Founded in 2010, Iranian thrash metal band Padra initially started as an experimental project, implementing Farsi Lyrics alongside various metal subgenres. Since then, the band has released two albums and four singles, and throughout its journey, it has evolved to become one of the more mainstream acts in the Iranian metal scene. Their Farsi lyrics mirror the Iranian youth’s genre of preference, Persian Rap, and is why Padra can appeal to many Iranians and has landed them a loyal following in Iran. A following that traveled from all corners of Iran to see the band’s two live performances in 2016 ensured that those live shows became two of the most memorable live experiences of the Iranian metal scene.
The band is never afraid to get political with their lyrics, which closely resemble Persian Rappers. In addition, they also incorporate Horror and Existentialistic elements in their songs. Fans of bands such as Kreator and Testament will recognize Padra’s use of Old School Thrash Metal and Melodic Death Metal elements and their Modern Production approach. Their Style of Ferocious Metal perfectly augments the message the band tries to convey, revolt and disobeying against retrogression.
In 2021, after moving to Istanbul, Turkey Padra signed with the first Iranian Metal Label, Tough Sounds, to deliver the outcry of Iran’s youth to the ears of the international metal community with their singles in 2022.
Today the band has released a brand new single entitled ‘Jabr’. Vocalist/Guitarist Ramtin Dashti had this to say about “Jabr”, their latest creative effort:
‘The literal meaning of the word Jabr is “Algebra”, but in Persian culture as well as the Persian language it’s the antonym of “Free Will” and is considered to be a power above “Free Will” and ultimately used to control mankind. The Jabr that we have to contend with in Iran our whole lives is the sheer domination of retrogressive and traditional ideals in favor of the young generation’s progressive ideals. We tried to convey this concept in our artwork and in the song we aimed to blend aggressive melodic music with Persian lyrics and remind our fans of our old style of songwriting.’
Stream/Purchase Jabr Here: https://fanlink.to/jabr