Aborted Banned from Dubai for Obscene Lyrics
Learning that an extreme metal band has been barred from a country with an intolerant government is unfortunately not as uncommon as it ought to be; for example, just last year Cannibal Corpse were prevented from playing certain cities in Russia. Shit, it happens right here in the US, albeit via the private sector: too many metal bands have been given the banhammer from playing House of Blues venues on Disney property.
Still, that doesn’t make it any less of a bummer when it happens.
The latest: Dutch death metallers Aborted find themselves unable to perform in Dubai just a week before their scheduled Halloween show there. The culprit: an angry parent who wrote the authorities and came down HARD on Aborted’s lyrical themes. Aborted announced the news via Facebook:
The kicker here is the strong language from the letter written by the parent to the government. Again, it’s not surprising to see this kind of ignorance in the world, but it’s still such a major bummer in 2015.