Retribution from the Depths
The latest single of Iranian metal band Confess is an anthem of long-awaited retribution. “Megalodon” started simmering in the mind of frontman Nikan Khosravi as a result of his imprisonment by the Iranian government. The down-tuned groove and ravaged vocals bring 90s acts like Korn to mind. But there’s also a modern death metal sound that introduces us to the band’s new direction. The song was written and recorded in Norway, soon after the founding members earned refugee status. Mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Machine (Lamb of God, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, and many others).
“Megalodon” describes the need for justice in the mind of a political prisoner. Being locked up in jail and released on bail, forced to live in obscurity. “Many people think you’re gone and you don’t exist anymore, and it makes them happy!”, Khosravi explains.
But the beast observes and waits for its day of reckoning. “Like Megalodon, an ancient creature that everyone thinks they are extinct. But there are rumors that they still exist and live in the depth of the ocean.” he continues. When you least expect it the monster can resurface and eat up any massive animal, just to disappear again.
The track is Khosravi’s first experiment with 7 strings. It’s also the band’s first production in the Scandinavian winter. “To me, it has a vibe that reminds me of the environment I live in.”
Confess describe themselves as a “five-piece street protest”. Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani (DJ / Sampler) faced arrest and prison in Tehran, following the release of the band’s second album in 2015.
Both musicians obtained refugee status in Norway in 2018 and have been playing across the country. They recently opened for Mayhem at Festspillene i Nord.
“Megalodon” is part of the band’s upcoming album “Revenge at All Costs”.
Cover art by Nikan Khosravi
Press Photos by Camilla Norvoll
Iranian groove metal/hardcore band Confess describe themselves as a “five-piece street protest”. It’s not a figure of speech: Nikan Khosravi (vocals/guitar) and Arash Ilkhani (DJ / Sampler) have experienced political persecution first-hand. The band’s upcoming album “Revenge at All Costs” is a cry of outrage in the form of chunky down-tuned riffs marinated in the Norwegian winter.
The journey started in junior high school in Tehran when Nikan got a CD from a classmate. It contained music videos by metal bands from the 90s and 2000s. “I was fascinated by the sound of the genre.”, he tells us. “Ever since this music has been the center of my life.”
Nikan and Arash started the band as teenagers in 2010, releasing their first album “Beginning of Dominion” in 2012. Their early sound gravitated towards old-school death metal and 90s hardcore, always with some grooviness to it.
Nikan started his own label “Opposite Records” in 2014. Up until here, this could sound like the story of any European band. But change the context, and being a metal musician could mean anything from government surveillance to execution.
Arrest and prison followed the release of the band’s second album “In Pursuit of Dreams” in 2015. The experience of confinement in one of Iran’s harshest prisons inspired songs like “Evin” (2019).
Fast forward to 2018, when both Nikan and Arash obtained refugee status in Norway. Confess started experimenting with seven strings and adding modern death metal sounds. But the groovy headbanging spirit of their musical DNA is very much alive.
Confess has played in public without fear of repercussions ever since. After several concerts in Norway, their latest milestone has been opening for Mayhem at Festspillene i Nord.
Confess got signed to Rexius Records in 2021 and is currently preparing for the release of “Megalodon” (single) in September, followed by another single in November and an album in January.
Press photos by Camilla Norvoll.