Crash Church, a congregation in Brazil, is alluring as it is outlandish. It involves heavy metal and evangelism on a single platform!
To put it in colloquial terms, heavy metal and Christianity isn’t a safe association. Not quite. The predominant acts in this genre aren’t good Christians, needless to say. Christian rock and Christian metal bands are in the scene dating back to the 80’s. Nonetheless, they don’t sell as much! For what it’s worth, the Church in Brazil deserves a recognition.
Heavy Metal Church: Brazil
Coming into force in 1998, the Crash Church is the brainchild of Pastor Antônio Carlos Batista. As Tuko reports, the Church religiously employs metal music in its sermons. Also, Batista is no ordinary padre, he’s in a metal head outfit. We’re talking long hair, black clothes and beard here, of course.
Another catch here is that the congregation isn’t in a typical Church too. Much similar to the underground metal gigs, the gathering is in a garage. Don’t mistake this to an empty rhetoric, mind you, the sermons are nothing shy of the conventional Church. The partisans are all in the metal outfit and come from all walks of life.
Batista reads the prayers from the Bible and the partisans have a TV screen arrangement to follow through. Additionally, Batista maintains a cordial relationship with the Church goers and his anomalous practice has stood a test of time. Even longer than most evangelical bands last, one could argue.
Crash Church: a igreja que passa a palavra de Deus ao som de Heavy Metal https://t.co/bkNawQpKen
— Crash Church – SP (@CrashChurch) January 13, 2017
Heavy Metal: Reach and Reception
The practice as aberrant and eccentric as this didn’t go well with all the factions of the society, of course. The conventional Church sees this as ‘anti-Christian’ and the metal fraternity calls them ‘too modest’. Somewhere between the pariah status and the metal-stigma, Crash Church came into prominence.
Bands like Stryper, Underoath and As I Lay Dying are advocating the message of god through metal music since long. Despite being overshadowed by traditional metal acts who are indifferent towards faith, the Christian bands stand strong today. Perhaps, it’s the efforts of people like Batista that faith gets a multi-faceted acknowledgment. Long live metal!