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Loudness Reportedly Denied Entry To United States

Following Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, it looks like Loudness is the latest casualty in the music scene to stricter U.S. travel rules.

The band was scheduled to kick off a U.S. trek today. While nothing official has been posted by the band itself, the venue Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago has stated Loudness will not be appearing tonight and issued the following statement:

"Due to the new strict policies the US government has placed on foreigners entering the country, Loudness was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the US tour are canceled. Refunds for Wednesday's show will be issued at original point of sale. Local bands Hessler, Pipe and Ironfinger will still play a FREE show Wednesday night, so come out and party!"

The Loudness Facebook profile hasn't been updated at this point and still lists the rest of the U.S. shows, but anyone planning on attending should contact the venues directly as it appears this tour is now off.

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1. thorgorath writes:

in other words, the US govt. is racist

# Apr 19, 2017 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Judas_Rising writes:

Sorry to bring down the hammer of truth, folks. These bands listed are from countries that are the closest of allies to the US. The fact that they just happened to be denied coming to 'SXSW' shows this likely is a publicity stunt and they are pandering to the target audience of such an event. My assessment is they realized such a tour/schedule would not be profitable, pulled out, and will make this a political thing. Meanwhile, the 'educated and enlightened' types will donate to a crowdsource type thing for these bands to make themselves feel better (probably change their facebook picture to an overlay of the Chinese flag, not realizing it is a Japanese band). The bands will not have the cost burden/risk of the tour, they get publicity, and get money sent their way.

# Apr 19, 2017 @ 11:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

I'm from America's lapdog and was treated like absolute sh** by American customs. Doesn't matter how close an ally your country is to America, you're made to feel very unwelcome when you visit.

Shame because every other American there I met was a joy to be around.

# Apr 20, 2017 @ 10:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Drum_Junkie writes:

Judas,
I really enjoyed the absurdity of your comment. Let me attempt to extract truth from your short rant.
These bands listed are from Croatia (Infernal Tenebra), Singapore (Wormrot) and Japan (Loudness), so I'm not sure what you're implying with your second sentence. There have been bands with visa issues related to SXSW who weren't from Muslim countries, but from places like Italy and the UK. Using words 'likely', 'probably' and 'my assessment' aren't ringing endorsements of factual certainty. Truth? not really.

Bringing down the hammer of truth? More like a pushing a limp stump of conjecture. I guess with our current US president lowering the bar on that standard of behavior, such logical missteps are to be expected, aren't they?

LMAO at Oz. "America's lapdog" gave me a good chuckle.

# Apr 21, 2017 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xFiruath writes:

The only thing I don't believe about Oz's story is the last sentence.

# Apr 21, 2017 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Judas_Rising writes:

Good Evening, Drum_Junkie. Allow me to ask a simple question. Do you have a job? I work 60+ hours per week and make $86,000 per year. I probably spend as much as half the posters on this website combined on concert tickets and merch. each year. This was a ploy to gain attention for a band that none of us ever heard of/had any interest in and we all took the bait. It is a scientific fact.

# Apr 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DreamHeater writes:

Loudness was one of the first big Japanese heavy metal bands... you might be the only one here who's never heard of them, mate.

This article is crazy, though - are working visas just not a thing anymore?

# Apr 22, 2017 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Todd writes:

Loudness rocks. Saw them in 1983 with Motley Crue.

# Apr 24, 2017 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Drum_Junkie writes:

Judas_Rising,

Yes, I do have a job and I'm earning about the same as you - maybe a few thousand less per year. I've been employed or going to school (or both) since 1992. However, none of that has any bearing on your accusation that Loudness is doing this to create publicity. This is more of a political statement as the US is denying VISAs (student, work, and tourist) at a larger rate. Just Google "US denies Visa" and research for yourself.

By slowing down the VISA process, the Trump administration is bypassing the "extreme vetting" proposals that are tied up in the courts. That is a fact.

As a result, we are seeing more bands being denied entry into the US. That is a fact.

Nearly all metal bands stand to gain exposure from touring and the US is a big market. Those are facts.

These same bands make a significant portion of their earnings on merch sales. Merch sales are often conducted at shows. These are also facts.
Where do you buy most of your band merch, concerts or internet? You buy a lot of it as you said above. If you buy the merch at the shows like you suggest, than that further validates that bands make more money on tour than not on tour.

My original response was to point out how your comment was void of facts. That is still the case.

# Apr 24, 2017 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Drum_Junkie writes:

Also, regarding the SXSW travel issues, these are just some of the groups denied entry due to conflicting or changing rules in the HB1, HB2 or HP-1, HP-2 vise processes:
Massive Scar Era (Egypt) formed in 2005
Trementina (Chile) formed in 2013
Soviet Soviet (Italy) formed in 2008
among others...

Not related to SXSW, you have Wormrot from Singapore formed in 2007 and Infernal Tenebra from Croatia formed in 1999.

So, just because you haven't heard of them, doesn't mean other people haven't.
And to add yet another factoid, most of these bands are not getting reimbursed for the travel and VISA processing costs. It's not like their labels are going to pick up the tab, so that's another fact hole drilled into your baseless statement that it's a publicity stunt.

# Apr 24, 2017 @ 1:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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