Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura has been banned from performing in Lebanon after being accusing of worshipping the devil. The band was denied access to their concert venue at the Palace Aresco Center in Beruit today because of this allegation and the notion that they were “insulting Christianity.” Skull Session, the promoters of Seupultura’s performance responded that they were not aware of the decision before-hand and were unable to contest it. The band was accused of performing in Israel and taking provocative videos of the crowd for pro-Israel propaganda, but this allegation was shot down by Skull Session, who clarified that the band never played in Israel. Skull Session included in their statement that the band “[asks] people to return to God and to reject an abnormal automated society, not to worship Satan.” Skull Session even went as far as to address the country as a whole, claiming that it is a “shame to see such censorship in Lebanon, a country that claims to be the only democracy in the Arab world.”
Sepultura has gone through many lineup changes since their foundation in 1984. Max Cavalera, the band’s founding member and lead singer, left the band in 1996 to pursue other metal projects such as Soulfly. Max Cavelera also founded the Cavelera Conspiracy, a collaboration with his brother Igor Cavalera, who was the drummer for Sepultura until 2006.
Despite the band’s ever-changing lineup and accusations of devil worship, Sepultura intends to continue their tour with performances in the United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, and Brazil.