Well, folks! I’m back in town (three days ago). Ricecooker will resume normal operation from now on (my streamyx was offline till today). Sorry to all the organisers who sent me their event flyers these past few weeks. I can’t get my powerbook on-line in Sabah, so no FTP, rendering me helpless with only texts uploaded via some PCs at some computer centres in KK.
Anyway, on to the more pressing matters.
TV3 news announced tonight that a fatwa was issued today banning Black Metal, marked it as “haram”. Tough luck to all the desciples of the more satanic persuasions, either musical or further. So what does this “fatwa” entails? At the moment, I’m not sure. One thing we must worry about now is the question, “What is Black Metal to all these ulamaks?” Where are the lines drawn, if there’s any? So far, as we all have seen and experienced, wearing black is Black Metal. Having titles with words such as “evil”, “black”, “hell”, “satan” and such is considered Black Metal. Having images suggesting the same, is Black Metal.
Some gig organisers have been using the disclaimer, “This is Not a Black Metal Gig” on their flyers. One gig happening next Sunday has the words “AntiDrugs Night”. Surely in the hope of deflecting the “connection” with Black Metal. Soon we will start seeing anarcho-punks in pink t-shirts! Looking at the bright side, I just hope the scene will suddenly flower into this multi-coloured, pyschedelic delight! Mass Separation in tie-dye t-shirts and bright yellow pants will surely make my day!
Anyway, exciting days ahead for sure!