By A. C. LaMonica
Here is a top 10 list (in no particular order) of inspirational music for the atheist. Feel free to share your favorite anthems for atheists in the comments!
1. NINE INCH NAILS - Heresy
If ever an anthem there was for atheists, this may be it. The harshness of the raw industrial style matches the brutal reality contained within the lyrics as well.
2. EXTREME - There is no God
Better known for their rock ballad, More Than Words, Extreme is by far one of the most underrated rock bands of their time. This song is from their album, Waiting For the Punchline, and demonstrates their heavy, bluesy, hard rock style with raw and provocative lyrics to match.
3. A PERFECT CIRCLE - Judith
This song rocks in a way that only Maynard James Keenan can. It's lyrics focus on Christianity in a blunt but sobering sense. The catchy lyrics manage to bring up deeper questions that confront the believer.
4. JOHN LENNON - God
Although less familiar to most people, John Lennon's song God was quite controversial. It is basically comprised of a list of the things that he does not believe in or has given up on. People still dispute the precise meaning of the song.
5. CARNIVORE - God is Dead
Peter Steele of Type O Negative was originally in the band, Carnivore. They managed to make an interesting mix of thrash, classic rock, and metal. Steele's lyrics were often exaggerations and at times had a humorous spin. This song is about how mankind killed God.
6. ATHEIST - No Truth
Atheist are considered one of the pioneers of the progressive death metal genre and are thought of as being ahead of their time, musically. With a name like Atheist it's not surprising that they are considered the "thinking man's metal".
7. GENESIS - Jesus He Knows Me
Legendary prog-rockers, Genesis, take a stab at the hypocrisy of Christianity with a focus on the money-hungry televangelists. This is a catchy tune that everyone has heard at some point.
8. DEAD KENNEDYS - Moral Majority
Blunt, simple, and to-the-point, just like punk should be.
9. DEICIDE - F**k Your God
deicide - definition - 1 : the act of killing a divine being or a symbolic substitute of such a being 2 : the killer or destroyer of a god
The name of the band speaks for itself. Death metal to the bone!
10. FRANK ZAPPA - Dumb All Over
Has Zappa influenced Sam Harris? Religious fanatics plus fatal technology equals bad news for the rest of the sane world!
For lyrics to the songs check out the follow links:
1. Nine Inch Nails - Heresy -
2. Extreme - There is no God -
3. A Perfect Circle - Judith -
4. John Lennon - God -
5. Carnivore - God is Dead -
6. Atheist - No Truth -
7. Genesis - Jesus He Knows Me -
8. Dead Kennedys - Moral Majority -
9. Deicide - F**k Your God -
10. Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over -