The cancellation of the Sydney's Black Mass Festival, due to be held last November, turned into one of the biggest stories in the local metal scene in 2010. Metal Obsession caught up with organizer Seance Records to clear up exactly what happened.
METAL OBSESSION: First things first, what aspects of the Black Mass festival were the actual cause of the initial complaints?
SEANCE RECORDS: Predominantly the name Black Mass was an issue to these people who viewed it as being anti Christian, discriminatory & in their words promoting hate against Catholics due to the act of the Black Mass being the inversion of the traditional Catholic Mass. Yet they failed to understand or indeed ignored the fact that this was not an actual black mass or religious rite or act at all but only a music festival featuring Black Metal bands.
They also found issue with ALL associated artwork, the written press release and ALL bands performing (in other words everything). They scoured the web for information on the event and performers and commandeered artwork posted to private forums to spread amongst their peers and heighten their 'outrage.' They took all press releases out of context claiming that it was a gathering of Satanists who were assembling in Sydney to actually cast evil spells on the city in order to promote "evil and anarchy." They additionally made claims of animal sacrifice and other utterly ridiculous stereo types & misconceptions that should have gone the way of the dinosaur by 2010. (Read More)
(Poster for ArmageddoN Festival - the Black Mass Festival replacement event.)