Black metal band's Easter concert cancelled in Malaysia

Event canceled after outrage from churches saying it was of anti-Christian and pro-Satanic
Black metal band's Easter concert cancelled in Malaysia

A file image of a heavy-metal concert. A concert featuring a Singapore black-metal band planned for Easter Sunday in Malaysia has been canceled due to objection from local Christians. (Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP) reporter, Kuala Lumpur
April 16, 2019
A heavy metal rock concert planned for Easter Sunday in Kuala Lumpur has been canceled after outrage by the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) that it was promoting an anti-Christian sentiment.

A spokesman for the organizers, Goatlordth Records, said they were canceling the show by Singapore black metal band Devouror as they do not want to get into trouble with Malaysian authorities.

The reversal follows objections to the concert by Reverend Herman Shastri, secretary-general of the council, questioning the authorization of an “anti-Christian and pro-Satanic” performance in the Muslim-majority multi-ethnic country.

“The CCM calls upon the relevant authorities to explain the basis for granting permission to such bands that promote their music using extremely offensive and denigrating language that can hurt the religious feelings of others,” he said in a press release on April 15.

“On top of that, the live performance of the band will be on one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, namely Easter.

“This will be considered an affront to the religious sentiments of Christians in the country,” Shastri had said.

The Singaporean black metal band Devouror identifies itself as iconoclastic and promotes itself for shock effect with brutish imagery.

Announcing the cancellation of the concert on its Facebook page last night, the organizers said that they were “devastated that the Devouror’s Kuala Lumpur debut show has to submit to its fate of cancellation”.

“As (the) organizer, we are frustrated that almost a year of effort has been suppressed to nothing, as we intend no harm or beef with the righteous authority,” Goatlordth Records said.

“To belittle the fans of extreme music with shameful judgment is scrutiny of your own personal values,” they said.

Goatlordth Records also argued that “extreme music” by bands like Devouror which are intended to be provocative is no different from other extreme genres of art such as gory horror movies.

The five-man band Devouror consists of veterans in Singapore’s black metal scene. They describe their sound as “Bestial Deathcult Warfare” with influences from metal bands such as Possessed, Sarcofago, Necrovore, Blasphemy, Death, and Sodom.

CCM’s complaint comes in the wake of a decision by neighboring Singapore’s decision to cancel Swedish black metal band Watain on March 7, hours before it was due to perform there.

Singapore authorities cited concerns over the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence. Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority initially allowed the performance to take place.

The cancellation followed security concerns raised by the Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs, who said the band’s performance had the potential to cause enmity and disrupt the city state’s social harmony.

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Last week, a concert called Sarawak Metal Regime originally scheduled for this Saturday in Sarawak state was also canceled due to religious complaints.

Last month a neo-Nazi band festival featuring 10 right-wing ‘Malay power’ bands scheduled to take place in the northern Malaysian city of Ipoh was also canceled amid protests.

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