Iranian heavy metal band face execution after being charged with blasphemy

Two members of an Iranian heavy metal band could be executed for blasphemy after they were arrested by the state’s religious guard and accused of writing ‘satanic’ music.

Nikan Siyanor Khosravi, 23, and Khosravi Arash Ilkhani, 21, the core members of the band Confess, are believed to have been arrested and jailed on November 10.

Held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison by the Revolutionary Guards until February 5, the pair wrote and released their own heavy metal albums and ran a record label.