Lamb of God sparked a controversy among Malaysia officials with their September 28 scheduled performance in the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
As New Straits Times reports, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) is calling on local authorities to ban the group's performance, labeling the metal five-piece "satanic."
"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," said the department's director general Datuk Othman Mustapha. "The name Lamb of God also referred to Jesus that Christians referred to as the son of god."
The department also claimed LoG aired Quranic verses during US concerts, expressing concern over suggestive song titles such as "Walk With Me in Hell," "Sacrament" and "Resurrection." Representatives went on to name the band's 2000 release "New American Gospel" as opposing to Islamic Syariat (Sharia) and morals.
"The organizing of such events do not only corrode morality but also the faith of Muslims," Mustapha said. "Performances by heavy metal outfits that were often extreme also encouraged its audience to lose control," he concluded.
The department is reportedly looking to submit a memorandum to various ministries in order to ban Lamb of God. The band is currently warming up to kick off their upcoming tour on September 18 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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