Lamb of God Malaysian Show Called Into Question Over ‘Evil’ Elements
Lamb of God are scheduled to play in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 28, but there is some opposition that is hoping the group won’t be allowed to play. According to the Malaysia Star Online, the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia has raised their objections to the band as they fear it will revive black metal in the country.
Director-General Datuk Othman Mustapha said that the organization raised the objection because the band’s style of music mixed metal with the reading of verses from the Quran and that their incorporation of evil and anti-divine spiritual elements in their performance was being called into question.
“The organizing of such events do not only corrode morality but also the faith of Muslims,” stated Mustapha to the New Strait Times. “Performances by heavy metal outfits that were often extreme also encouraged its audience to lose control.”
Othman went on to state that the objection was in accordance with the decision of the Fatwa Committee that the practices of black metal groups were misguided and contrary to the true teachings of Islam, and as such there is a fear that the band’s performance would bring more attention to black metal.
While nothing has happened concerning the date as of yet, Othman said it was his hope that the authorities would not approve the performance and that they would take into consideration the sensitivities of the Muslim community.