"Arsames, Persian death metal band at unirock fest. turkey 2009" by Mfaiiazi / CC BY 2.0

Iranian Metal Band ARSAMES Arrested, Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For “Playing Satanic Music”

Aug 5, 2020

By Robert Pasbani

The government of Iran is continuing its crusade against heavy metal music in the country, trying to censor bands and imprison them for the crime of… playing heavy metal. The latest band is notable Iranian death metal band Arsames.

Earlier this month, members of the band was arrested. Metal Injection has seen the official document of the arrest which reads “The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for being in satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government.”

The band has been active since 2002, despite playing death metal being considered illegal in the country. The government recognizes metal as “satanic music”, which is not allowed to be played in the country. They have played festivals all over the region, in places like like Turkey, Dubai and Armenia. Oh, and by the way, they friggen’ shred!

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