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Chinese metal bands turn up the volume as live venues reopen

Li Shun, Shun Zi and Wang Bao of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit perform at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Six months of coronavirus shutdowns kept the lights off in Beijing's underground music venues, but live venues in Beijing were recently allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, as life in China increasingly returns to normal.

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Li Shun, Shun Zi and Wang Bao of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit perform at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Six months of coronavirus shutdowns kept the lights off in Beijing's underground music venues, but...more

Li Shun, Shun Zi and Wang Bao of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit perform at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Six months of coronavirus shutdowns kept the lights off in Beijing's underground music venues, but live venues in Beijing were recently allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, as life in China increasingly returns to normal. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, China, August 14, 2020. China boasts a small but buoyant heavy metal scene, where bands mix genre standards with Chinese elements. Black metal is a sub-genre that creates a dark, moody atmosphere layering heavily distorted guitars and high-pitched vocals.

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People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, China, August 14, 2020. China boasts a small but buoyant heavy metal scene, where bands mix genre standards with Chinese elements. Black metal is a sub-genre that creates a dark,...more

People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, China, August 14, 2020. China boasts a small but buoyant heavy metal scene, where bands mix genre standards with Chinese elements. Black metal is a sub-genre that creates a dark, moody atmosphere layering heavily distorted guitars and high-pitched vocals. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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"In our work, 'black metal' is the form while Buddhism is the content," Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion said about his spiritually inspired music that has been released by French label Anesthetize Productions.

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"In our work, 'black metal' is the form while Buddhism is the content," Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion said about his spiritually inspired music that has been released by French label Anesthetize Productions. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

"In our work, 'black metal' is the form while Buddhism is the content," Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion said about his spiritually inspired music that has been released by French label Anesthetize Productions. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing. "We do not exaggerate pain, we praise happiness," he said in his basement rehearsal space a few days before the show at Omi Space, which on the band's Facebook page he called the "first date after the world stopped."

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Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing. "We do not exaggerate pain, we praise happiness," he said in his basement rehearsal space a few days before the show at Omi Space, which on the band's Facebook page he...more

Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing. "We do not exaggerate pain, we praise happiness," he said in his basement rehearsal space a few days before the show at Omi Space, which on the band's Facebook page he called the "first date after the world stopped." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Keyboard player Zhang Yao of the band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Shunzi, lead singer of Dream Spirit, whose members perform in traditional Chinese hanfu garments, used the downtime to write songs, including one about the workers who built two emergency hospitals in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus was first detected. "The disease has made me contemplate a lot," he said. "It also changed my relationship with the guitar player. We have been friends since school years but always quarreling recently. In the pandemic, we communicated a lot and mended our friendship."

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Keyboard player Zhang Yao of the band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Shunzi, lead singer of Dream Spirit, whose members perform in traditional Chinese hanfu garments, used the downtime to...more

Keyboard player Zhang Yao of the band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, China, February 24, 2019. Shunzi, lead singer of Dream Spirit, whose members perform in traditional Chinese hanfu garments, used the downtime to write songs, including one about the workers who built two emergency hospitals in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus was first detected. "The disease has made me contemplate a lot," he said. "It also changed my relationship with the guitar player. We have been friends since school years but always quarreling recently. In the pandemic, we communicated a lot and mended our friendship." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People dance during a concert of the heavy metal band Ephemerality at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People dance during a concert of the heavy metal band Ephemerality at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People dance during a concert of the heavy metal band Ephemerality at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People dance during a heavy metal concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Singer Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space, Buddhist prayer beads in hand and incense wafting from the stage, as his band unleashed a wall of sound on the crowd.

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Singer Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space, Buddhist prayer beads in hand and incense wafting from the stage, as his band unleashed a wall of sound on the crowd. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Singer Shui Shu of Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space, Buddhist prayer beads in hand and incense wafting from the stage, as his band unleashed a wall of sound on the crowd. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man has his temperature checked as he pays for his ticket for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man has his temperature checked as he pays for his ticket for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man has his temperature checked as he pays for his ticket for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Fans attend a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Fans attend a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Fans attend a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Members of the heavy metal band Nightmare Spirit do their make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Members of the heavy metal band Nightmare Spirit do their make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Members of the heavy metal band Nightmare Spirit do their make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion has his makeup done before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion has his makeup done before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion has his makeup done before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Members of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit Zhang Yao, Peng Lian Jing, Wang Bao, Shun Zi, Liu Zheng and Li Shun pose for a picture before their performance at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Members of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit Zhang Yao, Peng Lian Jing, Wang Bao, Shun Zi, Liu Zheng and Li Shun pose for a picture before their performance at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Members of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit Zhang Yao, Peng Lian Jing, Wang Bao, Shun Zi, Liu Zheng and Li Shun pose for a picture before their performance at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Heavy metal musicians talk before their concerts in the backstage area at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Heavy metal musicians talk before their concerts in the backstage area at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Heavy metal musicians talk before their concerts in the backstage area at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion checks his make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion checks his make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhang Xiao Song of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion checks his make-up before playing a concert at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Shui Shu of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion performs at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Wang Xiao and Li Que of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion perform at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Xiao and Li Que of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion perform at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Xiao and Li Que of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion perform at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Bassist Liu Zheng of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Bassist Liu Zheng of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Bassist Liu Zheng of the Chinese folk-metal band Dream Spirit performs at the Wukesong Mao livehouse in Beijing, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People arrive for a night of heavy metal concerts at Omni Space in Beijing, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Shui Shu, Li Que and Wang Xiao of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion rehearse at their studio in Beijing, August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Shui Shu, Li Que and Wang Xiao of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion rehearse at their studio in Beijing, August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Shui Shu, Li Que and Wang Xiao of the black metal band Bliss-Illusion rehearse at their studio in Beijing, August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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