Metal fans in Bangladesh were disappointed yesterday when a show with Krisiun and NervoChaos that was supposed to take place was cancelled. The reason? Both bands were detained at the airport by authorities. The reason behind that? Well, perhaps because the country thought that both bands were satanic. Both parties have been released, and while there’s been no official reason as to why theey were detained, it’s the fact that their religious beliefs (aka Bangladesh thinks they’re Satan worshippers) were what got them turned away.
Here’s what Krisiun had to say:
“We are hereby to manifest our big appreciation and respect for the Metalheads in Bangladesh, We know it’s not their fault the show got cancelled here today.
We are not against any religion, political view, or have any prejudice against anyone, it’s not the matter here.
We don’t want to see our big metal family worldwide fighting? against each other, The world suffer with so much problems nowadays and Metal set us free and make us strong!
We came to Bangladesh to make a concert and unfortunately the authorities decided to cancel, it’s not the promoter’s fault, it’s nobody’s fault, it’s local authorities decision to shut the show down, the Metalheads are great here in Bangladesh the concert was sold out, We deeply thank all you guys here for the enormous support, We will be back one day! Respect, together we are strong, Metal never dies!
NervoChaos also gave a statement that’s been translated from Portuguese:
“Bangladesh, 09 may 2017
To whom it may concern,
We would like to thank the consul and your entire team, in the Brazilian Consulate in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
We had a very unpleasant experience, where we’ve been victims of a huge misunderstanding and we experience more than 10 hours of pure prejudice and misinformation.
As soon as we landed at the international airport of Hazrat Shahjala, in Dhaka, on the morning of day 09, we were approached by security officers while we were looking for the luggage. We had the passports stranded, without any kind of explanation, in an extremely conservative parents. The event was cancelled and the visas that we got in the embassy of Bangladesh in Brazil, totally unappreciated.
Thanks to the great effort and great help of the Brazilian Consul and his team at the Brazilian Consulate (in Dhaka, Bangladesh), the ambassador of Brazil, Maximilian Arienzo; and our travel agent Carla, we were released. Tomorrow we go to Japan and then to South Korea giving continuity in the tour.
Unfortunately, due to the events mentioned above, the shows in Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Malaysia are canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope to be back in the near future.
That’s onfortunate that this cost NervoChaos additional shows, but it goes to show, it’s not just America that are detaining bands. But to be detained for your religious beliefs is probably something that wouldn’t happen in American.