IMDA cancels concert by Swedish metal band Watain

SINGAPORE – The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will cancel the Watain Live In Singapore concert on March 7, following concerns raised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

IMDA had earlier allowed the concert with a rating of Restricted 18 (R18). Given the Swedish black metal band’s history, it imposed further stringent requirements including the removal of songs which are religiously offensive, that the band cannot make references to religion or use religious symbols, and that no ritualistic acts are performed on stage.

MHA has on March 7 provided its assessment that the performance should not proceed. It has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has the potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony.

The statement said that Watain is known for its Satanist views and some of their previous controversial performances involved animal carcasses and throwing pig’s blood on its audience. It added the band also espouses anti-Christian views and advocates Satanism through their songs, and endorses violence.

MHA has therefore asked IMDA to consider cancelling the concert for reasons of public order and IMDA has agreed.

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