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Metal Bands Express Support For Paris Following Terrorist Attacks

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Since the ISIS-led terrorist attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 dead, bands from across the globe have come come online to express their support for the people of France.

It's no surprise that many metal band actually played the same venue (the Bataclan) that was assaulted Friday night in the attack at the Eagles Of Death Metal show. Below are several longer messages left by metal and hardcore bands about the situation.

For those with strong stomachs, footage has also come online shot just outside the venue during the attack as show-goers fled from the terrorist gunmen.

Xandria: "Hand in hand for love, not hate. Today we wanted to share news and updates about our music with you - but like you all we too are left speechless. When a scene of terror hits you so close to home you truly feel how fragile the world is and how scarce mankind being united has become. As touring musicians, we had been playing yesterday's scene of terror, 'Le Bataclan' in Paris, multiple times ourselves. Today it's hard to imagine that a place where we found happiness in numerous occasions, within minutes became a house of horror. Violence and war are never an answer! "

Moonspell: "With Paris' unfortunate, heart-shattering events weighing our spirit down, we would like, anyway, to take a moment to thank both the Copenhagen, DK crowd as well as everyone who rocked the living shit out of us yesterday ?#?mhp2015? Today the celebration is appointed to start at 21.55 Alte Spinnerei Glachau, Germany. Before the lights go out, we should all start enjoying our life as much as we can. If you're a fan, don't stay at home and come and feel alive in our show. That's our best answer to fanaticism."

Indesinence: "Strength to all our friends in Paris and in France, as well as the families of all concerned. Murder is a cunt, be it in Paris, in Beirut or anywhere. Our show in France back in 2006 was one of the most enjoyable we have played, largely thanks to the people. I also had the chance to play a gig in Paris with Pantheist a couple of years later. Both times I felt welcomed and looked after well beyond the call of duty. I will never forget these trips and just how cool people were to us in general. There were folks from Spain, the UK and other places in those venues yesterday, but this still feels like a bullet taken by Paris. Our thoughts are with you all. To anyone there whom we may know in person: we'd love to hear that you are OK. Stay strong."

Bison: "Two years ago we spent a few days exploring Paris and I fell in love with it. Being immersed in the people, the culture, the sights and the history of my French heritage was an incredible experience. Our hearts are with the people of Paris and anyone affected by these terrible events. Our brothers in the Great Sabatini were right in the heart of the attacks but are thankfully all safe. Don't ever lose sight though that this is happening all over the world. Whether it is Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, etc, the same factors are always at play. Ignorance, racism, entitlement, religion and government policies are at the root of it all. Fuck borders, fuck gods."

My Ruin: "Our thoughts and condolences are with those in France and Eagles Of Death Metal whose merch man (#NickAlexander) was brutally murdered, along with many fans of the band in last nights violent attacks. For those who would like to donate towards Nick's funeral expenses, a memorial page has been set up here. I read today, that some of our fans went to the concert and thankfully survived and are safe to share their stories. Some of which were so hard to read. I can't imagine going through something this horrible. My heart is heavy for all the victims and families who lost their lives and loved ones in this tragic nightmare. As many of you know, our drummer Matt LeChevalier is French and we have played Paris many times ourselves over the years. Being that this happened at a rock show with an LA band, not to mention the fact, Mick Murphy and I have recently lost our brother Sam, this shit hits hard and close to home.

"The world is filled with cowardly religious extremists who feel the need to kill innocent people in the name of their faith and fear based fanatical beliefs. Sadly, evil is alive and well so we must acknowledge it, rather than ignore it. That said, Terrorism can never kill music or art and will never scare us into submission. Music is universal. It unites and empowers us. Music is freedom. It is love, life, happiness and a safe place. Music is truth and to many, music is OUR religion. It represents everything these Terrorists are against. Where words leave off, music begins and today, we are ALL united in our grief. We are ALL in the band and we are ALL ?#?EaglesOfDeathMetal? fans."

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