Revocation’s Dave Davidson Says The Satanic Temple’s Tenets Are More ‘Humanitarian’ Than The Ten Commandments

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Baphomet statue: Matt Anderson, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons / Dave Davidson: Revocation Facebook
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Via a recent interview with New Noise Magazine, Revocation frontman Dave Davidson talked about the themes and ideas that are involved with the band’s new album, Netherheaven. The first song off the record, “Diabolical Majesty,” is a track that explores The Satanic Temple’s fight to put up a Baphomet statue on government property. Much of Netherheaven revolves around concepts of Hell, Satanism, and far-right religious extremism.

During his conversation with Nicholas Senior of New Noise Magazine, Dave is asked about the shocking and, at times, disturbing lyrics one might find in metal music. While Dave does speak to his feelings about that matter, he ends up talking about that of the Satanic Temple Tenets, and how he finds them to be more humanitarian than The Ten Commandments. Here is what Dave Davidson had to say regarding that particular subject:

“It’s funny, being raised Catholic as well, though my mom wasn’t particularly religious. I think she just kind of wanted me to go to a good school or whatever, and Catholic schools were private. But I was a believer when I was a kid, obviously because you’re sort of surrounded by it, and we went to church because it was the community thing to do. But yeah, reading sort of the Tenets of the Satanic Temple, those feel much more kind of real and humanitarian than the Ten Commandments let’s say, just in terms of a modern day how to sort of live your life.

“I think if you had just kind of erased all religion and just did a mind wipe on humanity and presented them with two stone tablets, and one was the Ten Commandments and one was the Tenets of the Church of Satan but you didn’t tell which one was which, I think probably maybe more people might choose the Seven Tenets than the Ten Commandments. Certainly, it feels more humanitarian.”

Dave goes on, sharing, “And a lot of the stories in the Bible or really any religious text are just incredibly brutal, and aren’t humanitarian or empathetic in any regard. So yeah, the whole idea with ‘Diabolical Majesty’ was sort of taking the idea of the whole good versus evil thing and just sort of flipping that around and being like no, really Satan’s the good guy in this equation. I wanted to flip it around and be like look at the persecution of heretics and non-believers at the hand of the Church Inquisition! I mean you can go down the line through history. Even in modern day there’s still people being oppressed due to the various religions all over the world and oppressed in rather horrific, brutal ways. So that was kind of my way of sort of playing with that symbolism, kind of flipping it around.”

Do you agree with Dave’s stance? In other Revocation related news, the band are currently on the road for a North American tour. You can find all the upcoming dates and locations associated with that tour below. You can also purchase the band’s new album Netherheaven now.

9/25 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
9/27 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
9/28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
9/29 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720
9/30 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
10/1 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Vets Hall
10/3 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
10/4 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/7 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10/8 – Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
10/9 – Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar
10/11 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/12– Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
10/13 – Hamtramck, MI – The Sanctuary 2
10/14 – Cleveland, OH – No Class
10/15 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
10/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Enclave