Skip to comments.Swedish metal heads get ready to rock for Jesus
Posted on 06/12/2009 2:28:39 PM PDT by WesternCulture
God-fearing heavy metal fans in Sweden now have a place to go to bang their heads and worship Jesus at the same time.
The church was formed from an ever-expanding network of Christians who love hard rock and want to see the metal world transformed by Gods power, according to a statement by the churchs founders.
We want to be a safe-haven for Christian hard rockers where they can feel at home and grow spiritually, and where newly-converted hard rockers can develop their faith and be protected, said the group.
The idea for Sweden's Metal Sanctuary came to life following a 2003 trip to the United States by hard rock pastor Göran Jacobson, who hails from Norrköping in eastern Sweden.
During the visit, Jacobson stumbled upon a metal church outside of Los Angeles
The psalm singing was great, there were distorted guitars, double bass drums it was just rocking and I just I was blown away, like they say over there. I almost fell over backwards, Jacobson told Sveriges Radio (SR).
Currently, the Metal Sanctuary lacks a permanent physical sanctuary in Sweden. Instead members meet in small groups at peoples homes, which are spread around the country.
But the group hopes to eventually secure a permanent location where it can stage hard rock church services.
We have a place here in town which would work pretty well, with four chimneys and that people refer to as a church. I think it would be a great place for a metal mass, said Jacobson to SR.
We could put up black curtains, have a metal band lead the singing and instead of an organ wed have a distorted guitar, bass, and drums and a gravely-voiced singer.
A big part of Metal Sanctuarys mission is to spread the Metal Bible to secular metal heads, something which they did at the recent Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden, and plan to repeat at other similar festivals and metal shows.
The Metal Bible is a special edition of the Bible for metal fans which contains the New Testament and testimonials from metal heads in which they discuss the importance of God and the Bible in their lives.
According to the Metal Bibles website, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden and Tommy Aldridge of Whitesnake are among the contributors to the book, which has sold around 40,000 copies in Swedish.
An English version of the Metal Bible has been completed and is due to be released in the autumn of 2009.
Also planned for the autumn is Metal Prayers Day 2009, a September 19th event to be held in Kumla in central Sweden and which the Metal Sanctuary claims will make Swedish church history.
Plans call for a day filled with focused prayer, songs of praise led by heavy metal bands, as well as Bible lessons.
We encourage prayer warriors, pastors and spiritual leaders, and everyone else interested in bringing about a religious revival in the metal world to unite with us on this day, said Metal Sanctuary.
Nothing like it has ever happened before in Sweden.
This is happening in the birthplace of black metal?
Scandinavian metal actually praising Christianity, I’ll believe it when I hear it.
Rock On Sweden, thanks for your support! Jesus Saves!!!
Oh, Zot! Don’t let my son hear about this! He’s already lousing up our funk Mariachi music with his Electric Mayhem drumming ... this would just encourage him.
That’s Norway, THE BIRTHPLACE OF BLACK METAL!
OK - what’s with the sudden popularity of Nordic Metal recently? It won Eurovision last year - The other day somebody gave me a CD of Nordic Metal covers of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel (which was surreal to say the least) - It’s made some appearances on American Idol - and stuff like this.
It’s striking some vibe someplace that I’m totally missing.
“Scandinavian metal actually praising Christianity, Ill believe it when I hear it.”
- You rely on your sense of HEARING?
You are definitely not a true fan of rock’n’roll:)
About Sweden Rock Festival:
Hank: "You people aren't making Christianity any better, you're just making rock n' roll worse!"
“This is happening in the birthplace of black metal?”
- Newcastle upon Tyne is a Swedish city?
Venom were just a bad British metal band.
Forget those... Abba was the last group I cared to hear from Sweden.
Hand of Sorrow
Our Solemn Hour
Truth Beneath the Rose
The best symphonic metal has always had the morality right, without it the depth simply isn't there.
As for heavy Metal Christian Death Rock? Charles Wesley used to sit outside the English pubs listening to the music being sung in there, then he'd go and make Christian lyrics to them. That was his way to bring the Gospel to folks who most desperately needed to hear it. As followers of Jesus Christ, we're in enemy-occupied territory and sometimes, it's best to use Guerilla warfare.
Possibly because of Dethklok, from the Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse.
I rather like Opeth, but I guess “progressive death metal” isn’t for everyone...
Within Temptation ROCKS.
My favorite Swedish death metal band is ABBA. Agnetha did a mean tremolo picking with complex palm muted “blast picking”.
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