Watain Guitarist Pelle Forsberg To Miss Band’s Tour With Morbid Angel After Being Deported From The U.S.

Watain were supposed to kick off their fall tour with Morbid Angel and Incantation in Houston, TX tonight (November 21), but the band will be missing the show due to guitarist Pelle Forsberg getting deported from the United States and being blocked from re-entry. The group plan to play the rest of the dates as a four-piece.

Watain commented:

“We regret to inform you that US authorities has decided to ban Watain‘s guitarist Pelle Forsberg from entering their country. Erik, Alvaro, Hampus and Emil have after a week of uncertainty just arrived in the States, unfortunately not in time to go through with tonight’s show in Houston.

Here is what happened:

Upon his entry to the States last week, Pelle was unprovokedly taken into custody, locked up in a cell and interrogated during an entire night, only to finally have his newly approved US Working Visa -which he has been granted 5 times prior to this one- revoked and made void.

He was thereafter deported back to Mexico where he had been prior to the tour. This radical and fatal decision, made by a random custom officer who happened to be on duty that day, was based on google searches on Watain made during the Pelle‘s incarceration, as well as private pictures found on his phone of motorbikes, hunting and various things related to Satanism, Black Metal and counter culture in general. Stuff this officer didn’t understand, or like.

As if this was not enough, the US border authorities furthermore also decided to direct their suspicion towards the rest of the band as well, one day before we were scheduled to leave, forcing us to discard of our tickets and stay home.

However, after several days and nights of hard and excruciating -and obviously ridiculously expensive- work from lawyers and management (anyone who has tried to question a claim made by US authorities in the past years could possibly relate here), we were finally given permission for the other four Watain members to enter the States.

This means Watain will be forced to perform as a four piece on this tour, with Alvaro on guitar and Erik handling bass and vocals. We have barely had time to rehearse, and since Pelle has many other duties in Watain other than playing guitar, many things have had to be re-organized. We have already lost several thousands of dollars in lawyer costs, new last minute flights, new visa embassy appointments and so forth.

We do not ask for your pity here, everyone who chooses to do what we do has to be prepared to meet opposition in all its shitstained, imbecile shapes every now and then. But we do ask for your understanding. And if you want to truly support Watain in this critical time, coming out to the shows and buying tour merch will now be more appreciated than ever, since the economical damage is quite severe already. Other than that, this entire debacle has only filled us with more anger and force, now ready to be unleashed on the 26 shows ahead.

Pelle had nothing illegal on his phone. He did not behave suspiciously or provokingly. All this comes down to one grumpy officer doing the last hours of his shift, disapproving of Pelle‘s appearance, private life or ways of expression. We would like to remind you that this is not a cautionary tale from 1980s Soviet, this is Trump-administered border policy in today’s United States.

This is what you get with an imbecile, Christian, racist ape ruling the nation and “defending it at all cost” from anything that can be considered alien and therefore unacceptable and potentially dangerous.”

Forsberg added:

“All this started with a personal vacation in Mexico to experience Dia de los Muertos, before going to the States to start rebuilding the stageshow for this tour. I got stopped at the border control in Atlanta, apparently I was red flagged because I already had a return ticket to Mexico the day after (cheaper to get the ticket like that). But all good, I had NO bullshit on me, with me or whatever. All papers/visas were under control.

But then they proceeded with checking my phone to see “who I was” basically. After that, they had me interrogated by 4 different officers for 7 hours. Then they asked me fill out a form where I responded “yes” to “have you been treated bad by any officer”, and then all hell broke loose. Never in my life was I ever treated this shit! No information, no phonecalls, if I asked about something I just got a “shut up, we are making the rules!” screamed at me. Got thrown into a cell with just a bean bag as a bed next to a toilet. Bright lights all night for 8 hours.

I don’t have any illegal stuff on my phone nor a criminal record. For sure some pics can be disturbing for ”normal people”. I don’t live a normal life. It’s pics of me riding bikes with friends (that may have a questionable club patches/bikes etc), me chopping heads off road kills, welding weird things that look ”frightening”, pics from tours where obviously weird shit happens all the time etc etc etc.

Again, nothing illegal, no bullshit! Of course they also started to google Watain and of course they stumble upon these lowlife fuckfaces that accuse Watain of being a right wing band. This tiresome lie that has been going on for a while now, didn’t really help me in this situation.

And in the end, this is just about a little border officer that didn’t like what he saw and read on the internet, who in turn decides that I, one of the founding members of Watain, CAN’T JOIN THIS TOUR!
Be sure that I will fight this because this 5 year ban from the States has ABSOLUTELY no ground at all!

But to all of you crazy fuckers out there!
Watain never surrenders! Alvaro takes my guitar and Erik takes the bass once again!
Join them! FUCK THE WORLD!
I’ll be back!”

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Morbid Angel, Watain, & Incantation Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Morbid Angel, Watain, and Incantation have announced a fall U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
11/25 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/26 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/27 Santa, Ana, CA – The Observatory
11/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/30 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
12/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
12/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/06 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
12/07 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
12/08 Joliet, IL – The Forge
12/10 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
12/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/13 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
12/14 New York, NY – The Warsaw
12/15 Reading, PA – Reverb
12/16 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12/18 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
12/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
12/20 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

Watain’s Singapore Show Cancelled On Religious Grounds

Watain were supposed to perform at the EBX Live Space in Singapore tonight (March 7), but the show ended up getting cancelled on religious grounds. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) originally approved the concert, but they changed their minds after hearing from the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA). This news comes after over 17,000 people signed a petition to get Watain and Soilwork banned from the country.

IMDA issued the following statement:

“MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony.”

The band have since commented as well:

“In the light of yesterdays events in Singapore we would like to send a proud hail to our fans and followers from Singapore, Indonesia, Sarawak, Burma, Laos, Philippines and Malaysia who had traveled to see yesterdays performance but were robbed of their experience in the last minute by Singapore’s tragic excuse for a government.

It was an honor to meet you all yesterday and to sense the fire in your eyes and in your spirits. We look forward to the day we can perform for you without the interference from lesser men.

To the honorless rats behind the ban, rest assured that you in your cowardly act have only stirred the cauldrons of your own misfortune. If these men and women didn’t already feel mistrust and contempt towards ‘authorities’, they sure do now. The flames of discontent have once again been kindled, may they scorch your heavens…”

It’s worth noting that Soilwork were supposed to perform at the same venue on March 12, but the show has now been rescheduled for October 29.

Watain Announce European Tour With Rotting Christ & Profanatica

Watain have announced a European tour with Rotting Christ and Profanatica. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/03 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/06 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/07 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Zug, SWI – Chollerhalle
11/11 Milan, ITA – Live Club
11/12 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
11/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/15 Madrid, SPA – Chango Club
11/16 Limoges, FRA – CC John Lennon
11/17 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/18 Lille, FRA – Tyrant Fest
11/20 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
11/21 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion Complex
11/22 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/23 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/24 Bochum, GER – Matrix
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje

Watain Guitarist Steps Away From The Band After A Photo Of Him Appearing To Give A Nazi Salute Surfaces

Watain‘s live guitarist Set Teitan (aka Davide Totaro) has decided to step away from the band after a photo of him appearing to give a Nazi salute surfaced online. MetalSucks shared the picture, which you can see at the bottom of this post. This news comes after the group previously denied allegations of Nazism after Teitan made a similar hand gesture onstage in Stockholm, Sweden.

Frontman Erik Danielsson commented:

“The gesture on that picture was done in jest that’s as much as we have to say about that, but to put an end to this tiresome and time-consuming nonsense the guitarist in question has decided to step aside for a period of time to avoid further hopeless discussions on the subject.

“We furthermore spit upon the ill-willed ignorance of all those who maintain that Watain have any political agenda whatsoever, for 20 years we have proven otherwise and people should know better by now. Finally we would like to send a heartfelt fuck off to all who insist on feeding the mindless moral witch-hunt hysteria that is now festering on worldwide Heavy Metal culture. Hail Satan!”

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Watain Deny Allegations Of Nazism After Guitarist’s Onstage Salute

Watain have denied allegations of Nazism following a recent show at the Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden, in which live guitarist Set “Davide Totaro” Teitan did an arm movement that looked similar to a Sieg Heil/Nazi salute. You can find the band’s full statement, along with footage from the concert below.

Watain’s statement:

“It has come to our attention that people have misinterpreted an arm movement of Set at our Kraken show as a “nazi salute”. Fucking hell, come on folks! As everyone should know by now, Watain band members have no ties to nazi ideology neither publically nor personally, and with this statement we want to put an end to further uneccesary speculation in this tiresome subject.

What we give praise to in our songs and in their lyrics could very well be seen as the very anti-thesis to some utopian right wing ideology of the past. “Saluting” one of our many enemies on the sacred ground that is our stage would not make much sense. That is something we are sure our fans and supporters -who we are proud to say are from every possible “race”, gender, nation and cultural background- can testify to.

As would the fact that our line-up and working crew are also of a widely diverse ethnical background. And the list goes ever on, eliminating all possible forms of soiling by political or ideological agendas, allowing the Devil’s fire to burn clear and untainted in the sanctuary that we have created for ourselves.

It is of course highly regrettable that these unwelcome, inconvenient and misplaced accusations are even allowed to arise and we hope we can now put this behind us and focus on the many important tasks at hand.

Thank you for understanding.

Now let us fearlessly and doubtlessly move forward into the raging chaos of metallic deathnoise madness that is Trident Wolf Eclipse.

FTW!”

[via The PRP]

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