Controversial heavy metal band ‘Taake’ that sings “To Hell with Mohammed and Muslims” and their “unforgivable customs” is nominated for Norway’s equivalent of a Grammy Award

A heavy metal band rock nominated for a ‘Spellemann,’ Norway’s top music prize, has rejected claims that lyrics on its latest album go too far in their criticism of Islam. They argue that besides the lyrics devoted to Mohammedans are also some targeted at Christians, but we don’t hear any outrage over that.

(Who cares what Muslims think, they are not allowed to listen to music anyway)

The Local  Taake’s nomination for the Spellemann Prize in the Best Metal Album category has sparked a strong reaction from (Muslim-aologist) listeners who find some of the band’s lyrics objectionable, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

In the song Orkan (‘Hurricane’) on its latest album, Noregs Vaapen, the band sings “To hell with Muhammad and the Mohammedans” and their “unforgivable customs.” It ends with the line: “Norway will soon awaken.”

Marte Thorsby, chairman of the prize committee’s board, denied any assertion that the jury must not have listened to the album properly before announcing the nomination. “We enjoy full freedom of expression in Norway and a Spellemann jury is not going to censor content in any way,” she told Aftenposten.

Didrik Søderlind, of the Norwegian Humanist Association, agreed that criticism of religion was fully acceptable and should not be subject to any form of censorship. But he also argued that the song in question went too far. Søderlind said the lyrics were presumably written prior to last summer’s terror attacks in Norway, “and in the aftermath of July 22nd they’re completely over the edge.”(CRAP, Breivik didn’t kill any Muslims, he just hated them and their enablers)

In a written response to the newspaper, Taake front-man Ørjan Stedjeberg said his sole intention with the contentious lyrics was to criticize religion. “Incidentally, Christianity is mentioned in the same lyrics, but that doesn’t seem to have been given any emphasis,” he wrote. “Taake has never been a political band, and we do not encourage either violence or racism.”  

The Spellemann Prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 14th.