Monday, August 14, 2006

Reemerging heavy metal scene in Egypt

More than nine years after being on every yellow press cover, portrayed along the lines of the myth of real rock stars, sex, drugs and rock´n roll(for those of you who have forgotten read James Napoli´s account from 1997.)The Egyptian heavy metal scene is making a comeback

Their concerts having been banned ever since(and apparently that´s still the case). It seems like heavy metal fans has come out of their imposed den, alive and kicking. Let´s hope society and authorities alike can see them in a new, and more relaxed light this time around.

I have yet to hear about an Egyptian heavy metal band singing in arabic, that would be interesting, does anybody know something about it?

I would love to see Iron Maiden or Ozzy Osbourne on the footsteps of the pyramids, in much the same way as the millenium concert with J M Jarre or The Aida Opera, they would surely put up a fantastic sound and light show, that would make Abolhoul rock as newer before.


Blogger JPierre said...

Wanna check out a good band... check this

Note that the members play in various band and various genres.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Thanks jpierre, i´d really like the song Itch.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Hossam el-Hamalawy said...

It's nice to see the scene re-emerging again. I remember there were few good bands on the rise in the 1990s, before the govt decided to crackdown on the metal scene in 1996-7, arresting young men and kids, accusing them of "satanism"! I had two friends at least who were picked up then, and brutalized. I thought the whole crackdown then was stupid and a classic diversion tactic from the domestic problems we had.
Alright, let's rock and roll again...

12:53 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

You´re absolutely right Hossam , that it was a classic diversion tactic, as so many times in the past, and probably in the future, but in the meantime let´s enjoy the music once again!

Nice having you around at fustat, and keep up your great jobb, Hossam!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Hossam el-Hamalawy said...

Fustat is sure one of my favorite blogs ya basha! You too keep up the good work...

5:53 PM  
Anonymous mark levine said...

ahlan hossam and everyone else. egypt has perhaps the strongest all around hardcore metal scene in the muslim world, although iran could give it a run for its money. perhaps the only metal band i know of anywhere that sings largely/mostly in arabic is actually the israeli metal band 'khalas,' made up of a couple of palestinian citizens of israel and a jewish bass player. they haev had a few local hits and can be found at and have some fun takes on classics like inta omri and chabinna. the only country where most metal bands sing regularly in their native language is pakistan, which has some great hard rock/metal bands, like karavan, mizraab, aaroh, akash, and of course, junoon.

mark levine
author, 'heavy metal islam,' out in july...

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Ibn ad Dunya said...

Hi Mark, nice having you around at Fustat! Thanks for the info on Khalas ! Inta Omri and biladi sounds really good! I enjoyed your posting on Condi´s visit last January, of course just as true today as it was then.

Looking forward to read ¨heavy metal islam.

Hossam, thanks for putting this blogpost on your account and giving it a revival a year and a half after i wrote it.

Hope yo´re doing fine!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Hossam said...

you welcome Dan. It's an important posting. There is not much info on the net unfortunately about the revival of the scene, and your posting is an important resource in that regards. If you can have an new updated one that would be great.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous egypte vakantie said...

groetjes uit friesland

10:23 AM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Hi Egyptie vakantie, greetings from fustat, hope you like the blog, and welcome back!

10:38 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Fustat for writing about something that deserves a lot more attention.

12:22 PM  

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