"I'm the Devil, I love METAL!!!
The Devil is involved directly in rock and roll, whether it be grabbing a guitar, or giving a musician some form of supernatural assistance
After all, if rock and roll
is a message from Satan
, then Satan should rock out harder than anyone else
. Ties into the moral panic surrounding rock and roll
when it first came on the scene — many self-proclaimed Moral Guardians
criticized it as "the Devil's music."
The trope name is a pun on the song "Rock Me, Amadeus!
" by the late Falco, Asmodeus
being a Talmudic demon king, though likely better known nowadays from Dungeons & Dragons
Compare Villain Song
, Heavy Mithril
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- Inverted in Ah! My Goddess, where Mara's weakness is that rock and roll forces her to dance as long as she listens to it.
- Shugo Chara!: As Guardian Charas of a J-pop Idol, Angel El and Devil Il (and their Chara Naris) both have a musical trait. El's is a calm and tender singing voice, while Il's is... an electric-guitar. Which made it even more awesome when Amu transformed with her. DEVIL'S TUNE! HA!
- As makes sense, since it's about Robert Johnson (see below), Me And The Devil Blues definitely has this. Johnson somewhat unknowingly makes a Deal with the Devil for musical talent (which is gained by the devil showing the person how to play, granting them amazing musical abilities the next time they touch a guitar). Johnson is soon afterward joined in his musical travels by a man named Ike who he suspects is the Devil in disguise, who is also a good musician.
- Deadman Wonderland has Genkaku who plays a v-guitar that doubles as a two machine guns. He even gets this line in the English dub. "DEATH IS ROCK AND ROLL!"
- In Yondemasu Yo Azazel San playing the guitar is Lucifer's favorite ability.
- This Chick Tract alleges that all rock music, including Christian Rock, is controlled by a certain Lewis Siffer. The sad part is, you're supposed to take it seriously.
- In an arc of Hack/Slash Cassie and Vlad run across a band that had entered a pact with an Eldritch Abomination for fame in exchange for Virgin Sacrifice to carry their vessel into the world. When Vlad messes up their plans they find a new vessel in the (male) lead singer.
- There's a comic called "The Devil's Trumpet" about a legendary jazz trumpet said to have been won off the devil and able to call him up with its music. A young musician kills its aged owner and steals it. He doesn't call up the Devil when he plays it, but he gets the next thing - the freaking Batman comes crashing through his window.
Live Action TV
- CHiPs: The Season 6 episode "Rock Devil Rock," where a goth rock star named Moloch is being threatened when he begins hearing messages that "Moloch must die" (and they progressively become more ominous, including "Moloch WILL die!"). Although the moral rage aspect is briefly addressed, Moloch's alter-ego — a 20-year-old man named Mickey Northagen — and the officers realise the messages being subliminal and understood when Moloch's album is played backwards. Eventually, the cops and Northagen figure out that Moloch's morally corrupt, money-hungry record producer is planning to kill him during the filming of a Music Video so — as a result of what he figures will be a publicity stunt — he can make a huge profit with the sale of unheard of numbers of Moloch's goth rock album, and that the "Moloch must/will die" messages were created, backmasked and edited into the Moloch songs, so that teens can spend all their time listening to the songs and figuring out what it all means.
- The short-lived series A Year At The Top with Greg Evigan and Paul Shaffer was about a band which had sold their souls to the son of the Devil for one year of superstardom. Sadly, it didn't last long enough for anyone to find out what would have happened had the series been renewed for a second year.
- In a The Kids in the Hall sketch, a garage band kid battles Satan in a duel of rockers. Whereas the Devil is able to use six arms to play a blistering solo that would leave any guitar hero in tears, the hero is nonetheless able to blow his mind simply by playing the opening riff of "Smoke on the Water". Even though Satan is the frontman of Evil, Bobby had something Satan didn't have — a Wah-Wah pedal!
- G - A - B / G - A - B - A / G - A - B - B - A
- Inverted in a Saturday Night Live sketch, where Garth Brooks sells his soul to the Devil (Will Ferrel) for a hit song, but it turns out the Devil's songs (and guitar skills) suck, coming up with such gems as "Fred's Got Slacks."
- An official series of campaigns (the Revelations Cycle) for Steve Jackson Games' In Nomine starts with this trope. Lucifer promotes a minor demon to "Demon Prince of Hardcore."
- Delta Green has Charnel Dreams, the house band for NYC's Club Apocalypse. The band's lead singer/guitarist is a sorcerer, assassin, and worshiper of Nyarlathotep. The rest of the band either also worships dark gods or is willing to go along for the fame.
- While he isn't the devil, Chaos God Slaanesh of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 fame granted his followers weaponised guitars, until those were changed into the sonic blasters of today. Why? Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll of course.
- Exalted: Music is always being played in Malfeas, the Demon City, mostly as a matter of survival. Malfeas loves music and dance, to the point where it's the only thing that can calm his Unstoppable Rage, but it also has the benefit of warding away Adorjan, the Silent Wind.
- Emperor Doviculus from Brütal Legend isn't quite Satan, but he's a good enough substitute, and he rocks harder than anyone else with his quadruple-headed guitar.
- The final stage of Guitar Hero 3 is a rock-off against a demon who may or may not be the Devil but is your manager, Lou, with your band's souls on the line. Set to a rock cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", no less. (Charlie Daniels thinks this use of his song is a perversion of it, and finds Guitar Hero 3's content for Lou's Inferno to be shocking and inappropriate. No, really.)
- The trailer for the Neverwinter Nights 2 mod Lute Hero is presented not by Lord of Darkness himself, but Death fills his role instead.
- In the sequence where the Lute Hero system was implemented in Dark Waters, you do end up visiting Hell at one point, where you meet a character who claims to be Satan's prepubescent daughter and who is the only divine figure who doesn't complain about how horrible your music is.
- In the bonus ending of Warcraft III's expansion pack, The Frozen Throne, Arthas the fallen prince and newly-crowned Lich King rocks out to L80ETC's "Power of the Horde".
- Made Hilarious in Hindsight when Arthas became an unlockable character in the final Guitar Hero game, Warriors of Rock.
- In the Kingdom of Loathing, an optional side quest involves finding appropriate music to perform before Satan. "Appropriate music" is, naturally, heavy metal.
"Oh, evil Satan
oscillate my metallic
sonatas live. Ho!"
- Not immediately obvious, but this is, in fact, palindrome haiku. Astounding.
- Quickie: if you look closer, you'll see that the middle words ("Satan oscillate my metallic sonatas"), when put together, give you the title of a Soundgarden EP that was packaged with Badmotorfinger in its 1992 re-release.
- Darkstalkers gives us Lord Raptor, a metal rocker who wrote occult text into his songs. At his final concert, he killed his audience and himself, and a demon lord was impressed enough to grant him undeath.
- Played with in The Conduit by Fang Jorgenson, host of the "Fang Bang Metal" radio show. He starts off as a stereotypical heavy metal DJ, but as the game's Alien Invasion proceeds, he interprets it with unrestrained glee as a demonic uprising.
"So it comes down to this, the attacks are not done by terrorists after all. They are demons here to take the world for the Lightbringer! The Bug has plagued the masses. Demons are attackin' on our streets. Death seems to be at every turn. We may live to see the end of days!"
- He's not the Devil herself, but Devoto: Music in Hell revolves around a pianist's Deal with the Devil.
- Inverted and taken Up to Eleven by Headbanged, where Jesus plays the drums, is a huge fan of black metal, and is apparently friends with Gaahl, an (in)famous black metal musician. Satan, however, hates metal and prefers easy listening - pop at the heaviest.
- Similarly, Penny Arcade has established that Jesus is "fucking metal".
- It should be noted that the awesomeness of rock (and metal) is pretty much the only point that Jesus and Satan agree on.
- In DevilBear, Bearalzebub does this when challenged to a music duel (by some souls trying to get out of their Deal with the Devil).
- In Adventurers, the electric guitar is the instrument of "dark musical arts". Villain The Axe plays it.
- An episode of American Dad! ends with a guy proving he went to hell because he came back with a guitar with a goat skull on it.
- Metalocalypse explored that concept: When Dethklok are forced to sell their souls to the Blues Devil for blues fame, they end up negotiating the contract so that he would get only a $5 gift certificate for Hot Topic. They end up destroying his car during a performance (having summoned a tornado with their music)...
- ReBoot: In the episode "Talent Night", Megabyte rocks the hell out, and then has a guitar duel with Bob. This scene wouldn't look too out of place in Guitar Hero—and keep in mind, this show predates Guitar Hero by about a decade.
- Robot Devil in Futurama loves music of all kinds.
- The Squidbillies episode "Mephistopheles Traveled Below To A Southern State Whose Motto is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation" features the Squid Devil teaching Rusty how to play guitar, and this version of Beelzebub can rock pretty hard. He plays a song called "Hoofprints," which features the following line: "As I ram your carcass through an impossibly small hole into a sea of flaming hot human feces, when you can't draw a breath, yet your lungs are filled with that same flaming hot human feces."
- Rusty and Early also gain incredible guitar playing abilities (Early plays so fast the strings turn white hot), at the cost of sucking the town into hell and both of them turning into horrific demons.
- The Simpsons
- In an episode of where Bart goes to hell in a near-death experience, the Devil amicably advises him, upon leaving, to "lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music!"
Bart: Everyone knows all the best bands are affiliated with Satan.
- The "Odyssey" segment of the "overdue library book" episode uses this for an atrocious yet hilarious punchline. In it, Odysseus (Homer) learns that he and his crew must cross the river Styx. They get there and find the hordes of the undead writhing and rocking to (what else!) Styx's "Lady." Odysseus moans:
Homer: Oh, no, this really is Hell!
- In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Three Little Bops," the trumpet-playing Big Bad Wolf finally find his place in Hell, and the Aesop is pronounced: "You gotta get hot to play real cool."
- Despite being the Anti Anti Christ, Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes is apparently quite good at playing an invisible rock guitar.
- In God, the Devil and Bob, the Devil is asked about this, and says he's more of a Burt Bacharach type.
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- Subverted by an old Weekly World News article, which claimed that the Devil has switched to Gangsta Rap as his personal genre because he felt that rock music nowadays was for pussies.
- There was a documentary about "the evils of rock and roll" called Hell's Bells, which claimed that rock musicians are possessed by the Devil when they write and/or perform their songs. There was a sequel, released in 2001, titled Hell's Bells 2, which suggested that many rock bands promoted LaVeyan Satanism through their general attitude, even though most of the bands they described probably had little to no actual knowledge of LaVeynote .
- Bill Hicks had a routine on this trope, called "play from your heart". Basically he claimed that if the choice was between rock and the Devil and going to Heaven and listening to New Kids on the Block, he'd pick the Devil.