The Return of the Unfilial Sons
The third studio album of Iranian metal band Confess is their first long-play released in freedom after political persecution and exile. “Revenge at All Costs” is a crude story of oppression and catharsis, but above all, the determination to prevail. Eleven tracks introducing us to the band’s recent sonic experiments, recorded and mixed by Erling Malm. Mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Machine (Lamb of God, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, and many others).
Frontman Nikan Khosravi wrote “Revenge at All Costs” while he was bailed out of prison and waiting for his trial by the Iranian government (2016-2017). “The main idea of this album was to talk about all the different aspects of my life [back then]”, he comments. “From the arrest, living in jail, the stressful life out of jail while waiting for my day in court, and the exile.”
The complexity of this experience is reflected on the different sounds of the album. The haunting intro contains recordings of Iranian media, slowly transitioning to “EVIN”. The track is named after one of Iran’s harshest prisons, experienced first-hand by Khosravi and fellow band member Arash Ilkhani.
Songs like “Phoenix Rises” have undeniable 80s thrash metal influences, “while Ransom Note” has death metal written all over it. But their groove metal roots are ever-present throughout the album. Mid-tempo tracks like “I Speak Hate” are a non-stop headbanging cocktail. “Megalodon” was Khosravi’s first experiment with seven strings, making speakers tremble with its down-tuned atmosphere.
“Revenge at All Costs” presents us with the most elaborate lyrics in the history of Confess. “The whole record is so personal that I hope the listeners hear it differently because this is my lyrical novel based on real events”, Khosravi tells us.
Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani obtained refugee status in Norway in 2018 and have been playing across the country with a new line-up. Confess recently opened for Mayhem at Festspillene i Nord.
“Revenge at All Costs” will be released in January.
Cover art by Sean Mundy
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.