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London's famed Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has canceled an experimental concert by extreme metal band Napalm Death, fearing the noise level could damage the 104-year-old building.

Ceramic artist Keith Harrison from the V&A, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, collaborated with Napalm Death on a set to be played through a sculptural sound system which would disintegrate under decibel stress.

But museum officials said the one-off performance, scheduled for Friday in the V&A's Europe Galleries, had been canceled out of concern it was not only the intended sculpture that would be damaged.

"A further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building," a museum statement said.

"The V&A is committed to an exciting program of exhibitions and events but the safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times."

Napalm Death, a self-described "grindcore" band which has released 14 albums since forming in Birmingham in central England 30 years ago, said the project aimed to merge extreme metal and art.

The band, whose last album included songs like "Leper Colony" and "A Gag Reflex", is listed by Nielsen SoundScan as the seventh best-selling death metal band in the United States.

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Good decision.

This type of music must be played in open where people can get carried away in emotions and cause a rampage.

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Good decision.

This type of music must be played in open where people can get carried away in emotions and cause a rampage.

yes, obviously :rolleyes:

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^^ Apparently it was not that obvious to museum authorities at first.

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Yep right. Because being in the heart of London isn't noisy. :rolleyes:

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fearing the noise level could damage the 104-year-old building.

Are we sure this had nothing to do with the blue noses complaining about the idea of a grindcore band playing in the museum? lol

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Yep right. Because being in the heart of London isn't noisy. :rolleyes:

Well yes, it is noisy when you compare it to the sounds of the countryside, but it's much less noisy than a heavy metal concert in a confined space :p.

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Yep right. Because being in the heart of London isn't noisy. :rolleyes:

How does Liz sleep at night ... ?

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How come they didn't think of this before they scheduled the concert?

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