Slayer wrote a song called New Faith–from 2001’s God Hates Us All, which, among other things, focuses on the deception of the church and how it (this includes all forms of Christian churches) deceives and abuses its followers. This Slayer song is only one of many, beginning when their career started in 1983, in which they speak on the fallacies of the church. So my observation is this: it’s interesting that there is such hype surrounding Dan Brown and his novel, especially because he is the Johnny-come-lately of revelatory statements on the pop-culture notion that American’s preferred Christ-based religion is not as pristine as the platform our Commander-in-chief partially won his last campaign on–that is, religion.
But interestingly, Dan Brown fabricates more about the real world at the behest of “literature,” than does Slayer at the behest of “music.” The Opus Dei are, according to Brown, religious zealots, self-flagellating and following the whims of god (or his mouth pieces, rather) to whatever ends He deems fit. Slayer, on the other hand, fabricates nothing, and only speaks on what they perceive about the religion. Yes, both artistic forms here are vastly different, but where they are similar is that both take the form of “a new god” (starstruck, from Slayer’s God Hates Us All album). Although Slayer’s song Angel of Death, is originally about sadistic Nazi doctor/human experimenter (Joseph Mengel), he believed it was his duty to do so, just like Silas (also an angel) believes he has a duty to God.
Brown’s idea is white and pasty, like his under panties. He might say that his art is only a form of exploration or that it is his profound interest in the religion itself. If that were true, he could show his interest by donating the funds he’s earned from his book and slip it into the donation dish.