Cancel Singaporean Black Metal Band Devouror’s Easter Gig, Churches Urge

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The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) wants to know why the authorities have allowed Singapore-based black metal group Devouror to perfom in Malaysia on Easter Sunday (April 21).

Updated: Debut gig on Easter day axed after complaints from churches.

Its general secretary, Rev Dr Hermen Shashtri said the band, which was formed in 2018, prided itself in carrying lyrical themes that were allegedly anti-Christian and pro-satanic.

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“The CCM calls upon the relevant authorities to explain the basis for granting permission to such bands that promote their music by using extremely offensive and denigrating language that can hurt the religious feelings of others,” he said in a statement here on Monday (April 15).

He said the band was also expected to perform live on one of the holiest day of the Christian calendar – Easter Sunday.

“We hope that the government will look into the matter immediately, as this is not the kind of culture we want to promote among the youth in the country,” he said.

The five-man band consists of veterans in the republic’s black metal industry with over 25 years of experience.

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Its members are “Shyaitan” on guitars, “AntiChristo XUL” (vocals), “Asura” (guitars), “Cryptor” (bass) and “Dizazter” (drums).

The band describes its sounds as “Bestial Deathcult Warfare” with influences from metal bands such as Possessed, Sarcofago, Necrovore, Blasphemy, Death, and Sodom.

Signed by Malaysian Metal Zone Records, it debuted its EP last January titled ‘Slay the Satan’.

Goatlordth Records is the concert organiser. The performance is scheduled to be held at the Angkasa Event Space in Bandar Tasik Permaisuri, and is titled KL for Satan, also the name of the band’s latest record release.