After government agencies in Malaysia sought to ban Lamb of God from playing their September 28th gig at the Rockaway Festival in Kuala Lumpur, a decision has now been made to prevent the American Metal band from performing in the country. In addition, the promoter of the festival at which Lamb of God were to play also cancelled the show because of death threats to the band.
Malaysia's Communications and Multimedia Ministry decided to cancel the concert after a meeting of the Central Committee on Applications for Filming and Performances by Foreign Artistes took place yesterday (Wednesday). According to the Star Online, the reason given was that the band's performances "were found to infringe on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysian society."
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Last month, it was the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia that first raised objection to Lamb of God's scheduled performance, citing the band's lyrics and song titles as objectionable, even pointing out that some songs contained verses from the Quran.
Meanwhile, the concert organizers themselves decided to cancel the show after the band started to receive death threats in wake of the attention the gig received because of the debate mentioned above. On the festival's Facebook page, the promoter Livescape stated the following:
"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."
Meanwhile, Lamb of God themselves released their own statement, saying:
"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."
The band last played in Asia early last year supporting Metal legends Judas Priest. Lamb Of God did play in Singapore which lies directly to the South of Malaysia and the gig was attended by many travelling fans without any incidents.
Lamb Of God will still be playing two days later in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday 30th September at the Hollywood Awards music venue and this is now expected to be a sell out as many Malay fans will now travel for the show. The venue only holds a thousand people and tickets are priced at 1500 Baht.
Nearly six months after Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter in Prague, the vocalist posted his short film on his Tumblr page along with the following explanation:
"This is a movie I made in Prague during my trial. I filmed the footage with a Canon EOS 60D, edited it with Final Cut Pro X, and wrote the music using Reason. I wanted to release a slightly different version of the film right before my judgement was rendered by the court (the very last shot in this version was not there until after I was pronounced innocent). My idea was to show my mind set through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court.
"I did not know what was going to happen to me, only that I felt I was doing the right thing by being there. Working in a creative capacity during the trial helped me to remain calm - it is what I know how to do, so I wanted to share it with people. I showed the clip to my lawyer and he advised against releasing it until after the trial was over, thinking the authorities might not understand what I was trying to say with the movie. It is all over now, so here is my poor attempt to try and create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.
"Note - the Devil plays an important part in Czech fairy tales, and marionettes are a bit of Czech folk culture I came to love while I was there - the marionette hangs in my study now. The Devil is different in Czech fairy tales though, to my understanding - the puppet is representative of me, the way I viewed myself, the way I was viewed by society at different times - all sorts of things. It is not representative of evil - just wanted to clarify that."
Check out Randy Blythe's 'The Devil is the Details' short film by clicking here.
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