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Underground Metal Special: Iran

Underground Metal Special: Iran

by Luxi Lahtinen

Heavy Metal isn't the first thing that comes to mind when talking about music in Iran, if it comes up at all. However, The Metal Crypt is known for supporting (real) metal bands from all corners of the world and allowing people to share their views about metal music no matter which part of the world they come from.

Iran does have an underground metal scene, which is literally underground because the authorities there, who control most of Iran's society, apparently see metal music as amoral and dangerous for the youth of their country. In light of that, what does not kill you makes you stronger, which applies to many of the artists and bands from the Iranian metal scene.

The following article is a sneak peek into the Iranian underground metal scene and is also dedicated to all Iranian metal musicians who play and listen to metal music because it is their great passion and despite it being forbidden in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Thanks to everyone who took the time and participated in this special feature.

When you decided to form/join this band, what did you want to achieve?

Masoud (INTEGRAL RIGOR): The band was formed in 2009 by Reza (guitars/vocals) out of passion and love for music and metal. The reason that keeps us alive all these years and despite all the obstacles is our inner rage and anger towards all who wants to stop us. This is the spirit of our band and is reflected in our songs and lyrics. We want everybody to know that we will do what we love to do, and we will never stop.

Mahyar Dean (ANGBAND): When I formed Angband, my goal was to sign with an international label so people across the world could hear us, and we did it in 2007. Our debut album Rising from Apadana was released in 2008 via Germany's Pure Steel Records and we were the first signed metal band from Iran and I'm proud of that.

Aelian (AMONGST THE ASHES): When I was with my previous bands back in Iran, I did not have much opportunity to express myself as a songwriter or as a lyricist. I decided to form Amongst the Ashes, where I can freely fulfill my desires about managing a band.

Mahdi (CHAOS DESCENT): I am Mahdi, the vocalist/lyricist for the death metal band Chaos Descent. We began this experience as a band back in 2013, when the guitarist/composer/producer Iman, along with our former bassist Mohammad Soleimani began searching for a vocalist. I took the job and afterwards we started searching for members to fill in the open spots on drums and second guitar. Farid Rezaie joined as the drummer, and many random people tried the position as a second guitarist.

Iman already had a handful of material for songs, some having been written a decade before, which were revised and edited resulting in the creation of the debut album When Life Leads Us to Death (released in 2014 by EMS Records).

The band went through numerous members, especially the second guitarist, and we were busy composing and recording material for the second album titled A New Clear Dawn in 2014, which did not find a place with the record companies. In the end we decided to self-release the album for free in 2017 on all social media platforms, i.e., YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, etc. in the desperate hope of receiving much needed attention. It has only been a few months now in 2021 and the album has been digitally released by Careless Records and is accessible on all digital music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, etc., and also available for a limited presale of 100 physical copies only.

My personal goal is something that is different from each person in the band, but both Iman and I share the idea of basing the band on self-dependency, discipline, rationality, critical thinking, friendship, and most importantly, originality.

Of course, having influences from other bands is one thing, but becoming a genre-addicted music copywriter, or better to call it a hack-writer, is a totally different thing.

I remember our first conversation together when Iman said we want to stay true and original to ourselves, and when I heard the demo of the songs that he had brought with him, it felt like I was listening to a mixture of countless influences I'd heard from both East and West. It gave me enough inspiration to immediately think of several vocal lines over the songs, which felt amazing to myself, to say the least.

Later on, after failing at finding a properly equipped studio after a week of searching, I took my crappy old sound card to Iman's place, with the argument that we must learn to record our own stuff, and Iman, being already on the same side of the argument, immediately plugged his guitar into the device and we began recording the riffs to the song "Game of Illusions."

It's funny how things worked out great with the little knowledge that we had, and it's even funnier that just because I couldn't deliver the sound card to Iman on time for once, not only did he not wait, but also he got an identical sound card and began doing his own research on learning the whole concept of music production. It was not long after that he became the only person that I would trust in the world of production with a great understanding of how everything works.

The more we thought about becoming independent, the more creative we became. Soon we had our own home studio at Iman's place, with an entire "fitted closet" covered with acoustic pads on the inside, our own perfect gear, and the only thing we lacked was, and still kind of is, promotion.

Paker Pir Niyakan (CREATION OF DARKNESS): Well, when I started working on songs and seeking members for the band back in 2009, I definitely had certain personal goals. I wanted to make my band an integrated band, to release many albums and share my thoughts with others.

Hilnorgoth (GARHELENTH): I am the main member and founder of Garhelenth, which I created in the winter of 2010. I am making music to heal myself. I do not have many followers but some of them are pure black metal fans and that means a lot to me. My goal is to make more music and let true metalheads know about my screams over here and feel the deepest darkness that I am living in. In other words, I want to share my dark side with them! Also, there are more philosophical goals I'm dealing with and Garhelenth leads me to reveal them. In total, this band is my personality. I also sometimes call other players to play for me by the way!

Farzad (FARZAD GOLPAYEGANI): Of course, I had big goals, and I achieved many of them. Most importantly I want to grow in my work and not stay where I was. Along the way I learned that it's very unlikely I would receive a major recognition of my work. Although I have listeners around the globe, I'm not making a living out of my music career. I understand that my music is not commercial, and I'm happy about it. I never worked on a music project that I hated. My source of income is mostly graphic design and art, which has also been my background forever. I'm proud of all the albums that I have released through the years (8 solo albums by 2021 and other singles and EPs), regardless of their financial success.

Magus (MOGH): Back in 1997, I felt an urge to form a movement with the goal of reviving the art and literature of ancient Iran and awaking the collective minds to showcase values in comparison to current Islamic suppressive ideologies against humanity; an Iranian renaissance.

I stepped on this path with the deep belief of gathering like-minded musicians and performing artists who experienced the brutality and inhuman Islamic laws, which is against individuals' flourishing path toward enlightenment.

The essence of these artistic ordeals resulted in one matrix establishment, which I named Endarkening Occult Wartist Lodge, as I learned the path to freedom is not collective but is based upon every person as an individual. I began my studies and research based on forbidden and censored resources in dead languages and incorporated the elements and concepts in my music and art materials.

Objectively I am proud that I have been part of the history of resistance through my art and musical expression, however, when I look at the world subjectively, I am not very satisfied with the effect of globalism which is going backward against civilization and human history. Sometimes I feel the urge to put down the guitar and grab the gun.

Charuk (MOGH): I have studied classical music and was manager and a performer in Academia's choir and orchestra in Iran for eight years. However, during all the years of my musical career, I had a vision to establish and be part of projects that are musically avant-garde, limitless and based on performing arts. The power of creating a personal language which is connected to my own roots, but it is universal as well. When I stepped out of Iran, I had the opportunity to achieve my goal and with every band I formed or joined I could express and accomplish part of my vision. The whole process united all I have ever imagined and experienced and presented using my musical knowledge combined with freedom of expression.

Arash Rezayi (HETEROCHROME): We have been fascinated by an extended range of artists that influenced us in our artistic endeavors and being able to perform alongside them for big crowds of people has always been one of our top motives. We have also tried to spread the energy of heavy music in the non-welcoming environment of an Islamic society, hoping that someday it would be easier for artists to pursue this path.

Mida Malek (HETEROCHROME): And, of course, for Mida, as a queer person and front person living in oppression, it has always been important to talk about human rights issues and bring what queer people go through into the light.

Ali Madarshahi (ARSAMES): I was born (in 1969) and raised in Iran. I had a cousin who listened to rock music, bands like Pink Floyd and stuff. I was curious about that kind of music and loved it until the '80s arrived and I started listening to metal music for the first time. I became a die-hard metalhead after that and the rest is history, I guess.

It was in March of 2002 when I decided to form Arsames. I believed as an Egyptian citizen that as we have a long and precious ancient history, I should make a metal band and talk more about it and it's a real pleasure for me to introduce my roots to the whole world via your site so that everyone can understand what I'd like to do as a musician.

Mani "Hellscream" Kewmars (WAR ANGEL): When we first formed War Angel, the primary aim was to compose original songs and create a sense of identity and belonging through our music by overcoming obstacles. It's all about love for metal music.

Pedram Shitrah (ARTAMENE): At first, we wanted to be rock stars and then our goals quickly changed to shouting out all our daily problems and the problems of society with music. We want to be the voice of the people who live with these disappointments on a daily basis.

Our fans and supporters are those who shout these inequalities and frustrations with anger. All members of the band are also in the same situation. We are people who face these problems every day and fully understand these disappointments and dangers.

We decided to bring these inequalities, issues, frustrations and worries out through music that both conveys the hope and anger of the people.

Sam Yazidian (NAZHAND): Well, I started an art project to express myself and to share my melodies with the world. Later there comes a time you have a message that you feel it is necessary to be said. Iran is a country under a dictatorship. You may shout out your screams in despair or you may directly address the miseries the government has brought to you. Well, I have successfully shared my beautiful guitar riffs and musical tones with the world with around 20 albums.

I have loved music since I was a toddler playing with my dad's synthesizer. I remember by instinct playing a beat on a wooden door in the home! Doing it for 10 minutes on a simple door! When I was 11, I made a keyboard tune dedicated it to my mom. Later I got into the guitar.

Tell us how you see your band's current position both in the Iranian underground metal scene and outside the country's borders. Has the climate of tolerance towards metal bands changed in your country over the years, compared to 10-15 years ago?

Masoud (INTEGRAL RIGOR): We can say that we are well known in our country's metal community. We are one of the few bands that have had the chance to play a concert at a big venue. We fought for years to achieve this, and we finally got it. Regarding foreign countries, what inspires us is that people who hear our music, despite being small in number, love it. We believe in our music, and we are doing our best to get more attention worldwide and reach a larger audience.

It is extremely difficult to keep up the pace of investing your youth and time in something that could easily be reached in a European country. Compared to some years ago, it is a little less limited, but still far from being called free.

Mahyar Dean (ANGBAND): Well, most die-hard metal fans in Iran know us, but we haven't had the chance to play a live concert because we don't believe in asking permission to play metal and bowing to censorship.

I can say that people know more about metal compared to a decade ago, but the tolerance of the government has seen many ups and downs. The best era for playing concerts and musical freedom was the President Khatami era. There are more metal bands these days and maybe that's why we see more concerts. It seems the new government is not OK with metal so we will see.

Aelian (AMONGST THE ASHES): I got some very positive feedback after releasing Agonizing Awakening, both within Iran and from outside the country. Amongst the Ashes is still a new band and has a long road ahead.

Regarding the second part of your question, I would say that it is really dependent on the authorities. For a few short periods during last 10-15 years, metal bands were allowed to play some live gigs with a lot of restrictions, but most of the time it's been absolutely illegal.

Mahdi (CHAOS DESCENT): As for inside Iran, in terms of prohibition, censorship, intolerance, and ignorance, it has only changed its face.

Yes, in the past few years, there have been many bands that have received the permit from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance so that they can play a live event, but the fact that if they decline your request, you are not allowed to do so remains still, along with punishment. And besides, not everything gets approved. They check the lyrics, the band's appearance and the audience aren't allowed to bang their heads, dress like a metalhead, show Dio's legacy of raising horns, or basically anything else that comes from this genre.

Basically, just sit the F down and watch like the theater! I must add that attempting any of the above would result in your apprehension by security, and anything could happen from then on.

From the cultural side, the propaganda is strictly against this genre, and constantly being referred to as a Satanist within a really intolerant society isn't easy, especially as a metal fan with long hair, boots, irregular clothing, etc. There are many media figures that add insult to injury by giving nonsense analysis like, "the molecule of water getting an ugly structure after hearing metal music" (someone literally stated that).

At the time of my writing the answers to your questions, just today, the Customs Office of Imports announced that importing musical instruments has been strictly banned, and all the instruments that have been awaiting approval at the border for the past two years are rejected from being released into the country.

Seeing Chaos Descent outside Iran would mean a huge step forward, and personally, it would be a golden opportunity to have live shows, meet fans from around the world, and meet the bands that have influenced us and not just in music, but even in life!

And since we would be free in both mind and schedule, we could speed up our work and actually get down to business and concentrate all our focus on writing and performing music with all the passion that's been beaten down under the ground for all our lives.

Paker Pir Niyakan (CREATION OF DARKNESS): There's not a lot I could do here. No shows or anything so bands can't be really active. If I was in a free country, obviously I would do my best to reach my dreams. I believe I could be very successful considering the comments I received from professional and famous metal musicians and also when I compare myself with the bands of my time.

There were fewer bands when I started and there are lots of bands these days, but it doesn't mean we're freer to express our art in Iran than it was in the past. People didn't know what this music was all about back then because the Internet and things like that were not available for but in time the national media got more popular here, so obviously people know more about the west and its music culture.

Hilnorgoth (GARHELENTH): Garhelenth is doing great. I mean, I am trying more and more and there are hard times and bad moments, also depression all around and working on music here (especially black metal) is hard and even impossible in some parts of the country, but when I started my musical activities, I told myself, "This is it! You have to face it!"

Art is about pain, and I think the metal scene sucks nowadays. That is why I like underground and extreme scenes more than the others! I tell you, all of you, you can share and introduce Garhelenth's Bandcamp and Spotify everywhere.

Farzad (FARZAD GOLPAYEGANI): I might not have the recognition in Iran today I had back then. But I made that sacrifice in order to develop my work and grow, and I'm happy that I made that decision. I expanded my listeners to more regions and learned a lot along the way. As I mentioned earlier, I moved from Iran in 2008, and the main reason for me to leave was the censorship and ban on rock music. There have been times in the past 14 years that it seemed to me that the climate changed slightly, and some bands were actually allowed to either perform or release their work, but that has always been temporary. Usually when the government wants to get credibility and recognition before election time, they loosen up a bit, but once the new president is there, it's the same old story. Unfortunately, many of professional Iranian metal musicians have moved away.

Magus (MOGH): Well, you need to know Iran does not exist anymore. It's a grid of power-hungry Europeans and Islamic puppets who are demolishing everything for oil and gold. Music is forbidden in Islam. They call it "Haram," and the punishment is death. Fortunately, it looks like the Iranian underground metal scene understands the meaning of roots.

Charuk (MOGH): Metal, especially black metal, has never been an allowed form of artistic expression in Iran and will remain so as long as the Islamic ideologies are the dominant power of not only the fascist Islamic regime but people's ideology. I have to say the form of music that we create and perform is underground and received by minority scenes even in Europe or non-Islamic countries as established systematic powers worldwide have created a sort of standard and acceptable box for everyone to fit in, to feel in and to think inside. Even in the most extreme form of music/art, "black metal," we see standardization and global repetitive forms that are separated from the initial concept which was freeing yourself and being fearless to go beyond what has been previously created. People are very resistant to new sounds and concepts without judgment especially if that thing is coming from the middle east because we all know the realities created by white people are presented and wrapped in glamorous boxes which is at most times accepted, embraced as true versions.

With that being said, the Iranian metal scene is growing among the young generation who see more of the forbidden form of art expressions through their Internet networking which connects them to the world where they see taboos being broken, however they are so afraid of being themselves, being inspired by the rich culture of Iran to which the whole world is indebted, instead copying and pasting music and style. I would not call this progress but the absolute form of submission and sense of inferiority which is against the idea of individuality and self-growth and what I call religious ideology. There will be no healthy powerful tree without strong roots, just a flower in a pot.

Arash Rezayi & Mida Malek (HETEROCHROME): As previously mentioned, one of our main goals has been to familiarize the ears of the people around us to a more extreme sound. There is still a long way to go for sure, but we hear news about amazing new Iranian artists more frequently now compared to the past 15 years. The community has been growing rapidly, but unfortunately the presence mostly remains underground. The musicians need to alter their sound to fit the acceptable norms if they wish to release and play music publicly inside the country.

Ali Madarshahi (ARSAMES): There won't be a change for metal music over there, that's why Arsames fled from my home country after 19 years of underground activity. The radical autocratic regime doesn't like this kind of activity. Actually, it's fair to say they hate metal music, they hate all the past culture and history of the country, so you can understand why they arrested us in 2017 as satanic music promoters although we just sing about the historical and ancient culture of Egypt. We have a song about Cyrus the Great (the first instructor of human rights in the world) and it's not about Satan! They don't want young musicians who will grow up and get the power.

About our current position, I should say we have always had professional activity around the band and hence we also have a great fanbase supporting us from all around the world. We are, of course, very happy for all the support that our fans have given to us. We are going to make another album and try to sign our band to a major record label if possible.

Mani "Hellscream" Kewmars (WAR ANGEL): Despite the limitations, we are currently satisfied with the way things are working out. A total surprise is on the way! Metal knows no borders...

Sadly, not! It has been the same way it has always been.

By no means! Metal music is disadvantaged when it comes to renting concert halls and generating profits. We have never managed to obtain a license from the government to perform in public.

Our government is radical about metal music and if they want, they can execute us for it! You know even music instruments are Haram in Islam.

Pedram Shitrah (ARTAMENE): We have the potential to grow, but in our country the government does not allow it, they block the way for growth and development.

It has been the same for the past 20-30 years and nothing has changed.

We were allowed to work for three years, but after that they changed their minds and we were shut down for whatever reason.

They did not allow our predecessors; they do not allow us either and they will not allow anything after that growth.

All our activities here are done with stress and fear. We are no longer allowed to hold concerts and earn money through our music.

Try to imagine how we are able to keep doing what we do. This is terrible considering in other countries it is as normal as going to work.

Sam Yazidian (NAZHAND): Metal music is not officially and lawfully sold in Iran. You have to get permission to publish any press, and they don't give it to you for publishing metal music. But they can't stop you from recording your music and sharing it with your friends. It's like making and selling liquor is illegal, but how can they stop you from making wine at home? Can they ban the grapes? However, you can't spread your music in a good manner when it can't be officially published and advertised.

With the passage of time, people get more familiar with the music of the youth. However, if you go to a Mulla and ask him about metal music he would say metal music (and Metallica!) is satanic. Though I don't think they have ever studied satanism and occult texts as an actual thing, not as a tag.

But we have a bigger issue in Iran's metal scene. No prophet is welcomed in his town. There is a mixture of jealousy and "I can do better" culture in Iranian youth all the time. They may praise a random solo project from a village somewhere in the north of Europe with a weird unpronounceable name and a demo album as "true metal" but not their own town metal musician. And it slows down the speed of growth.

What are you most proud of regarding the past and/or present achievements of your band?

Masoud (INTEGRAL RIGOR): The best thing that comes to my mind right now is our originality. We always try to stick to our roots and where we come from. We don't want to be some random band that copies riffs from another band. When someone hears our song, they know it is Integral Rigor. We have our own signature in music, lyric, production, etc. Moreover, we are super proud of our loyal fans in our country. There are some that we know that will give their blood for us! We want to thank them for their support which gives us the energy to continue and grow.

Mahyar Dean (ANGBAND): For Angband, having Tim Aymar (Control Denied, Pharaoh) was a dream come true moment. Tim is an outstanding vocalist, and we are really proud of our 2020 album, IV. A few other things that we are proud of are working with Achim Koehler as mixing/mastering engineer for two albums and lots of great reviews and a full-page interview with Germany's Metal Hammer in 2010.

Aelian (AMONGST THE ASHES): I started the band as a one-man project and wrote all the music and played all the instruments and did the vocals on debut EP. Because of the restrictions in Iran for metal music, I moved to Finland in early 2021 and have added very talented musicians to the lineup. Fortunately, after some research, I have found Aleksanteri Kuosa, the producer who has worked with Waltari, Before the Dawn and Endless Chain, etc. And now Amongst the Ashes is making its sophomore release in his studio.

Mahdi (CHAOS DESCENT): We are very proud of having made songs that we love listening to on a daily basis, and sometimes, I personally put them on just for the sake of getting that riff out of my head!

To briefly list the key achievements that we all feel proud of; originality, commitment, passion, understanding, not settling for what's allowed and available, friendship, the ability to change and grow and, of course, sharing our skills and knowledge between ourselves.

We feel proud every time we hear feedback from some place in the world that's not similar to where we live. There have been several interviews, reviews from credible sources such as the Vice channel on YouTube where we ended up in their documentary on Iran (titled Vice's Guide to Iran on YouTube). Also, I personally love the lyric writing which has always been a passion of mine to express and reflect the rational pain in a way that anyone from any place is able to relate to and get their own subjective thoughts and feel a certain connection to the song. And I believe that is the most touching feeling ever.

Paker Pir Niyakan (CREATION OF DARKNESS): I wrote my first album back in 2009, but first released a single in 2013 with the help of some guest members and eventually released an album in 2018, titled Eternal Suffering. It's on Bandcamp and YouTube for free. I have three more albums written but I can't record them. The first and the biggest problem for me is money. I'm an independent musician and the economy is washed up in the country so I can't save anything! I am proud that I have always been striving for my goal and have not given up.

Hilnorgoth (GARHELENTH): I created Garhelenth when I had nothing, it was born from the ashes of darkness, pain, disharmonies, failures, evil and more negative things. Who knows, maybe one day someone will know that a failure from Iran where the world ends played the purest black metal in the heart of Tehran. My songs are from the bottom of my brain, heart, feelings and the things I see and experienced so all of them deserve to be proud, maybe Garhelenth is not well known, but in my inner self it is my creature, and I am its creator and it seems to be wonderful!

Farzad (FARZAD GOLPAYEGANI): I was among the first musicians that performed rock and metal music after the Islamic revolution, and I'm proud that I was part of something that later on helped the formation of the younger generation of the scene. Like any other artist, I have had many influences, but I'm proud that I formed a unique style that didn't exist before. I have played many performances in Iran, Europe and the US. I have been featured in many platforms, such as BBC, CNN, VOA, Metal Hammer Magazine to name a few. I have released many albums and collaborated with amazing musicians, such my friends and bandmates in Korisoron and Quicksilver Night.

My music can be found on all music platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music as "Farzad Golpayegani." Find more about my art and music at

Magus (MOGH): Well, the Persian black metal story documentary has revealed part of my life journey. There is another occult-related documentary coming up soon which will be about my personal experiences, teachings and research. I am happy that I can mirror Iranian ancient wisdom and rituals through my bands.

Charuk (MOGH): For me music and art are not a hobby but a path, a tool or companion, which guides me or better to say interacts with my mind set, body power and general energy flow and the life I perceive around me. I am proud of being part of an unbreakable unity (bands) that are willing to go forward with our ideas of creating, even if we face rejection, humiliation or even praised. We work and create without counting the outer judgments and our only guides are our visions based on years of studying, traveling the world, meeting fearless individuals and experiencing life at the deepest with the high costs. That turned me from a coward classical musician who could not think out of the partituras. Now I know my visions are getting replaced every day by the so call creators of the future and it takes lots of effort to purify the mind and see who I really am and why I am here and that is the ultimate goal toward becoming me, who I'm sure is not a modern human but an ancient beast.

Arash Rezayi (HETEROCHROME): We are proud of our upcoming album which took four years to finish. It was especially hard because of the physical distance between the band members who live in three different countries at the moment, Iran, Canada, and Finland. In addition to that, collaboration with other artists from South Korea, Peru, and Russia made this a special piece of work for all of us.

Mida Malek (HETEROCHROME): You can hear who we are on this album very clearly, get a sense of our lived experiences and our values after listening to the album. Every individual song means so much to us and has a story behind it.

Arash Rezayi & Mida Malek (HETEROCHROME): We are planning to release the album sometime during 2022 and are excited for our listeners to check it out and experience this journey with us.

Ali Madarshahi (ARSAMES): We are proud of the fact we are strong enough to stay active for our culture, music and freedom.

Mani "Hellscream" Kewmars (WAR ANGEL): To be honest, I do not like the word "proud." I somehow prefer to stay humble! But, if you ask me, I consider the support of my childhood metal heroes as one of my most outstanding achievements. It just feels so good to be admired by the legends who influenced your career through many years.

As I said before, the whole work is for the love of music and we have no ambitions other than playing our music freely and having fans enjoy it!

Pedram Shitrah (ARTAMENE): We are proud that with all the limitations and disappointments we were able to push through and continue to do this. Holding concerts in a country that hinders your growth, produce a full album, signing with a foreign label, and most importantly, we were able to find friends abroad who are trying to help us grow.

Sam Yazidian (NAZHAND): I think metal music and all its belongings get to be known more every day thanks to sharing information via the Internet.

But there is one more concern I have about technology. I see it very near the day when the value of human-recorded music gets compromised and kids can make a whole new track without knowing any instrument just with some clicks on the phone. The day computers can make recognizable melodies and music phrases (not just random noise samples). I think it will happen one day that the computer generates beautiful understandable music phrases on scales and moods that we set up. Then why would anybody listen to your art 100 years later?! They would just set "black metal" or "death metal" mode on the application and it endlessly plays beautifully generated rhythms. Well, there remains one thing! What is that tune saying as lyrics? No computer ever can make human ideas regardless of the beauty of the tune! So, I think one goal/achievement of being a full-time artist (in this case musician) is to become immortal and live decades after your death. If you subtract my 20 albums from the Farsi/Persian metal scene, there remains at most a hundred albums (mostly demos and singles). That's why I love being Najand. Well, of course, not all my 20 albums are my best, but there are albums I recorded when I was 16 or 17 and I am still proud of them.















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