Lamb Of God - Malaysian Concert At Risk, Now Cancelled (Update)

UPDATE on 04.09.2013: It seems like the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) has won the battle against Lamb Of God. The heavy metal group has been denied a permit to stage a concert in Kuala Lumpur on September 28th because their performances were found to infringe on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysian society. As usual, the fans are those who suffer the most with this whole ordeal. The band also decided to cancel the show after reportedly being threatened.

Lamb Of God released this statement: "In response to the growing controversy and public protest within Malaysia, and on the advice of our management, we have elected to cancel our show in Kuala Lampur. 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. However, in light of recent events in the band's history, and given the increasing fervor of the media coverage regarding the Malaysian controversy, our management feels that the environment surrounding the upcoming show is becoming increasingly volatile. More than anything, we do not wish to jeopardize the safety of our crew, our fans or ourselves. Many thanks to all who have spoken out in our support through this."

Statement by Livescape Sdn. Bhd: "It is with utmost regret that we announce the cancellation of the Rockaway showcase that was to feature the Grammy nominee band, Lamb Of God on September 28 in Kuala Lumpur. This difficult decision was made after thorough deliberation by us at Livescape and taking into account the objections raised by various groups as well as life threats made by certain irresponsible individuals towards the band members themselves."

Original news, published on 01.09.2013: The tough times for Lamb Of God continue. According to New Straits Times, the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) has raised objections to the scheduled performance of the US band in Kuala Lumpur where they would headline the Rockaway Festival on September 28th. The Department has called on the authorities to ban Lamb Of God from performing in the country. Its director general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the band from Virginia had "blasphemous elements".

"Lamb Of God had drawn many controversies and was dubbed a 'satanic' band that fitted evil spirituality and anti-godliness even by the Christian community," he said in a statement. "The name Lamb Of God also referred to Jesus that Christians referred to as the son of god," he said.

The department claimed the band had aired Quranic verses during their performances in the United States previously and had suggestive song titles such as "Walk With Me In Hell", "Sacrament", and "Resurrection". He said the band's New American Gospel album, released in 2000, opposed Islamic Syariat (Sharia) and morals.

"The organising of such events do not only corrode morality but also the faith of Muslims. Performances by heavy metal outfits that were often extreme also encouraged its audience to lose control," he said, adding that the entry of such bands also promoted the Black Metal genre that the government had opposed.

He said the department hoped the authorities involved would not approve the permit to allow the band to perform. It was reported that Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (Irimm) president Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay had raised the issue and will submit a memorandum to various ministries to ban Lamb Of God.

Band profile: Lamb Of God
Posted: 04.09.2013 by Bad English


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01.09.2013 - 12:50
As long as I'm seeing them in Cape Town January, I couldn't care less
01.09.2013 - 13:28
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Seeing them in Sydney in three weeks. We don't have the same hang ups down here in Australia.
The sun shines over The Fool...
01.09.2013 - 14:41
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Btw it's the New Straits Times
Someone please edit it, I somehow can't seem to do that.
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01.09.2013 - 16:37
Performances by heavy metal outfits that were often extreme also encouraged its audience to lose control.

Lost control, huh?
At least they don't kill anyone in the name of metal or something!
01.09.2013 - 16:45
I just don't see why Lamb Of God playing in Malaysia would promote the BLACK METAL genre but hey, maybe they see black metal elements in Walk With Me In Hell
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
01.09.2013 - 18:18
The Shape 1973
Written by SSM on 01.09.2013 at 16:37

Performances by heavy metal outfits that were often extreme also encouraged its audience to lose control.

At least they don't kill anyone in the name of metal or something!

Just members of the audience, allegedly.
Just because you believe in your strong morals it doesn't mean they are correct
01.09.2013 - 19:09
a MasT
If being a prudish murderous bunch of women/freedom hating thugs means "control" I think I'd rather go to a metal show.
01.09.2013 - 21:28
And Malaysian Government just nominee itself for "TOTAL DICK OF THE MONTH" award for September.
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03.09.2013 - 05:31
Maybe the Black Metal genre playing the element of walk with me in heaven
i think Lamb of God is not too blasphemous than other Black Metal genre like Marduk and Death Metal genre like Nile.....
03.09.2013 - 18:01
Lamb of god sucks royaly but apparently not even a quarter as much as the malaysian government. Screw ALL who support and enforce sharia law which isnt even a part of traditional islam.
04.09.2013 - 19:04
LoG: Concert pls?
Livescape: ok.
Jakim: lol nope.
LoG: dafuq?
Jakim: lolumad? u no spiritual SWAG.
LoG: fak u.
04.09.2013 - 19:35
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That's why I'm an atheist...
04.09.2013 - 21:07
Bad English
In name of free market economcs we need destroy islam and other concervative religions
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
04.09.2013 - 22:14
Written by Guest on 04.09.2013 at 19:35

That's why I'm an atheist...

I'd convert, but the truth is, it doesn't grind my gears when crappy bands get their concerts in Malaysia cancelled, and Scientology is just too much damn fun.
04.09.2013 - 22:53
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Scientology is for nerds, and the latest album is probably the only one I'd call even remotely crappy.
04.09.2013 - 23:22
Nemo Atkins
What is it with places wanting to keep metal out of things for reasons that make little sense if you actually know the band in question? First Sabaton in Russia, now Lamb of God in'd think there was a vendetta on or something!

Great, now I'm becoming paranoid...

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