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Metal Band or the Bible?

Can you tell the Word of God from the Gods of Metal?

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Despite 40 years of incessant battling between conservative Christian groups and iconoclastic metal bands looking to piss them off, the two are closer bedfellows than either would like to admit. Both have talked/sang frequently about God, the Devil, Armageddon and other topics of Biblical relevance. See if you can spot which lines are from the Good Book and which have been spewed by metal masters.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Feel thy name extermination/Desecrating, hail of fire/So we cross that line/Into the crypt

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Metal Band!

Metallica sang about "My Apocalypse" on their 2008 album Death Magnetic.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Leave your lifeless corpses/Piled on top of your lifeless idols/And I will despise you

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Leviticus 26:30

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Metal Band or the Bible?

I'll strip your pride/I'll spread your blood around/Your face is scarred with steel/Wounds deep and neat

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Metal Band!

Influential British metal band Diamond Head threatened you with this lyric from 1980's "Am I Evil."

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Metal Band or the Bible?

When you run to your towns for safety/I will send a plague to destroy you there/You will eat the flesh/Of your own sons and daughters

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Leviticus 26:25, 29

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Father to the fatherless/Defender of widows

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Psalms 68:5

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Metal Band or the Bible?

We are defenders of the faith

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Metal Band!

Judas Priest yelled this, and only this, on the title track to their 1984 album Defenders of the Faith.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

It's desecration of souls in their holy lair/Copulation in the night/Two shadows upon a grave/Screams of pleasure with screams of pain

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Metal Band!

1980s Danish metal band and Metallica influencers Mercyful Fate screamed this on "Desecration of Souls" from 1984's Don't Break the Oath.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

I saw a beast rising up out of the sea/It had seven heads and ten horns/With ten crowns on its horns

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Revelation 13:1

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Metal Band or the Bible?

It is time to judge the dead/And reward your servants the prophets/It is time to destroy all/Who have caused destruction on the Earth

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Revelation 11:18

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Your choice's up then/how many sins can be yours/At my kingdom's final choice

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Metal Band!

'80s metal band Grim Reaper sang this one on "See You in Hell," the title track from their 1984 album of the same name.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Pray for solace/Pray for resolve/Pray for a savior/Pray for deliverance

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Metal Band!

Virginia metal band Lamb of God screamed this on 2006's "Walk With Me In Hell."

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Metal Band or the Bible?

I will bring sudden terrors upon you/Wasting diseases and burning fevers/That will cause your eyes to fail/And your life to ebb away

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Leviticus 26:16

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Conquest of flesh has condemned you to death/Destroy the trust of the congregation/Faith insincere leaving wounds that won't mend

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Metal Band!

Death metal band Deicide cookie monstered this one on "Conquered By Sodom" from 2004's Scars of the Crucifix.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

I am the Alpha and the Omega/The beginning and the end/I am the one who is, who always was/And who is still to come

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Revelation 1:8

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Walk with me, you'll never leave/Wait to see your spirit free/Tell me how your heart's in need

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Metal Band!

Swedish prog-metal band Opeth used this on the title track to their 2001 album Deliverance.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Come and eat the flesh of kings/Generals and strong warriors/Of horses and their riders/And of all humanity/Both free and slave/Small and great

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Revelation 19:18

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Metal Band or the Bible?

The warriors gather slowly around/The sacred city, Hell/Satan screams a vengeance/On the land as the angels fell

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Metal Band!

British metal band Venom's 20-minute opus "At War With Satan" appeared on the 1984 album of the same name.

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Metal Band or the Bible?

Continue through the skein of boughs/Navigate to keep you straight on track/Make the right ramification-turns/Conceit will be your allied guide

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Metal Band!

Swedish metal band Meshuggah gave these friendly suggestions on 1998's "Corridor of Chameleons."

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Metal Band or the Bible?

They are deceitful workers/Who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ/But I am not surprised!/Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Corinthians 2:11

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Metal Band or the Bible?

He seized the dragon/That old serpent/Who is the devil, Satan/And bound him in chains for a thousand years

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Bible Verse!

Happy Priest With the Bible
David Freund

                                                                 Revelation 20:2

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