Cannibal Corpse may be banned from performing in Russia after a religious group accused them of blasphemy.
The band are set to embark upon a Russian tour on the 2nd of October in support of their new album, A Skeletal Domain, released last week.
Dimitry Tsorionov, the head of Russia’s God’s Will movement is leading a bid to have the tour scrapped, however. He says: “We sent the prosecutor the description of the concerts. Their songs describe in detail rape and murder.”
“We will try to resolve this issue with the help of law enforcement. If it does not work there may be a mass protest in various forms.”
“We’re always a little bit annoyed when people think we’re writing serious songs for people to read and be crazy,” says Cannibal Corpse frontman Corpsegrinder. “They’re just stories. It’s a short story with music – a horror film with a metal soundtrack.”
Russian authorities have recently passed stringent anti-blasphemy laws, with punishments for breaching them including fines and prison sentences. Metal band Behemoth were jailed and then deported whilst touring Russia in May. The following month Marilyn Manson had to cancel one show owing to a bomb scare and another as a result of religious concerns.
It’s not the first time that Cannibal Corpse have fallen foul of authorities. In 1995 they were the subject of a political campaign in the US that aimed to have the band dropped from their record label. In 1996 Australian authorities banned the sale of their albums. They have also been subject to sales restrictions in Germany.