I remembered that lol. It wasn't True Satanism though. I was definately a Christian, but viewed the Christian Satan in a much more positive light (and still do) than most Christians, so in a way I seemed Satanic, but really wasnt.
I was heavily interested in the religion before my de-conversion from a Christian perspective, so I researched it to death.
There are indeed many differing forms of Satanism, but it all ultimately boils down to LaVeyan Satanism and Theistic Satanism.
Since there is such a vast amount of groups that claim Satanism (kind of like Christianity), I think the best thing for me to do would be to post a bunch of links of Satanic groups I know about, and you could pick and choose which ones to read about.
The big thing I will mention about LaVeyan Satanism are that most people who do claim Satanism, possessed by demons, etc. are actually of this branch of Satanism. The LaVeyan branch I would argue isn’t True Satanism, but rather religious atheism with Satanic imagery. Usually it is the belief that Satan is simply the carnal nature within man, being about indulgence instead of abstinence. They do not believe in an actual deity nor an actual devil or demon named Satan. It is all indeed imagery simply used to represent your inner self and your inner “evil” I guess you could say. Pretty much what I do like about LaVeyan Satanism is unlike Christianity where you are supposed to adhere to 1 particular belief (let us leave the 38,000 different denominations argument aside here), for LaVeyan Satanism, it is ENCOURAGED to pick and choose what suits you, and it is still valid LaVeyan Satanism, according to LaVeyan Satanism. So, if you are like me where you like the describing of Satan as a symbol and reject the creed like the 9 Satanic Sins or refuse to be a card-carrying member to the Church of Satan, you are still a LaVeyan Satanist. If you are into the rituals and such, and prefer to live by every single word jotted by LaVey, you are just as LaVeyan Satanist as I, and many others would be.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_LaVeyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Satanic_Biblehttp://www.churchofsatan.com/
And there was a great interview with LaVey dealing with some of his belief’s and on music in this book, which also explores other parts of Satanism and Satanic Music:http://www.amazon.com/Lords-Chaos-Bloody-Satanic-Underground/dp/0922915946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319427302&sr=8-1
For Theistic Satanism though, this is where there are many different religions and many different variations of Devil-Worship. This one it is just best if I do indeed just post different groups and if you are interested, just read the articles, otherwise this post would be an EXTREMELY long essay. I will use wikipedia to get an overall, general outlook on the religions, and for some, the official websites as well. I will say that although there are some forms of Theistic Satanism that isn’t Devil-Worship per say, but they believe it is possible to become a God through such “religious” means. With this being said, there are actually some groups that are heavily involved in National Socialism/Nazism. This kind is often called Fascist Satanism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theistic_Satanismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascist_satanism
And the many differing branches include The Temple of Set, The Order of Nine Angels, The Temple of the Black Light/Misanthropic Luciferian Order, The Dragon Rouge for a few examples. This next kind is the kind that Christians want you to believe are rampant, but really, the amount of this kind are so small and miniscule, it is practically non-existent. These ones are True Satanists/Reverse-Christians/Orthodox Theistic Satanists, which is simply believing the Bible 100% just like a Christian, but instead of worshipping God, you worship Satan. It is simply doing exactly what the Bible tells you not to do, just to please the Christian Satan and piss off the Christian God. Pretty much, everybody else looks at them and just calls them Christians, since that is what they are.
The Temple of Sethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_sethttp://www.xeper.org/
Here is a group that I didn’t mention called Joy of Satan.http://www.joyofsatan.org/
The Order of Nine Angels (one example of a Nazi-Satanism group)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Nine_Angleshttp://www.nineangles.info/
The Temple of the Black Light/Misanthropic Luciferian Order
Researching on wikipedia, it is only giving me the Blackened Death Metal band Dissection from Sweden. If I were to use them, I would research their album Reinkaos, as the lyrics are pretty much nothing more than tenets and beliefs of the MLO. Seems all official websites of the organization are down so all I can give you is the band Dissection here. It is still an organization though, not a music group.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissection_(band
The Dragon Rouge
With this, I can only get the founder of the belief on wikipedia. Where on the MLO the blackened death metal band Dissection is the representative band on the beliefs, this one will be the Symphonic Opera Metal band Therion.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Rougehttp://www.dragonrouge.net/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therion_(band
And for fun, here is another form of Theistic Satanism called Luciferianismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciferianism
This one Satanic group I actually despise, called the Son of Sam. I despise it greatly because I found out from a criminal channel that the group is very into animal sacrifices and actively sacrifices German Shepherd Dogs and little animals for their Satan.
There is little to no wikipedia information on them, but they do provide information on them a little through their infamous serial-killer, David Berkowitz.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Sam
With all this being said, and with how I am still seeing how religion works, although Anton LaVey created his own religion using atheism as a crutch, I think there is very much Truth in what He said when He was describing Satan as one’s inner self. I say this because although all these religions worship all these Gods and are the Vicars of such, I really see them doing more than practicing LaVeyan Satanism. Pretty much, instead of calling it “Satan”, they are calling it “Jesus” or “Allah” or “Vishnu” etc. Because of this, and to understand Anton LaVey more, I am interested in getting his book The Satanic Bible.http://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Bible-Anton-Szandor-Lavey/dp/0380015390/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319427835&sr=1-1
One last thing I will mention, although it seems they are all coming up with their own views, rituals, and things of that sort, they all seems to have a similar influence from Frederich Nietzsche who wasn’t a Satanist, but rather a philosophical Nihilist. I will say I am very interested in His’ works and would like to research more about him. He also coined the popular phrase God is dead.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederich_Nietzsche
I don’t know if you are also interested in other occultic beliefs that are viewed as Satanic, but aren’t per say kind of like Aleister Crowley and his Thelema religion.