Muslim scholar body issues guidelines on black metal music

Pergas urges community to be more cautious and sensitive about choice of entertainment

The Watain concert was scheduled for March 7 at EBX Live Space (above). It was cancelled after the Ministry of Home Affairs raised concerns about the band's history of denigrating religions and promoting violence.
The Watain concert was scheduled for March 7 at EBX Live Space (above). It was cancelled after the Ministry of Home Affairs raised concerns about the band's history of denigrating religions and promoting violence.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) has issued religious guidelines on black metal, a subgenre of music that has been thrust into the spotlight after Swedish black metal band Watain was banned from performing here.

In a media release yesterday, it stated that elements of black metal are "clearly in opposition to Islamic teachings" and that such music may lead to the glorification of Syaitan, or the devil, and "to the level of worshipping him as God".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Muslim scholar body issues guidelines on black metal music'. Subscribe