Even as I typed the headline to this post, I still can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Here in the States we enjoy freedom of speech, and although we complain about the actual meaning of that phrase these days, it’s still in our Constitution, and we are VERY lucky to have it. Case in point: Iranian metal band, Confess, has reportedly had two members of their band, Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani, arrested for playing heavy music. Yes, for playing the music we all love, these two musicians are facing an uphill battle unimaginable here in the States. Both men were arrested by the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and are facing charges of blasphemy, advertising against the system, running an illegal and underground band and record label promoting music considered to be Satanic, writing anti-religious lyrics and granting interviews to forbidden foreign radio stations. According to the letter sent out by Metal Nation Radio, these serious charges resulted in the two band members being held in solitary since last November, until finally making bail on February 5th. The troubles don’t end there, because even as the band is lawyering up to fight these charges, blasphemy law dictates that individuals can be subject to punishments such as prolonged detention, torture and even execution in Iran.
Metal fans around the world are figuring out what we can do to help the band, but as our friends at Metal Injection stated, raising awareness is a good place to start. Use the hashtag #FreeConfess on Social Media, and please spread the word to anyone and everyone you know. These two guys were simply playing the music that they love, that we love, and now they could possibly face a punishment that is simply appalling. Stay tuned as this story develops….