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Swedish metal heads get ready to rock for Jesus
www.thelocal.se ^ | 06/12/2009 | David Landes

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 God’s power,” according to a statement by the church’s 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 people’s 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 we’d have a distorted guitar, bass, and drums and a gravely-voiced singer.”

A big part of Metal Sanctuary’s 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 Bible’s 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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: christianity; faithandphilosophy; heavymetal; la; losangeles; music; religion; rock; rocknroll; sweden

1 posted on 06/12/2009 2:28:39 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

This is happening in the birthplace of black metal?


2 posted on 06/12/2009 2:31:24 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: WesternCulture

Scandinavian metal actually praising Christianity, I’ll believe it when I hear it.


3 posted on 06/12/2009 2:31:34 PM PDT by John Will
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To: WesternCulture

Rock On Sweden, thanks for your support! Jesus Saves!!!

Aeon’s Promise


4 posted on 06/12/2009 2:31:35 PM PDT by aeonspromise
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To: WesternCulture

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.


5 posted on 06/12/2009 2:33:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I just had a baby, so I may not respond to your post. Nothing personal.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

That’s Norway, THE BIRTHPLACE OF BLACK METAL!


6 posted on 06/12/2009 2:34:04 PM PDT by John Will
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To: WesternCulture

Sweet


7 posted on 06/12/2009 2:36:19 PM PDT by svcw
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To: WesternCulture

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.


8 posted on 06/12/2009 2:36:40 PM PDT by TomOnTheRun
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To: John Will

“Scandinavian metal actually praising Christianity, I’ll 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:

http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?lg=2&pg=1&pr=0


9 posted on 06/12/2009 2:37:42 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture; Revolting cat!; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; ...
(In response to a young Christian rock singer who said, "Hey man, Jesus had long hair!")
Hank: "That's because I'm not His father."

Hank: "You people aren't making Christianity any better, you're just making rock n' roll worse!"

10 posted on 06/12/2009 2:38:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: John Will
Oh, yeah, that's right. Sweden is famous for death metal. And cheesy synth-pop.

And Europe.


11 posted on 06/12/2009 2:38:51 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

“This is happening in the birthplace of black metal?”

- Newcastle upon Tyne is a Swedish city?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venom_(band)


12 posted on 06/12/2009 2:40:39 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Venom were just a bad British metal band.


13 posted on 06/12/2009 2:41:53 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Oh, yeah, that's right. Sweden is famous for death metal. And cheesy synth-pop.

Forget those... Abba was the last group I cared to hear from Sweden.

14 posted on 06/12/2009 2:45:08 PM PDT by LowOiL (Tagline: Optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: John Will
Within Temptation -

Hand of Sorrow
Our Solemn Hour
Truth Beneath the Rose
The Cross

The best symphonic metal has always had the morality right, without it the depth simply isn't there.

15 posted on 06/12/2009 2:45:25 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: WesternCulture
I hope this is the awakening of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Western Europe. Most western Europeans I've know have this "I don't care what you believe, as long as you believe" attitude. I'm thinking that maybe the Muslims may have "modified" that attitude somewhat.

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.

16 posted on 06/12/2009 2:47:07 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: TomOnTheRun

Possibly because of Dethklok, from the Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse.


17 posted on 06/12/2009 2:47:45 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: LowOiL

I rather like Opeth, but I guess “progressive death metal” isn’t for everyone...


18 posted on 06/12/2009 2:47:48 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: JasonC

Within Temptation ROCKS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqRn0rLq1c


19 posted on 06/12/2009 2:48:47 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: WesternCulture

My favorite Swedish death metal band is ABBA. Agnetha did a mean tremolo picking with complex palm muted “blast picking”.


20 posted on 06/12/2009 2:51:48 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Mr. Blond

OK. Wow. Thank you for the leads. A few minutes with Google has been extremely instructive. The Nordic Metal movement is much nerdier than I would have guessed.


21 posted on 06/12/2009 2:53:08 PM PDT by TomOnTheRun
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To: JasonC

I’m a huge Within Temptation fan. Absolutely love ‘em.

It’s only logical that Scandinavian Christians, who grew up on bands like Arch Enemy, Opeth, Celtic Frost, and Emperor, are seeking to worship God in a context they understand. More power to ‘em.

In fact, where can I buy some?


22 posted on 06/12/2009 2:55:53 PM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: WesternCulture

Oh... and to all the Swedish metal haters... check out Yngwie Malmsteen - here’s one for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS_IYe5JTZ4


23 posted on 06/12/2009 2:57:33 PM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: WesternCulture
Air 1, The Positive Alternative
www.air1.com
24 posted on 06/12/2009 2:59:03 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: WesternCulture

Yngwie goofing off at his breakfast table, playing stuff most of us would only dream of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwp4jN6TGYM&feature=related


25 posted on 06/12/2009 2:59:27 PM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: Terabitten

It’s not really fair to mention Celtic Frost with those other bands. CF is actually listenable.


26 posted on 06/12/2009 2:59:35 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Replacing “baby” with “Jesus” isn’t exactly the best way to create christian lyrics.


27 posted on 06/12/2009 2:59:38 PM PDT by John Will
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To: darkangel82
“Venom were just a bad British metal band.”

- I won't have that!

Their song “Teacher's Pet” inspired me to hit on my high school Psychology teacher, a pretty but also exceptionally nice lady in her 30s all of the male part of my school dreamed of, through writing some ambiguous stuff in an examination paper (I think I wrote something about the fact that in most cases, men take the initiative).

As I view things, she gave me the green light by later on telling all of the grade how much she appreciated a certain student of hers who fully understood how important it is for a young man to be full of initiative.

Nothing happened though. She made me feel I already had won the race.

Today, I sometimes regret that I didn't follow through.

28 posted on 06/12/2009 3:00:38 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Terabitten

Thanks for linking and God bless rock’n’roll!!


29 posted on 06/12/2009 3:01:51 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: darkangel82

I thought Celtic Frost was Swiss, not Swedish.


30 posted on 06/12/2009 3:03:52 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

They are.


31 posted on 06/12/2009 3:04:24 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: John Will
Replacing “baby” with “Jesus” isn’t exactly the best way to create christian lyrics

That's the old joke about the difference between blues and gospel. Here's some Christian rock lyrics for you:

Walk by faith, not by sight
Strengthened by His glorious might
Walk by faith, not by sight
Heading for that land of light
Walk by faith and not by sight

Sometimes we ain't so sure
He sees us when we're kneeling
Sometimes we forget salvation ain't a feeling
We know that Jesus died for our justification
We grow in His image by suffering tribulations

Not by Sight, by Petra

32 posted on 06/12/2009 3:04:41 PM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: John Will

Just saying that some of those “old tyme beloved hymns” we used to hear in church growing up may have started out as the 18th Century Rock Music. I do know the tune to The Star Spangled Banner was “Ode to Anacreon” (an English drinking song that celebrated drunken dissipation).


33 posted on 06/12/2009 3:12:29 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: MuttTheHoople

The music of “Amazing Grace” also came from a drinking song.


34 posted on 06/12/2009 3:19:23 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Whoever coined the term "foolproof" underestimated the ingenuity and determination of fools.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ttYwm7GEA

This isn't enemy territory. Historic Christendom made this soaring operatic grandeur, and rock can only return to the well.

35 posted on 06/12/2009 3:23:47 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: TheWasteLand

My favorite Death Metal band is Ace of Base.

Abba doesn’t make me headbang like they used to.


36 posted on 06/12/2009 3:48:53 PM PDT by max americana
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To: TheWasteLand

What about Blue Swede, “Oooga oooga oooga shaka....”


37 posted on 06/12/2009 3:53:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator; max americana

HEY!!!

Keep mocking us Swedes if you wish, as long as you keep in mind that 1/3 of this band is Swedish:

http://www.imotorhead.com/

As long as Lemmy and good ol’ Chuck are alive, there will be at least someone on this planet who knows what real rock’n’roll is all about.

Cheers/Skål from Gothenburg, Sweden, a city built on true rock’n’roll like this (a classic sing-along-song originally from the 1970s featuring lyrics most would deem banal as they simply just salute Gothenburg as a whole as well as different residential areas of it, but to me these words and the way they are sung remind me of the fact that I live in a city where people are honest, hard working and friendly like in few other places here on Earth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKtIuxIZq0M


38 posted on 06/12/2009 4:22:08 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

You think that’s mocking, you should see what we do to the Norwegians, because of a-ha.


39 posted on 06/12/2009 4:27:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Don't get me wrong, I love America and the next time I go there I will focus on the part where you live; Texas.

BUT Texas isn't all about the world's leading steakhouses and proper music like ZZ Top (I often have the speakers of my Volvo V70 bumping with their great tunes by the way)!

“You think that’s mocking, you should see what we do to the Norwegians, because of a-ha.”

http://oaklawnband.org/

Big hrrm.. :D

40 posted on 06/12/2009 6:06:30 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Touché!


41 posted on 06/12/2009 6:58:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
“Touché!”

- And you speak French too!

Seriously, every part of the world displays plenty of sissy acts, but I'd say Texas is pardoned because of your knowledge of what kind of food that builds a real man, Norway is pardoned because of the Norwegians’ knowledge of navigating the colder parts of the Seven Seas, Denmark is pardoned (for Aqua) because of their skills in the domain of drawing nasty caricatures and - hopefully - my Sweden is because of our ice hockey players.

But what about England's Bronski Beat and Erasure, or the Pennsylvanian horror of Poison?

To forgive is divine and all that, but you have to draw the limit somewhere.

42 posted on 06/12/2009 8:08:58 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

Some examples of Christian Metal in Sweden are:

Crimson Moonlight - http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=2053
Divinefire - http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=25764
Pantokrator - http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=6963
Admonish - http://metal-archives.com/band.php?id=35825

Among others.


43 posted on 06/12/2009 8:54:44 PM PDT by crushthehorns
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To: crushthehorns

I’ll go check out these links right away, but before doing so I just gotta tell you this;

- THANK YOU, FELLOW FREEPER!


44 posted on 06/12/2009 9:06:12 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: Terabitten
Within Temptation is one of my favorites also. Sharon den Adel is an excellent vocalist and gorgeous. She also gave birth to her second child a few weeks ago. She's awesome.
45 posted on 06/12/2009 9:37:17 PM PDT by hout8475
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