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Old 09-28-2010, 11:01 AM
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Scarlet Tear -- all-female metal band from Bahrain

Scarlet Tear is awesome. Two women in Bahrain playing interesting, accomplished heavy metal. Even though women musicians aren't really encouraged in Bahrain, and rock musicians of any kind are often considered Satanic and punished by the religious police.

Learn more and hear two songs here:

http://mideastunes.com/scarlet-tear/

Read the L.A. Times story on them here:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/baby.../bahrain-.html

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A friend of a friend paid a hooker for a footjob in Bahrain.

True story.
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A friend of a friend paid a hooker for a footjob in Bahrain.

True story.
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where the fuck is bahrain
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Near Saudi Arabia
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A little digging turns up other compelling metal acts in the middle east. Ahoora from Iran, for instance, who apparently played the first and only metal show in Iranian history (and were immediately suppressed). They've gotten lots of good press (outside of Iran) and their album All in Blood with You is a well-made progressive metal album.

Their new album is less metal, more prog-rock ambitious (it makes me think of Porcupine Tree). They have a lot of tracks available for free download (including the whole All in Blood with You album -- check their website). Partly the pro-download stance is because it's difficult for them to sell CDs without them getting seized by the authorities.

One of their new songs is dedicated to Neda Agha-Soltan, which strikes me as pretty fucking ballsy for a band currently living in Iran.

http://www.ahoora-band.com/
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The music isn't really my cup of tea (they remind me of Lacuna Coil, who I'm not a big fan of), but hell, with that story and background it's impossible not to root for them

I've been meaning to read that book Heavy Metal Baghdad (I think that's the title) which is about the underground metal scene that's popping up in the Middle East.
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