KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Muslim-majority Malaysia has barred a planned performance by U. S. metal band Lamb of God after Islamic officials accused the Grammy-nominated group's work of being blasphemous.

The band expressed frustration because it believed authorities had not studied the content and meaning of its songs carefully enough.

Lamb of God had been scheduled to perform at a concert hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's largest city, on Sept. 28. But the Communications and Multimedia Ministry said late Wednesday it would not issue a permit because the performance could infringe on Malaysia's religious sensitivities and cultural values.

The band said in a statement it would continue with other shows this month in New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. It said more than 1,500 tickets had been sold in Malaysia.

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