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Watain Show Cancelled In Singapore As Over 17,000 People Sign Petition To Ban Them & Soilwork From Playing


Watain‘s planned show at the EBX Live Space in Singapore has been cancelled mere hours before it was due to start today, March 07th. While the band initially had approval from the Infocomm Media Development Authority to play the show, the decision was ultimately reversed in the hours prior to the show’s start. In a statement on their decision, that authority offered:

“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 cancellation followed growing public outcry over the band’s planned performance which included this petition, which called for Watain and Soilwork to be banned from performing in the country, describing them as ‘Satanic Music Groups.’ As of press time over 17,100 people have signed the petition, which was started by a woman identified as Rachel Chan. She stated via the petition:

“These heavy metal bands do not represent the culture which we want in our youths. 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.”

Watain vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson has since commented on the cancellation to Yahoo News Singapore, stating that the group don’t agree with “attempts to govern other people’s lives and decisions.” He continued: “(As) if our supporters in Singapore were incapable of deciding for themselves what makes them strong or gives them encouragement to go on living their lives in freedom.”

Danielsson said they were aware of the petition prior to the show and have since spoke in regards to the claims found in it that the band’s music promotes suicide via subliminal messages, “To say that we advocate self-destruction and suicide is like saying that the gospel of Jesus encourages people to crucify themselves.”

While Satanism seems intrinsic to most facets of Watain, the far more secular Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork themselves seem to be caught in the crossfire in this situation.

Soilwork were originally booked to perform at the same venue Watain was on March 12th—though that concert seems to have now been rescheduled for October 29th, should the authorities decide to allow it.

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