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Lamb of God denied permit to perform in M'sia
Publication Date : 05-09-2013
Heavy metal group Lamb of God has been denied a permit to stage a concert in Kuala Lumpur on September 28.
Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia on Wednesday rejected the US band’s concert because the performances of the group were found to infringe on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysian society.
The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) had also expressed its objection to the group’s performance in the country.
Jakim director-general Othman Mustapha had said that the music the group performed was a mix of metal songs with the reading of verses from the Quran.
The Grammy-nominated band consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
In response to the ban, Lamb of God issued an official statement Wednesday.
“It is very evident (and a bit frustrating) that the groups, parties and powers that have taken the most offence to our music and lyrics, have themselves only made a passing glance at the content and meanings of those songs.
“We would invite anyone offended by our music to engage in a discussion regarding the true motivations behind our work, especially before publicly slandering us based on assumptions and shallow misinterpretation,” it said.
Concert promoters Livescape Asia also issued an apology to the fans and mentioned that details for refunds will be announced soon.