Savage Messiah banned from United Grand Lodge

British metallers Savage Messiah found themselves banned from the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Masonic Grand Lodge in the world, after attempting to hire the building for a photo shoot. The reason behind the banning was that the Freemasons find the band’s name to be offensive, citing:

There are concerns over the group’s name and we have to be conscious of our members.

Savage Messiah’s third album, The Fateful Dark, which is to be released on 10th March 2014, thematically covers some of the rituals and controversy of the that surrounds the secret society of Freemasonry. Cross of Babylon, the third track makes reference to a highly secretive Masonic ritual called The Red Cross of Babylon, whilst the eye-catching album artwork, as seen above, depicts themes of greed, power and corruption alongside Masonic iconography. Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver said:

Once more the dubiously hypocritical nature of religious groups has reared its head. We’ve been denied access to a building due to our apparently “offensive” name. I’m assuming that the word “Savage” is the root of the consternation in question. This I find amusing from a group of people that adhere to a book that promotes Slavery, Genocide and celebrates a single human sacrifice as if it had any baring what so ever in the eradication of “sin” or whatever that is supposed to be. If the band was called “arse-fucked Messiah” I might understand their concern, however the very nature of the biblical myths is based on the most savage of human behaviours. Ironically most Christian churches depict the effigy of a brutal murder, the most violent of image of a man strung up, maimed, humiliated and sacrificed, yet us long haired, peace loving, free-thinking heavy metal louts are too “Savage” to enter a building… Such is the way of the world!

Savage Messiah release their second album via Earache Records entitled The Fateful Dark available on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl and has been available for pre-order since 6pm GMT on Friday 20th December, at the following locations:

European webstore US webstore

Savage Messiah online:

http://savagemessiah.net
http://facebook.com/savagemessiah

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