In a show of solidarity with recent crackdowns on heavy metal bands and fans in Jordan and Iran, the "Bloody Roots" weekly heavy metal history lesson on Sirius XM satellite radio hosted by Ian Christe (publisher of Bazillion Points Books, author of "Sound of the Beast"), will feature this week an hour-long overview of resistant metal music from across the Middle East. Representing a maelstrom of styles, pioneering bands to be highlighted will include:
ORPHANED LAND (Israel)
BLOOD INK (Lebanon)
DARK PHILOSOPHY (Egypt)
NERVECELL (United Arab Emirates)
The "Bloody Roots of Middle Eastern Metal" show will air at the following times on Sirius XM Liquid Metal:
Saturday, May 30 @ 6:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 31 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, June 4 @ 9:00 p.m. ET
"Playlist", a program devoted to the music of global fusion which is hosted by Richard Gizbert on the English version of the Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera, recently dedicated a full episode to "the story of metal in the Middle East." "Playlist" "explores the massive appeal of heavy rock and metal across the Middle East, bringing you some of the biggest bands and the loudest sounds coming out of the region today. A tale of the longevity and strength of a metal movement that has defied official bans, and survived authoritarian crackdowns and oppression, and is now bigger than ever. Featuring NERVECELL, BILOCATE, BETZEFER, ORPHANED LAND, OATH TO VANQUISH and TARANTIST."
Watch the episode in two parts below.
"Playlist" enables viewers to meet the artists from across the world whose unique blends of sounds are creating a new musical melting pot.