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Black Mass Organizer Interviewed About Cancellation Of Last Year's Festival

The cancellation of the Sydney's Black Mass Festival, due to be held last November, turned into one of the biggest stories in the local metal scene in 2010. Metal Obsession caught up with organizer Seance Records to clear up exactly what happened. Here's an excerpt:

First things first, what aspects of the Black Mass festival were the actual cause of the initial complaints?

Predominantly the name Black Mass was an issue to these people who viewed it as being anti Christian, discriminatory & in their words promoting hate against Catholics due to the act of the Black Mass being the inversion of the traditional Catholic Mass. Yet they failed to understand or indeed ignored the fact that this was not an actual black mass or religious rite or act at all but only a music festival featuring Black Metal bands.

They also found issue with ALL associated artwork, the written press release and ALL bands performing (in other words everything). They scoured the web for information on the event and performers and commandeered artwork posted to private forums to spread amongst their peers and heighten their ‘outrage’. They took all press releases out of context claiming that it was a gathering of Satanists who were assembling in Sydney to actually cast evil spells on the city in order to promote “evil and anarchy”. They additionally made claims of animal sacrifice and other utterly ridiculous stereo types & misconceptions that should have gone the way of the dinosaur by 2010.

It is important to note that we did approach the RSL offering to change the name and remove all advertising for the show in order for it to proceed & to minimize offense however this offer was rejected by both the Christians and the RSL.

The hypocrisy is that in their own actions they have propagated hatred, bigotry and discrimination far more than we ever could have with begin horror inspired imagery & terms such as ‘Black Mass’. These are the same people who openly admit to being against homosexuality in all forms, freedom of speech, religion & the control of women’s reproductive rights.

Source: Metal Obsession

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