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Backmasking: Devils Message?

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Every one of us listens to our favorite music. Some would prefer to listen to slow romantic music, jazz or classical songs depending on our own interest in listening to particular music.

Not everyone can appreciate music and we must be thankful if we have our ears that can identify sounds be it music, voice or noise.

Do you love listening to music? What type of music genre do you listen to? Did you know that songs have hidden messages?

In some of my previous posts I always mention music. Well if you are reading my posts I guess you already know what type of music I listen to. Let me reiterate once again that I am not a musician or something like that, just a music enthusiast.

As a kid I used to listen to 80’s songs. Obviously, because I grew up in the 80’s. I’ll tell you, music songs back then were really good to listen to. Even if you try to play them today you will never know if the song is old if it’s the first time you hear such music from early days.

No wonder that some music artists of today wanted to cover songs from the past. Maybe because the artist was one of their influences. Like the song “Sound of Silence” that was originally popularized by Simon and Garfunkel, covered by heavy metal band “Disturbed”.  Or the song “Careless Whisper” by George Michael covered by Seether.

Sometimes the cover song is better to listen to than the original and it always sounds good to me listening to a song in metal or rock rendition. Maybe because metal and rock songs are the music genre I prefer to listen to. Although I also listen to reggae music, RnB or even Jazz depending on my mood.

Songs have meanings

But do you know that most music has a message that the song writer wanted to tell their listeners. Mostly the message is easy to understand as it is with the lyrics. Some are metaphorical and others are songs of praise and admiration. For example the songs of Bob Marley are all about love and peace in the form of reggae music. It is just funny that teens today regard him as the artist who promotes smoking of weed.

The song “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns is all about reflection. Their lyrics are pretty much simple yet it is kind of powerful unlike any other songs that uses deeper words and that hard to decipher the message.

Some people found out that there are hidden messages in every song that it will only reveal if you play it backwards. The term is “Backmasking”. It was popularized by “The Beatles” and used as an additional instrumentation.

I first learned about backmasking back in high school. When I heard about it, it had a negative connotation. Some Christian people regarded it as the songs of the devil and that rock artists hid satanic messages in their songs.

So I dismantled my cassette records of my favorite rock band and started playing it backwards hoping that I might discover a hidden message in it. Unfortunately, I found nothing but irritating sound. I ended up throwing my cassette tapes in the thrash because some get tangled and unrolled from the reel.

Songs have hidden message

The songs “Hotel California” by the Eagles and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin have been regarded as satanic when played backwards.

There are a lot of songs that if played backwards can form a creepy message or sometimes funny. But I think these are unintentional. But if the artist really meant to deliver a message in a song that is something scary why then would he hide it? Why not just use alternate words and sing the song that normal way. Either way it’s only the artist who knows what’s behind the song unless he should reveal it to the public.

So I tried to play the songs Hotel California and Stairway To Heaven backwards once again but this time it is easier to do it because there are a lot of apps and PC software for playing the music in reverse.

Below are my own findings when the songs are played backwards but I am not sure if it meant that way:

Hotel California by The Eagles

Lyrics:

Welcome to the Hotel California. Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place). Such a lovely face

Backmask:

Who I know and I must. I wish I must see.

They recon, I see it. They recon, I see it. And I hope that my wish to whip them those raiding.

Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Lyrics:

And as we wind on down the road. Our shadows taller than our soul. There walks a lady we all know. Who shines white light and wants to show. How everything still turns to gold.

Backmask:

And I said we’ve been there. There’s no one out here than I do. I really am so in. What I’m gonna be without them.

If you are still clueless of what I was trying to tackle you can listen to a full backmask of Stairway To Heaven here.

Thanks for reading. Ciao!

 Lead image source credits to Kelly Sikkema

Resources:

https://study.com/academy/lesson/backmasking-of-songs-psychology-examples.html

https://sundial.csun.edu/155276/arts-entertainment/backmasking-demonic-subliminal-messages-in-music-a-sundial-curated-playlist/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_backmasked_messages

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I don't believe in backmasking because I know that it's all made up by a human imagination. We're just overthinking that there's a hidden message like that one. Making a hidden message like that is kinda hard

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1 month ago

As far as I can remember, the genre is called Avant Gard. I like versions of Pentatonix singing of Silence. Seether singing Careless whisper.

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1 month ago

I really like the rock versions of those songs.

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1 month ago

I think backmasking musics are edited, I watched lots of music that been backmask like baby in which they say that there's a evil messhe inside of it, they heard it to viewers then some of them believe on it, honestly reversing a message of the song or hiding a lyrics is difficult, even the greatest artist can't do that or even a music editor.

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yes it is pretty much difficult to record a music with a certain message when played in reverse. I think some people came into that idea of satanic message in heavy metal music because it sounds like noise to them and the fact that artist are making use of evils and demons as props.

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1 month ago

maybe humans are too judgemental with music without knowing that they are true devil doing lots of evil actions,

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Bob Marley will always be one of my favorites. Yeah, I don't know why they associate him with weeds and all. Maybe it's because of the way he looked. I don't know. O baka naman kasi reggae yung genre ng music nya. Kapag kasi reggae akala ng iba pang adik na haha

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1 month ago

ewan ko ba sa mga kataan ngayon, iba ang pagkakakilala nila kay Bob Marley haha.

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1 month ago

Hahaha need pang e seminar

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1 month ago

Cool! I thought of backmasking just this week. Will look for apps too.

Music is powerful that is what I know.

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Yes so powerful that it can heal the world or unite people.

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