Iranian Musicians Jailed, Facing Possible Execution For Playing Metal

Members of Iranian band Confess have reportedly been arrested for playing metal music. According to a message received by a metal news source, two musicians from Confess were arrested back in November 2015 and could potentially face execution for charges of blasphemy.

Metal Nation Radio
posted a letter sent in by an associate of Confess. The author’s name has been censored for his/her own safety. Frontman ‘Siyanor [-13]’ and DJ ‘Chemical’, ages 23 and 21, were allegedly arrested by the Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution on Nov. 10, 2015. The charges against the duo read as blasphemy; advertising against the system; forming and running an illegal and underground label in the satanic metal and rock style; writing anti-religious, atheistic, political and anarchistic lyrics; and interviewing with forbidden radio stations.

According to the letter, the two were held in solitary confinement and were held until paying a bail of roughly $30,000 on Feb. 5. All personal email addresses and Facebook pages have reportedly been seized by the government. Looking at Confess’ official Facebook page, the last post was made on Nov. 5, only five days before the two musicians were reportedly arrested.

The individual who wrote this letter did so in hopes that international media would pick up the story and publicize the plight of these two metal musicians.

In Iran, blasphemy law dictates that individuals can be subject to punishments such as prolonged detention, torture and even execution.

METALLICA Is 'Slogging Away' On New Album

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke to Rolling Stone about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic". He said that the group is "moving at a pace that allows us to live our lives and not have our lifestyles change too much." He added that METALLICA has come up with ideas for "a bunch of songs, more than enough songs" but none are finished. "We're slogging away," he said. "But, you know, it's metal. It's heavy." 

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone last year that the band has written close to 20 new songs for its long-awaited tenth studio album, although he declined to offer a possible release date for the new CD. Ulrich said: "In our world, there's been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we're trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you're first playing a song into the studio."

ANTHRAX Hit With $1 Million Lawsuit Over Ugly Hanukkah Sweater

According to the Detroit Free Press, ANTHRAX is being sued by a Detroit artist and businessman who claims the band is selling sweatshirts featuring his blue-and-white Happy Hanukkah design. Aaron Cummins claims he created the original design for "The Ugly Hanukkah Sweater" in 2012 and registered it with the U.S. Copyright Office one year later. He has since been selling the sweatshirt through his Detroit company, Wet House. Cummins claims in his lawsuit that the ANTHRAX Hanukkah sweater featuring his design first popped up online around last September and continues to be sold online at Rockabilia.com

Frankie Blydenburgh, a Minnesota-based buyer for Rockabilia.com, told the Detroit Free Press that Rockabilia.com bought the ANTHRAX Hanukkah sweatshirts from a company called Global Merchandising Services, which is also a defendant in the lawsuit. It's up to the merchandising companies we buy from to get the items cleared and make sure there's no [copyright] issues," Blydenburgh said

Cummins is seeking at least $1 million in damages as well as an injunction to "permanently" stop the defendants from manufacturing, selling or marketing any more products that display the plaintiff's copyrighted Hanukkah sweater design

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