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Underground Heavy Metal Scene Thrives Cautiously In Egypt

The Associated Press has released an article about heavy metal's second rise in Egypt. Here's an excerpt:

"We are Arab Muslims. We respect our religion. But we only love this music," said Noor, a 23-year-old part-time German language teacher and guitarist for Dark Philosophy, a pioneering Egyptian heavy metal band.

Noor has no illusions that the raucous music is likely to catch on big-time in a society where many young
adults still date with a chaperone.

"The first step is always the hard one," he said. "People are not used to our music and songs yet. People cannot get over all the negativities that happened in the past."

In January 1997, about 100 heavy metal and rock music fans were arrested in Cairo by state security officers on suspicious of satanic worship—a serious allegation in a country where respect for organized religion runs deep.

Egypt's state-controlled media carried stories of clandestine parties with drugs, group sex and bizarre satanic rituals including exhuming corpses and killing cats to drain their blood. Fans were ridiculed as spoiled rich kids seeking to fill empty lives with loud music, sex and drugs.

Egyptian authorities have banned heavy metal concerts. But as police controls eased over time, fans organized discreet gatherings, usually in remote areas around Cairo and Alexandria.

Several hundred fans—guys with goatees and Zodiac tattoos, girls with spiked hair and nose rings—turned out on a recent Friday afternoon in a rented house on the outskirts of Cairo. In shaggy raven black hair and T-shirts with gothic symbols, they came to proclaim "Egypt metal's second wave."

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1. metalmayhem writes:

f*** yeah

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2. BentDreadknot writes:

That's what I like to hear

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3. psythe writes:

fists in the air, Egypt. let's bring that sh** back.

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. killingtime writes:

"Fans were ridiculed as spoiled rich kids seeking to fill empty lives with loud music, sex and drugs." - In the US most of those kids listen to hip-hop and rap.

This will be good for Egypt, but it's going to take some time to overcome the ridiculous religious barriers.
Best of luck to those who are down for the cause.

# Aug 17, 2006 @ 9:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

The rest of the article had some very interesting points about how they wouldn't allow beer or any behavior that would otherwise draw negative attention (sex, satanic references, etc). It's just about the music, which is cool in its own way.

That was the second good, interesting article on metal from the AP in as many weeks - I'm surprised.

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6. relentless austin writes:

i guess we'll be hearing some egyptian metal someday

# Aug 18, 2006 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Terminator writes:

for iron maiden's powerslave and bands like nile will have to do. interesting scene, though, i can imagine.

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8. Terminator writes:

correction* for now*

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