Industrial metal band Darkc3ll have cancelled their performance at Melbourne’s The Rock Dungeon on 15th November. The band was slated to perform as part of their upcoming national tour until the promoter of the venue took a peek at their upcoming album’s cover art.
A press release sent out to all of the venues the band was slated to play, contained a picture of the cover art for the band’s upcoming debut album, Dark Verses. The cover art in question features an upside-down white cross (see below), with which The Rock Dungeon’s promoter took issue, as it stands in contrast with his “religious beliefs.”
Prior to the press release, the promoter hadn’t taken issue with the band’s image, music, merch (which includes a t-shirt emblazoned with a Sigil of Baphomet pentagram) lyrics, or videos. The band are currently trying to organise a new Melbourne venue for their tour and have assured fans that the remaining tour dates will go ahead as planned.
The venue in question, The Rock Dungeon, is a small heavy metal venue situated underneath Melbourne’s Great Britain Hotel. According to its Facebook page, it plays music by such “satanic” artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Dio, Black Label Society, Pantera, Danzig and Metallica.
Considering the output of some of these artists, something tells us it may not be DARKC3LL’s album art that’s caused the problem.
(Via SF Media)