Petition calls for ban on 2 Swedish heavy metal bands set to perform in Singapore

Swedish black metal band Watain is scheduled to perform in Singapore on 7 March 2019 at Ebenex Live Space. IMAGE: Facebook

A petition has been created to call for two Swedish heavy metal bands to be banned from performing in Singapore.

The creator of the petition, Rachel Chan, wrote, “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.” The petition is addressed to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Entitled “Ban satanic music groups Watain and Soilwork from performing in Singapore”, the petition was created on Wednesday morning (6 March) and has received more than 10,000 signatures as of 9.15pm.

Watain is scheduled to perform on Thursday night at EBX Live Space. The band has released six studio albums to date including “Trident Wolf Eclipse” released in 2018.

Soilwork will perform at the same venue on 29 October this year. Formed in 1995, the veteran band has released 11 studio albums including their 2019 release “Verkligheten”.

Many petitioners have expressed vehement objection to the two planned performances.

A petitioner by the name of Lawrence Lim, wrote, “We should never encourage violence, lack of respect for religions and satanic worship in our society.”

Another petitioner, Lin Hui Ming Jane, wrote, “I googled on this group. Singapore authorities must be mad to allow them to perform in Singapore. This is beyond me. No way for such act! Madness!”