Janaza: Female-Fronted, Anti-Islamic, Middle Eastern Black Metal

The Atlantic, one of the few magazines that I steal from my parents any time I visit, has a fascinating article about Janaza, Iraq’s first female-fronted black metal band. The article mixes information as well as an interview with singer Anahita, who performs this kind of music as a response to seeing religiously motivated violence all around her.

The reason I find this article to be so fascinating is that this listening to or performing this kind of music in Iraq (and many other highly religious areas) is not only a serious no-no, it’s a crime that is punishable by death. In fact, in this article, Anahita states that if religious authorities caught her, “…They would kill me, and kill all of my friends, by cutting off our heads.”

Written by Kim Kelly, I highly recommend reading the article as it provides fresh insight into what it means be a metal musician in an environment that truly wishes to shut you down. Below you can hear their song “Burn The Pages of Quran”.

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