Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time?

Glen Benton of Deicide.Consequence of Sound has created a bracket of musicians they declare to be truly, truly evil and are asking readers to vote.  

The selections include Phil Spector (convicted of murder), GG Allin (all-round nut), Chris Brown (serial abuser), Gary Glitter (convicted pedophile), Insane Clown Posse (weird, but probably just misunderstood), The Eagles (no argument from me), Chief Keef (various legal issues) and, er, Courtney Love.

CoS offers some good choices, but there are plenty of omissions.  For example, here are but five.

Varg Vikernes:  Death metaller who burned down at least three churchers and stabbed a bandmember to death.

Gaahl:  Black metaller known to force people to bleed into a cup so he can drink it.

Gary Tranter:  You’ve probably never heard of him, but he was a guitarist with a band called Broken Linda. His criminal convictions include punching two nuns and chasing a rabbi with a tracktor. He also co-wrote a song about sailing a giant oil tanker into a church.

Glen Benton:  Leader of Deicide, the band behind such songs as “Death to Jesus,” “Kill the Christian” and “Behead the Prophet.”

Charles Manson:  He was a friend of one of the Beach Boys and has actually recorded a couple of albums.

Any more nominations?

Alan Cross

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6 thoughts on “Who Are the Most Evil Musicians of All Time?

  • October 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    My nomination: Ted Nugent, for being a neanderthal douchebag.

    Thang you, thang you verry mush..

  • October 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Has Glen Benton actually done anything particularly evil, other than shoot a squirrel he claimed was chewing up his house's wiring? Otherwise I see little to set him apart from Blackie Lawless, Marilyn Manson, or any other musician marketing his band with occult imagery.

  • October 12, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Gaahl recently came out of the closet so that makes him even more of an bad guy in christian circles. I tend to think this guy is pretty evil, Timothy Lambesis from As I Lay Dying who hired a hitman to kill his wife. The best part is that he's been aligning himself with the whole christian thing…..EVIL!!!!

  • October 12, 2013 at 2:01 am

    "Evil" is subjective, but as far as rotten artists go, Madonna is up there. Just not a good human being.

  • October 12, 2013 at 3:09 am

    The Dude who wrote the Seasme Street theme. And of course, Alan Thicke.

  • December 19, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Varg Vikernes is so much not an Death metal Guy.. you should at least5 use wikipedia or something to check your informations before writing something. As the only permanent member of Burzum he is one of the most influent personalities ( in good and bad ways) to the Black Metal scene.
    You should have mentioned a lot of more guys.. Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection, Bard Eithun of Emperor or Hendrik Möbus of Absurd… Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying should have also been mentioned in this list. And now in a more actual list Ian Watkins MUST be on #1 in this list!


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