Heterochrome: Eclectic and innovative and with actual and very thoughtful lyrics.

Heterochrome – Out Of Ashes

Heterochrome started when Arash Rezaei, and Mida Malek met and collaborated as the Lead Guitarist and Vocalist in 2014. Their lyrics and music points out social and political issues of both their home country Iran, such as incarceration and criminalization of the metal genre, homosexuality and female singing, and on a larger scale the world, such as the climate change dilemma.

Iranian prog rock / metal trio Heterochrome and their new album From The Ashes due out May 13th, 2022. (Note – The album is sung in both Farsi and English. Vocalist Mida Malek is currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada). The track Badbadak (The Flight),


Try to keep your head above the water

Feel the pressure where there’s no room left to breathe

All the guilt and shame and all that sorrow, spreading through the air

Do you ever wonder how to break free?

پرواز پروانه های سپید، گريز از سرنوشتی بی اميد

شليک شكارچيان سياه، رد خون گلوله های گناه

دستان نگهبانان نادان، شروع شعله های سوزان

نبردی كه هيچكس نبرد، و مرگی كه خاموش نشد

Try to close your eyes, on all the pain

Feel the tear of bullets and fire on your skin

All the lies they tell and tortures you’ve endured

They will never let you spread your wings and reach a cure

خروش آواز سيمرغ، از آغاز زمان

سقوط كنام از قله ی قاف، قعر دره ی تير و كمان

شمشير خيانت و ظلم، شكستن زير تيغ ضحاک

نبردی كه هيچكس نبرد، و مرگی كه خاموش نشد


Directed by Mani Zonoozi

Camera by Erdinc Bashan, Sadaf Ahmadbeigi

Music by Heterochrome

Electric Bass by Ville Veihola

Audio Engineering by Amir Taghavi, Reza Sadeghi,

Production and Mixing by Arash Rezaei

Mastering by Danny Klaven

Graphic Designing by Ghazal Jenab

This is the band’s second album to follow their 2017 debut Melancholia, which was released to rave media reviews from around the world. The writing and production of this new offering has taken four years to complete and was recorded in multiple countries including Iran, Finland, Canada, Spain, and South Korea, while the mastering took place in Russia. Unlike the first album, this album features a lot of recorded acoustic instruments including live acoustic drums and cello. The track Baraye Farda, (For Tomorrow).

With a wide variety of influences ranging from progressive rock to 90s and beyond alternative and gothic scenes, Heterochrome merges Iranian social and political issues into melancholy and diverse music. From The Ashes was written as a concept album, with every single track forming a small part of a bigger picture. Each track has a unique story by itself and can be enjoyed individually, but the album has been tailored with smooth transitions between them.  Eclectic and innovative, Heterochrome is recommended for fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Gojira.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7226 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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