9. “Hell Awaits” by Slayer (1985)
Vocalist Tom Araya has admitted to opening their sophomore album with reversed voices chanting “Join us” forty-five times before finally culminating with “Welcome back.” But he claims that the Santanic imagery on the album art was “solely for effect” and not for genuine Satan summoning.
8. “Eldorado” by Electric Light Orchestra (1974)
The title cut of ELO’s ’74 album was believed to contain the (very specific) message: “He is the nasty one. Christ, you’re infernal. It is said we’re dead men. Everyone who has the mark will live.” Songwriter and lead vocalist Jeff Lynne didn’t take kindly to the devil-worshipping rumors, calling it “skcollob” (read it backwards…). In addition to the denials, he slipped intentional backwards messages into a few future songs. Our favorite comes from “Fire On High,” which appears to say “The music is reversible, but time… is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!”
7. “As Flittermice As Satans Spys” by Darkthrone (1994)
Norwegian death-metal band Darkthrone was known raising the bar in being hardcore, so it’s probably not all that shocking that this album cut features back-masked lyrics that say, “In the name of God, let the churches burn.” The song was written by the notorious Varg Vikernes, who later went to prison for murder and (fittingly) the several counts of church arson.