UK Metal band Savage Messiah attempted to hire the UK Freemason headquarters for an upcoming photo-shoot but were banned from entering the United Grand Lodge in London after the society considered the metal band’s name “offensive” citing: “There are concerns over the group’s name and we have to be conscious of our members.”
The Fateful Dark, to be released March 10th 2014, is their third album and thematically covers some of the rituals and controversy surrounding 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 depicts themes of greed, power and corruption alongside Masonic iconography.
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!”
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