A large portion of the metal genres are known for pagan-based lyrics. Metal has, for years, had ties with Satanism and Norse paganism. But, of course, there is plenty of metal that has no spiritual/religious/metaphysical quality to it at all.
But, then, there's Christian metal. It may seem like an antithesis to many of us...growling for Jesus and whatnot. But, as a former Christian who seriously dug metal and, as a natural progression (or regression), began to listen to Christian metal, some of it is pretty fucking good. Bands like Zao, Living Sacrifice, Extol, Mortification, Tourniquet, As I Lay Dying, Society's Finest, Soul Embraced and a host of others kick ass.
But, what's the line between metal (especially very pagan-based genres like black metal) and Christianity? Is it lame? Is it a total oxymoron? What do you guys think?