The story of metal in the Middle East

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Al Jazeera English mit einer Geschichte des Heavy Metal im Nahen Osten. Erinnert mich daran, dass ich mir „Heavy Metal in Baghdad“ immer noch nicht angesehen habe. Oben die komplette Folge der Serie Playlist in zwei Teilen, Snip vom begleitenden Artikel auf Al Jazeera:

Metal first arrived in the Middle East in the late 1980s and early 1990s and has steadily grown in popularity.

"From there it really starts growing underground like the way it did in eastern Europe before the iron curtain fell," Mark LeVine, the author of Heavy Metal Islam, says. "It takes off really quickly and by the mid-1990s you have these mushrooming metal scenes."

The current phenomenon is not confined to Arabic countries; Israeli bands Orphaned Land and Betzefer are also in the thick of it.

"It's like we bought a canvas in the USA, we brought it here, and we paint here, a painting which is like the whole painting of the Middle East and Israel," Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land says.

The music is providing an outlet for an increasing number of youth in the Muslim world to voice their anger - a reflection of the turmoil and violence young people are often surrounded by in the region.

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