|Global Metal Apocalypse||
The metal scene in Asia is picking up vastly and has been around for a the last two or so decades with major strongholds being located in India, Japan, China and Indonesia amongst the rest of the glowing metal scene, but like most things it comes at a price.
Recently we was talking to French label Legion of Death Records, we were informed that one musician, Avaejee from the Thai Black Metal Surrender of Divinity and Zygoatsis has been found murdered, having been stabbed to death. We are yet to know the cause behind this but this naturally is a sad day for all of us as a global community. Given the tensions with metal music in that part of the world, it would seem likely a motive was present but again we cannot speculate on the issue.
Speaking to Shaxul, the owner of Legion of Death Records and Armee De La Mort Records, also a musician himself in the Pictavian Black Metal band Manzer, it came as a shock to him as he knew him personally through touring with his band in both Thailand and Malaysia.
This has got to stop, whilst we do not enter politics at any cost we feel that this is a part of the problem, that the Governments don't look at metal as something constructive but rather a force against normative cultural ethics and aesthetics. This is abhorrent and whilst we continually support the Asian Metal scene, we feel more needs to be done to deliver the harsh reality to the world, it is a growing scene that faces a lot of monstrosities and this is one such case.
Thailand itself has a rather medium-sized scene in comparison to nearby Indonesia and Malaysia and yet the Extreme Metal scene itself is greater than the overall scene, that might be hard to imagine but think of this, having more bands that play this style of metal over the entire range of metal compared, it's simple enough to figure out. Moreover we hope the responsible are caught and given the punishment they deserve.
Our thoughts reside with colleagues, friends and family of Avaejee
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