The Satanic Influence of Rock and Roll
By: John Seiler
Summary: Rock, especially its "backbeat" rhythm, promotes
rebellion, perversion and satanism.
Keywords: Satanic, Satan, Devil, Rock and Roll, Rock Music, Rock
'n Roll, Rock & Roll, Rhythm, Backbeat, Rebellion
For one week, do all you can to avoid rock music. It's
everywhere: radio, TV, movies. So you'll have to make
an effort. And don't worry if some fool drives by
blasting his ears, and yours, with rock or rap from
his car. Just move away.
listen to classical or traditional music, including
church music (but not "Christian rock"). I guarantee
that, after that week, you'll feel much better and
think better and, especially, your soul will be
has been known. Plato condemned rhythms "expressive of
meanness, or insolence, or fury, or other
unworthiness" and contrasted them with "the expression
of opposite feelings," which are good. He said,
"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any
other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into
the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily
fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him
who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is
Shakespeare agreed: "The man that hath no music in
Nor is not
moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for
treasons, stratagems, and spoils;
The motions of
his spirit are dull as night,
affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music."
sweet sounds," of course, is the opposite of the
screeching and wailing of rock and roll. But the worst
of rock and roll, as Plato surely would have
understood, is its rhythm. In good music, the emphasis
is on the first "beat," but in rock, it's on the
second, or "backbeat." That completely upsets the
natural rhythm of the human heart.
experiments show rock music kills plants. Writing in
"The Secret Power of Music," David Tame explained, "An
intensive series of studies carried out by Dorothy
Retallack of Denver, Colorado, demonstrated the
effects of different kinds of music on a variety of
household plants. The experiments were controlled
under strict scientific conditions, and the plants
were kept within large closed cabinets on wheels in
which light, temperature and air were automatically
regulated. Three hours a day of acid rock, played
through a loudspeaker at the side of the cabinet, was
found to stunt and damage squash plants, philodendrons
and corn in under four weeks. Mrs. Retallack played
the music of the two different Denver radio stations
to two groups of petunias. The radio stations were
KIMN (a rock station) and KLIR (a semi-classical
station). The Denver Post reported:
petunias listening to KIMN refused to bloom. Those on
KLIR developed six beautiful blooms. By the end of the
second week, the KIMN petunias were LEANING AWAY from
the radio and showing very erratic growth. The petunia
blooms hearing KLIR were all leaning TOWARD THE SOUND.
Within a month all plants exposed to rock music
of rhythm is important because 'Christian rock' uses
good words, such as hymns to
Jesus, but with the
horrible rock rhythm. So the rhythm destroys the
words' meaning! As Fr. Jean-Paul Regimbal warned of
rock concerts, "The erratically stimulating pulsation
of the beat adds to its enveloping effect an
irritating sound that by its nature provokes a nervous
overheated reaction, an uncontrollable tension and
frustration, and an irrepressible need for liberation.
It must at all costs create a climate of high tension
for the listener to immediately experience strong
sensations that seek a spontaneous release...
amplifiers permit the desired effect when the
percussion instruments in full power explode on the
senses of the defenseless listener: drums, cymbals,
trumpets, strident screams, electronic synthesizers,
everything is orchestrated for a final assault on the
is to wrap and immerse the audience in a raging ocean
sound. This is just the start of hard rock, which
drowns the audience in a ritual of sex, perversion and
to the deadly rhythms, the
satanic content of rock and
roll also is clear. If you notice carefully, even some
of the most famous rock groups use "satan" and "devil"
in the titles and lyrics of their albums and songs; or
put satanic pictures on their album covers.
motif is what's called "antinomianism" - a satanic
belief that there are no laws (nomos in Greek), so you
can do whatever you want to.
In "Gods of
Wasteland," Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant,
detailed the satanic influence of rock and roll.
Himself a former fan of rock, one reviewer described
how in the book "he establishes the rock connections:
with drugs, sex, violence, Communism, and Satanism."
Internet bulletin board, one woman wrote of the
"I recently read this. Now, to get family members to
listen. I have six younger children still at home. If
Dad listens to rock on the van radio, they come in
from the trip yelling, fighting, and yes, even
headachy and car sick. As soon as I put on classical,
everyone calms. It takes no more than 5 minutes, I kid
you not, for the children to calm."
classical and religious music available free now from
radio stations and the Internet, it's easy to listen
to the greatest, holiest music all the time. Just
about any classical composition now is free on
YouTube: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and other greats. Try
listening to just good music for a week - no rock -
and your life will be uplifted from the swamp of
John Seiler wrote editorials for The Orange County Register for 29
years. He now writes freelance. Email: writejohnseiler(at)gmail(dot)com
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