Watain slam Singapore’s “tragic excuse for a government” after ban

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Watain (Image credit: Jake Owens)

Last week, we reported that an online petition had been launched in an effort to stop heavy metal bands from playing in Singapore.

The petition was aimed directly at Watain and Soilwork (opens in new tab), and had been set up to alert the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to the bands’ upcoming shows at the EBX Live Space.

As a result, Watain’s show in Singapore was cancelled last week, with only a meet and greet taking place – and the band have reacted furiously and slammed the “honourless rats” behind the decision.

They say in a statement: “In the light of yesterday’s events in Singapore, we would like to send a proud hail to our fans and followers from Singapore, Indonesia, Sarawak, Burma, Laos, Phillipines and Malaysia who had travelled to see yesterdays performance but were robbed of their experience at the last minute by Singapore’ s tragic excuse for a government.

“It was an honour to meet you all yesterday and to sense the fire in your eyes and in your spirits. We look forward to the day we can perform for you without the interference from lesser men.

“To the honourless rats behind the ban, rest assured that you in your cowardly act has only stirred the cauldrons of your own misfortune. 

“If these men and women didn’t already feel mistrust and contempt towards ‘authorities’, they sure do now. The flames of discontent have once again been kindled, may they scorch your heavens.”

Soilwork, meanwhile, are scheduled to play in Singapore in October, with many tickets for the show already sold out. 

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.