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Metal band Confess reportedly facing execution by the state of Iran

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Iranian metal band Confess Photo: Supplied

Members of an Iranian metal band called Confess have been arrested and may face execution, it is claimed.

Trev McKendry of Metal Nation Radio posted a message on the Metal Nation News website from a friend of the band saying that two band members were facing charges including blasphemy and “playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations”.

Band members Nikan “Siyanor” Khosravi and Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani were said to be arrested on November 10, 2015 and held in solitary confinement until February 5. They are reportedly awaiting trial dates.

Iranian metal band Confess image

Iranian metal band Confess 

According to McKendry’s source they have been charged with blasphemy; “advertising against the system”; forming and running an illegal band and record label in the “satanic ‘metal & rock’ music style”; writing anti-religious, atheist, political and anarchist lyrics; and giving interview to foreign radio stations.

If found guilty of certain charges, it is said, they face between six months and six years’ jail. If they are found guilty of blasphemy, they face the possibility of execution.

Confess was founded in Tehran four years ago. According to McKendry they are “a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world.”

On their Facebook page, their influences are listed as Lamb of God, Slayer, Slipknot, Trivium, DevilDriver and Chimaira.

Just before the arrests, the band released their second album, In Pursuit Of Dreams, on the Opposite Records label founded by Khosravi. Song titles include Teh-Hell-Ran, I’m Your God Now!.and New World Order

Their music can still be heard to SoundCloud and Bandcamp.

Here is a petition TO support them at


Henry Sapiecha