Due to what they call the ‘political scene’ in Poland at the moment, the Swedish group Dark Funeral are canceling their tour in fear of legal action and protest.
Their lyrics are the usual childish nonsense. For instance:
Sin stand for beauty, sin stands for life.
Sexual sin is every man's right.
He will exalt the wicked of man,
Our king the Antichrist.
Blah, blah, blah. But do to recent developments (see Poles find satin offensive, apparently) the band are not going to risk a court case in order to satisfy their juvenile audience in Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk…
A press release by the band says:
We understand this has really nothing to do with DARK FUNERAL alone as a band, but by a musical scene the Polish Catholics obviously wish to forbid. To us this is just another proof of the hypocrisy that lies behind organized religions. They happily promote tolerance, yet, as soon as they see something they dislike, they are fast as a shark to call for censorship. The thing is, reactions like this will most certainly give the opposite result, it always does! We would however like to apologize for all inconveniences this has and will cause our Polish fans, but this is unfortunately beyond our control."
While music lovers will no doubt not be mourning the passing of an opportunity to get to see Dark Funeral, when bands stop coming to Poland because they are scared of the consequences this is not a good thing for freedom of expression, and very much a sign of the times in Europe at the moment.