'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.

Rahul said the decision on whether to let the band's show go as planned would only be known in two or three days.

"As of now, we're still going back and forth with Central Agency for Application for Filming and Perfor-mance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal). Hopefully, we can come to an agreement soon.

"I believe it's a misunderstanding. But even if the show doesn't go as planned, we're still committed to bring in other great acts."