the devil on the dancefloor
The Disciples of Belial are the originators of the increasingly popular satanic-speedcore scene. Very little is known about them, their live appearances in London and Europe being the stuff of legend. I had to work through a series of mobile telephone numbers before finally reaching someone who would only admit to being "a spokesman" for the group. He confirmed that, yes, the band are Satanists, and that they are involved with others across the globe. Apparently they perform rituals "when the stars are right" and the forces invoked are then "channelled" into two of the English initiates ("Seth Mendes" and "Baal Equananthorn") who then create the tracks "somewhere near Highgate cemetery". When asked about the ideas behind titles like "Torment of the bastard Nazarene" and "Infibulation of the Virgin Mary" my contact just laughed. And then put the phone down. Eeeeek!
Of course, occultism and dance
music is nothing new. Groups like Psychic TV were producing what they
called "Acid Dance" music as far back as 1987, and were also
heavily inspired by magicians like Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare.
The PTV-inspired organisation, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth has even
published articles on the shamanic role of the DJ and about performing
rituals whilst on the dancefloor. Many of the industrial bands of the
80's slapped pagan and satanic symbols on their record sleeves, the results
usually being more cheesy than chilling.