Monterrey, Mexico metal band Thunderslave were to release their debut LP, Unchain the Night, on No Remorse Records later this month. That release is now cancelled, however, and No Remorse has cut ties with the band, following video footage that surfaced. In it, Thunderslave members, along with members of another Mexican metal band, Hellcharger, are seen vandalizing tombstones, mausoleums, and crosses inside Santa María Pantheon in Apodaca, Mexico. You can watch it below, at the end of this post.

On June 9th, Rock'n Norte shared the video on Facebook, with the following caption, translated from Spanish:

They identify people who caused damage to a pantheon as metal bands.

After having dawned with damages in at least 5 tombs of the Santa María Pantheon, after a few hours a video began to circulate on the internet that recorded the authors of the destruction recognized as 2 metal bands (Hellcharger and Thunderslave) residents of Apodaca and Juarez, apparently they deleted the video and the Facebook pages of both bands but some fans downloaded the video before deleting it, here we leave the video.

In a statement posted today (June 11th), No Remorse writes, "It was just this morning, on 11th of June, where we were informed and found out what actually happened, involving Thunderslave. A company of young people entered the Santa María Pantheon, in the municipality of Apodaca, destroying tombstones, mausoleums and crosses, which they demolished. From the moment that there is already a video of the cemetery vandalism (that we just saw today) it makes no sense for the label to wait on police reports and other related news, since violence and vandalism are among the things against our ethics. We always support free will but we also have the right to set those LINES according to our ethics and label's professionalism. We also don't want to use such acts as "advertisement", so we have no other option than CANCELLING and DELETING this release and END our cooperation with Thunderslave and the members involved."

Here's the label's full statement:

Dear friends, partners and media.

26th of June, 2020 was the release date of the debut full-length album of Thunderslave from Monterrey, Mexico, under the title "Unchain the Night". Everything was set, CD copies were paid, manufactured and delivered, the promotion campaign started and everything was ready for the release of the album.

Two days ago, on 9th of June, we were informed by a band member that he was involved in "something" while drunk and with a few friends they broke "something". It is a common thing we assume to have a fight sometimes or break "something"; it is part of the rock 'n' roll and heavy music history, after all. But there are always LINES for what's accepted and what not. Not grey lines, but bold and serious lines, that once crossed, each party needs to make a decision based on its ethics.

No Remorse Records always supports the bands and our artists, which in many cases have a long cooperation with the label, mutual respect and friendship. It was just this morning, on 11th of June, where we were informed and found out what actually happened, involving Thunderslave. A company of young people entered the Santa María Pantheon, in the municipality of Apodaca, destroying tombstones, mausoleums and crosses, which they demolished. From the moment that there is already a video of the cemetery vandalism (that we just saw today) it makes no sense for the label to wait on police reports and other related news, since violence and vandalism are among the things against our ethics. We always support free will but we also have the right to set those LINES according to our ethics and label's professionalism. We also don't want to use such acts as "advertisement", so we have no other option than CANCELLING and DELETING this release and END our cooperation with Thunderslave and the members involved.

Thunderslave are free to join any other label and release their album.

To all those who have pre-ordered the (upcoming) Thunderslave album "Unchain the Night", the price for that item will be refunded. Our apologies.

To all media that have already received copies since the promotion campaign have started, we recommend you to destroy those copies and we want to make clear that No Remorse Records won't have any further cooperation and/or relation with Thunderslave. Thanks for the understanding.

With respect,
No Remorse Records