LAMB OF GOD Prevented From Playing In Malaysia
Last week, we reported the Malaysian Department Of Islamic Development (aka Jakir) objected to Lamb of God's scheduled performance in Malaysia on September 28th, and filed a motion to block the band's permit to perform. Looks like they got their way.
According to Malaysian news site The Star Online:
The Communications and Multimedia Ministry today 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.
Previously, Jakir had cited that the band's live show “incorporates evil and anti-divine spiritual elements in its performance,” which couldn't be further from the truth.
Lamb of God have released an official statement:
“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.”
A true bummer for Malaysian Lamb of God fans and the promoters, who announced they will soon disclose information on how to obtain refunds.