The excellent Seattle-based black metal band Inquisition was scheduled to perform in Singapore for the first time on November 29 at the True Metal Invasion festival, along with Onslaught, Desecration, Deathhammer, and local bands Skullmania, Lavatory (featured at NCS here), and Balberith.
Unfortunately, it appears that Singapore’s government was not as thrilled about this idea as Singaporean metal fans. Not long ago, the following statement appeared on the Facebook page of Inquisition:
“Attention: Government Media Authorities of Singapore have banned Inquisition from their public appearance at True Metal Invasion Festival that was due on November 29 2012. Essentially Inquisition is banned from Singapore and according to the government, it is due to the band’s themes. We apologize to fans in Asia, this is beyond our control. Inquisition performs classic unholy Black Metal of its truest form and will continue as such.”
I admire Inquisition’s outward stoicism in the face of this terribly disappointing and hurtful news. I worry, however, that they may be weeping inside. So I would just like to tell the band that they can hold their heads high, because they are in good company.
In 1963, Singapore banned the hit Peter, Paul and Mary song Puff, the Magic Dragon, fearing that it referenced marijuana. I suspect that Inquisition never dreamed they would be mentioned in the same sentence as Peter, Paul and Mary. Congratulations dudes!
But that’s not all! In 2001 Singaporean authorities also banned Janet Jackson’s album, All For You, because they found the lyrics of the album, especially those in the song “Would You Mind”, “not acceptable to our society”. The lyrics included these immortal lines:
I just wanna
Touch you, tease you, lick you, please you
Love you, hold you, make love to you
And I’m gonna
Kiss you, suck you, taste you, ride you
Feel you deep inside me ohh
Not that Inquisition need any enhancement of their metal cred, but come on! Being included in the company of Janet Jackson pretty much cinches their kvlt status, and they didn’t even need to sing about sucking and fucking to get there! Cool.
Singapore is home to a number of savage metal bands we’ve written about at NCS, including Impiety, Wormrot, Rudra, and Analdicktion. I’m unsure the basis on which the government drew the line between bands such as those and Inquisition. If I find out, I’ll let you know.