Thrash no more: Chechnya bans music that's too fast — and also too slow | Revolver

Thrash no more: Chechnya bans music that's too fast — and also too slow

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In a real Footloose-ass move, Chechen authorities have reportedly announced a ban on music they deem either too fast or too slow.

According to Russian news agency TASS (via CNN), the Republic's Minister of Culture, Musa Dadayev, made a public announcement last week "that from now on all musical, vocal and choreographic works must correspond to a tempo of 80 to 116 beats per minute."

The decision, enacted by Dadayev and Ramzan Akhmatovich Kadyrov, the current head of Chechen Republic, was apparently enacted to bolster the values of "Chechen mentality and musical rhythm," for the sake of "the future of our children."

While CNN points out that the widespread ban would affect how pop and techno music is heard in the North Caucasus region, the decision also means that various forms of fast and slow extreme metal music are also embargoed under Chechnya's new rules.

Wanna crank up the ludicrous high-speed tech-death of Archspire near the Caspian Sea? Or plan on catching a glacially-paced Sunn O))) performance in Chechnya sometime in the future? Not under Dadayev and Kadyrov's watch, unfortunately.