Iranian metal band Confess face possible execution following arrest

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Members of Iranian heavy metal band Confess are reported to be facing possible execution.

According to Metal Nation News, Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Ilkhani were arrested in November 2015 by the Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution on charges including blasphemy, “playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations”.

If found guilty of certain charges, the pair face a possible jail term of between six months and six years. If found guilty of the charge of blasphemy, the two may be executed.

Speaking to Mailonline, Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said that it is likely the men are facing five years in prison for “insulting sacred beliefs” rather than “insulting the prophet”, which is punishable by death.

She says: “Iranian musicians, especially the ones who play non-classical western music, are navigating a minefield.

“Due to severe censorship, most of these groups are performing underground.

“Anything from the content of their lyrics to the style of the music they play might violate unwritten regulations that musicians are expected to adhere to by various authorities.”

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AC/DC issue statement regarding arrest of Phil Rudd


AC/DC have issued a brief statement regarding the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd.

As Rolling Stone reports the statement says simply: “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”

Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on a charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men. He has since appeared in court and has now been released on bail. The terms of his bail mean that Rudd is forbidden to contact anyone else involved in the case. He could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years if found guilty.

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AC/DCs Phil Rudd arrested by New Zealand police

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested by New Zealand police on a charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men.

The sticksman’s Tauranga home was raided by police early this morning after information was passed to them by a member of the public. The alleged offences are said to have been committed in September of this year.

Rudd later entered no plea at Tauranga District Court to the main charge, plus additional charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. If found guilty, he could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Rudd has been the subject of speculation in the past few weeks after he failed to turn up for a video shoot in London earlier this year. AC/DC also released a publicity photo recently that didn’t feature Rudd, offering no explanation for his absence.

The legendary rockers are set to release their 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, on the 1st of December. The album will be the band’s first without founding guitarist Malcolm Young who is suffering from dementia and will not return to the band.

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Exodus speak out after fan jailed for posting lyrics

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Exodus’ guitarist Gary Holt has spoken out after a fan of the band was jailed for posting lyrics to one of their songs on Facebook.

James Evans, 31, will appear in court next week to answer a charge of ‘terrorist threatening’ after posting lyrics to the Exodus song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” on his Facebook page.

He wrote: “Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate.”

Police say that they and other law enforcement agencies were contacted following Evans’ post, and officers were sent to arrest him in Muhlenberg, Kentucky.

Evans’ sister Ashelynn says James often posts lyrics on Facebook, adding: “We couldn’t believe you could get in trouble for that.”

Holt says in a statement: “The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics is something I never believed could happen in a free society.”

“Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer) was written as a view through the eyes of a madman, and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behaviour.”

“As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home. It’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares – and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty.”

“But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

The song was written in response to the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, in which 33 people were killed by Seung-Hui Cho. The band stopped playing it live for a time after 28 died during the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012 because they “did not want to seem insensitive.”

Evans is expected in court on Wednesday.

Exodus will release their 10th studio album, Blood In Blood Out, on the 13th of October.

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