Malaysia Bans Lamb Of God
Lamb of God doesn’t need ‘em.
Blabbermouth claims Lamb of God’s previously announced September 28 performance in Kuala Lumpur has been canceled.
Why? The band’s concerts were deemed to be infringing on the religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysian society.
The Department Of Islamic Development Of Malaysia (Jakim) last month raised objections to the show, claiming Lamb’s music is a mix of metal songs with the reading of verses from the Quran.
The decision to cancel the concert was made Wednesday by the Communications And Multimedia Ministry at a meeting of the Central Committee On Applications For Filming And Performances By Foreign Artistes (Puspal).
Mark Morton responded to the move, saying, “It is very evident (and a bit frustrating) that the groups, parties and powers that have taken the most offense 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.
“We sincerely apologize to our amazing fans in Malaysia for the cancellation. Many thanks to all who have spoken out in support of us through this. We will still be playing the shows scheduled in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand.”