The Malaysian government has canceled a show by Richmond heavy metal band Lamb of God this month, saying the band is satanic.
The Kuala Lumpur concert was scheduled for September 28 but the government refused to issue a permit for the show, according to the band's promoter.
Organizers said they were concerned over death threats to the band. However, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia told a Malaysian newspaper "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."
The band issued a statement Wednesday refuting the claim and urging people to take a closer look at their lyrics.
"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," said Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton. "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."
More than 1,500 tickets had already been sold and shows in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand are going on as schedule.
The band's lead singer was tangled in another, unrelated international dispute last year when he was indicted for manslaughter due to a death at a concert in the Czech Republic. Blythe was later cleared of all charges.
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