Pakistani Heavy Metal

Pakistani rock is exclusively produced in Pakistan. There is a huge following of Indian sub-continent bands, Pakistan and including those from India and Bangladesh. They are better than you might think.

Pakistani/Indian/Bangladeshi heavy metal music is distinctive. You do pick out Indian influences here and there with Sitar rifts and Indian definitive sounds but perhaps the most amazing thing is the art of the guitar. Heavy metal guitar is usually a heavy tone heavily amplified, whereas Pakistani guitar can be much lighter and nimble-fingered.

Excessive volume and loudness was once what heavy metal was about but this new wave sound is so different, imagine normal heavy metal wading across a river of mud in knee high boots then see the Indian sub-continent wave surfing across it on a surf board. The roots of Pakistani heavy metal music can be traced back to the new wave of British heavy metal and their use of the guitar is a throwback to the original music of artists like Jimi Hendrix who made guitar the central piece.

In many Pakistani tracks you’ll get at least once part of amazing guitar. It’s like the artists are saying that they don’t just want to create noise but display their amazing talent. Imagine the wealth of culture that they can draw from. Eclectic bands like Thievery Corporation have at great lengths incorporated this vibe into their music and philosophy.

Heavy metal started in the 1960s with UK band Black Sabbath. From 1982 there was New Wave British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Motorhead. In the 1990s the US flirted with the idea of spiky hairstyles and metallica. But by 2000 popularity for metal had waned and was revived by the Nordic countries. Lordi was Finland’s Eurovision entry for 2006.

More than fifty years since Black Sabbath, our Indian cousins have spiced interest up a bit and it’s a gem of a genre waiting to be discovered by mainstream rock. Recent studies by CNN showed heavy metal to be one of Pakistan’s most popular music. Once you hear it, you’ll want more.

Here is a mix of music videos hosted on this site, and youtube links, so the page may take a while to load.

Irtaash with kaali raatein

The Nuke with Waaday

Indalo with Antonogor – Bangladesh

Noori with Nishaan (sign)

Khurram Waqar with Time.

Mundian with Bach Ke Rahi – Punjabi

Brahma with The Bomb – Pakistani style

Saturn with Dhundla Aasmaan

Umar Imtiaz with Rooh e Dil

Punjabi metal

Badnaam with Alif Allah

Qayaas with Shehrezade

Saturn with Kuch Nahin

Faraz Haider with Andher (Darkness)

Aag with Kafla