By Mark Levine
"We play heavy steel simply because our lives are heavy metal."
--Reda Zine, one of many founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene
"Music is the weapon of the future."
An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. a tender Lebanese singer who rates Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." they're as consultant of the area of Islam this day because the conservatives and extremists we see each evening at the information. Heavy steel, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are every one the track of protest, and in lots of circumstances thought of immoral within the Muslim international. This song can also develop into the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding throughout that world.
Why, regardless of governmental makes an attempt to regulate and censor them, do those musicians and lovers preserve enjoying and listening? partially, in fact, for the enjoyment of self-expression, but in addition simply because, during this zone, every little thing is political. In Heavy steel Islam, Mark LeVine explores the impact of Western track at the heart East via interviews with musicians and fanatics, introducing us younger Muslims suffering to reconcile their faith with a keenness for track and a wish for switch. the result's a revealing travel of latest Islamic tradition during the evolving tune scene within the center East and northerly Africa. Heavy steel Islam is a shocking, wildly exciting foray right into a traditionally authoritarian sector the place track simply can be the real democratizing strength.