According to Finnish black metallers Satanic Warmaster, they have been removed from the lineup for the French Hellfest festival, which will be held in Clisson, France, this coming July. Why? They claim the fest’s organizers buckled under pressure from other artists performing at Hellfest.
”It has been brought to my attention that the organizers of the festival cannot hold on to our agreement to have Satanic Warmaster perform at the 2011 Hellfest,” the band says in a statement. “This was because of pressure put to the organizers by other artists booked on the festival.”
The band says that ”it is a disappointment (despite being totally expected) to see such mentality still present in the ’individualist’ and ’free-thinking’ metal community that any musical act can still be boycotted because of false preconceptions and arbitrary political motivations of other, ’bigger’ artists. It is also more than amusing to see that the censorship and boycott some of the French authorities tried to push on the festival earlier are now exercised by the festival organization itself.”
The statement added that Satanic Warmaster is a “target for politically-motivated artists to keep us from playing because of their self-righteous reasons. Any artist can be put on a mock trial by taking words out of their context without thinking of the actual message, and Satanic Warmaster once again hangs crucified by hysterics driven by the love for a world and values I feel no oneness with. Everyone who has even slightest interest in this musical style knows what black metal is about, and in that light only a moralist or someone with a very extreme double standard can say that Satanic Warmaster is in some manner different from other artists of the genre. It makes me want to puke for making a statement like this, which is almost something that a politician would do, but to clear some things, it was mandatory to bite the bullet this time.”
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