Creator behind Watain petition lists more upcoming heavy metal concerts in Singapore

Flyers for the concerts by Cryptopsy, Pestilence and Metal United World Wide. (PHOTOS: Peatix, Metal United World Wide/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — The person behind the petition created in March calling for two Swedish heavy metal bands to be banned from performing in Singapore has added more bands to it.

In an update to the petition on Monday (13 May) titled “More extreme (death and black) metal bands scheduled to perform in Singapore” on the petition’s page, Rachel Chan named Dutch death metal band PestilenceMetal United World Wide, a concert featuring eight metal bands, and Canadian death metal band Cryptopsy.

The upcoming concerts are set to take place 7 June, 15 June, and 5 July, respectively. According to its Facebook page, the Metal United World Wide will feature death metal bands such as KaliyugaE-thereal and The Wandering Ascetic.

Chan also included Wikipedia definitions of the death metal and black metal genres. She called on the public to email their concerns to the government feedback channel reach@reach.gov.sg and copy them to the Prime Minister’s Office at pmo_hq@gov.sg.

Her original petition, which was created on 6 March, resulted in an 11th hour ban of Swedish black metal band Watain’s concert in Singapore, which was scheduled the next day.

The petition, addressed to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, has garnered over 23,000 signatures as of Monday night.

Explaining the reason for the ban then, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said at a doorstop interview on 7 March that allowing Watain’s concert to be held will be “against public order interest” and “affect our religious and social harmony”.

Shanmugam noted that the band’s music is “very offensive towards Christians, Jews, supportive of violence, including encouraging the burning of churches.”

Following the ban, the organiser behind Soilwork, the other band mentioned in the original petition, said on Facebook the band would play “as planned” on 29 October.

When asked if Soilwork’s concert will be banned, an IMDA spokesperson said “each performance is assessed on a case-by-case basis”.

Soilwork’s concert is still listed in Chan’s updated petition.

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