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Prince of Darkness (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

“Prince of Darkness” Lyrics:

An angel fell one stormy night
From heaven’s glory
He split the earth to reign in hell
Woah o-oh
He fears the light
He fears the truth
He fears what’s going to be
He spits on life
He spits on God
He spits up death for you and me

Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Heart of evil
Soul of blackness
Prince of Darkness

He saw the man was just a boy
With a baby’s mind
He swore damnation of God’s creation
Waoh o-oh
He lives for hate
He lives for tears
He lives up to his name
He knew the light
He knew the one
Who was crucified in painPrince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Heart of evil
Soul of blackness

He fears the light
He fears the truth
He fears what’s going to be
He spits on life
He spits on God
He spits up death for you and me

Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Prince of Darkness

He smells the breath of sweet human sin
And deeply breathes it in
Prince of Darkness

Raise Your Fist and Yell (RYFAY), released in 1987, is the second album after Alice’s commitment to sobriety. We find him healthy, revitalized, and confident after returning to his family and faith.

In the mid-to-late 80s, Heavy Metal and Hard Rock had, once again, returned to prominence, and Alice made sure his voice was a driving force in that arena.

“I did not want to come out with anything having the soft underbelly to it. I wanted Alice to come out there and punch the lights out. I saw all these bands…and I said, I need to blow these guys off the map. To me attitude-wise and show-wise, we did…I was the master of surprise.” – Alice Cooper

Raise Your Fist and Yell was also released in the middle of a time when the PMRC (Parents’ Music Resource Center) was doing its best to censor music (especially Hard Rock, Rap, and Metal).

Alice and many other musicians, most notably Dee Snider, John Denver, and Frank Zappa, took a direct stand against such measures – fighting for the freedom of speech and expression.

It seems freedom of speech and expression is a right that must always be fought for. There is always someone or something looking to suppress the thoughts and ideas of others. A “free” society is one where all expression should be welcomed and, in some (maybe many) cases, tolerated.

The 6th track on the RYFAY LP, “Prince of Darkness,” tells the story of Satan – the Biblical truth about the enemy. At that time, many Heavy Metal bands were using Satanic imagery and flirting with the occult.

Not only did this tarnish the industry (classifying all Metal as evil), but it also painted the idea or concept of Satan as something powerful, worth admiring, enticing, etc.

NOTE: It seems time (as it often does) repeats itself. A new generation of artists is flirting with the same things Heavy Metal was accused of in the 80s/90s.

Interestingly enough, the artists and genres promoting the occult and Satanism today are more diverse, and some are subtle, while others are very blatant about their intentions.

Either way, the truth remains. The enemy is a deceiver that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Therefore, it’s worth revisiting this post.

He fears the light
He fears the truth
He fears what’s going to be
He spits on life
He spits on God
He spits up death for you and me

He lives for hate
He lives for tears
He lives up to his name
He knew the light
He knew the one
Who was crucified in pain

Prince of Darkness
Studies the world with hungry eyes
Prince of Darkness
Ready to baptize you in lies
Heart of evil
Soul of blackness

Alice does a phenomenal job accurately depicting the enemy’s genuine nature. While so many in the genre were using satanic imagery as bait, a gimmick, or a selling point, Alice solidly defines the enemy as unattractive and not worth one’s time.

The enemy is often overlooked. It’s true; we focus on God’s Love, His Word, and who we are called to be. However, it is essential to remember that we are fighting a Spiritual war.

A 2009 study conducted by Barna Research Group found that about 60% of a sample of 1,800+ self-described Christians believed Satan is only a symbol of evil, NOT an actual spiritual being or entity, as the Bible describes. It’s phenomenal to see such a large percentage of Christians claim there is no Satan.

“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” – 1 John 3:8

That’s astonishing. Stop and think about that. The Bible does not mince words about who we are at odds against.

However, if over half the Body of Christ believes that the enemy doesn’t exist, he has the leverage in the fight. You won’t address or battle an enemy you don’t think exists. Therefore, we must know the enemy’s playbook and how to counter it.

On the flip side, several believers are fascinated with and by evil. Many know the truth yet still want to learn more about the enemy – studying, researching, and learning more about the Occult and practices of the wicked than they do about God’s Word.

We must stop and ask ourselves some questions. Is listening to music influenced by darkness, evil, and heresy okay? Should we be mindful of everything we hear, see, and partake in? What does God’s Word say about this?

Christ clearly states that we cannot simultaneously serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Therefore, we must dedicate our lives to Him moving forward, not looking back.

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty, is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” – James 4:7-10

Our Heavenly Father has given us the power to turn away from evil. James 4:7 reads, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Verses 8-10 go on to describe the ways by which we can draw nearer to our Lord:

1) Submit to Him – yielding to His authority and will; committing your life and walk to His control (4:7).

2) Resist the enemy – walking away from your past; and avoiding the temptations of the enemy (4:7).

3) Purifying your heart – replacing the desire to sin with a desire to experience God’s purity (4:8).

4) Grieve over past sins – don’t be afraid to express heartfelt sorrow for your sins (4:9).

5) Walk Humbly – recognizing that our worth comes from God alone, not the things of this world (4:10).

Remember, our Heavenly Father does NOT want us to wallow in misery over our past, yet He does want us to be mindful of it as we resist the enemy and move forward with Him.

As we navigate the uncharted waters of this life, we must know the difference between Good and Evil – between the enemy and our Lord. By learning the difference, we better understand the influence of the enemy’s schemes compared to the blessings of God’s grace.

The enemy is:

– full of pride (1 Timothy 3:6)
– cruel (1 Peter 5:8)
– deceitful (Ephesians 6:11)
– crafty as a serpent (2 Corinthians 11:3)
…and the list goes on

Christ is the opposite of those above-listed things. He is:

– humble (John 6:38)
– charitable (Mark 12:30-31)
– the fulfillment of truth (John 14:6)
– wise (Luke 2:52)
…and so on.

We should always strive to demonstrate the characteristics of Christ towards others – even (and most importantly) when it seems impossible. Whether ripe (good) or rotten (evil), the fruit we bear directly relates to what we allow to influence us and our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

Satan has no use for any of the above-listed qualities. He hates them. Therefore, we must pray and walk in these attributes daily – seek the presence of our Lord, and we most assuredly will bear much fruit – fresh, ripe, good fruit.

Wrapping up this Week’s post, we should also know there is no comparison between our Father and Satan. The world has given the enemy authority over things that have no everlasting value.

Here’s the difference between our Creator and our adversary:

According to scripture, God has no beginning or end; Satan has a beginning and will face the end. God is eternal. Satan is linear (Ezekiel 28: 11-19).

God is all-powerful; Satan’s power is restricted (Job 2: 1-6).

God speaks things into existence; Satan is not always allowed to speak (Zechariah 3:3).

God owns heaven; Satan is sometimes permitted (Isaiah 14:12-17, Revelation 12:7-9).

Satan, also known as the accuser, will use shame, guilt, fear, and various other means to try and deceive God’s children. His greatest deceptions lead God’s children to believe they are smitten and unloved by our Heavenly Father – the Creator of all life.

Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate gesture of Love from the Father. The Father’s gift, His ONE and ONLY SON, abolishes the enemy’s lies. Therefore, we must learn to walk in Freedom under Christ’s reign and rebuke the enemy’s false claims.

YOU were created to KNOW and EMBRACE our Father’s LOVE – RECEIVE it.

In conclusion, Alice does a masterful job of depicting the lies and temptations of the enemy. His calling, music, and career lead us to a cautionary tale of life without God.

Stripping away the world’s impression of Satan and the small amount of power he possesses reveals his true nature. He is a coward. He is a liar and a cheat. He is the very opposite of our Creator’s character and being.

Alice spells out exactly how we defeat the enemy. “He fears the Light…He fears the truth…He fears what’s going to be.” He fears the plans and voice of God.

Coop warns us of the differences between good and evil – his mantra has always been, “Don’t choose evil.” Those are pretty simple yet wise words from the father of Shock Rock. May our “baby’s mind(s)” be transformed by His perfect will (Romans 12:2).

That’s it for this week. Be well, and catch you next Friday!

In the meantime, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice.

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