Arsames (band)

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Arsames at Sikkim Metal Fest. India 2010
Background information
Origin Mashhad, Iran
Genres Death metal
Melodic death metal
Years active 2002–present
Labels Imortal Media[1]
Members Ali Madarshahi
Morteza Shahrami
Saeed Mokari
Sorosh Kheradmand

Arsames is a Persian melodic death metal band from Mashhad, Iran. It was originally formed in 2002 by Ali Madarshahi.[2] Arsames has had many line-up changes; vocalist and first drummer Ali Madarshahi is the only original member remaining.[3] The origin name of the band, Arsames, derives from the name of one of the kings of Persian empire during the Achaemenid dynasty.

The band play death metal despite it being illegal in Iran and, according to the band, considered satanic by the government.[2][4][5]


Arsames originally formed in winter of 2002. They recorded their debut single "Adiposere" in 2005 in their home studio which was in the style of 6&8 death metal. In 2006 they released an unsigned studio album (Cyclopia) digitally. The album met positive reception from fans especially on Myspace.[4][unreliable source?]

Arsames, Unirock turkey 2009

In 2007, Malaysian documentary-maker Zan Azlee interviewed the band as part of I'm Muslim Too!, a documentary on youth in the Middle East.[6]

2010 was a busy year for Arsames, in April they played at Metal Asylum in Dubai.[#cite_note-Enzer-3 [3]][7] Arsames released their first album, Immortal Identity, containing eight tracks. In November, Arsames played in a metal festival named 'Sikkim Fest' in India.[2][8]

In July 2011, Arsames announced that they will release a cover EP, entitled Persian Death Metal Tribute to Warriors Of Metal through the summer of 2011.[9][10] ARSAMES has released a new video for “Immortal Identity” song on 2 September.[year missing] The video was directed by Sorena Afkham o Shoara, and was produced by Ali Madarshahi. The promotion manager of Arsames Mohsen Fayyazi said:

The lyrics of this song were written in honour of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Achaemenid Empire that he and his historical signature define the national identity for many Iranians. Cyrus the Great respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered and he was the first one who wrote rules for Human rights! This song is really special to band

[11][unreliable source?] [12][unreliable source?]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Ali Madarshahi– Vocals
  • Morteza Shahrami – Guitar
  • Saeed Mokari - Bass
  • Soroush Kheradmand – Drums
Former members
  • Hamed "Fetusgrinder" Azizi – Vocals
  • Ali Azhari – Guitar
  • Hamid Yousefi Faverani – Guitar
  • Hamid Alizadeh – Guitar
  • Ali Sanaei – Bass guitar
  • Rouzbeh Z – Bass guitar


  1. ^ Imortal Media; 17 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Band braves ban for a blare – Iran metal musicians to rock Gangtok on Sunday", The Telegraph (Kolkata), 20 November 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2011
  3. ^ Georgina Enzer (25 March 2010). "Arsames: 'We have to stay and fight for it'". Gulfnews. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Vince DiMaggio (November 2008). "Arsames Interview" (Digital). MetalStormMag. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Wilkinson, James (2010) "Iranian metal", Time Out Dubai, 30 March 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2011
  6. ^ Johan, Rizal (28 September 2008). "A zeal for telling people's stories". The Star. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Arsames – a profile; 20 November 2010 [Retrieved 2010.01.17].
  8. ^ "ARTIST OF THE MONTH : ECCENTRIC PENDULUM". 11 October 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Arsames Posts Teaser For Covers EP, "Persian Death Metal Tribute To Warriors of Metal"". 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "ARSAMES To Release EP Featuring AMON AMARTH, KREATOR, CARCASS, SEPULTURA Covers; Trailer Online". 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Tarja Virmakari (2 September 2011). "ARSAMES: New video "Immortal Identity" released". Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "ARSAMES Release A New Video Clip – 9/2/2011". 9/2/2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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