USA/Algeria: Heavy metal music keeps stirring up controversy

14 September 2015


Heavy metal bands continue to face bans and controversies around the world. In the United States, two scheduled concerts with an Australian deathcore group have been cancelled. In Algeria, heavy metal fans have been accused of Satanism in a tv programme, causing an uproar in social media.

Whenever and wherever heavy metal has appeared on the globe, it has provoked people, governments and religious authorities.

In 2007, Freemuse described how the American House of Blues venues, a chain owned by Disney, silently had begun enacting a blanket policy to eliminate heavy metal shows from its venues. Since then, the list of cancelled heavy metal concerts has kept growing. The latest example being the Australian deathcore group Thy Art Is Murder who – according to the band itself – recently has been barred them from performing in House of Blues venues in Anaheim on 30 October 2015 and Orlando Lake Buena Vista on 23 November 2015.

In August 2015, the Algerian television channel El Bilad, which has affinities with the Algerian political Islamism, aired an incendiary story about Algerian metalheads, mixing accusations of Satanism and conspiracy theories, which made the heavy metal community in Algeria launch a social media campaign to “Save the Algerian metal”.

In 2010, Freemuse published the report ‘Headbanging against Repressive Regimes’ by Mark Levine, which explores the roots, the restrictions and bans on heavy metal in a number of countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and China.

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» Rue89 – 11 September 2015:
Accusés de satanisme, les metalleux algériens résistent sur Facebook

» Tonedeaf – 10 September 2015:
Disney Ban Aussie Band Thy Art Is Murder From Performing In US

» Rock Sound – 9 September 2015:
Thy Art Is Murder Have Been Banned From Disney Venues… Again

» Consequence of Sound – 10 October 2013:
“Disney Bans Metal Bands”

» Blabbermouth – 6 November 2012:
Machine Head Still Too ‘Violent’ For Disney

» Freemuse – 11 October 2007:
USA: Disney critizised for stopping heavy metal concerts

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