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What with its dabbling in Satanic imagery and death, you could be forgiven for thinking that most metal was for atheists (or hell-bound heathens) - but why should the devil get all the best tunes?
God-fearing Christian metal generally isn’t as heavy, opting for the sort of melodic stadium-filling riffs associated with arena rock and hair metal. And lyrically, as you might guess, there’s much less blood than elsewhere in metal - and a lot more God.
Christian metal broke through in the '80s with Stryper blazing the trail. However, it has remained consistently popular and has populated a number of its own sub-genres, including ‘unblack’ metal, a response to black metal, the darkest of all metal.
They kick-started the Christian metal movement and sound a lot like Van Halen and Poison, but with a more 'positive' message.
Managing to mention hell and the devil in an album title while sticking to the path of the righteous is rather clever.
Listen to that shredding - there’s no doubt that this is metal but this is one tune that isn’t going to the Devil.