Black Metal Band Apologizes After Video Shows Pig’s Head Being Tossed Around at Concert

The group, Martyrdom, specifically apologized to "any vegans, Muslims, or other minority groups" they might have offended.

A black metal band is coming under fire for some recent concert antics.

A clip shows a severed pig’s head being thrown around the crowd at Martyrdom’s Jan. 19 show at The White Swan in Houston, Texas. The group has since apologized, issuing a statement via the site Lambgoat.

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“We just want to start off by saying we are incredibly sorry to anyone we offended with our actions and gimmicks on stage,” the band wrote. “We are a black metal band, and as part of it, we try to add a little bit of imagery and shock value to our set. Unfortunately our acts has gotten carried away and way out of hand, offending many and even harming some.”

The group continued, “We want to apologize to any vegans, Muslims, or other minority groups we may have offended, and to anyone who was harmed by our act.”

They also ended up apologizing to the venue specifically, as well as the sound operator: “Most importantly we want to apologize to the White Swan, and Harry, the sound guy, specifically. Thank you so much White Swan for giving us the opportunity to play there.”

The footage from the concert shows the pig’s head being tossed mid-air as someone in view of the camera dodges it. According to TMZ, this stunt isn’t new for Martyrdom—it’s something they’ve done before, and it seems a pig’s head being hurled around at metal shows isn’t generally out of the norm either.

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