Enjoy My Flames

Roman emperors seem to be popular subjects in metal music, partly because metal musicians see themselves as persecuted minorities aligned with Ancient Rome. Additionally, Roman emperors, especially Nero, were seen as rather hostile to Christianity, which metal equates with contemporary, mainstream morality and authority it is staunchly against. Nero, in particular, is beloved — appearing by name in 139 songs — for his rather brutal treatment of Christians, such as his supposed scapegoating and persecution of Christians for a fire that he allegedly started. Read full article here