Members of Iranian thrash band CONFESS Jailed

Confess

Metal Community…On behalf of the band Confess (Iran), I am making this post public in the hope that it will go viral. I have spoken many times and in depth regarding the dangers of being a metal musician from the middle east. I would often use Confess as an example when describing the perils one would face by playing music. They are a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world. Because of their heavy-handed religious rule, many countries in the Middle East view rock and metal as the devil’s music.  In many cases the musicians or those who just listen to the music risk being jailed and in some cases executed for it. I have always feared that one day one of the bands I promote from there would end up in such a position. Well… that time arrived for Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani of Confess. This evening I received  a message from a friend of the band (who will remain unnamed to protect their identity) that I found to be alarming. According to the message, they have been jailed in their country for playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations. I was personally asked to help and my hopes are that we, as brothers and sisters in metal, will rally together and bring this story to the forefront. Share this and share often. Who knows? There just may be someone in our community that is a legal expert or perhaps works in official capacity for a government who can help our brothers out. I have attempted to contact Nikan however, I am fearful that given what has been reported he will be unable to reply. My fingers are crossed I hear from him soon and that he is keeping a positive mental attitude.

Below is the message exactly as I received it (keeping it real). From what I can tell it was translated best as the messenger could. Thank-you all in advance for rallying for a good cause.

Hello, hoping you doing well..
I have a important news for you!”

Nikan (Siyanor Khosravi & Arash (Chemical) Ilkhani arrested by the “Intllengante unit of Seppah-e Pasdaran of islamic republic Iran” (One of the main military forces of the country) since “November 10th of 2015” and the has been under the arrest in Evin perison in Tehran-Iran” and up until they released in “February 5th 2015” on the “1.000.000.000 Rial” (30.000 U.S $) and all of these days they’ve been held in “2-A Solitary Confinemet” of the “Evin”..!

The “23” and “21” years old two Members of the Irannian metal band called “Confess” arrested in accusation of “Blasphmy; Advertising against the system; form and running an illigal and underground band and record label in the satanic “Metal & Rock” music style!; writing anti-religion & athiestic, politcal & anarchistic lyrics and interview with forbiden foregin radio stations.

“During the arrestment Lead singer and the Dj of the band has been under a tough conditions and a hard investigations!
The current situation of the guys is that they are working with their lawers and waiting for their trial and announce of their judgment dates, judges of the law sutes and untill that they all their activities is sut down.”

“All the personal and band E-mails and facebooks are under the control of the goverment!”

“As it told the Metal & Hard Rock music (In a oneword, the exterem music) in Iran is forbiden and againts the law and because it consider as a satanic genre of music it has a hursh punishment such as imperisonment and having lots wiplash and consider as a political-religious-securety crime and the criminal is a deteny!”

“The garges of “Siyanor [-13]” & “Chemical” puts them in the situation that they are face the minimum 6 month to the maximum 6 years of imperisonment in of jail! If the court find them belasfemers even they are facig EXECUION!”

* The last studio album of “Confess” is “In Pursuit Of Dreams” which released in “28.10.2015” via an irannian music company called “Opposite Record” (That found by the Frontman, Lead Guitaris & Lead Voalist, Composer & Lyricist, “Nikan Khosravi“).

The sad thing is that the promoting of this record coudn’t goes well and stop undone for now!”

After 4 years of international sucsess; after releasing of 33 tunes as the 2 full lenght studio albums, 1 official EP record and 3 Independent singletracks; but now the future of the two main man of the band is blur and so the band as well..!”

“The reason of this redio silent was the sefty of our brothers in perison and now we hope you guys help us to telling the world that the life conditions of us is very terrible and spread the news. we are expriancing a so real times and a dark days and our friens are in a horrible danger.. .”

Thanks for your time; “Peace”

* I am (namewitheld); a real close friend and old friend of the guys and admin of the official page of “Confess”. I knew that You and Nikan was friend and he really needs you now by share it, post it and talkabout it in the network and your radio shows and your co-workers and friends! We are need your help.. *



More information on Confess via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConfessBand

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61 Responses to Members of Iranian thrash band CONFESS Jailed

  1. Nima Azari ! says:

    Man that Sucks !!! you know why ? because I’m Living in Iran and Pretty much into our Beloved Genre’s news and haven’t heard anything about this . the gov usually doesn’t let ppl know about stuff like that so they could do anything to them . i really hope they find a way out . could happen to any of us .
    Black is the night, metal we fight.

  2. John Simpson says:

    This is horrific, I’ve been there myself many years ago. So PLEASE don’t assume I’m defending this fraudulent & corrupt regime.

    HOWEVER, in this case they raised red flags once they began openly talking with Western media companies discussing issues in Iran, it was for that reason these two were arrested & jailed!

    “Owning an independent record label used for communicating with foreign radio stations.” – This right there is the cause of their arrest, and the charges are conspiracy to sympathize with & support the “enemy”.

    The worst fear of the Islamic Republic is the western Media!

    IF it was because of their music they would have been jailed years ago!

  3. John Simpson says:

    Nima, of COURSE they won’t mention anything! You live there, you know what it’s like there, it’s almost comparable to USSR days!

    Paranoid country, paranoid rules & regulations!

  4. John Simpson says:

    Nima, of COURSE they won’t mention anything! You live there, you know what it’s like there, it’s almost comparable to USSR days!

    Paranoid country, paranoid rules & regulations!

    I pray to God no one goes through this! I still have nightmares of my stay in their detention centers!

  5. Trev McKendry Trev McKendry says:

    Their communication with western media was not to discuss what is happening in Iran. It was only to have their music promoted through our channels in hopes they could one day travel outside of their country to share the music with the world.

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  7. I believe that as well, I’d be doing the same and also trying to get out of there if I knew the consequences. Now, the other question I have is how does the Islamic religion come into this with Metalheads living in a Muslim country? Are they having to pretend they are devout Muslims or do they follow it in a ways? This question is a curiosity to me because I recently abandoned the whole “born again” Christian faith and now a non believer/nor a follower or believer of any Satanist belief either it brings me to question the connection between faiths and the so called, as the born agains say “worldly life.” I understand this might be a bit of the subject but its sort connected because after all they did get arrested not just because of a radio station but because that station or they themselves where not following the Muslim/Islam/Iranian laws! S0, how do they interconnect themselves with the Islam faith is my question? Finally, I am sorry to say that I have no way on how to help these guys out either. If one was able to write to them that would be great. Do they have any ability to write to us in USA?

  8. John Simpson says:

    I know that their communications were not political! of course it wasn’t, the poor boys just want to release their music!

    But try and convince the paranoid Islamic Regime in Iran! 🙁

    What do you think I was arrested for before I was lucky enough to be able to leave Iran; as sad as that sounds considering I’m Iranian & love Iran! 🙁

  9. John Simpson says:

    DAMIAN, There are many devout Muslims who are also metal heads, especially in Iran! 🙂

    HOWEVER, due to the immense dictatorship & oppression that this regime has brought upon the people, they have corrupted and RUINED the Islamic faith, twisting, turning it for their own gains… THIS resulted in a HUGE anti Islam movement in Iran, especially with our generation onwards (1980s+). A lot of the youth believe that this is Islam, and therefore it’s corrupt!

    What we have in Iran, at least what is demonstrated by the regime is NOT Islam, it’s a twisted version of the faith!

    Anyway just to answer your question, we have both, those who follow, and those who rebel…

  10. Sarah Key says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think that we can change anything since we are considered to be Westerners, the authorities in Iran will probably dismiss anything that comes from the outside. This calls Iranian people for action. I know this is not fair, I know what oppression looks like, since I live in a country that used to be under the communist regime, but the rules can only be changed from the inside, and I don’t see this happen very soon there.

    I will share your post, though, out of solidarity and because I really root for the guys, nobody deserves this for expressing what they are through music.

  11. sharon micallef says:

    I hope they make it out. Poor guys.

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  13. Joecephus says:

    Hopefully the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, can step in and help try to limit the sentences like they did for the group of kids who made a lip sync video to a Pharell song.

    What the people of Iran really need though is a Revolution.

  14. Yesnia says:

    Has anyone start up a petition to help out this guys ? I would love to do it my self but I’ll be honest I don’t have the necesari time and dedication that requires to do it right …

  15. Yesnia says:

    Has anyone start up a petition to help out this guys? I like to do it my self but I’ll be honest I don’t have the time and dedication that requires to do it right. All tho I love to sign a petition and see it go viral

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  17. Fateme says:

    Hi,
    Iam a film maker. I make a documentery film about undergrund music in Iran. my base is sweden. music is a part of right of freedom of speech and expression. I woulld like to start a petition for this music gruop. is there some people who want to help.

  18. Fateme says:

    We have made a petition for this metal band. sign it !

  19. WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! THAT IS FANTASTIC!

  20. terrible news. our thoughts are with these musicians. Many of us in the metal community are ready to share petitions at our shows, put on fundraisers and share news stories. Please keep on top of this in the music press and let us all know as soon as there are organized efforts that we can rally behind!

  21. DeadlyTurtle says:

    Hi, we’ve started this yesterday with Otep Shamaya so if it can help just a little go ahead spread the word and this https://www.change.org/p/un-free-confess-because-musicians-should-not-be-killed-or-arrested-for-making-music-bb9930df-c0e5-41bf-a880-2ad0c207cf1a.
    We really want to help them it’s not a fake just ask Otep and she’ll tell you.
    Thanks for your time.
    Peace.

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  26. David says:

    Any update on this???

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  28. Trev McKendry Trev McKendry says:

    Unfortunately there is no update at this time. They are waiting to receive information on the trial so once we receive this we will post another update. In meantime, keep sharing this news…keep people talking about it. Cheers

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  41. Soliranparis says:

    In France in the newspaper Telerama has published a report about Confess

    http://www.telerama.fr/musique/un-groupe-de-metal-iranien-arrete-et-menace-d-execution,138427.php

    Many musicians & members of the French metal community say they are shocked about arrests of members of Confess.

    Freedom for Confess and all the metal bands and musicians who are harassed and persecuted in Iran and the middle east

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  54. Yesnia says:

    Mr. Trev do you have an update of this guy’s situation? Have any of their friends or family made contact with you about their situation?

    • Trev McKendry Trev McKendry says:

      Court is next week. Will know the outcome soon after.

      • Yesnia says:

        Hello Mr Trev thank you for your reply once again in here asking about this guys update on their situation, have you got info in what the court have done with them? Once again thanks

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