Watain - Banned From Performing In Singapore, Show Canceled


According to a report in Reuters, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has had their Singapore show scheduled for tonight canceled after concerns of the band "denigrating religions and promoting violence," were voiced by the authorities. The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said it canceled the concert following an assessment submitted to it by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).


Official statement of Reuters:

Watain live has gained an avid following thanks to its nightmarish live shows, which have included performing Satanic ceremonies on stage and dousing their fans with blood. The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said it canceled the concert following an assessment submitted to it by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

"MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band's history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore's social harmony", the IMDA said in a statement. "MHA has therefore asked IMDA to consider cancelling the concert for reasons of public order, and IMDA has agreed."

Band members were not immediately available for comment.

Singapore keeps a tight rein on public speech and the media, especially when it comes to matters related to race and religion, but bans are fairly rare. Future Music Festival Asia was canceled by the Singapore government in 2015 due to worries it might encourage drug use. Drug trafficking is punishable by death in Singapore.



Additional infos and details regarding this cancelation.

Published by Coconuts Singapore:

Satanic panic has gripped the conservative citizens of Singapore, and they're not afraid to summon forth the righteous wrath of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in an ancient ritual known as Signing Petitions.

As of writing, over 15,000 signatures have been gathered in an appeal to get the government to ban heavy metal bands Watain and Soilwork from putting on performances here - the former due to play tonight at Ebenex Live Space, the latter in October at the same venue.

For the uninitiated, Watain is a Swedish black metal band known for its intensely nightmarish live shows - usually involving Satanic imagery, pyrotechnics, rotting animal carcasses, and blood. Lots of blood. In 2014, fans who attended their Brooklyn show were doused in pig's blood, causing some of them to throw up and cry. Nobody complained though.

Soilwork, on the other hand, is a melodic death metal outfit, also from Sweden. They're not as controversial as Watain and aren't at all associated with the Satanic metal scene.


Nonetheless, a Rachel Chan was concerned enough about the bands' lyrical content to launch a petition on Change.org.

"These heavy metal bands do not represent the culture which we want in our youths," she wrote. "Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide. Sign this petition to get our lawmakers to ban these bands from performing in Singapore."

If her concern is about the Satanic themes in the music (Watain's at least), Chan's not wrong. The members of Watain are proud and devout Devil worshippers, and have claimed to wear clothing they buried in a graveyard. Part of their stage setup involves an actual altar to Satan, which the band's frontman Erik Danielsson occasionally kneels in front of throughout performances.


Source: reuters.com
Band profile: Watain
 
Posted: 07.03.2019 by Abattoir


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07.03.2019 - 21:53
Starvynth
i c deaf people
"... causing some of them to throw up and cry."

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07.03.2019 - 22:27
EricAxel36
God worshippers good and devil worshippers bad?
Doesn't sound fair...

Also LOL@banning soilwork too
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07.03.2019 - 23:06
IBlackened
How fragile are your "religious values and social harmony" if a metal concert can destroy it? Well, it's Singapore...
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07.03.2019 - 23:06
Magere Tijn
Quote:
"Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide."

I knew I was forgetting to do something the last two decades of listening to metal...
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08.03.2019 - 03:31
cossaisVendeurs
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Future Music Festival Asia was canceled by the Singapore government in 2015 due to worries it might encourage drug use. Drug trafficking is punishable by death in Singapore.


First time I listened to Watain, I bought a nice big bag of coke and faceplanted myself into it.
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08.03.2019 - 10:56
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Masterchief
I dont like waitain, such BM is not for me, nothing interesting, same goes for soilwork to modern even in day when band born. But what can I say, maybe it would be better if germanic countries would take over the world and give them freedom, but freedom is not free its an illusion, I build my fenses high. Clean your mind free from religion 1th as we did.
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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08.03.2019 - 11:28
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Starvynth on 07.03.2019 at 21:53

"... causing some of them to throw up and cry."


Sounds like some of the users here.
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08.03.2019 - 12:50
tominator
At best deranged
I personally don't listen to Watain. It's not my cup of tea.

But come on if a simple show (because that's what it all is, a show surrounding the music) can disrupt your so called "harmony" then I would suggest that there wasn't any harmony in the first place. Trying to have harmony through censorship is just wrong and someday that will backfire completely.
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08.03.2019 - 13:59
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Masterchief
Written by tominator on 08.03.2019 at 12:50

I personally don't listen to Watain. It's not my cup of tea.

But come on if a simple show (because that's what it all is, a show surrounding the music) can disrupt your so called "harmony" then I would suggest that there wasn't any harmony in the first place. Trying to have harmony through censorship is just wrong and someday that will backfire completely.

Same here but i Stand whit them, i Hate religion and brainwashed poeole. I like asian food, but I dont get wgy we need travel outsider Europe
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09.03.2019 - 20:29
Discordant666
This means they are doing something right...
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^Alien Black Metal Techno^
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10.03.2019 - 10:45
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Masterchief
Written by Discordant666 on 09.03.2019 at 20:29

This means they are doing something right...

NO works only outsider europé and russia
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11.03.2019 - 10:20
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Masterchief
Http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watain-blasts-singapores-tragic-excuse-for-a-government-and-honorless-rats-who-forced-concert-cancelation/
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21.03.2019 - 15:41
Daniell
_爱情_
Religion, what can you do.
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Tribulation - The Lament
Tribulation - Nightbound
Tribulation - Subterranea
Tribulation - The World
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21.03.2019 - 15:52
Maco
Carnivore
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More metal. More power.
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