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Monday, September 15, 2008

Free Presbyterians promoting Black Metal acts Belfast date

Ok, the Free Presbyterians aren't really promoting Gorgoroth's November date in the Limelight, but as always they seemingly go out of their way to give extra publicity to black metal acts.

In today's News Letter a story, bylined Aaron Tinney, that has the usual suspect, Rev David McIlveen urging a rethink of the Distortion Project's November 23rd Gorgorth date. Apparently all who attend the gig are going to be 'psychologically scarred'. Whether this is because of the Free Presbyterian protest or Gorgoroth's weird philosophy of Satanism as freedom remains unclear...

However, it is gratifying that in the same way the extreme Christian factions helped promote Ackercocke last year on the Nolan Show, they're doing the same for Gogoroth. Even for an atheist like me it can make you wonder if there is a god. After all his mate Rev McIlveen is working to hard to get headlines for metal acts! How often would a band like Gorgoroth get a Page 7 lead billing in a Belfast daily paper?

Final word goes to Ian 'Speedo' Wilson who in response to McIlveen's rant has a statement which ends "It's Just Music".

4 comments:

Alterz said...

Haha brilliant aint it! Cant wait for the show, this should get a good turn out.

Jonny said...

Turn out for the gig or the protest? I know the promoters are getting well pissed off with this type of approach from the self-appointed moralists, and will not be appearing on any phone-ins or television. However, that is not to say that fans of rock/metal/extreme music in general shouldn't appear. In fact if the fundamentalists go on the airwaves I believe we in the rock and metal community should go on thr airwaves and challenge them.

Wayne said...

You mean... support Gorgoroth? As anti-religion as I am, and as "metal" as I am, I can't defend people who are in favour of burning churches.

Jonny said...

My point Wayne is rather than just Gorgoroth it should be support for all aspects of metal and hard rock. The album burnings from fundamentalists in the past have included such wicked Satanists as AC/DC and Magnum. Got to Iron Maiden's website to see the review of a book on Metal and Islam to see now lucky we are to enjoy freedom for our music, but if we fail to defend that freedom the fundamentalist fatwa is not too far away.