Meliora, which won them a Grammy. They are considered by their fans to be of true embodiments of the Lord Lucifer’s unholy labour. Lyrics such as “Come together as one, for Lucifer’s son.” and “Hail Satan, Archangelo! ” shape the way through their catchy, laid back metal and charmingly evil lyrics.
7. Dark Funeral
Emerging from Sweden in the early ’90s, Dark Funeral is in the same league as contemporaries Gorgoroth and Marduk. The band came to fruition just at peak of the Norwegian black metal explosion in Norway, which was a time when the grim music matched a masochistic and violent lifestyle of black metal artists: murders, church burnings, Satanism, self-mutilation, suicide, drug abuse and even in some cases homophobia and racism.
Dark Funeral’s music focuses more on literal depictions of the underworld, Hell and End Times in their albums, which include many symphonic, nocturnal, and symphonic black metal hymns dedicated towards hatred, misanthropy, devil worship and the black arts. Dark Funeral’s sound is agonizing yet melodic, beautiful yet destructive; and is best experienced in the live setting, with shows often consisting of corpse paint, blood, fire breathing, pentagrams, leather and spikes.
NUNSLAUGHTER is an American death metal band from Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , which was established in since 1987. NunSlaughter’s style was described as a brutal death / thrash metal as well as a violent, dark US death metal, which the band had pursued from the outset, without fading or approaching trends. The style is typical US-American; comparing with Acheron.
They are one of the most infamous bands of the black metal scene. Burzum was created by Varg Vikernes, in 1991 in Bergen, Norway. In 1993, Burzum became famous for something more than their dark music style. The lead singer, Varg was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his bandmate and guitarist Ãystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. Varg was also convicted and tried for the arson of churches in Norway. Not wanting to be held back by this Varg also recorded two albums while he was imprisoned:
The music of Burzum often involves mythic, pagan and anti-christian themes. Later they became associated with “Satanism”.
Long known as a cult band, and rumored to be made up of actual Mexican Satanic Drug Lords, or members of bands like Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Carcass, Faith No More, Dead Kennedys, Terrorizer and others, the legendary Brujeria create some of the most sinful, wicked music known to mankind, even if you don’t understand of word of Spanish. The music speaks for itself: grinding guitars, a bit of times groovy death metal, lyrics sung all in Spanish. Brujeria, translates in English to “Witchcraft,” and as a band is known for such shocking musical tales as “Narcos Satanicos”(Satanic Drug-Dealers), “Molestando Ninos Muertos” (Molesting Dead Children) “Almas de Venta”(Souls for Sale), or “Sesos Humanos Sacrificio” (Human Brain Sacrafice) among many others.
The band’s most infamous album is 1993’s Matando Gueros(Killing Whiteboys) which featured a real life picture of a man’s decapitated, rotting head on the cover. This led the FBI to question band members on how they obtained the gruesome photo.