Nu-metal band Slipknot (search) hit the stage here despite a request by the Greece's Orthodox Church for concert organizers to cancel the show because of the group's violent lyrics and references to the devil.

The band from Des Moines, Iowa, performed Monday night at the open-air Lykavitos (search) theater. Concert organizers could not be reached for comment.

Slipknot's song "I Am Hated," includes the lyrics: "The whole world is my enemy — and I'm a walking target / Two times the devil with all the significance / Dragged and raped for the love of a mob / I can't stay — because I can't be stopped."

The church, citing a local press report, said in a statement: "The members of the band have a shocking appearance, wearing black uniforms and masks that look like skulls."

The statement added: "Public institutions must do their duty and protect Greek citizens, especially young people, from any public event that promotes Satanism."

The nine-piece band are touring to promote their latest CD, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)." (search)