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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Appears On Nightline To Discuss Belief In The Devil And Spiritual Warfare

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Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine was on ABC News' Nightline last night at 10 PM EST, interviewed for an episode called "Battle With The Devil," which deals with the occult, exorcism, and belief in the devil.

In the interview, Mustaine discusses his personal faith and religious upbringing, while also demonstrating the tritone chord, for the interviewer, Terry Moran. You can watch the whole episode by heading over to this location. Mustaine's interview comes in the second half of the 40-minute broadcast, or you can check out a portion of the show featuring Mustaine in the clip below.

Mustaine and Megadeth are currently crossing the country on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour, where they'll be holding meet & greets with fans every day in addition to performing on the main stage.

Megadeth has also announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Th1rt3en." Details on the upcoming album's track listing and specific release date will be announced as they are made available.

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1. DreamHeater writes:

...Dave, shut the f*** up.

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 4:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Megahell writes:

Dave, go back to drugs. Please.

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 5:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. cynic22 writes:

shut up dave.

SMOKE WEEED

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jenny writes:

Time to rant a little bit.

At the start of the video,'the question to answer' so to speak was "did the devil make you do it?" With those three boys, one of them claimed they got the idea of the sacrifice from a Slayer song. The last time I checked, Slayer isn't the devil. Also, people should know that Slayer's lyrics (along with other bands') are not truly satanic. Soooo the devil doesn't make people do stuff. I will also add that Music doesn't make people do stuff either. PEOPLE choose to do things (one can also take mental illnesses into account, but that's a whole other topic). I could have been in a Death Metal band and heard those Slayer lyrics and not killed anyone. But because these stupid f***s DID, the spot light is shined on "the devilish Music that 'made' them do it" and not the people themselves. Typical.

Metal is NOT a "gateway to invite dark forces." It's a medium where musicians can paint a picture for mere fun. It's all for fun, like the horror movies, comic books, video games, etc that inspire these musicians. Sure, some bands out there embrace satanism, but that's beside the point. The point is it all depends on how the person takes in (or doesn't take in) the lyrics. On top of that, Metal musicians have already said themselves that satanic imagery is used just to get a reaction.

With Dave, he started messing with witchcraft on his own as a way to rebel against the way he was raised, NOT because Metal influenced him to do witchcraft.

People can talk about God and Satan all they want, but THE TRUTH IS: Metal shouldn't even be in this discussion. The show obviously wanted to reinforce the idea of Metal with the devil, so they grab a Christian Metal dude to be on the show to back up their idea and make their perception look convincing to the feeble-minded masses. The way I see it, (even though Dave is presented as "a good, Christian Metal person"), this video is put together as propaganda against most Metal.

P.S. Most people who believe in a form of God need to be more like Slayer's Tom Araya. The End.

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Snot writes:

What a wanker.

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. wakaka writes:

he sounds like a f***ing p***y

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MetalFan420 writes:

it is getting very difficult to be a megadeth fan these days.....piss off dave did satan and metal music make you shoot heroin also?

# Jul 21, 2011 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Brucezombie writes:

First of all about the parents suing Slayer for the lyrics, they need to take responsibility for their own kids. Don't blame Slayer because your a bad parent.

And I'm disappointed that Mustaine would be a part of something that is basically anti-metal, although, sadly, I'm not surprised.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 3:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Dying_Isis writes:

what a f-ing joke.

and Th1rt3en sounds like the name of a Journey album with the numbers as letters

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 6:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Mudguts666 writes:

You have got to be f***ing kidding me. I hate the way Metal music is connected to the black magic thing. We all have a dark side don't we? but you don't see me taking that action??? The guys that that killed the girl has nothing to do with witchcraft or black magic. These guys are mentally disturbed and need to be treated for that and not blamed on the Metal music or the community for their actions. This is just absolute rubbish. Maybe like stated by Brucezombie, we should look at the parenting as well of these kids because I bet the parents are just as F**k up as the kids are! F**k them and horse they rode on!

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 7:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. CorpusUpir writes:

I don't think Dave ment to re-enforce the "metal is evil" thing but to show why the sound is refered to as evil which is the devils tri tone which sounds darker (most people should relize it's a note not a conjuration ) . He also Said when asked if metal is of the devil that there is lots of christians in metal , but there are satanic bands so he stated that as well. Lastly he said it was rebellion/ parents religious views that made him interested in witchcraft , he never said metal did. The way this a$$ asked the questions and responded to the anwsers is what made Dave and Metal look bad , Dave was trying to defend metal as best he could in my oppinion. BTW comment 4/ Jenny I do agree with you as well all to brainwash the morons of the world

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BrianMN writes:

Gee, thanks Dave.
Nice way to slam your own genre.
You're armed, not with the truth but the thing that has always disarmed you...your ego.
As for those three sociopaths who did that to that girl?
Don't drop the soap in jail bi****s.

It is NOT metals job to raise your kids.
Was I into the occult.
As a teen, yes.
My family was psycho christian, so I rebelled.
And sorry....if black magic worked Deicide would be as famous as Metallica and Morbid Angel would be able to write a decent album.
I never got far enough into that crap to see if it worked or not, I woke up that the occult is more or less organized religion. It's a money making machine.
Dave is the perfect example of someone who still can't take responsibility for their own actions.
The devil didn't make you drink, you made the conscious choice to pick up the bottle yourself.
I bet Kerry King is rolling on the floor punching himself after seeing that.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 9:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Drum_Junkie writes:

After watching this clip and then watching the entire Nightline episode, I thought Dave did OK. I do wonder what else he said in the interview that ended up edited out.

When taking the episode as a whole, the title being "Battle with the Devil", the premise was to try to convince people that the Devil exists. The episode is part of a larger series called 'Beyond Belief', designed to promote belief in various subject/viewpoints.
To do this, ABC reported only things that supported that viewpoint, which is not balanced news reporting, but is sensationalism.

In the clip about Metal, I thought Dave did ok, and presented the point that not all metal is associated with Satan. The purpose of the clip was to try to convince the viewer that Satan is real. So they used two examples: The story of the kids that sacrificed a girl to Satan, and the interview with Dave about the existence of Satan. I don't think the goal was to slam Metal, but to use the connection to try to prove that the devil is real. ABC just isn't that knowledgable about Metal, so you have to consider the source. One other interesting thread I noticed is after focusing half the episode on demon possession, the other half had interviews with a Musician, a (former) Prostitute, and a (former) Meth cook. The inference? Drugs, Sex, and Rock 'n Roll are connected to Satan. I thought that was funny if possibly unintended.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jenny writes:

CorpusUpir: You wrote: "comment 4/ Jenny I do agree with you as well all to brainwash the morons of the world" I'm assuming there's a typo in what you meant, cuz I never said morons should be brainwashed, haha. I'm guessing you meant you agree that the video brainwashes people? And yeah, about 2 or 3 people pretty much said what I said in their own words. Although you did that too, thanks for bothering to read my post.

Drum_Junkie: I never thought of it that way, but even so, the focus was on Metal a lot. They twist "the point" of the existence of satan with Metal Music SO much that the message gets blurred. Also, hence the question from the interviewer, "do you think Metal is infused with the power of Satan?" And as one can see though all these posts, we took it as a threat to Metal. Dave did indeed try to defend Metal a bit, but unfortunately the clip as a whole gives off the wrong idea about Metal.

Small rant: I've always hated how people's argument against Metal is that it's satanic. When I hear that from people, I'm thinking, "Riiiiiight, because your Pop, Crunk, Rap, ect Music about exposing your body, rubbing up and having sex with people you meet at a club and drinking are COMPLETELY Christian acts. Riiiiiiiight. *sarcasm*" I mean, COME OOON!

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Drum_Junkie writes:

Jenny:
I agree the message can be taken to be an attack on metal if you only view this 6min clip. But the whole episode has 40 minutes of material. The 2 minutes where they talked about the murder (which was committed way back in 1995 and lawsuit dismissed in 2001) is a small portion of the entire episode. I think it was included (poorly) as a set-up for Dave to speak of Metals' redeeming qualities.
ABC did a crappy job, but what do they know about metal? They're owned (pwnd?) by Disney for crying out loud.

Considering your Avatar, I'm honestly kind of surprised that have a problem with people connecting Metal and Satan.
For the record, I don't like the connection, either. But it is a fact that there are satanic Metal bands out there, so I guess the question is: How should we react to people who think Metal and Satan are synonymous?

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 5:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. hellrat writes:

DJ, we tell them to go fvck themselves, that's what. We also tell frikking c0ckhole Sh!tstaine to go get hit by a truck. And that ridiculous goofball interviewer definitely needs to p!ss off as well

what can anyone really expect from such halfbaked, idiot programming? nightline? ha! gimme a fvcking break.... and who can even pretend to be surprised at dave the megadump's audacity, hypocrisy, self absorbtion, arrogance, pride, elitism, denial, blaming, gullability, stupidity and general bad character?

frikken guy is a real fvcking sh!tmouth, and that includes his crap singing

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 6:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Drum_Junkie writes:

Thanks Hellrat!

I can always count on you set things straight. ;)

Everyone have a great weekend! I'm outta here...

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hellrat writes:

:) yessir, you got it brother

NP---Behind the Crooked Cross---South of Heaven

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jenny writes:

Drum_Junkie: You're right about the length of the clip as viewed here. What I would like to state, as I've done before, its that people can speak about God and Satan all they want, but I just think Metal didn't even need to be in the discussion at all.

As for my avatar, I'll quote my first post: "Sure, some bands out there embrace satanism, but that's beside the point. The point is it all depends on how the person takes in (or doesn't take in) the lyrics." With bands that have satanic lyrics for fun, AND for bands that are truly satanic, I choose to listen to their Music simply because I like how it sounds. Just because I can listen to bands that ARE truly satanic doesn't mean I'm evil.

On the topic of Metal always being connected to satan, Metal has a wide range of sub-genres that have absolutely nothing to do with satan (I agree, ABC doesn't know that) but that's why I believe people shouldn't do interviews on things on which they know nothing about in the first place. THAT'S what frustrates me :p IN SUMMARY: though the Metal topic on this was a small portion of the 40 min special, they should've just left Metal out of it. Period. Overall, much agreed with you that the video was simply poorly made.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Hoopy writes:

I am now deleting all Megadeth songs from my mp3 player. Completely discusted with Dave Mustaine who up until this point I had some respect for. Now I will no longer be able to enjoy any Megadeth songs as I will feel I am being preached at by a hypocrite of the forst order. What a wanker.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 8:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. OlafBerzerker writes:

My ex girlfriend used to give my buddys crap if they threw on the Slayer, she said it made me evil alittle

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Metal sucks writes:

The truth is , most people that like metal, or play in metal bands are retards so its no surprise that more of them go off the reservation. You dont really ever hear of Barry manilow fans sacraficing people or going on shooting sprees.

As far as the music or the devil making them do it ? Yes and no. Metal doesnt make sane rational people do anything but cover their ears and go "what is this crap ." But to a socially retarded , living primarily in fantasy land ( ie: World of Warcraft fan) metal fan, i imagine it can make them blur reality and fantasy. Metal is good for no one really. And this moron Dave Butt-stain...he was talking about christianity but he was clearly on drugs.

# Jul 22, 2011 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. utoad9 writes:

"The devil exists" ..."My hexes worked"...Mustain is clearly delusional and in need of professional help. Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta go feed my unicorn.

# Jul 23, 2011 @ 9:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. UncleReality writes:

"do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law"
A. Crowley
Satanic Bible
... and every metal band

# Jul 23, 2011 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. don't talk to me about the fucking bible writes:

There is no f***ing devil. It’s bullsh** created by churches. Hardcore bible freaks teach that you can’t believe in god or christ unless you believe in devils and witches (as they are portrayed in the bible) because it is IN the bible… a work of goddamn fiction written and edited by a$$holes. Along the usual lines of hysterics and sensationalism, “deviltry” here is almost entirely portrayed as both “real” in the biblical sense, and also as mental illness. How can you have both? And be cured by belief in god or christ or whatever? More conversion hysterics, bible inspired trash used again and again, as an excuse for anything. I see this great stereotype more and more all the time, that “non believers” are mentally ill and need “help.” Thanks, Dave, you’re a d***.

# Jul 23, 2011 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. R10 writes:

Spot on analysis utoad. I refuse to watch the Mustaine vid on religion.Dont care nothing about his social,political,or religous commentary! All i need outta Megadeth is a kickazz album,and live show. I cringe when Dave goes on about jesus and sh**! Remember in the early 90's he fancied himself as a political pundit and commenter on MTV? He's done this type of thing before. I agree with above posters who say his current religious fervor and commentary is based on his strict Jehovas upbringing. Just give me the damned music,god damnit!

# Jul 23, 2011 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. xFiruath writes:

Dave mentioned that he believes he used "witchcraft" to seduce and have sex with a girl who was way out of his league and normally wouldn't have given him the time of day. If magical forces (*giggle*) compelled this girl to have sex with someone she normally wouldn't want to have sex with - then she had absolutely no ability to consent to that sex, as she was not in control of herself.

If Dave truly believes the supernatural is real, and he truly believes he can prove that, and if he truly believes he used some sort of supernatural power to have sex with that girl, then why doesn't he march himself down to the nearest police station and demand to be charged with her rape?

# Jul 26, 2011 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Jenny writes:

xFiruath: Maayyybee he thinks his God forgave him for that already. :p

# Jul 28, 2011 @ 3:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. BrunoHockalugie writes:

All the people who are offended by the mainstream media connecting heavy metal to Satan are hilarious. It is no different then how ABC equates every rapper as a high-school drop out felon who beats women and spreads STD's or how every person with a Bible and a gun is a redneck or how if you disagree with Obama you are a racist. The media's purpose is to create stereotypes within our society to divide us. Since most people would rather accept these preconceived notions without any independent research, the result is an increasingly dumbed down and brainwashed collective.

ABC News does not know sh** about metal or journalism.

Question the media in all that they do, or better yet TURN OFF YOUR TV AND THINK FOR YOURSELF

# Jul 28, 2011 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Necrovomit writes:

i was totally just listening to altar of sacrifice :D

# Jul 28, 2011 @ 6:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Jenny writes:

Bruno: With cases like this I believe people get annoyed more than offended (well that's my case, at least). It's a mixture of anger and sadness really. You're certainly right about the brained washed masses; which is why all I can say is that I feel very, very sorry for people who believe that these silly connections are legit. I rarely ever watch tv, so when I get peaks of the mainstream media it annoys/pains me.

# Jul 28, 2011 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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