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post Dec 11 2010, 02:02 PM
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Using religious names for bands and songs. Many have done it, some have drawn negative attention with it and others more positive. Who succeeded and who didn't?

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post Dec 11 2010, 02:31 PM
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post Dec 11 2010, 05:44 PM
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post Dec 11 2010, 05:58 PM
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post Dec 11 2010, 06:31 PM
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Hmm, good question..

Rotting Christ ?
Deicide (Means the murder of a God - Does that count ?)

I think it's fair to say they've drawn a lot of negative attention from religious groups etc.. but I don't think it's harmed their careers.
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post Dec 11 2010, 07:00 PM
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Does Nazareth count? Lamb of God used to be called Burn the Priest. I remember they were banned from playing at a venue in my home state of Massachusetts because that venue was owned by a Christian fundamentalist. This was after they changed their name, but apparently people hold grudges wacko.gif

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post Dec 11 2010, 07:20 PM
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How about my old band "GNOSTIC"? (I played lead on their first Demo) Which featured the drummer from, wait for it "ATHEIST". I kid you not.

GNOSTIC comes from the word GNOSIS meaning Knowledge. (different from Agnostic meaning "without knowledge" of God. as in the band Agnostic Front)

Religious names and themes show up a ton in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and for good reason. They carry wads of cultural baggage that can act as a sort of referential shorthand. If you see a band called "Apocolypse" it automatically draws on meaning and ideas that are well known and saves the band from having to establish it before hand. If the same band was called "Jacobs Ladder" or "Arch Angel" the immediate perception of what they are about would way different even though both could have to do with the same thing.

In short I think it's a handy device for songs/bands whatever to convey a great deal of meaning in minimum amount of communication. So much religious iconography and lore is simply ingrained in us that it's hard for it not to carry some sort of meaning. It's hard not to feel somehow connected to religious symbology/iconography etc. so there is an immediate familiarity there which can be played with or against. E.g. Cross pointed up Inverted Cross. Such things make great narrative devices and music at it's best always tells a story.

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post Dec 11 2010, 07:57 PM
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I'm a Christian. I know of some bands that I listen to who have given their bands names for the reason of getting positive effects. Of course, they appeal to others who are Christians.

Casting Crowns - Some believe they when we get to heaven, we will cast our crowns (rewards) before God in honor because it is all His anyway. I'm not for certain; the Bible isn't very clear on that. It's mentioned in Revelation. I think it's possible.
Third Day - Jesus, the Christ, rose on the third day to prove death had no victory over Him.
33 Miles - This represents the 33 years Jesus was here on the earth during His ministry.

These are off the top of my head. I know there's many more. smile.gif
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there's a guitarist that uses a religious name . "John 5" cool.gif

Edit ; john 5 is the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

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