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How the Jordanian Government Killed the Metal Scene

I am not, never was, and probably will never be into heavy metal music. As much as I love hard rock like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and others, heavy metal is just not my type.

But I like music. I like culture. I love it when people have ideas and they express these ideas in their own way. I don’t care if I don’t find heavy metal particularly awesome; I’m happy to acknowledge that it’s awesome for other people. In a society as suffocating as ours, I also appreciate social circles that allow different kinds of people to feel safe when they’re being themselves.

The metal scene in Jordan did all of those things.

Once upon a time.

Then the Jordanian government shot it down, after falling prey to some crappy journalism in local media.

Here’s a great mini-movie about the now-dead Jordanian metal scene:

I recommend that you watch it (and I never make video recommendations). It’s a beautiful and sad exploration of how our culture kills everything that doesn’t conform.

I was never really involved in the metal scene, but I did check it out a few times in 2005 and 2006. It was strange. It was different. It was beautiful.

Then it died.


Jordan’s Armed Forces at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo




  1. Mousemetalfan

    Beat FM – Tuesdays from 10pm. It’s all there and ALIVE! Local and international music!

  2. Chris

    Nice. Let the folks rock it however they like. Highly unfortunate, silly. But I loved “heavy metal” many years ago. Though I’ve always disliked the term. Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc were or are still labeled as such. But I don’t feel like going on & on about labels. I’ll just say I loved Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Metallica and many, many more such bands then. And I’ve seen most of ’em from the mosh pit. I still don’t mind the music, I just don’t really listen to it anymore. But at times I still love playing its general sense on guitar and drums. Hmm. Well, it rocks hard, so, yeah. But I still love some older thrashy hardcore punk bands. Yes! Anyway. Oh, in sixth grade I had a tattered jean jacket with lots of rock buttons. Pretty tame for here and then you say? Yeah. But on its whole back was a giant patch of the album cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast.” Eddie, Eddie, Eddie! ;)

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