Singapore – The creator of the petition that cancelled metal band Watain’s performance in Singapore has added more names to the list. The allegedly concerned citizen wants to ban the rest of the scheduled performances in Singapore for the year.
On March 6, Swedish black metal band Watain’s concert in Singapore was cancelled a day before the event.
The reason for the petition and cancellation, according to Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam was because it went against the “public order interest and affected religious and social harmony.”
Rachel Chan, the one responsible for the petition, took things a step further and updated her appeal on May 13 (Sunday) to include more metal bands scheduled to perform in Singapore this year.
Schedules of the upcoming metal concerts in Singapore
7 June 2019 – PESTILENCE (HOL). Pestilence is a legendary Dutch death metal band known for albums like Malleus Maleficarum and Consuming Impulse.
15 June 2019 – Metal United World Wide. The event is a community project for Metal World that will feature numerous bands like The Wandering Ascetic, Kaliyuga, and more.
5 July 2019 – CRYPTOPSY (CAN). Cryptopsy is an extreme metal band from Canada that has been making music since 2007. They will be performing in Singapore for the first time.
29 October 2019 – SOILWORK. SOILWORK is a Swedish melodic death metal band who was included in the last petition alongside Watain but is still scheduled to perform.
While she did not go into detail as to why she’s calling for the banning of these metal bands from Singapore, Ms Chan did add a copy-paste description of “death metal” and “black metal” from Wikipedia.
“You may write to express your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, cc to email@example.com,” wrote Ms. Chan at the end of the cause.
To date, the petition has garnered over 23,000 signatures.-/TISG