Dave Ellefson is well known not only for his incredible bass chops, musical contributions, and label owner, but he is also famous for his Christian faith. He, along with Dave Mustaine, has been a great ambassador for the Christian faith, with a complete turnaround from his drug addled early Megadeth years to a becoming a Lutheran Pastor. He recently expounded on this and other musical matters in an interview with Metalheads Forever Magazine.
Music is a gift from our creator and that’s why it connects to people everywhere, despite our humanness like language, politics, race, creed and so forth. Those things are what define us as humans but music is what defines us as creative creatures. biblically speaking, the word tells us that god “created man in his own likeness”. So, based on that, we are creators because our creator created us! It’s all part of the plan here.
Even the black metal artists who burned churches were just stuck in sin, trying to make sense of the human condition. The same way i was stuck in sin as a drug addict years ago. But, the good lord can deliver us from evil and get us back to doing what he wanted us to do…create!! That was my story when i was getting cleaned up back in 1989 and then went into the studio and recorded “rust in peace” in 1990. We were creating in darkness, but recorded in sober clarity. That’s a huge part of the success of that record. We don’t have to go around and make everyone else get sober, but revealing our own journey from darkness into light through that process can provide the necessary inspiration for others to be inspired to try it, too. Heavy metal never caused the problems of the world…it just a reflected the problems already in the world.
In Metal there is a definite anti-Christian bigotry that pervades the genre, but there are also great defenders of the faith such as Dave Ellefson, Dave Mustaine, Nicko McBrain, etc. It is rare that Metal publications will allow an artist to express their Christianity without some negative commentary inserted by the author, so this is a refreshing read.
Read the rest of this great interview here.
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