Rock ‘n Roll: Satanic Music - III
Rock’s Subliminal Messages Unmasked
Satanic verses discovered on Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven played backwards
It was shown to contain long passages of Satanic stream of consciousness lines if played backwards, such as "Here's to my sweet Satan", "He will give you 666", and "Happy is the man who makes me sad whose power is Satan."
A panel of California's State Assembly received multiple complaints from citizens submitted to the Consumer Protection Committee. After a study was undertaken which denounced the backward masking process, (1) Assemblyman Phillip Wyman introduced a bill requiring record companies to warn consumers on the album covers of the presence of subliminal messages, either satanic or any other type.
In fact, the Led Zeppelin group is not the most dangerous or pernicious, but represents only the tip of the iceberg that includes groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Styx, The Who and many others. (2) But thanks to this famous cause, the public became aware of subliminal messages on rock sound tracks.
Subliminal messages: ‘A violation of consciousness’
As indicated by the term itself, a subliminal message (3) is the transmission of a message intended to reach the listener "just below the threshold of consciousness.” Such a message escapes the ear, eye and the external senses and penetrates the deep subconscious of the listener, who is completely defenseless against this form of aggression.
The message in Grim Reaper’s Final Scream:
‘See you in Hell’
The author of the subliminal message is perfectly aware of the objective to be achieved: A profound revolution capable of any kind of subversion.
As for the listener, he is completely unaware of this invasion of his consciousness and deep subconscious. Since his conscious intelligence and his will are not in a state of alert or in conditions to exercise discernment, messages pass the conscious mind and enter directly in the subconscious. If a backward message is embedded in a song, the listener's conscious mind will not pick it up because it is not obvious. But, subconsciously, he will get the message. The music is frequently listened to over and over again.
The rock 'n roll messages transmitted in a subliminal way have a quite varied content:
- Sexual perversion in all its forms;
- Encouraging rebellion against the established order;
- Inspiring thoughts of suicide;
- Initiating violence and homicide, and
- Consecration to Satan.
1. The verbal subliminal message - To transmit subliminal messages in a more subtle and less detectable way, there is the use of "upside down" phases that can be heard when you play the soundtrack in reverse, just as words written backwards in print can be read in a mirror. Ongoing studies show that a strange dual phenomenon occurs: first, the subconscious can capture a phrase spoken backwards (4); second, it can decode the same message if expressed in a language known to the listener. (5)
A rock frenzy grips the audience at a 1970s Snowbird concert
With regard to rock music, we fully agree with Dr. Joost A.M. Meerloo, who warns, "A harsh and violent noise produces emotional and violent reactions and destroys all control over the defense mechanisms" (Delusion and Mass Delusion).
Four techniques are used to impress the subliminal message:
- Modulated frequency;
- Very low frequency (14 to 20 waves per second);
- High frequency (between 17 000 and 20 000 waves per second);
- The variable speed (audible only with a special device).
The "beat" can produce an acceleration of the heartbeat and an increased flow of adrenalin; it can not only cause a sexual arousal, but even an excitation that reaches orgasm.
A psychedelic light show at a 1970s Jefferson Airplane rock concert
The reaction produces a double effect; a sensation of euphoria and an activation of the mental processes. It is as if the hyper-activity of the brain permits one to more lucidly comprehend the subliminal message. Thus the vicious circle continues.
4. The strobe light, or stroboscopic lamp - Another technique for subliminal signals is the strobe (6). With this device you can accelerate flashes of alternating light and darkness, which produces a considerable weakening of one's sense of orientation, judgment and reflexes.
Strobe lights used at a Grateful Dead concert
- When the cycle of alternating light/darkness varies between six and eight Hz (flashes per second), the result is a loss of depth perception;
- When the cycle of alternating lights and darkness rises to 20 Hz per second, the light rays create interference with the alpha waves (7) of the brain, which controls the ability to concentrate;
- When the cycle of alternating lights and darkness is further accelerated, all capacity of control is lost. At such a speed, strobe light can even trigger seizures.
In early 1966 Andy Warhol's lights engineer Danny Williams pioneered the use of multiple stroboscopes, slides and film projections simultaneously onstage during the 1966 Exploding Plastic Inevitable shows
When the effect of rock music is combined with the strobe light, the barriers of moral judgment fall, the person loses his automatic reflexes and natural defense mechanisms. Unwittingly he is carried away by the suggestions of the subliminal messages on the disks.
A multitude of youth at a rock concert being bombarded by strobe lights
- Back masking has been used as a recording technique since the 1960s. In the era of magnetic tape sound recording, back masking required that the source reel-to-reel tape actually be played backwards; digital audio recording has greatly simplified the process.
- Some examples of subliminal messages using backward masking:
- In "Snowblind: by Styx: "Satan, move though out voices;"
- In "When Electricity Came to Arkansas" by Electric Light Orchestra: "He is the nasty one. Christ, you're infernal;"
- In "Final Scream" by Grim Reaper: "See you in Hell;"
- In "As Flittermice as Satans Spy" by Darkthrone: "In the name of God let the churches burn;"
- In "Hotel California" by the Eagles: "Yes, Satan organized his own religion."
- From the Latin: sub-below, liminal-threshold, existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness.
- In his book, The Clam-Plate Orgy, Key discusses how to bypass the conscious mind: "The unconscious system appears able to unscramble even kinds of distorted information without individuals becoming consciously aware of the perception." To help illustrate how this is done, you actually see everything upside down and backward; but your brain turns it right-side up and forward. It can do this with sounds also.
- Dr. Wilson Bryan Key, a foremost authority on subliminal perception, has written three books on the subject. Writing in Subliminal Seduction, he says: "Experiments have demonstrated that humans can receive, process and transmit information which makes no conscious appearance at any stage of its passage through their nervous system . . Indeed, the unconscious can operate quite independently from the conscious mechanism in the brain."
- Strobe: A device used to produce regular flashes of light; from the Greek strobos = act of whirling.
- Alpha Waves: one type of brain wave waves that allow a person in a wakeful state to concentrate, perceive and understand by synthesizing what the external senses communicate to the human brain in a normal operating state. Any disruption of the alpha waves slows or neutralize these various functions.
and rock music, was a Trinitarian priest in Northbay, Ontario, Canada.