Most people in the West wouldn’t think of the Middle East as a place with much of a metal scene. Up until a few years ago, I thought the same. But after travelling through the area a couple of times, I found plenty of metal.
Metal, along with punk, is one of those forms of expressions that thrive when there’s plenty of repression. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan–they all have metal scenes, albeit often carefully hidden from the authorities.
Libya, finally rid of that loon Muammar Gaddafi, is seeing its metal scene finally come out into the open.