Sep 5, 2013
Unlike Canadian government which recently declared war on ALL independent artists, by increasing foreign performer fees (taxes) to levels unbearable for most musicians, after careful studying of Lamb of God lyrics, Malaysian authorities accused the Grammy-nominated Virginians of being blasphemous.
The band was scheduled to perform at a concert hall in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 28, but the Communications and Multimedia Ministry said late Wednesday it would not issue a permit because the performance could infringe on Malaysia's religious sensitivities and cultural values.
The decision comes after the government-run Department of Islamic Development last week said the group's work could lead Muslims astray, partly because the band has been known to mix excerpts from the Qur’an, Islam's holy book, with heavy metal music.
The band posted a statement on its Facebook page saying it would continue with other shows this month in New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.
"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," the statement said, adding that more than 1,500 tickets had been sold in Malaysia.
Read more at Vancouver Sun.