I'm going to take a wild guess and assume many Rocks Off readers are probably more rockers, metalheads, and punks than fans of teen pop music, so those folks may have no idea who Ariana Grande is. If that's the case, she's the latest in a long line of disposable pop stars created by record labels and executive producers.
Oh, the girl can sing, I'll give her that. She can also act. Your author has seen many an episode of her Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat on sleepless nights after getting bored watching the same hour of SportsCenter on an endless loop in the wee hours of the morning. She could not possibly be that dumb in real life, could she?
Well, turns out last year she revealed her true personality to us all. You see, as she told Complex, she has a dark side. She is haunted by demons. Personally, I think that is awesome, and deserves a lot more attention.
As rockers, it is inherently understood among us that the Devil, demons, ghosts, hauntings, and all that stuff is metal as fuck. From King Diamond to Ghost BC, all these things have a long history in the annals of rock. Even back in the day, non-Satanic bands were given Satanic imagery by overly concerned parents.
KISS and AC/DC weren't really trying to turn your children on to the works of Anton LaVey, but that didn't stop churches from telling parents that their names stood for "Knights In Satan's Service" and "Anti-Christ/Devil Child."
Likewise, Ariana Grande isn't trying to tell anyone to believe in the Devil with her music. All I'm saying is that maybe she should.
Ms. Grande has the belief already. In that Complex interview, she talked about her experience passing by the Stull Cemetery, apparently "one of the seven gates to Hell" (her words, not mine), which is located in Kansas City.
Kansas City, because that's where a gate to Hell would be. Personally, I always suspected it would be in Dallas. Anyway, Grande goes on to discuss how the Pope himself will not fly over Kansas City because of this, and that while she was passing the cemetery, she smelled sulfur and saw flies, true signs of demonic presence.
The "Break Free" singer apologized to the demons for disturbing them, which, honestly, I don't think is going to do much to stop a demon from fucking with you if they really feel like it. Then she took a picture, which showed three faces of "textbook demons," but the file could not send to her friends or Instagram because it was, get this, "666 megabytes." Spooky.
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She also talked about experiences with demons in her bed with her, and how she once had a folder of just demon pictures on her phone, but deleted them when unspecified "weird things" started happening.
This is all completely and utterly amazing. Whether you believe in demons or not, whether you believe any of this stuff happened or not, is not the point. The point is that Ariana Grande is clearly obsessed with the occult.
A pop singer obsessed with the occult? This is something that we have honestly pretty much never seen before outside the realm of metal. All I can say is that it's about damn time.
Can you even imagine the batshit insanity of Grande making an album of pop tunes with lyrics about demons? This could be like the pop version of Abigail. Honestly, I cannot think of many things more awesome than that.
I therefore put my full support behind Grande exploring this previously hidden dark side of herself within the context of her music. This is something we all need to see, pop fans and metalheads alike. This could be bridge that unites us all.
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