Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd said Friday (October 6) it will recall all copies of the new Slayer album "Christ Illusion" following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF).

Early this week, Joseph Dias, general secretary of CSF, issued a statement taking "strong exception" to the album's cover artwork, which he said depicts "Christ with a missing eye and amputated arms." He added, "we also condemn the track, 'Skeleton Christ' as the lyrics are an insult to Christianity." The CSF also sent a memorandum to Mumbai's police commissioner, adding that the album "will affect the sensibilities of the Muslims on the track 'Jihad' and secular Indians who have respect for all faiths."

Kaveri Khullar, marketing manager, EMI India said in an interview, "We met with the CSF and were apologetic while assuring them that all copies of the album would be pulled out. We have no plans of re-issuing it in any way."

The "Christ Illusion" album had been on the shelves for only a week. Khullar did not confirm the number of units released only stating, "There weren't too many that we launched anyway."

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Posted: 10.10.2006 by Master_o_Puppets

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Doc Godin - 03.04.2007 at 09:17  
Written by Guest on 10.10.2006 at 23:29

Ive sait id once and I will say it again...

if SLAYER had a country which practised the religion of SLAYER, they would ban all the Christian Pop-Rock in the world.

The Door swings both ways kids. Doesnt matter if its religious or not... its a matter of opinion.

(yeah I know this is old news) but wow, as crazy as that is it makes alot of sense when you put it that way.
Muhannad Saleh - 14.04.2008 at 22:31  
well i have read most of your comments and let me say you guys really fools and your Head fucked up with things you don't even know
offending religions like that don't forget that god created you ,and gave you the ears that you use them to listen to metal so if wasn't for god you wouldn't even have ears to listen to the music that has become what your whole life is about.
what do slayer knows about those religions to talk about it like that what do they know about Islam or Muslims or jihad to talk about it like that? i don't recall that one of salyer's members lost a son or a father during the war that is happening in Israel or Iraq .? i don't recall that any of slayer's members watched his mother being raped and he couldn't even cry or do anything to stop it . i dont remember that any of slayer's member hold his brother while he is bleeding from every single thing in his body just because he is a Muslim or Arabian you guys talk about democracy and freedom of Speech and Expression well how about you tell me where is the democracy when someone come and force you with a gun in his hands to go out from your home and smash your home in front of your eyes and if you were lucky enough they will let you take your kids before they smash the building over their heads . and give your land to others. just because you are a Muslim .<yep thats the great democracy you guys are talking about . you guys dont know what you are talking about , . but i do ...hell i fucking lived it second by second . am not telling you this so you could cry on us but all what am asking is to respect the suffering we suffer
metal isn't about insulting god metal isn't about offending other's thoughts and believes this is not why black sabbath created the metal music . and slayer knows that but they just insult more things in their lyrics . so they cause more talking about their album so everyone buy it and see what the hell this album is talking about.. I am a big hater for this metal era from 90s until now because its all about the money Even big bands like slayer has been sold out . with all my respect to slayer and their music but they forgot what metal is all about and it will come right back at them someday . like what happened with metallica
AiwiAstwihad - 25.09.2008 at 16:03  
at first i wanted to write something in response to the ardent post above me but gave up cos that would be a long off-topic one.

btw, what the fuck do they think? censorship acts just the opposite and encourages ppl more :p they don't seem to know anything about human nature... this OLD news made me listen to Jihad, Skeleton Christ right now and take another look at the cover!!
bulldozerash - 04.10.2009 at 21:40  
I totally agree with Muhannad Saleh .... you are the guy man... u just pointed at the thing that i am considering.... i think that this root that slayer keeps going is just kerry fucking king's attitude toward life and god... i just remembered an interview where araya said he didnt even believe in what he's singing or screaming or whatever the fuck it is.... who cares what is islam ? they just listen to this fucking media and trust that ... even superstars like slayer members are influenced by that

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