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