Metal Brainiac

Wasted Land of Saudi Arabia: Exporting Metal Beyond its Borders

August 25, 2021 Matt Peiken Season 2 Episode 4
Metal Brainiac
Wasted Land of Saudi Arabia: Exporting Metal Beyond its Borders
Show Notes

Saudi Arabia is on the other side of the world from the United States, but even a repressive monarchy hasn’t kept heavy metal out of its borders. Wasted Land is from the coastal city of Jeddah and it’s one of the few metal bands that have managed to record and distribute music and attract fans and supporters beyond Saudi borders. In this conversation, guitarist Ayman Al Ghamdi and vocalist Emad Mujallid speak about finding their way to metal, building a band against oppressive governmental pressure and keeping their metallic dreams alive after more than 15 years of promise and struggle.