London metallers Savage Messiah will be flying the flag for British heavy metal in front of an audience of millions tonight, as the band are due to appear on Channel 4 News on national TV at 7pm.
The band were interviewed for the segment this morning by Channel 4's Culture and Digital Editor, Paul Mason, to talk about their recent grant awarded by the British government as part of the Music Export Growth Scheme.
The Music Export Growth Scheme was established by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry, formerly British Phonographic Institute) to provide financial help to British artists in order to support international touring and promotion. Savage Messiah were among fourteen artists to be selected for the grant, out of over a thousand applicants.
Savage Messiah frontman Dave SIlver also talked about his upcoming participation in Heavy Metal Truants, a charity bike ride started by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer Editor-in-Chief Alexander Milas, which last year raised almost £100,000 for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline. The 161-mile ride starts off at Alexandra Palace in London on June 11th, and ends outside the Download Festival at Donington Park on June 13th.
Savage Messiah comment:
"We had a great time working with the folks from Channel 4 today; it's certainly going to be weird to be on the news! But kudos to the guys for having the bravery to put metal on the tele! I'm sure a few eyebrows will be raised! Make sure you tune in!!!"
Watch Savage Messiah on Channel 4 News tonight at 7pm UK time on TV, or watch live online at http://watchlive.channel4.com
See SAVAGE MESSIAH performing live at the following shows:
May 17 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
Jun. 28 - South Lanarkshire, UK - Les-Fest
Jul. 19 - Manchester, UK - SOS Festival
Aug. 16 - Kettering, UK - Alt-Fest
Aug. 30 - Brighton, UK - Mammothfest
Nov. 08 - Manchester, UK - Headbangers Balls
Dec. 13 - London, UK - Underworld (w/ Lawnmower Deth, Evil Scarecrow)
As widely reported, Lamb Of God’s concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was scheduled for September 28th has been cancelled by the government, who refused to issue a permit for the show even though the concert had been on sale and had sold over 1,500 tickets.
Lamb Of God’s guitarist Mark Morton has issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Malaysian government. Shows scheduled in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand will still be performed by the group:
“It is very evident (and a bit frustrating) that the groups, parties and powers that have taken the most offense to our music and lyrics, have themselves only made a passing glance at the content and meanings of those songs. We would invite anyone offended by our music to engage in a discussion regarding the true motivations behind our work, especially before publicly slandering us based on assumptions and shallow misinterpretation.
We sincerely apologize to our amazing fans in Malaysia for the cancellation. Many thanks to all who have spoken out in support of us through this.”
GMA spoke to a couple of Malaysians regarding this issue, we have concealed their identities for obvious reasons.
The only main reason cited behind the reason for cancellation falls onto religion, according to one Malaysian the reason is that Metal music is not suitable for Islam as it is the main religion in Malaysia, he questions though why the night clubs exist and why pop artists like the The Pussycat Dolls can come and play in Malaysia, he feels the Government is restricting the growth of metal music.
Naturally he says the Malaysian metalheads are not pleased, they are angry but as of yet there are no riots nor agitated violence as seen in the past when Metallica played Indonesia. He goes on to say that although the Malaysian government is aware of the metal bands in Malaysia, they have not acted against them via means of punishment, the metal bands themselves he says are underground. The government is to blame not Islam he says and also goes on to say that the government saw the band as a Satanic band, which he admits is funny given the band name is a Christian reference, he is strongly against the government citing that they have an easy living, easy way of earning and that the working class suffer.
Another Malaysian admits that this was bound to happen eventually especially when "people of the cloth" suddenly got the need to protect the morality of the masses when all this while they did nothing! Heck Beyonce and The Pussycat Dolls did a "revealing" show over here and no one battered their eyelids! Pure hypocrisy, just that.
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