Watain Banned From Performing In Singapore; Tonight’s Show Cancelled

According to a report in Reuters, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has had their Singapore show scheduled for tonight cancelled after concerns of the band “denigrating religions and promoting violence,” were voiced by the authorities. The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said it canceled the concert following an assessment submitted to it by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“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 IMDA said in a statement.

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Watain Banned From Performing In Singapore; Tonight’s Show Cancelled

According to a report in Reuters, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has had their Singapore show scheduled for tonight cancelled after concerns of the band “denigrating religions and promoting violence,” were voiced by the authorities. The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said it canceled the concert following an assessment submitted to it by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“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 IMDA said in a statement.

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Chthonic Posts New Video, “Millenia’s Faith Undone” Online

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.” A video for the song “Millennia’s Faith Undone” can be found below.

According to Chthonic, the new album depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Doldrey Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Self-Titled EP

Doldrey – an oldschool death metal band from Singapore – premiere the full-album stream of the band’s brand new self-titled EP, which is out now through Caligari Records.

Check out now “Doldrey” in its entirety below.

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Chthonic Reveals New Album “Battlefields Of Asura” Details

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.”

Formed in 1995, Chthonic has hit the road touring over forty countries with hundreds of concerts and festivals. Chthonic has become the most visible Taiwanese metal band with international publicity. In the past five years, all five members of Chthonic have turned a new page in their lives respectively. The frontman of band formed a new political party but also got elected into the Parliament while the others established their families. Nevertheless, they have not forgot the promise to release new material to the fans. This year, Chthonic has Randy Blythe, frontman of Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God, and Denise Ho, iconic freedom fighter and singer from Hong Kong collaborating with the creation of the album and appearing in the preview of title track which has raised huge resonance in the music circle.

To tease the album, a secretive promotion plan saw the debut track in new album, “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, remixed and published by five new bands and artists with their own distinctive styles – Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth, which raised the speculation and attention among fans and people in music industry about the song and the series of remixes. The speculation even hinted the possibility of renaissance of lyrics in Taiwanese. Days ago, Denise Ho, the iconic Hong Kong singer, published her version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, as her first Taiwanese song mixed with the voice of Freddy Lim, the frontman of Chthonic, throughout the song, which has become a hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As the talks about the relations between the song and Chthonic continues, the answer finally reveals today that the 60-second preview of original version of “Millenia’s Faith Undone” can be heard below and the full version will be out on September 4th.

According to Chthonic, the new album “Battlefields Of Asura” depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Tormentress Share New Teaser For “Denied” From Upcoming New Sploit w/ The End A.D.

Metal/hardcore/punk act THE END A.D. are to release a split album, entitled “Sermon of violence”, with Singapore’s TORMENTRESS, exclusively on cassette, coming out in August 2018, via Hellforced Records.

Check out a teaser for the first tracks from the split below:

Commented the band:

“The End A.D. Are so psyched about our next release on HellForced Records with the all mighty Tormentress from Singapore. We want to thank Kerry Kaufmann and the awesome woman in Tormentress for working hard on making this release happen. Hell Yeah…. The album is out this August via Hellforced Records on Cassette. We will have this split for sale on our Bandcamp page and at our shows soon!”

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At The Gates Plays Secret Show As The Burning Darkness, Video Available

At The Gates played their first show with Jonas Stålhammar on guitar a week ago, under the name The Burning Darkness, as a secret show in Osnabrück. Here is a little video from that gig, shot by Costin Chioreanu.

Check out this recap of At The Gates’s secret show in Osnabrück!

The video has been shot by Costin Chioreanu – http://twilight13media.com

You can pre-order the new album, “To Drink From The Night Itself,” which is out May 18th.

Here are the upcoming At The Gates shows:

31.03.2018 Philadelphia (USA) – Decibel Metal & Beer Fest
02.05.2018 Hong Kong (China) – TTN
03.05.2018 Bangkok (Thailand) – Hollywood Awards
05.05.2018 Manila (The Philippines) – Pulp Summer Slam
06.05.2018 Singapore (Singapore) – Scape
29.05.2018 Tokyo (Japan) – O-East
30.05.2018 Nagoya (Japan) – Electric Lady Land
31.05.2018 Osaka (Japan) – Umeda Trad
21.06.2018 Halden (Norway) – Tons Of Rock Festival
22.06.2018 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhell Festival
23.06.2018 Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
24.06.2018 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
29.06.2018 Verona (Italy) – Rock The Castle Festival
30.06.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska
12.07.2018 Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
14.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
28.07.2018 Essen (Germany) – Nord Open Air
04.08.2018 Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans (France) – Sylak Open Air
10.08.2018 Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
11.08.2018 Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) – Into the Grave
12.08.2018 Walton On Trent / Derbyshire (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air
16.08.2018 Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air
15.09.2018 Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3 Stage
16.09.2018 Mexico City (Mexico) – Circo Volador
18.09.2018 San José (Costa Rica) – Pepers Club
19.09.2018 San Salvador (El Salvador) – Cifco
20.09.2018 Guatemala City (Guatemala) – Rock Ol Vuh
22.09.2018 Bogotá (Colombia) – TBC
25.09.2018 Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Uniclub
27.09.2018 Temuco (Chile) – Puerto Madero / Casas Viejas
28.09.2018 Santiago (Chile) – Blondie
30.09.2018 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club

More dates to be announced soon.

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Rudra Premiere New Music Video “Ancient Fourth”

Singaporean band Rudra premiere a new music video for “Ancient Fourth”, taken from their 8th album, ‘Enemy of Duality’. The video was directed and produced in Singapore by Arvind Thevaraju and Simon Mariadoss.

Check out now “Ancient Fourth” below.

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Nervochaos Posts Asian Tour Footage

Nervochaos’ most recent Asian tour – co-headlined with Krisiun – was documented visually and now a mini-documentary video clip has come online.

Check out the band’s passage through Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia below. A previously posted clip covering Nervochaos trekking through Latin America can also be seen at this location.

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Wormrot Cancels U.S. Tour Due To “Political Climate”

Devastating grindcore crew Wormrot – hailing from Singapore – has now cancelled a previously scheduled U.S. tour due to our ongoing political issues with travel and immigration. The band comments:

“Due to the current political climate and numerous bands being turned away at U.S. customs, we felt it was not worth the risk coming to America without the right paperwork, which is expensive.

“Therefore we truly apologize that we must postpone our U.S. tour until next year when we can focus on a full-length tour with all the right papers. We regret that we came to a decision this late, one month to the start of the tour. Once again, we apologize to everyone who are affected.”

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