Thai metal act taking on ‘112’ law headed back to Bangkok stage

Photo: Defying Decay / Facebook
Photo: Defying Decay / Facebook

Their blistering track about Thailand’s royal insult made the charts abroad. They just finished a tour of the United States. Now a Thai metal act is on its way home to set fire to a Bangkok stage. 

Defying Decay returns next month for a live Bangkok performance where they are expected to play The Law 112: Secrecy and Renegades, the band’s latest single calling out abuse of the lese majeste law among a set list that puts injustice center stage. 

Apart from Defying Decay, the Feb. 12 gig will see five other acts including electronic-pop artist Pyra, metalcore quintet Annalynn, melodic hardcore band Carry On, shoegaze Telever, and alt-metal musicians Conductor.

Even the name of the gig is a middle finger at the establishment: One Twelve End of Era. The concert will start at 3pm on Feb. 12 at Lido Connect. Tickets are THB517 and can be reserved online.

In Thailand, the Section 112 of the Penal Code, known as lese majeste, makes any action deemed to insult the royal family a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It’s been used extensively in recent years against leaders of the pro-democracy movement calling for the monarchy to be reformed. 

Founded in 2010, Defying Decay’s November single The Law 112: Secrecy and Renegades hit both the Billboard rock and iTunes download charts after its release.

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