Iran’s epic metal duo BROKEN PILLARS released its debut EP ‘Of Pillars and Primordial Myth’ via Ardawahisht Kollektive on September 8.
Broken Pillars is a Persian epic metal duo consisting of ‘Harpag Karnik’ and ‘Earthen Shade’, both members of the prolific Iranian digital label ‘Ardawahisht Kollective’. The pair is the mastermind behind the label’s other projects such as ‘Erancnoir’, ‘Forelunar’, ‘Urnscent’, ‘Désespéré’, etc. ‘Broken Pillars’ an entity, born in mid-2023, tries to channel Iran’s ancient landscapes and epic myths into the sonic vessel of epic extreme metal.
In ancient times the Greek and Persian empires have always been at odds with each other as neighboring nations. They have had many political, and social interactions, both friendly as well as hostile. Broken Pillars’ music is the Persian response to the well-established Hellenic black metal style. This response gives some much-needed context to what Broken Pillars has achieved sonically. The songs contain slow yet deliberate doomy-sounding guitar riffing and grandiose symphonic arrangements.
The music can be interpreted as chants trying to reawaken an empire lost to the cruelties of time. The name “broken pillars” is inspired by the ancient ruins of Persepolis, one of the oldest sites of civilization, which was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire circa 500 BC. Through the band’s name, the duo is ambitious to represent not only their heritage, but also the current identity chaos going on in Iran. The EP features ancient deities and legends from Iran’s ancient history.