What's A Black Metal Band Gotta Do To Get Murdered By Religious Maniacs These Days?


They would have put Muhammad on the cover, but nobody knew what he looked like.

Thanks to commenter Warty for discovering the musical stylings of Ayat, Lebanon's (arguably) first "Anti-Islamic Black Metal Band." Ayat (Miracle) has been opening Levantie eardrums for nine years, and in 2008 the duo signed with Moribund records to release their album Six Years of Dormant Hatred.

With songs like "Ilahiya Khinzir! (All Hail Allah the Swine)," the band does not play down its opposition to the religion of peace. In a merrily dyspeptic interview with MetalStorm.net, frontman Reverend Filthy Fuck takes issue with popular "First Anti-Islamic Black Metal" descriptor only because he wants other anti-Islamists to get some credit:

We received this reputation because we are against Islam as individuals. Yet we are not the first and we are not only that. In any case, this is the only thing people talk about when they mention Ayat and we're sick of it. So here it is again: AYAT IS AGAINST THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT IN ALL ITS FORMS.

The band lives in and at least used to play in Beirut, so why hasn't some pious Lester Bangs managed to cap a thumbs-down review by, you know, murdering them? The only negative response of any note has been the inevitable "Against the Lebanon Anti-Islamic black metal 'Ayat' band" page on Facebook, which has a small number of followers (many with seemingly Christian names) and no content beyond the obvious: "Claimed to be the first 'Anti-Islamic Black Metal Band', they are not wanted in the Arab Islamic world."

Filthy Fuck says the band toils in such obscurity that its last live gig (before its present stage of Beatlesque introspection) attracted only about a hundred people:

As for the attempt to start up a political debate, Ayat has been here since 2001 and we always worked at an underground level, we have always been outcast and rejected, and we never complained and we never asked for help we would never get anyway. We worked hard instead of making asses of ourselves in public. And it's not until we became "known" because of our work that our name and our beliefs started to become a problem. Now people, especially Arab Metalheads, are stepping up and are voicing their opinions regarding our existence, discussing if we should be allowed. Well, how grand. Allowed where? In the tame, broken, bashed-with-boots, authority-obedient Muslim Metal Scene? We are giving Arab metalheads a bad name? NO. We are the forefronts of Arab extreme Metal and that's plain to see. We're giving them a hard time? Well fuck them, I'm not the one who dictatored their asses to submission. I am a member of that same society, and I chose to speak up and risked my life thereof, they needn't take the step with us, just refraining from stabbing our backs repeatedly would be enough. Muslim Metalheads are personalizing all their fears and hatreds in us because they can escape authority by blaming us, making us in the process THE anti-islamic band par excellence. We ruined the image they were trying to give to their local police. I'm sick of pampering those fuckers. The Muslim world is in terrible shape, if that's the best Muslims can do then I don't see why my ranting is so out of place.

Ok, here goes: Take our records as motivators. When you get better we'll stop playing music. It's a promise.

Does it make sense that a band located near the heart of the Islamic world would escape the decapitator's veto just because it's an acquired taste? It's not like Danish cartoons or long experimental novels are at the Top of the Pops in the House of Peace. And Ayat isn't even all that obscure. Metal reviewer Kris Yancey raves that they "seem like the kinda guys that would be willing to conjure up an evil spirit just to put a boot to its neck" and "don't have any qualms dragging women into cold, dimly lit basements for hardcore sex while Wurdulak plays in the background."

Two rules of thumb suggest themselves: One is the old journalism phenomenon that a person will get angrier if you just make a funny comment about him or her in passing than if you devote 5,000 words to a heavily researched proof that the person is a complete son of a bitch.

The second is a corollary to the apparently true old saw that anti-Semitism tends to be strongest in areas where there are few or no Jews. Is it possible that Ayat gets away with it because they're located in reputedly cosmopolitan Beirut? Filthy Fuck indicates that's not the case in this Ginsbergian (and to my eye completely accurate) description of the Weekawken of the Middle East:

Six years went by and the hatred was being warmed and brewed at almost human temperature in the most violent brothel around, the clashing point between the East and the West: the violently epileptic city of Beirut. Hell is right here. Six infinite years, larded god-figured swines praised on every roof, a succession of annihilative relentless wars, conspiring whispers late at night, murderous toothless gangs of children, psychotic mass murderers madly in love, schizophrenic militias deprived of sleep, black-eyed hysterical prostitutes, fascist officers cheering with champagne and reeling belly dancers on crack, wooden cases of smuggled alcohol pulled to the tops of minarets with ropes, a suicide in every cheap hotel room, an endless stream of martyrs, aspiring prophets tied to hospital beds, Muslim heroin junkies stuttering on their prayer rugs, dried cum on the walls, and the veins of the marble bulges once the sun strikes too hard.

So yeah, this shit is not for everyone.

Hail Allah the swine:

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  1. Real Black Metalers don’t get murdered by religious maniacs. They do the murdering themselves.

    1. He only got 16 years in prison for burning down 5 churches and murdering his bandmate? Christ, you get more than that for smuggling pot here.

      1. Yeah, I mean, that’s a pretty lenient sentence, all things considered.

        1. That show completely missed this story too.

      2. Yeah, most of Europe has sentences like they used to give here in the 1970’s.

      3. I’m pretty sure he received something like 100 years for the murder, and 84 of those years were eliminated as thanks for the church burnings.

      4. You can get more for smuggling pot than murdering someone here too.

    1. Oh, fuck yes. As long as there are things worth hating a lot, metal will be awesome.

    2. Your article mentions Sigh. Sigh is awesome, and incredibly Japanese.

      1. You’re right (as you typically are about these things). Sigh is awesome.

        1. speaking of japanese metal, are you familiar with swarrrm (three rrrs for whatever reason). black bong is the lp to cop.

  2. Related to the second rule of thumb are the facts that outside the Islamic world, you have Muslim immigrants (esp. second- and third-generation ones) who feel alienated from their countries and turn to extremism, plus the new recruits with the well-known extremism of the newly converted.

    But if these guys don’t feel hated enough, maybe they could incorporate some rap or folk into their work.

    1. That does not explain the extreme rarity of radicalism in Muslim communities in the United States.

      I think what you say is correct to some extent, but another necessary ingredient is isolation from the society of the (non-Muslim) country in which they live. Which is why extremism is so much more common in European Muslim communities.

      1. True, but “extreme rarity” might be a bit too strong. Adam Gadahn, Colleen LaRose, John Walker Lindh, Jaber Elbaneh, the Lackawanna Six, the Portland Seven, Jose Padilla, Iyman Faris… I’m sure I’m missing many.

  3. But if these guys don’t feel hated enough, maybe they could incorporate some rap or folk into their work.

    I would totally throw some hate their way if they played folk.

    1. Folk-Metal? I can only think of Ayreon and Led Zeppelin.

      1. Folk metal is a vibrant and awesome subgenre, Art. Metal is more varied and awesome than you can imagine.

        1. Nice.

        2. so is folk punk

        3. Do not forget In Extremo.They’ve been at it for a very long time.


      2. They’re not really metal, but Thin Lizzy had a few songs based on Irish folk songs, most notably Whiskey in the Jar.

      3. With all due respect Art, I think Ayreon is much much closer to Andrew Lloyd Webber than folk.

  4. “Hippies hate death metal. That’s why we have to get to the center of the music festival and put on this Slayer CD.”

    1. Death metal was inspired by Slayer, but Slayer themselves aren’t a death metal band, they’re a thrash metal band.

      For death metal see Obituary, Morbid Angel, Dark Tranquility, and In Flames.

      1. this may not be death metal, but it may cause you to seek out metal instruments and inflict death


      2. It’s a South Park quote, Bob.

      3. And don’t you fucking dare confuse black metal with death metal.

        Me and My Black Metal Friends

        1. That song is so awesome! I love synths.

          1. Then I hope you’ve heard Synthesizer.

  5. Lebanon hasn’t gotten soft, if that’s the implication. These guys have a presumably Christian audience, since a Muslim audience would have already murdered them. I doubt more than a handful of Muslims even know who these guys are.

    Muslims are notorious for their self-help approach to the law: wedding parties in Somalia being shot up for playing music, Christian barbers in Pakistan getting beaten and gang-raped for cutting a Muslim’s beard (at his request), thousands of Muslims in Indonesia tried to destroy (arson) a Christian educational center on rumors they wanted to erect a church.

    1. What horrible people. They sound like Christians from 100 years ago.

      1. Come on don’t do this two threads in a row.

        1. But are Christians like that now, Tulpa?

      2. More like Christians from 500 years ago.

        1. Villager: We have found a witch, may we burn her?
          Crowd: BURN!! BUUUURN HER!
          Bedevere: But how do you *know* she is a witch?
          Villager: She looks like one!
          Other Villagers: Yeah! She looks like one!!!
          Bedevere: Bring her forward.

          (a young woman is pushed through the crowd of villagers to the platform. She is dressed all in black, has a carrot tied around her face on top of her nose, and a black paper hat on her head. She talks funny because her nose is closed by the carrot.)

          Witch: I’m not a witch, I’m not a witch!
          Bedevere: Er,…but you are dressed as one.
          Witch: THEY dressed me up like this.
          Villagers: No! nooo! We didn’t! We didn’t!
          Witch: And this isn’t my nose, it’s a false one!

          (Bedevere lifts up the carrot to reveal the woman’s real nose, which is in
          fact rather small.)

          Bedevere: Well?
          One Villager: Well, we did do the nose.
          Bedevere: The nose?
          Villager: And the Hat. But she’s a witch!
          Villagers: Yeah! Burn her! Burn! Burn her!
          B: Did you dress her up like this?
          Villagers: NO! No, no, no, no, no, no…
          One Villager: yes.
          Villagers: yes. yes. yes. A bit. yes. a bit. a bit.
          Another Villager: (hopefully) She has got a wart…
          B: What makes you think she is a witch?
          Villager: Well, She turned me into a newt!!


          Bedevere: a newt?

          (long pause)

          Villager: I got better…
          Villagers: BURN HER anyway! BURN! BURN! BURN HER!
          B: Quiet, quiet, quiet, QUIET! There are ways of *telling* whether she is a witch!
          Villagers: Are there? What? Tell us, then! Tell us!
          B: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
          V: BUUUURN!!!!! BUUUUUURRRRNN!!!!! You BURN them!!!! BURN!!
          B: And what do you burn apart from witches?
          Villager: More Witches!
          Other Villager: Wood.
          B: So. Why do witches burn?

          (long silence)
          (shuffling of feet by the villagers)

          Villager: (tentatively) Because they’re made of…..wood?
          B: Goooood!
          Other Villagers: oh yeah… oh….
          B: So. How do we tell whether she is made of wood?
          One Villager: Build a bridge out of ‘er!
          B: Aah. But can you not also make bridges out of stone?
          Villagers: oh yeah. oh. umm…
          B: Does wood sink in water?
          One Villager: No! No, no, it floats!
          Other Villager: Throw her into the pond!
          Villagers: yaaaaaa!

          (when order is restored)

          B: What also floats in water?
          Villager: Bread!
          Another Villager: Apples!
          Another Villager: Uh…very small rocks!
          Another Villager: Cider!
          Another Villager: Uh…great gravy!
          Another Villager: Cherries!
          Another Villager: Mud!
          Another Villager: Churches! Churches!
          Another Villager: Lead! Lead!
          King Arthur: A Duck!
          Villagers: (in amazement) ooooooh!
          B: exACTly!
          B: (to a villager) So, *logically*…

          Villager: (very slowly, with pauses between each word) If…she…weighs the same as a duck……she’s made of wood.

          B: and therefore…


          Villager: A Witch!
          All Villagers: A WITCH!

          (they do consequently weigh her across from a duck on Bedevere’s largest scale, and she does indeed weigh the same as the duck.)

          Witch: It’s a fair cop.

      3. So if Christians used to do something, that makes it ok?

        1. No, but it demonstrates that Muslims are not unique in their present level of idiocy. Other religious cultures go through similar phases. So with any luck, in another 400 or 500 years, the Muslim world will be as relatively sane and together as the Christian world is.

          1. This just demonstrates a misunderstanding of the differences between the core teachings and scripture of both Christianity and Islam. Its not about “phases,” its about core beliefs.

    2. “Christian barbers in Pakistan getting beaten and gang-raped for cutting a Muslim’s beard”

      Is gang rape even halal?

      1. Given their homophobic attitudes, me say no. However, male soldiers coming back from neighboring afghanistan tell stories of being propositioned by the local men, since virgin-busting is bad for the ex virgins.

  6. Damn, all of that is full of awesome righteous rant.

    Not so into their music, but love the attitude.

  7. I doubt more than a handful of Muslims even know who these guys are.

    Until now. Warty pretty much just signed their death warrants.

    1. Warty signed my death warrant a few months ago, and I haven’t even heard a peep from an assassin. He’s no Ayotollah Khomeini, if you know what I mean.


      1. Shh! That’s our thing, faggot.

  8. I like Folk Metal myself. My fav is a Spanish band called Mago de Oz.

    1. Korplikaani and Finntroll are my favorite folk metal bands, but I have enjoyed Mago de Oz quite a bit. (Mago means wizard, dumbasses.)

      1. Ah ha! I knew that genre existed.

        1. I found out about the genre by pure accident. I was looking for audio recodings of Don Quixote and stumbled on a song by Mago de Oz about the book. I have been a fan ever since.

          1. These dudes deserve a link.

      2. I prefer Folkearth.

  9. I hope I didn’t kill these guys, but “dictatored their asses to submission” is a phrase worth dying for.

    1. Yes it is.

      How do you find this stuff? Awesome.

    2. It wasn’t like they were trying to hide.

    3. Well fuck them, I’m not the one who dictatored their asses to submission.

      I was going to make the same comment.

  10. Tim should have mentioned that, although Reverend Filthy Fuck is a pretty awesome name, the other dude in the band has an even better name: Mullah Sadogoat.

  11. Thank you, Warty. And thank you Ayat, for existing.

    1. +1

      I second the emotion

  12. I hate posers like these guys. We all know if you want real metal you have to turn to Slipknot.

    1. Even though you’re joking, that hurts. Everyone knows that Mudvayne is the only real metal band around, dude.

  13. Mudvayne? Wow. Even when it comes to shit metal you’re one step ahead of us mortals.

    1. And my ignorance of metal is eclipsed only by my ignorance of nested commenting.

    2. I once saw Mudvayne open for a much better band. By the time they were done, I wished I had brought an RPG.

      1. Perhaps you’ve already seen it, but if you hate Wolfmother you have to see Mike Patton’s interview while they were playing at Lollapalooza. In fact, even if you don’t hate Wolfmother you should watch it. Mike Patton cracks me up.

        1. why would someone hate Wolfmother?

          1. They remind me of Uriah Heep. That’s a good thing in TLG’s book.

        2. Wolfmother is fun and all, but Mike Patton pwns.

    3. Real metal needs wind machines and dragons.

  14. Wow, very good question indeed.


  15. In Tucson we’ve got Loren Dircks. He plays both kinds of music. Country & Metal


    I’m sure Warty will not approve

      1. The Unknown rulz!

  16. No one’s mentioned Scottish Pirate Metal?


    Also, how does one do all the formatting for a comment, such as hyperlinking, italics, etc?

    1. There, now see? I liked that.

      Mr. C: just google HTML tutorials. You’ll only get about 500 hits.

  17. 100 dudes at one gig? That’s pretty sweet, actually. From what I know in the music world, they may have broken even on that.

  18. A hundred is a lot.

    Last year I went to a show headlined by Wolves In The Throne Room (the “Stuff White People Like”-est of black metal bands), and there were barely that many people there. Watain played at a place with a capacity of 250 last time they came through town, and it didn’t sell out.

    These guys are huge.

    1. (the “Stuff White People Like”-est of black metal bands)

      ha! bless you, sir.

  19. I’m a fan of these guys.

  20. Warty, I know you will find this sacreligious, but I’m just not feelin’ it inre metal.

    It’s not the music. I often enjoy the instrumentals, and the insertion of clever musical “puns” for lack of a better term.

    It’s the vocals. Would it be so hard to, you know, sing once in a while? Why does every metal “vocalist” go for the Linda Blair “let Jesus fuck you” sound? Have they bought into their own bullshit, and think that they’re demons under that stage makeup??

    Maybe I’m just an old fart……

    1. However, I prefer to think that I have an unfair excess of that rarest of commodities….taste.

    2. Don’t feel bad, Kant. I’m sure you’re cool in some way, even if your musical taste is blinkered and womanish. “Oh no, he’s growling at me! Is he a scary monster??”

      The growling is just part of the genre. You get into it after a while. Some of the vocalists sing as well as growl, if you’re into that for some reason.

      1. Ahm not askeered, Warty. You, and you alone haunt my nightmares. Well, you and STEVE SMITH…

        If they want to sing with a rough growl, I’m all for that. It’s the atonal “Island of Dr. Moreau” human/rottweiler-cross sound that loses me.

        1. Whoops! I must “re-Kant”. I did have a nightmare last week that I was trapped in an elevator with Chad, Tony, and MNG. I had my 9mm, but only one round left…

          1. As shallow as those 3 are, I’m sure even a 9mm would work if you lined them up just right

            1. Shudda thought of that. In my nightmare state, I took the coward’s way out.

      2. I assumed (correctly) that you were about to link to Opeth.

        1. Opeth or Katatonia would both be equally correct here.

    3. Oh, and I don’t find anything sacrilegious. It’s a major advantage of being a heathen atheist.

      1. Two hooves up

    4. It’s all the more jarring when it’s a chick doing the growling.

      1. Whoa! She would scare the shit out of you in bed.

    5. You could try (swedish)”Shining,” they go for the singing a bit more.

  21. This is as good a place as any to say this, especially because H&R is full of middle-aged white guys with beards.

    To the man standing in front of me at the Porcupine Tree concert last night:

    You are clearly at least 40, as evidenced by the bandana covering your bald spot. And you must have been going to concerts for a while since you’re wearing a Grateful Dead shirt, since last time I checked, they’ve been dead for a while now. Therefore, you should know by now how not to act like a douchebag at a concert. Or at least your friends should know, and advise you accordingly.

    So I cannot fathom why you would spend the whole concert with your right arm either (1) extended with devil’s horns, or (1) extended with open palm in emphasis as you sang along with Steven Wilson. Frankly, it interfered with my enjoyment of the videos in the background.

    If I ever find out where you live, I am going to eat your soul.

    1. While I will cop to being 50+ and bearded:

      1. You could easily find me at a Porcupine Tree concert. However, I wouldn’t be in front of you on the floor, but seated comfortably somewhere uprow.

      2. I have all of my hair still, and keep my bandana firmly in my pocket where it belongs unless I’m trolling for a BJ.

      3. All of my Grateful Dead T’s became grease rags decades ago.

      4. The only thing more pathetic than a teen girl swaying tearfully to the lastest iteration of “I will suck your cock forever, Jesus” is the middle-aged/balding dude making with the horns.

      1. 2. I have all of my hair still, and keep my bandana firmly in my pocket where it belongs unless I’m trolling for a BJ.

        That must be some magic bandana.

  22. I’m Scotch Hamilton

  23. We are shooting for a good book banning or fatwa right now. Anybody know any officials in Iran that I can send a PDF of Suki IV to?

    The book burning promotion is yet to ignite 🙁

    Allah sucks Obama and Muhammad takes it up the ass.

    Twitter @JohnTagliaferro

  24. Not as good as the ‘Fearless Iranians From Hell’


  25. Black metal arose in the early 1990s and imitated European Romanticist themes, including nationalism and a delight in natural selection.

    Over 77 churches burned in Norway and its environs.

    This music is explicitly against tolerance, against Christianity-Judaism-Islam, and in favor of killing the weak and celebrating their suffering.

    The core of the movement: Mayhem, Emperor, Burzum, Immortal, Enslaved, Darkthrone.

    Also see NSBM, or “National Socialist Black Metal,” like: Graveland, Legion of Doom, Absurd and Ohtar.

    There are Israeli and African black metal bands, and they seem to each be carrying the theme of Romantic and nationalistic thought against occupying religions.

    Let the churches burn!

  26. Most hatreds are actually tribal, using religion – or anti-religion – for cover. It’s not like this band said anything nice about the Jews or anything. Just good Arab boyos who are a little angry. Nothing to be alarmed at, Ibrahim.

  27. Jesus H. Mahomet Christ, you people have worse taste than I thought. I clicked on over a dozen YouTube links on this page and they’re all unimaginably ghastly. Does anyone actually listen to this stuff unironically?

    1. Sorry you’re a boring elderly cunt, Nancy. Have some more.

  28. I thought I recognized that cover art! It’s The Temptation of St. Anthony by Felecien Rops, but with Satan airbrushed out. Would a real black metal band airbrush Satan out? Here’s a complete image:

    1. So what’s Andy’s temptation? Is he thinking about doing some fisting or something?

  29. I must admit that the courage needed to record something like Ilahiya Khinzir in the middle of the Missile East is just stunning.

    Especially if they have Hassan Nasrallah a 30-minute drive away.

  30. I’ve never been to Beirut.

    Is hammering out original heavy metal in a warehouse bar more or less insulting to the Islamic religious class than singing Elton John tunes at a popular karaoke bar?

  31. To get murderered, they gotta sing popular music, like Miley Cyrus lol.
    Or bieber.

    James, http://www.basheet.com/

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