Iranian Metal Band Arrested, Members Facing Possible Execution
In November, 2015, members of the Iranian metal band Confess were arrested in their home country for charges including blasphemy; advertising against the system; forming and running an illegal and underground band and record label; writing anti-religious, atheistic, political and anarchistic lyrics; and interviewing with forbidden foreign radio stations. Essentially, the two members, Nikan Siyanor Khosravi, 23, and Khosravi Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani, 21, were arrested for playing and promoting metal music.
After spending several months in solitary confinement, the two made bail on February 5, paying a rough equivalent to $30,000 in US dollars. Their troubles, however, are far from over.
The musicians will still have to fight the charges, which carry various sentences. Furthermore, if convicted of blasphemy, the young men could face execution.
All personal email addresses and Facebook pages associated with Confess have been seized by the Iranian government, though the band’s official Facebook page still appears to be active.
Revolver will continue to update this story as it progresses.