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As many of you might be aware (or if you don't you might want to read this:- http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/heavy-metal-band-could-face-7427447, Iranian Metal band Confess were a few months ago arrested and jailed on the grounds of blasphemy and illegal activities. The latest news is that the band face execution, of which has been met with extreme condemnation from the metal community and national (and international) press alike.
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Iran is no stranger to controversial decisions regarding it's nuclear program and human rights records (https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/n-africa/iran), but as an avid supporter of global metal music it is shocking to see that these musicians are faced with execution just for enjoying a form of recreation that they love and is deemed harmless (to the metalheads that is). There have been a string of metal bands from Iran who have either left the country to live in Europe or abroad, or have remained in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such bands include:- Aras, Connate Exasperation, Angband, Ekove Efrits, Freezing Moon, Mordab and Kahtmayan. With perhaps the most successful bands being From The Vastland, Trivax, Nathorg and the Iranian-fronted Mortad (the vocalist Somi Arian is from Iran).
For those who know very little or nothing about the Iranian Metal scene, below are some videos concerning the scene (including a special one by Somi Arian detailing her childhood roots, what living in Iran was like and why metal music faces extreme oppression there) and what it stands for, in fact there will be an article soon expressing support and solidarity among three selected metal scenes of whom all have faced tremendous challenges in the wake of the Arab Spring, let alone the constant threats from the Conservative individuals and traditionalists.
Global Metal Apocalypse stresses it remains politically neutral and only operates in the best interests of the global metal community, we abstain ourselves from challenging any unknown or presumptuous statements about any given entity as to avoid misrepresentation and conflict.
We show solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters in Iran during these dark times and hope that an amicable and pleasing outcome may come as soon as it can.
Interview with some young Iranian Metal enthusiasts at a public park in the mountains above Tehran. The interviewer and his friend Jesse talked with them about religion, music and culture. Before filming commenced they were playing some favorite songs through their mp3 players.
Mortad front woman, Somi Arian explains about her experiences growing up in Tehran, how she discovered heavy metal music in a traditional Islamic society.
The video features the song "Hold Me, Break Me" from the upcoming Mortad album.
Taken from the video description:-
"Did you know that Iran has metal music as well? HTN travelled to Iran to meet Hossein Yukband, the lead guitar of Kuadrumana, one of the very rare and controversial alternative live bands in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A beautiful, historical country rooted in its tradition: metal musicians don’t have it easy at all here. We take a look at how they are breaking their path from traditions, and surviving, as also thriving in the ancient country of Iran."
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