They growl, party, argue and struggle: Slave to Sirens from Lebanon, the first and only female thrash metal band in the Middle East. Against the backdrop of mass protests and the Beirut port explosion of 2020, the unrest in society is reflected by the inner turmoil in the band.
‘Since the day my grandparents were born, this country is fucked up,’ says Lilas, guitarist of Lebanese trash metal band Slave to Sirens. For her and her bandmates Shery, Maya, Alma and Tatyana, Slave to Sirens is their outlet. The place where they can be what they want to be – without limits.
But limits are imposed nonetheless. By a society that doesn’t accept their music. By families who have trouble accepting their sexual identity and longing for independence. And by themselves, when their internal differences make it seemingly impossible to function together. Still, they never stop dreaming big and ultimately always want to keep moving forward.