24 April has become a fixed date on the calendar of millions of people around the world to call on the Turkish government to recognize the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, where 1.5 million Armenians were massacred between 1915 and 1923. The Lebanese Rock & Metal Scene has always had its share in supporting this cause, by organizing live events or through music.
Below are 8 local and international songs about the Armenian Genocide:
1- Deathlam have recently released a lyrical video for their new Black Metal Single entitled “Burn The Ottoman Empire” to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
2- Big Jack (May he rock in peace), a name that we haven’t heard from for a while now, was one of the most known Rock singers in Lebanon. He teamed up with some of the rockers in Lebanon and released a song called: Rise for the Genocide (A.R.G.F.).
3- One of the first Metal songs released in Lebanon about the Armenian Genocide, “The Slaughter” by DAVINCHI, mostly known as Communion. The song/video was released in 2003 using footage from the movie ARARAT.
4- The Armenian Rock Band Vahag Rush featured the Armenian female singer Yeva Sujyan on the song “Adana Massacre” back in 2010, a song that condemns the crimes of the Ottoman Empire and remembers the Genocide.
5- System Of A Down’s 13th track, “P.L.U.C.K.”, from their self-titled debut album, that deliberately talks about the Genocide.
You can also watch SOAD’s full performance in Armenia yesterday >here<
6- Serj Tankian from SOAD posted a video, “100 Years”, which is a commemoration to honor the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian victims of the first genocide of the 20th century. The music was co-composed by Serj Tankian and John Psathas.
7- “Werewolves of Armenia” is the seventh track of the German-based metal band Powerwolf’s third album “Bible Of The Beast” released in 2009.
8- Even though this song does not talk directly about the Armenian Genocide, it actually covers all the horrible crimes against humanity in our modern world. Mr Peacemaker by Violetray ft. Bassem Deaibess from Blaakyum.
We want all genocides to be recognized and perpetrators to be punished, not for the sake of punishment, but to prevent this from happening again and to send a loud and clear message that if any regime committed a massacre against anyone, it will be punished. Massacres are happening everywhere in the world, and now they are happening in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and many other countries.
If anyone knows about any other local Rock or Metal song related to the Armenian genocide that wasn’t mentioned in this article, please don’t hesitate to suggest it to us in the comment box below.