Bad Omen

Album: Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (1986)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about people worshipping the devil. They have a big ceremony where all sorts of immorality is going on, and they invite Satan and hope that he gives them his blessing. Instead, his demons rape and destroy the people and Satan takes their souls. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kyle - Montreal, Canada
  • Dijon Carruthers, who was the band's drummer for a short period, is listed in the album's liner notes as "inspiring" this song and "Good Mourning/Black Friday." According to Dave Mustaine, Carruthers had a friend who was into dark magic, which gave them the ideas for the songs.
  • The word "Omen" is associated with Satanism thanks to the 1976 movie The Omen, where a child appears to be the embodiment of The Devil.

Comments: 2

  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis song is a great slow/moderate (not fast) song with a amazing drum beat... Superb to listen to or play.
  • Jon from --------, SwedenThis song is awesome. I was listening to this on my mp3 while driving my moped, and when the fast part kicked in I nearly missed the road turning!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Adele

AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New York

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

Tony Joe White

Tony Joe WhiteSongwriter Interviews

The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

Steven Tyler of AerosmithSongwriter Interviews

Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.