United Arab Emirates' The National newspaper reports: Raed Maqdadi expresses his anger, frustration, joy and optimism through heavy metal, the music he has loved since childhood.At the age of 10, Mr. Maqdadi learnt to play the drums. By 12 he played the guitar and was performing with heavy metal bands. As he grew older, he no longer wanted to cover others band's songs, so two years ago he and a group of friends formed the band DRAGON RIDER. But being in a heavy metal band in Jordan comes with risks, Mr. Maqdadi said. In 1997, the Egyptian government labelled such groups as Satanic and arrested dozens of their members. Since then, panic has gripped Jordan too. Read the entire report from The National.
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