Arashk (band)

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Background information
Origin Iran, Tehran
Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, Persian Rock
Years active 2001–2008
Labels Independent
Members Pouyan Khajavi
Shahram Khosraviani
Salim Ghazi Saeedi
Past members AmirMehdi JahanShahlou

Arashk was an Iranian hard rock/metal[1] band that were active between 2004-2008 and based in Tehran.


Arashk was formed in 2001[2] by vocalist/guitarist Pouyan Khajavi and drummer Shahram Khosraviani in Tehran, Iran. In 2004, Salim Ghazi Saeedi joind the band.[3] Their live performances consisted of occasional concerts at universities in Iran.[4] The band released a total of four albums: Abrahadabra (2006), Sovereign (2007) and Ustuqus-al-Uss (2008) (which were composed by Salim Ghazi Saeedi), and YELL (2008), which was composed mainly by Pouyan Khajavai and Shahram Khosraviani. Salim Ghazi Saeedi played secondary guitars on YELL, and recorded and mixed the album. The band became inactive after their 2008 release due limited chances for live performances in Iran.[5] Salim Ghazi Saeedi continued on as a one-man-band under his own name.


  • Abrahadabra (2006)
  • Sovereign (2007)
  • Ustuqus-al-Uss (2008)
  • YELL (2008)


The albums Abrahadabra, Sovereign and Ustuqus-al-Uss are instrumental with influences of progressive rock,[6] progressive metal,[7] rock in opposition,[8] acid jazz[9] and has been compared to "progressive phase of Rush",[10][11] King Crimson,[8][12] Univers Zero[12][13][unreliable source?].

Arashk albums also incorporate Arabian and Iranian music influences blended with rock format.[14][15] Gnosis2000 webzine called Arashk's debut album, Abrahadabra, "the Ultima Thule of instrumental progressive metal".[16][unreliable source?]

Their fourth release, YELL is a hard rock album with Persian vocals with poems from Ferdowsi, Masud Sa'd Salman, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, Saadi.[17]

Arashk Band logo


  1. ^ Arlequins website, Abrahadabra review, Francesco Inglima, retrieved: 21 Aug 2013
  2. ^ BBC Persian radio programme "Shabe 7", Arashk Interview on Abrahadabra release, 19 Jan 2007
  3. ^ Arashk Website, Biography, retrieved: 9/14/2012
  4. ^ Arashk Website, Concerts, retrieved: 9/14/2012
  5. ^ Arashk interview, Progarchives interview with Arashk, retrieved: 9/14/2012
  6. ^ Underground Empire, YELL review, Stefan Glas, May 2012, retrieved: 9/15/2012
  7. ^, Sovereign Review, Olav Martin Bjørnsen, Feb 2012, retrieved: 9/15/2012
  8. ^ a b Gnosis2000, Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011, retrieved: 9/15/2012
  9. ^ Lo Scrittore Progressivo, Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Riccardo Storti, Aug 2011, retrieved: 9/15/2012
  10. ^ Abrahadabra review, Babyblaue, Jochen Rindfrey, Apr 2012, Translation from German: "an instrumental version of the progressive phase of Rush, when you think, Alex Lifeson would play more solos"
  11. ^ Yell Review,, Poney, Jul 2014, Translation from French: There are both 70's rock "classic" flavor and prog stuff, more melodic riffs but a bit more hardcore like "HurMazda". We feel the musicians of groups like Rush.
  12. ^ a b ProgNaut webzine, Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011
  13. ^ , Arlequins webzine, Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Jessica Attene, Oct 2011, retrieved:9/15/2012
  14. ^ Volkmar Mantei, Ragazzi Webzine, Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Jun 2011, "[From German:] Ustuqus-al-Uss is like the Arabian Nights in Rock music format"
  15. ^ Jessica Attene, Arlequins webzine, Sovereign Review, Oct 2011
  16. ^ Gnosis2000, Ustuqus-al-Uss Review mentioning Abrahadabra Album, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011, retrieved: 9/15/2012
  17. ^ Arashk Website, YELL album, retrieved: 9/15/2010

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