UAE: Heavy metal concert cancelled

27 October 2015


The Belgian Death Metal band Aborted have been forced to cancel their upcoming concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The band’s concert was going to take place on 30 November 2015 at The Music Room, but due to complaints about the band’s lyrics, themes and videos, the government allegedly ordered the promoter to cancel their tour.

This was reported by JorZine on 26 October 2015.

The band posted the following statement on its Facebook Page:

“Dear fans in Dubai, it is with great sadness we have to announce that our show on halloween is cancelled. We received notice from the promoter today that an angry parent had written the authorities about us performing and being appalled by our lyrics/themes/videos and the government decided to force the promoter to cancel and prosecute them.

Flights were booked, everything was arranged by both the promoter and us, and we are in 2015, it saddens us that these kind of practices still happen and people can not seem to understand that this music genre is about release and especially for a band like us, about fun, sure, delicious gory fun, but we all know how to take Death Metal lyrics, right?

We are all brothers and friends in the same cause here, and that is music, music is theone thing that binds all of us worldwide, race, gender or religion aside. We had a great time in Egypt, we have played Israel several times, Indonesia and so many places where different cultures meet and it has never been an issue. Hopefully no other bands have to deal with this type of situation anymore and our support goes out to the promoters and fans over there.

This is a small piece from the angry letter which was sent to the government:

‘The band called ABORTED and they are from Belgium, apparently they play Extreme Death Metal, I am open to all kind of Music even Heavy Metal but this band was much more extreme, I went through there lyrics and their videos and they were nothing but disturbing, their lyrics promoting disgusting ideas like sex with god’s, same sex, force sex and rape, sex with kids, anal sex and other horrible similar subjects. I couldn’t believe that someone could invite such a band to our country, our culture and traditions never supported such ideas and we should keep it this way, my son will go no where near that filthy party.’ ”

Despite the cancellation of Aborted’s performance, the concert event will still take place, featuring the two already announced bands Svengali and Coat of Arms, as well as a new addition to the event’s line-up, the local Metal band Verdict.

» More information about the event is available on the Facebook event page of the concert.

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