Lithuanian metal music festival Devilstone Open Air 2010 - which took place last July in the little town of Anyksciai - has gained a serious amount of criticism from the religious community. The Prosecution Service even started a pre-investigation whether or not the festival has provoked religious disunion.

According to an official press release, the festival has been highly acclaimed by its target fans and the broad society... except for the religious community of the town. Recently a group of local Catholics and the Dean of the local church publicly expressed their opponent attitude towards the festival. These people even initiated a pre-trial investigation accusing the festival and/or one of the festival's headliners Mayhem of provoking religious disunion.

Local Catholics and the Dean declare their religious feelings have been insulted as they witnessed the photos of the band's performance where Mayhem front-man Attila Csihar wore something similar to a cassock, had an inverted cross, bloody mask and a gallows loop.





The Dean applied to the Ministry of Justice which in turn forwarded the case back to the local Prosecution Service of Anyksciai. The pre-trial investigation is in the process and the organizers of the festival are scheduled to express their statement next week.

In the meanwhile such unprecedented case has been highlighted by Lithuanian media and is being hastily discussed by the society. The majority express their negative reaction to the initiators of the case, comparing the present situation with the middle ages. On the other side a minority defends the Dean and the religious community, stating that the festival and its content are harmful for people's moral.

The organizer of the festival - ALT events - justifies the festival, the band and the festival's nature, as the aim of it is not to provoke disunity among religious, national, racial, ethnic or any other groups of people. The organizer stands for the viewpoint that even the most extreme and radical shows on stage should be considered as art of performance; the freedom of artistic expression should not be restrained, was it black metal music or a piece of contemporary art.

It is expected that such unwanted confrontation between the festival and religious institution would not determine the end of festival's existence. The relation with local authorities of the church has been complicated since the debut of the festival in 2009, when the Dean aimed to ban the festival for its title "Devilstone" and for its last year's headliner Sepultura, which, according to the Dean, was a Satanic band.

Devilstone Open Air occurred for the second time this year in Anyksciai, was headlined by Norwegian band Mayhem, Sweden's Grave and Germany's Tankard, featured by 15 more bands from all over Europe, and held an audience of about 1500 people.


Source: devilstone.net
Band profile: Mayhem
Event: Devilstone Open Air
 
Posted: 04.09.2010 by Thryce



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Baz Anderson - 04.09.2010 at 20:52  
I'd love to see Mayhem again.
vezzy - 04.09.2010 at 20:57  
Don't know what to think. Surprising to see such negative reaction though, but funny.
RavenLord - 04.09.2010 at 21:47  
"Local Catholics and the Dean declare their religious feelings have been insulted"

In the 21st Century, can we please just acknowledge that religious sentiments have no more exemption from criticism than any other. Otherwise I'll have to declare my feelings insulted regarding the Catholic Church's ridiculous pontifications on what we should and shouldn't be doing.

Perhaps the local community could look at the big picture and realise that Devilstone is actually giving them some important culture and (presumably) income...or are they so blinkered that they'll shoot themselves in the foot just to preserve their own feelings of security.

Guess what, guys? A bloke with a beard once said to turn the other cheek. Then he got nailed to a tree. He didn't complain about his feelings, though.
Lit. - 04.09.2010 at 22:00  
...And why should we care?
Vegard R - 04.09.2010 at 22:17  
Ah, so that's what catholic priests does when they aren't raping kids. Suing people. Because they insults their beliefs. Well, I gotta say they kind of insults my belief when they rape kids.. Hmm.
Ellrohir - 04.09.2010 at 22:50  
For religious fanatics i only have one answer - Det Satan Club!
Elodie Artour - 04.09.2010 at 23:14  
"when the Dean aimed to ban the festival for its title "Devilstone" and for its last year's headliner Sepultura, which, according to the Dean, was a Satanic band" - LOL LOL LOL

I mean, seriously? I hope local people really don't care much about these sick people's beliefs. After all, it's their choice whether to look at these pictures or not. Besides that, they do insult us, too by calling our music 'bad' , 'wrong' or whatever. Art must not be judged like that. It simply mustn't...

Anyway. I respect people who have different beliefs as long as they don't mess up with my religious point of view.
Hugoj33 - 04.09.2010 at 23:35  
So many stupid people with their stupid religion out there....they should get something useful to do
Bad English - 04.09.2010 at 23:53  
What is dean and cassock?
Elodie Artour - 05.09.2010 at 00:10  
@K7: I wanted to ask the same thing...
vezzy - 05.09.2010 at 00:12  
A dean is a head priest. A cassock is a robe worn by clergy of the church.
Ellrohir - 05.09.2010 at 00:16  
This needs Richard Dean Anderson, who would magically turn the cassock into a rocket launcher and blow out the local church HQ
Vitriolic Hate - 05.09.2010 at 00:34  
Written by Ellrohir on 05.09.2010 at 00:16

This needs Richard Dean Anderson, who would magically turn the cassock into a rocket launcher and blow out the local church HQ

vezzy - 05.09.2010 at 00:39  
Written by Ellrohir on 05.09.2010 at 00:16

This needs Richard Dean Anderson, who would magically turn the cassock into a rocket launcher and blow out the local church HQ


Sir, that was win.
Bad English - 05.09.2010 at 00:56  
Written by Ellrohir on 05.09.2010 at 00:16

This needs Richard Dean Anderson, who would magically turn the cassock into a rocket launcher and blow out the local church HQ


ghahhaah Mc Guiver or how I shood spell it
Bad English - 05.09.2010 at 00:56  
Written by vezzy on 05.09.2010 at 00:12

A cassock is a robe worn by clergy of the church.


stilld dont get it any pics
Vombatus - 05.09.2010 at 01:01  
A Black Metal band offending a local religious community.... Nothing new, just the same old debate where the church can't find an acceptable argument and the stated BM band gets free publicity
Bad English - 05.09.2010 at 01:15  
Written by Vombatus on 05.09.2010 at 01:01

A Black Metal band offending a local religious community.... Nothing new, just the same old debate where the church can't find an acceptable argument and the stated BM band gets free publicity


man its in new country we havnt hear about Lithuania till now
Deimosian - 05.09.2010 at 01:59  
It says Tankard played there. I believe Tankard's guitarist, Andy Gutjahr, is a christian. I wonder what he thinks of the church opposing the festival. Maybe the band has to like drag him out every time to come play. And hes all like "nooo, i don't want to play metal and sing about Satan, its bad" and they're like "you're going to do it and you're going to like it! and we're going to pay you in BEER". Then the next thing he knows he wakes up on stage drunk and playing guitar and hes all like "man this is awesome, hail Satan!" Yeah, thats probably how it goes down every time.

Anyway, the church faggots in Lithuania should go kill themselves.
Jon - 05.09.2010 at 07:19  
Written by Bad English on 05.09.2010 at 00:56

Written by vezzy on 05.09.2010 at 00:12

A cassock is a robe worn by clergy of the church.


stilld dont get it any pics


Google images dude! Anyway its that thing that Attila's wearing in the picture in the article. It's like a sacred apron.
N.G.J - 05.09.2010 at 07:46  
Umm. Why now do they attack?
.mrt - 05.09.2010 at 12:05  
"provoked religious disunion" - ok, so that's something criminal??? Who gives a f.
lunarbloom - 05.09.2010 at 17:57  
This is an amusing story, and not surprising when you think about it. Just imagine Attila and the tour crew storming into this peaceful, quaint little town of pious old folks. I'm sure they proved quite the disruption. Good to know Mayhem is doing their job :]

Sepultura satanic?? Ahahaha.
insanity.peppers - 06.09.2010 at 02:06  
Written by Deimosian on 05.09.2010 at 01:59

Anyway, the church faggots in Lithuania should go kill themselves.


Uh oh, looks like the Lithuanian churchies aren't the only primitive, backwards people around here.
RavenKing - 06.09.2010 at 02:29  
I have only one thing to say on the matter: Fuck religion and fuck those who still care for and defend those obsolete ideas in 2010. Hail to the freedom of speaking and thinking. And may the mental enslavement that religion is disappear.
Daggon - 06.09.2010 at 04:56  
Written by Ellrohir on 04.09.2010 at 22:50

For religious fanatics i only have one answer - Det Satan Club!


Fuck! That was awesome!

Oh yeah, same old story, this is getting boring hahaha remember, Satan loves you all
Shadowcross - 06.09.2010 at 07:51  
Woohoo Mayhem this month in Brisbane city!!

it's just a show! I wish these religious zealots would get over it!
BudDa - 06.09.2010 at 08:17  
What really surprises me is that the community usually complains after the show. Its Mayhem goddammit! What did u expect..a tit-show?
Chidder - 06.09.2010 at 12:51  
In Poland something like that happenes all the time
Skatmat - 07.09.2010 at 09:28  
Ridicilous.
Array - 07.09.2010 at 19:55  
Piss of my ass.
Aeonfrost - 15.10.2010 at 17:27  
Sepultura satanic?and next they will say slipknot is satanic.

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