I’m sure many in this forum love different genres of metal music. Well, the blackened death metal group Belphegor recently toured Russia, and their visit was less than enjoyable.
Here’s their statement — You’ll be shocked at what the Putin régime put them through:
[i]BELPHEGOR FORCED TO CANCEL RUSSIAN DATES!!!
After a great tour kickoff in Minsk, Belarus [18th April], BELPHEGOR dealt with heavy opposition and censorship within Russia resulting in three shows being cancelled. We apologize to Russian supporters. The troop tried everything to secure the shows. The St. Petersburg concert was canceled just a few hours before BELPHEGOR was scheduled to enter the stage on the 19th of April. We arrived in Moscow hoping for the best on the 20th. We were ordered to remove the already hanging backdrop, then told that stage props such as sculptures and crosses were forbidden, and Helmuth was not allowed to do vocals for the track “Lucifer Incestus”. During the second track, the sound engineer had been forced to mute the vocals for the rest of the show because of our lyrical content. We were outraged by the entire experience. Afterward, we were informed that we would be unable to play in Ekaterinburg [21st April] and Krasnodar [23rd April].
Helmuth adds: “We’ve toured Russia three times since 2006 and always had amazing experiences. We’ve ignored all protests including death threats during the past few weeks. I was aware many black and death metal bands were having trouble recently, but we still marched in. To people who think they know everything: When that waste of oxygen approached us at the airport on the 19th, he had a hand in his pocket. I expected him to have a weapon. If I had hit him, I would have been thrown in jail, and he would have ended up in the hospital. That was their plan; he had that other degenerate filming the entire thing. Special thanks to brother Mr. Karl Sanders, who had the courage to block him as he continued to harass me. I’m a musician, not a fighter, especially in Russia. I’ve survived Typhus and have already been dead for six hours, hanging on only by machines followed by open-heart surgery. I do not fear anyone other than myself. No excuses to anyone!! End of story. It is of the utmost importance that artists have freedom of expression. Throughout history religions and governments have and continue to censor creative works all around the world. Thank you very much to all metalheads who loyally stand behind us and fight against oppressors and hypocritical moralizers. Russian supporters, be prepared!! BELPHEGOR are unstoppable and will return.”
Thanks to Sviatlana Dubavets for the photo shot during our Ritual in Minsk, Belarus.[/i]
This is BEYOND ridiculous. To all #VladimirPutin supporters out there… See what his dictatorship is doing. This is proof such thing as Christian tyranny (in this case, Russian Orthodox tyranny) does exist, and that it’s not just LGBTs that are oppressed in that country.
Putin terrorized the people of Ukraine, and it was recently proven Russian airstrikes against ISIL weren’t truly targeted at the terrorist group, but rather at Assad opponents.
The simple FACT Putin was either prime minister or president of Russia since 1999 is an indication of dictatorship (just like Yahya Jammeh being president of The Gambia since 1996).
Yes, Vladimir Putin, his ilk and the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church all deserve to be cursed for they are terrorizing some their own people and pilgrims.
Kim Jong-Un also deserves to be cursed as he not only executes (murders) anyone who disagrees w/ him, he takes young, underage girls from their families, turns them into concubines and is now threatening to nuke South Korea and the United States of America (which would affect surrounding countries such as Canada)…