British black metallers Cradle Of Filth have officially been banned from performing in China with their music labeled as "unsuitable to play in mainland China". The ban resulted in cancellation of the Shanghai concert previously scheduled for April 30.
"Unfortunately at this time the The Cultural Section of the Chinese Government have decided that Cradle of Filth are unsuitable to play in Mainland China and so we are currently banned from playing there. Therefore the show on Tue 30 April in Shanghai, China - MAO Live House has had to be moved to Hong Kong. The new venue is Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) in Hong Kong on April 30th 2013. Hope to see you there!", stated the band via official Facebook page.
The group is currently busy promoting their latest studio album, "The Manticore and Other Horrors", released in October 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
With 4,500 copies sold within the first week, the record debuted at No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. In an exclusive UG interview, guitarist Paul Allender has stated that the group "decided to change up the direction and go back to what they used to do".
So what do you think about this one? Was the Chinese Government right to ban them, or have they gone a bit too far? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.