'Insulting' video made by fan of US band

'Insulting' video made by fan of US band
Lamb of God

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The Islamic Deve-lopment Department's (Jakim) call to ban Lamb Of God's scheduled performance in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 28 was based on a YouTube video uploaded in 2008.

The video clip features a live show of the American heavy metal band in Orlando, Florida, in which the performance of its single Laid To Rest was deemed controversial due to the use of verses from the Quran.

Lamb Of God's showcase at KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, is organised by Livescape Asia.

Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the band's mixing of heavy metal songs with verses from the Quran was not in accordance with the guidance and true teachings of Islam.

The clip was also mentioned in an article by a Malay daily on Aug 28.

According to Livescape Asia, the video was made by a fan.

"I've spoken to members of the band and they said the video was recorded from a fan's mobile phone. It was edited to look like the band included a verse from the Quran in their performance," said Livescape Asia director Rahul Kukreja in a phone interview from Jakarta, Indonesia.

The original recording of the song does not include any verses from the Quran.

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