I’m sure we’re all pretty familiar with Satan in the world of rock and metal music, and the classic Christian whining about rock and roll, but have you ever noticed that most depictions of Satan in the world of music are based on the Christian understanding, and most of it has little to do with Satanism. Almost all rock songs refer to Satan in a Christian manner, even if it’s not drawn out it’s the same context (lord of evil and all that stuff).
It’s more obvious in heavy metal, Satan depicted lyrically and visually with much of the same cues present in Christian lore, or in a manner that has more to do with reverse Christianity than Satanism. Many bands (too many to name) have used Satan, devil worship, blasphemy, (to be separated from genuine Satanism), and associated imagery for the purposes of entertainment or shock value. For all you know, many of them were probably either Christian or anything else other than Satanist. This is taken to eleven in black metal and death metal, where gore and evil usually take the high seat for the sake of it and anything satanic is usually just Christianity on the dark side. Even Mercyful Fate, whose lead singer (King Diamond) was an actual Satanist, writes songs about Satan and devil worship based on Christian horror storytelling, though it is for the sake of telling an interesting story, and Mercyful Fate has a history of writing songs that are, at heart, horror storytelling. There are bands or songs that write about Satan in a different manner, and about actual Satanism, but these are not easy to come by. Then we have The Electric Hellfire Club, writes about both devil worship in its classic form and actual Satanism, not to mention their lead singer (Thomas Thorn) is an actual Satanist.
That being said, it’s hard now for me to understand why Christians complain about Satan being written about in rock and roll because, for all they know, it may as well be mostly Christians writing the songs (though not always), and they’re singing about Satan from the Christian point of view. Too bad most Christians didn’t get this in the 80’s, and I doubt they do today.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for actual Satanism or the occult, don’t bet on rock and roll, or at least the lyrics.