Jordanian Heavy Metal On The Rise

According to Jorzine, an online magazine that supports the underground metal and rock scene in the Middle East, there are now around 36 Jordanian heavy metal bands, 25 of which are currently releasing albums and performing, and the number is on the rise.

Muhannad Saleh, a student and a street team leader in Jorzine, tells Hady Hamdan of The Jordan Times that much criticism levelled at metal fans is unfair, alleging that some web sites defame metal music and its proponents by inaccurately portraying them as Satan-worshipping hoodlums.

"They post photos of parties that never took place and accuse us of being Satanists," he explained, acknowledging that these accusations are giving metalheads a bad reputation.

"Many people misunderstand us and think that we are bad people, but heavy metal is not bad at all. In fact this genre has touched on important issues. A good example is the song 'War Pigs' by BLACK SABBATH, one of the best songs about war," Saleh said.

Ahmad Alkilani, a metal fan for almost seven years now, joined Saleh's protest of stereotyping.

"As a proud Muslim, it hurts me to see the unreasonable connection between metalheads and Satanists and nonreligious people," he said, stressing that there is no connection between Jordan's metal fans and Satanism.

Read the entire report from The Jordan Times.

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