Rotting Christ will have to perform their July South African shows under a different name. This is due to religious protestors that have been targeting bands like them, Behemoth, and more.
The band said the following on Facebook:
The religious voices that want to supress the artistic minds freedom and remove any “voice” that is different to their own will not dominate, they will not find auspicious ground against a band who lives in the frontlines of the NON SERVIAM battlefield.
So we definitely will do our scheduled shows in South Africa this summer (under the name Χ Ξ Σ due to legal issues) and we promise a hell of a show to our African Metal brothers.
See you in the battlefield!
Promoter Shaughn Pieterse also had the following to say to Metal Hammer:
“What we’re going through is what the metal scene dealt with in the late 80s and early 90s, with religious folks challenging them and trying to stop the shows because they disagreed with the opinions and messages of the bands.
It started early last year with Witchfest 2015. In order to host an event you’ve got to get certain certificates from the council. Every time we made a move to do everything by the book, the councils were getting shot down by so-called Christians and religious protesters.
Every time we had to move venue we lost the deposit and you keep hemorrhaging money. But you have to make the show happen because if you don’t then they’ve won. You have to take quite a knock to show that they can’t stop you.
It’s started again with Behemoth and more so with Rotting Christ. But we even accommodated that and spoke to the band and they will be playing in South Africa under an alternative name so as not to offend people in that sense. Rotting Christ was maybe a little bit too far for some people, it’s really in your face.”