Scox ‘album is released for free to support iran’s leprosy patients
In order to support one of the most unknown centers for Leprosy patients in Iran, Scox band’s members decided to release their first album for free, so that everyone would be able to download it from Scox band’s official website.Scox is hoping to fulfill the expectations of Death Metal fans from all around the world.
The first ever Metallica tribute album, by a host of Persian musicians is available for FREE DOWNLOAD (PASSWORD: BTA). The Blackened Tribute Album features Persian bands such as Hallucinous Fate, Sidewalk Bemol and Stalk.
1-Hit The Lights
2-Fade to Black
3–To Live Is to Die
4-My Friend of Misery
6–Master of Puppets
10-The Thing that Should Not Be
12-The Unnammed Feeling
13-For Whom the Bell Tolls
14-Through the Never
15-To Live Is to Die
16-Seek & Destroy
Iranian symphonic black metal band Hallucinous Fate has just released a seven-track debut album. We caught up with the band and found out a bit more about them.
Tell me about Hallucinous Fate when did you start and who are the band members? In an autumn night of 2010 when I (Amir.h-the guitarist) and Omid.a (vocalist, lyricist) were sitting and improvising, we came up with a riff and decided to use it in a demo kind black song. We took the riff and extended it and it became a really good song (we guess so: D). The song is now called Vain and right and you call listen to it in our album.
After that we came up with so many ideas, so we decided to establish a black metal band. After composing three songs we realised that we really liked having keyboards in our pieces so Parham.p was added to the line-up as the keyboardist (all of the art works are also done by him).
After we finished seven songs we decided to record them and present them under the name of Hallucinous Fate.
Farid.h then joined us as the studio manager and later became our bassist too. This is how the story of our first album Dark Mind’s Hallucinations went.
Your music is symphonic Death/Black Metal, who are your musical influences? We have different influences individually but totally we love Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Agathodaimon, Tvangeste, Scars of Chaos and some other bands of black metal.
Describe your music to me Well, our music is basically a reflection of our taste, it’s not a raw or true kind of black metal, when you listen you hear lots of harmonic riffs and scales and has obvious elements of our traditional music. You can also hear symphonic and choral parts throughout the songs, which shows how classical music has affected us. Also we have melancholic parts and intros as well and surprisingly you can hear some progressive elements in our music such as 5/4 or 7/8 bars and of course in our arrangements. And we have an instrumental song too.
It must be hard being a band in Iran, how do you deal with the restrictions placed on music by your government? We should say there are lots of obstacles in our way to be a successful and well-known band in our country. You know there are no opportunities to have legal gigs, selling CDs in public markets and you can never find sponsors for your albums so these are for sure reasons to lower the quality of what we do. And all of these problems which we just mentioned, some of them are caused because metal music is considered a banned thing by officials.
If you could have a music festival in Iran, which fellow Iranian bands would you like to see in the line-up? We have great friends participating in most of the bands and we like what they do, so if there would be any festivals here it’s our pleasure to meet every single one of them there.
Do you have any gigs coming up outside/inside Iran? No unfortunately there are none
Tell me a bit about the new album, what is it about and where can people listen to it? The new album entitled Dark Mind’s Hallucinations is a 7-song album (one intro, five songs, one outro).
The atmosphere and description of the album is well defined in the answer three, but I should add this point that this is a different album from the typical styles in this genre so I hope people won’t pass it by. They should listen and maybe they can find what they like there.
They can listen to our album in our official Facebook page:
Or check the songs out at the bottom of this page.
What are your hopes for the band? Firstly we hope Hallucinous Fate can get a proper label for this album and can find gigs in our country and our close neighbors like UAE, Armenia ,Turkey … And make the next albums better than this one in different aspects, in another country hopefully. And finally get a major label and become a Well-known band all over the world.
How has growing up/living in Iran affected and influenced your music? We are from a generation in our country that was exposed to metal music in younger ages like 14-15 and soon we were interested in it and attracted to it like a pin to a magnet, living with it for about 10 or 12 years made us different from others and we are now metal heads trying to improve this wave by feeding it with our own music.
Tell me one thing about each of the band members that your mum does not know! )) this is a pretty odd question. Let’s not talk about it because then our moms will know about it after this interview is published.
Thanks for your time and support for our band and surely the Iranian metal music.
Can you tell me about Scox? Where did the band name come from and how and when did the band start? The head of Scox band is Ramtin Tourchian, the one to start the band actually.
He composes the tracks and plays guitar and takes care of most of the band’s and band member’s issues. He is called the father of the band by some members of it.
The Scox band started when Sina Saffarian (the vocalist) and Ramtin Tourchian met each other and got to know each other better and felt like they share the same opinions about music and how a band must be, that’s when they decided to start a band together in year 2011.
Together they put a lot of effort in starting the band, such as finding other members, finding a place to practice, etc.
Describe your music in three words.
Bloody Symphony of time
How many shows have you been able to play live?
We haven’t played any live shows till now, the first show is going to be on January 27th 2012 in Dubai, we assume you are aware of the show on that date.
Can you tell me a bit about each of the band members, where are you from and what do you do (apart from the music).
Ramtin Tourchian, the head of the band ,composer and guitarist ,born in 1991,he started playing guitar at the age of 11. He finished the school of wood industries and enrolled in one of the best universities to continue his studies but he dropped out for the sake of music. He believes that his life is music and he has no time to waste doing other things.
Sina Saffarian is not only the vocalist of the band but also the lyrcist. Born in 1991. He is studying software engineering undergraduate program at the moment in university .
Farzad A. the drummer of the band born in 1982 is working at the moment.
Has finished graduate program and holds a master’s degree .
Hamed Faraji is the bassist of the band, born in 1983 . He dedicates all his time to music that’s why he is only working as a musician.
Hamid Mobin the second guitarist of the band, born in 1983 .He dedicates all his time to music.He plays guitar and bass. He records music at his own studio.
All band members are from Iran .
You are playing your first show in Dubai on Jan 27th – what are you most looking forward to?
First of all to provide a headbanging brutal metal night for the audience in Dubai, secondly to know the feedback of the audience for our first album.
Who are the band’s influences?
Tell me something about each of you that your fans don’t know.
Ramtin Tourchian : ” I am who I am. I have got absolutely nothing to hide.
Sina Saffarian : I love Derbi 250 motorcycles.
Farzad A.: I don’t like other people to know about my private life.
Hamed Faraji: I love reading history books.
Hamid Mobin : …
We often hear from bands in the UAE how hard it is to be a musician, but in reality, bands in this country are spoilt compared to musicians in many other Middle Eastern countries, take Iran for example.
The Bug Band is a hard rock band, which was originally from Iran, unfortunately, they were forced to move to Malaysia as they are wanted by the Iranian police for playing rock music.
We grabbed an interview with The Bug Band song writer & guitarist – Ariya Jahani Raad to find out a bit more about the band and the problems they faced in Iran.
The Bug Band started in 2010, where did you get your name from?
Bug is name of a virus for computer I like this name it has good feeling.
Describe your sound to me, do you sound like any well-known band, do you think, or are you unique?
My sound is derived from the political problems in Iran and these problems make me sad and I protest these conditions with my music, not with the lyrics, just with the music, because rock music in Iran is banned and every rocker makes their music in the underground. My sounds are unique I don’t like to imitate other band’s music.
You have just released your album ‘The Illusion World’ can you tell me about the album, how many songs are there and where did the name of the album come from?
When I started the album I was 17 years old and this album was very important for me because it was my first album. When I was writing my music I was so dissatisfied with my life. There are six tracks in my album and the album was an experience for me. My best friend, the singer of band Nelly’s Melody, choose the name for album, because Illusion World is Nelly’s favorite track. This album was very difficult to make.
What is your favourite track from The Bug Band?
My favorite track is ‘Break all the Rules’.
Are you looking for any record/distribution deals for this album?
Yess we are looking for distribution deals, we really need support to distribute this album because we haven’t had any feedback.
Iran is not the easiest place to be in a band, what is it like for you guys?
Any rockers in Iran work in underground, after the release of this album we were wanted by the police and we had to leave Iran and now we live in Malaysia. We are having difficult life now because we don’t have any support.
Can you describe the underground music scene in Iran for me? How do you guys manage to play in gigs/practice?
It’s very hard, Iranian rockers practice at their house, and there are some underground studios, but underground studios are very small and without facilities, so Persian music is never heard in other countries.
Who are your favourite Iran underground bands?
5grs, Atria, Azhirock, I love all Persian bands
Describe your dream for the band, what country would you like to be in and what would you like to happen?
I would like to develop Persian music and I want to have many live concerts. I want go to the USA, I hope I can. I hope I can have concert in my country, this is my biggest dream.
Tell me about your band, when did you start, who are the members and who are your influences?
We started writing material for our first album in 2009, with Shahrooz Goodarzi as Guitarist and Vocals , Ali Abedi as guitarist and Sina Talebian as a drummer, then after recording the album we found Hossein Salehi as bass player. Hopefully after our gig in Dubai , Fazel Esmaeel will join the band as guitarist!
Our influences are Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Parkway Drive, Trivium.
Describe your music in three words.
How did you hear of the Metal Asylum Festival and what are you expecting?
We heard from our friends in “Frosted Leaves” who are also playing at Metal Asylum . We expect to make connection to other musicians and mainly if available, producers and label companies.
Is this your first time in Dubai and what are you looking forward to most?
As a band yes – it’s our first time performing in Dubai , as we said before mainly make connection to music industry in dubai.
What are your plans for your set on the night, can we expect some surprises?
Well we have only one plan and that includes blowing up the stage !lol!wait until you see us!
If you could dress up in any crazy stage costume, what would it be?
Japanese Anime Costumes (Dragon Ball)
Tell me something about each of you that would surprise your fans.
We all are obsessed with video games (mainly Xbox360) .
What is the funniest/most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you on stage?
Back in Armenia (Deathfest Festival) during our sound check Hossein’s volume was turned off and for about 10 minutes everyone was trying to find the problem with the amp, after all struggles they found out that the volume was turned off! We had a good laugh back then!