Heavy Metal In The Middle East: CNN Report Profiles Jordanian, Saudi Metal Bands

The March 2008 edition of CNN's "Inside the Middle East" program focuses on the heavy metal scene in the Middle East, featuring interviews with the Jordanian "brutal death metal" band TYRANT THRONE and the Saudi metal act WASTED LAND. Both groups were also filmed in their respective rehearsal rooms blasting out what the members of TYRANT THRONE say is often considered to be "Devil's music" in some third-world countries.

Watch the eight-and-a-half-minute report at CNN.com.

Writing on the "Inside the Middle East" blog, CNN's Schams Elwazer stated about TYRANT THRONE, "The music was fast-paced and violent and the lyrics full of gruesome imagery (symbolic metaphors of the anger and angst that this genre of music expresses). These metalheads in their early 20s made our whole crew feel a little… old, I guess.

"Maybe Hala [Gorani, CNN reporter] and I don't particularly 'get' this kind of music… but according to a well-known online metal magazine JorZine, TYRANT THRONE seems to be the best-known Jordanian death metal band and has a small but respectable fan-base spanning a couple of continents."

"Inside the Middle East" airs first full weekend of every month and the following Thursday at the following times (all times GMT):

Saturday: 07.30, 13.30, 18.30
Sunday: 11.30, 17.30
Thursday: 13.30, 17.30

(Thanks: JorZine)

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