PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 June, 2006, 12:00am

June 6, 7.30pm, The Wanch

Headbangers around the world will be out in force next Tuesday when the calendar is aligned to 666, the 'number of the beast' mentioned in the New Testament's Book of Revelation.

Heavy metal and demonic imagery have always had a close - but not always entirely serious - association, and the date is being marked with a series of global music events. Hong Kong's 666 night takes place at the Wanch in Wan Chai.

'We heard about 666 metal parties happening all over the world,' says organiser Pranjal Tiwari. 'It's sort of a sacred day for us, and the only time this century the date will be lined up like 06/06/06.

'We originally thought about having a party, then thought why not organise a show with some local metal bands. Although we have great metal bands in Hong Kong, it's rare for there to be an exclusively metal show. This is a good opportunity to pull all that interest together for one night and hopefully beyond. And generally it will just be a lot of fun.'

Appearing will be local doom-metal act Bereavement, death-metal combo Hermetic Silence, three-piece outfit Dying Process, as well as Tiwari's band, Nanahara Shuya. The duo, who blend influences from heavy-weight favourites Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer with hardcore punk from the 80s and 90s, will release their debut album, Imperial Grand Strategy, at the show.

Four-piece Hermetic Silence, who formed in 2000, play a style that drummer Kwong Ho-sun describes as 'fast, heavy and brutal'.

'It's music that is true. We talk about all the negative things you see every day.

'The best way to know death metal is to listen to it and try it out for yourself,' he says.

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