Catholic bishop prays for death-metal fans

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 29 2012 12:41 AM | Updated as of Jun 29 2012 08:41 AM

VIENNA - An Austrian bishop, possibly shaken by the idea of Suicidal Angels, has called on fellow Catholics to pray for music fans attending a death-metal festival early next month.

Klaus Kueng, diocesan bishop of Sankt Poelten in northern Austria, urged believers Thursday "to pray for the festival's participants" when they gather in his town on July 5-7 for the Extremefest.

The cleric insisted he had nothing against rock concerts but "the imagery and tone" of this particular event was "really extreme," the Austrian Catholic Church's news agency Kathpress reported.

The line-up was "infused with agressive-occult band names, references to blood and violence and disturbing images," Kueng went on.

Among the bands performing at the three-day festival are names like Suicidal Angels, Cannibal Corpse, All Shall Perish, Hellsaw and "Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.

Kueng questioned what it said about society "when it's desirable to get high on something like that for three days."

Whether the death-metal fans are keen to have God "plant his liberating message" in their hearts, as Kueng urged, has yet to be seen however.