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Anton LaVey: Hymn of the Satanic Empire
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Battle Hymn of the Apocalypse

Being the founder of a "Church" of Satan, author of a Satanic "Bible", and conductor of a Satanic "Mass" album, it's no surprise that Anton Szandor LaVey also employed his skills as a musician to create a Satanic "Hymn". In 1968, LaVey composed The Hymn of the Satanic Empire, or, The Battle Hymn of the Apocalypse. The piece was played at Satanic ceremonies worldwide in the decades to follow. The lyrics were published publicly in 1990 as an epilogue to the authorized biography by Blanche Barton, The Secret Life of A Satanist (published by Feral House and soon to be released in an expanded edition).

Church of Satan Magister Reuben Radding transcribed the piece for standard notation, and copies were originally available for sale through the publication The Black Flame. In 1992 the same transcription was published in Anton LaVey's essay compilation, The Devil’s Notebook (Feral House).

LaVey himself didn't formally record the piece until sometime in the 1990s. That recording later appeared as a bonus track to the compact disc re-release of The Satanic Mass (©2001, Reptilian Records). Rather than singing the lyrics in the given melody, LaVey used his synthesizers to play the melody along with drum sounds and additional sound effects, over which he boldly spoke the lyrics.

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from MARK ov THE BEAST, released April 15, 2017
Anton LaVey

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