In 1988, satanic panic was in full swing in the United States. Amid the hysteria, many church ministries and Christian groups argued that rock and metal music was a window into Satanism for fans consuming the tunes, especially young people.
TV evangelist Blaine Bartel and the Christian youth program he hosted at the time, Fire by Nite, were only a religious media source aimed at discouraging children’s listening to “satanic” rock and metal and educating parents about the alleged threat. In the second part of an August 1988 Fire by Nite Episode titled “Satanism Unmasked,” Bartel singled out Dio, Slayer and other groups, claiming that through “the devil’s use of media” they were part of the “main reason Satanism is so appealing. For listeners.
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âRock music and heavy metal music have caught the ear of this generation of young people,â Bartel said in one segment. “And believe me, they listen and they learn.”
Presenting the cover art of several then contemporary metal albums, Bartel insists that the devil uses “rock, metal and secular heavy metal” to influence the youth.
âLook at some albums that I brought here,â he says. “Dio, you can see here it’s called Sacred diver. This group on the cover here has an image of a demon-like figure swinging a chain and drowning a priest, and of course that represents Satan’s attempt to destroy God. “
Hold that of the Slayer Show no mercy, he calls them a “very popular group among satanist groups. You can see the inverted pentagram there, which is characteristic of satanic worship, and also the goat head, a lot of satanic symbolism there.”
Bartel also names the English metal band Venom and the Texan punk band MDC. Other Christian programs of the day made similar claims about Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, and others.
See Bartel discussing metal albums at 5:01 PM below.
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