Iranian power/progressive metallers ANGBAND have inked a deal with Germany's Pure Steel Records for the release of their debut album, "Rising from Apadana". According to a press release, ANGBAND is "the first metal band from Iran" to sign a deal with a European record company. "As you may know metal is illegal in Iran right now especially [with Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad [in power]. There were some concerts, books and some articles in newspaper about metal when [moderate President] Khatami was the president but now metal is illegal in Iran!""Rising from Apadana" is tentatively scheduled for release in August. ANGBAND was formed in Tehran in 2004 by Mahyar Dean, a classically trained musician and author who is well known in metal world for writing books about DEATH and TESTAMENT. ANGBAND was a initially progressive metal/instrumental project but when Mahyar met a talented tenor singer Ashkan they decided to become a "power metal/progressive band with killer vocals." For more information, visit www.myspace.com/angbandrocks.