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What's New:

Iran’s Heterochrome Now Streaming Deeply Personal And Heavy Album “From The Ashes” (Out May 13, 2022)

 

Heterochrome - Badbadak (The Flight)

 
About:
“From The Ashes” is the second album from Heterochrome and it takes a deep dive into personal experiences the members have felt in their own country and also touches on global issues. The band came to be when Arash Rezaei (guitars/vocals) and Mida Malek (vocals) met in college and realized they shared a passion for music and a feeling of not belonging in their surrounding society. This was the glue that bound them together to start writing and recording music. They give some insight into the album:
“This album has been an opportunity for us to form our unique sound and experiment with new aspects of songwriting. This is the first time we are trying to introduce Farsi lyrics in a couple of our songs, opening up more space for us to connect with our audience. Trying to add layers of atmospheric and electronic sound design, in addition to the utilization of more acoustic instruments, enabled us to execute a more dramatic performance and listening experience.”
 
“From the Ashes” was written as a concept album, with every single track forming a small part of a bigger picture. Although each track has a unique story by itself and can be enjoyed individually, the album has been tailored with smooth transitions between them. The ten songs on the album were the ones that have the most in common with each other, exploring the social and political situation in the band’s home country as well as other places in the world. They already have the raw material and concept for future releases as well, but no solid plans on when to release them yet.
 
The album was produced and mixed by Arash Rezaei, mastered by Danny Klaven and the artwork was done by Banafshe Najafi. Malek has been active as a playwright and has acted in various plays, with that background Heterochrome is able to bring a unique theatrical aspect to their live performance. They are recommended listening for fans of Draconian, Lacuna Coil, and Opeth.
 
“From The Ashes” will be released on May 13, 2022 and be heard now before it officially drops via its full stream premiere on TheProgSpace HERE:
 
Track Listing:​
1. Baraye Farda, For Tomorrow - 3:39
2. Badbadak, The Flight - 3:28
3. Rage Against The People - 4:34
4. WOTB - 4:10
5. The Bearing - 4:29
6. Transition - 2:22
7. Time’s Up - 3:06
8. Through Evil Within - 5:03
9. Sargardan, Wanderer - 3:20
10. The Outlaw - 7:20
Album Length: 41:21
 
Album Band Line Up:
Mohammadreza (Arash) Rezaei - Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizer
Mida Malek - Vocals
Mohammad Mirboland - Drums
Ville Veihola - Electric Bass
Lisa Yihwan Lim (BigViolinPlayer) - Cello
 
Live Band Line Up:
Arash Rezaei - Guitars, Vocals
Mida Malek - Vocals
Mohammad Mirboland - Drums
Ville Veihola - Electric Bass
 
Discography:
2022 - From The Ashes (Album)
2017 - Melancholia (Album)
Tours and Festivals:
2017 - Shab Shanbeha (Music festival in Tehran)
 

 
Biography:
Heterochrome started when Arash Rezaei, and Mida Malek met and collaborated as the lead guitarist and vocalist in 2014. The band started recording their first album (Melancholia) at Chaotic Waves studio in Tehran, Iran when Mohammad Mirboland joined as drummer in 2016 followed by Armin Afzali on bass and Amir Taghavi on rhythm guitar who joined later on during the band rehearsals. Melancholia, which was a concept album based on Dante`s Divine Comedy turned dark, was officially released and distributed in 2017, followed by a one-night exclusive live performance of the album in Tehran in January of 2018. The band now consisting of guitarist Arash, vocalist Mida, and drummer Mohammad has developed a different sound for their second album "From The Ashes", with lyrics and music pointing out social and political issues of both their home country Iran, such as incarceration and criminalization of the metal genre, sexual identity and female singing, and on a larger scale, the world, such as the climate change dilemma.

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