Meet Saudi Arabia’s Most Successful (Albeit Only) Black Metal Band. Yes, I Said “Saudi Arabi”

And they’re called Al-Namood, which means “non-believer.” Pretty ballsy (or stupid) where Wahhabism rules. Apostasy = death. Not figuratively. Literally. Stephen and Tom point us to this interview they did with Vice.

What’s the motivation for adopting such a vehemently anti-religious stance in such a staunchly Islamic country?

We’re fed up with religion. The fact is that everything that is connected to it makes us nauseous. I personally spoke to a shrink. He advised me that whenever I get inflamed I have to express [what I’m feeling]. So here we are, expressing. What can be more motivating than living in a place where everything is controlled by religion? Basically, individuals here have no rights to do anything. We’re owned by the Islamic sharia. Everything we do must be justified by Islam and acknowledged by society. There are two outrageous powers: religion and our society. They both interact and fulfil each other.

More here. Meanwhile, here’s what Al-Namood sounds like.

 

 

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