Metaphysical mysticism that knows no time ...

Title: Abandoned Treasure
Base: Tehran • Iran
Style: Extreme Ethno Progressive Metal
Genre: Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Atmospheric Metal, World Music
FFO: Orphaned Land, Moonspell, Opeth
Type: Full-length
Format: Digital
Label: Independent
Distro: /
Release: April 01, 2023

🔘 Second album of the soulful Iranian top artists
🔘 Sophisticated progressiveness, emphatically varied
🔘 Uniquely melodic, atmospheric, with strong identity

[ The Righteous Ardaviraf (Preparation)
Official lyric video ]

The band says about "The Righteous Ardaviraf":
"The song describes what our ancestors thought and believed about life after death. It happened many centuries ago: In the book 'Arda Viraf' the story of the upright and meaning-seeking Wirāz is written down. Wirāz was a fervent, deeply devoted priest of the ancient Zoroastrian religion, who was chosen to go on an afterlife journey - to find out what really happens to a person and his soul after death. This was celebrated in a very special ritual intimately, with appropriate, solemn clothing. Thereby the holy book of the religious cult was read, the 'Arda Viraf'. The traveler was given three goblets of wine, which, by means of a special addition, caused him to fall into a death-like sleep for seven days. When he woke up, he could tell his experienced story. We strongly recommend our followers and fans to read more about this truly famous story, especially in its country of origin, Persia, which is set several centuries before Dante Alighieri's kindred 'Divine Comedy'."

Deepest spirituality:
The - rebellious - appeal of the forbidden has always represented an additional attractive element for true passionate and fervent idealists to live out their inclinations. This is also the case with ANOUSHBARD. The band risks so much to be able to fully devote themselves to their music.

And the correspondingly profound and lovingly polished, consistently convincing to brilliant result is ultimately also the fascinating mirror of the artistic ideal of these absolute conviction offenders.

With their second album "Abandoned Treasure" these highly estimable thoroughbred musicians have completed a fabulous, completely timeless work, which reveals itself to be as hard-hitting as it is stylistically uncompromising - and which can intoxicate the senses with sophisticated high-quality sounds!

[ Artwork: Anoushbard ]

[ Pic: Elham Asadi ]

Founded in 2017 by Sherwin Baradaran and Siavash Motallebi, the first album "Mithra" was released in 2020. The debut album consists of 6 tracks, all of highly unique identity. Already on it, the participants had found their very own, fascinating and completely distinctive style.

Most of the extremely varied and diversely dynamic compositions thematize Iranian culture and often mystical stories passed down from it. Subsequently, ANOUSHBARD worked on another album, titled "Abandoned Treasure" and featuring 8 tracks. As on the previous album, those involved mastered to focus on Persian literature and stories.

During all the years of existence, ANOUSHBARD had many difficulties in finding suitable co-musicians such as drummers or bassists. In 2021, Arman Tirmahi officially joined the formation as a bassist. He helped the group with the second album.

Nima Seylani, an accomplished Oud player, also joined the line-up. Many in the Western industrialized nations will find it hard to imagine: but the biggest obstacle in ANOUSHBARD's path are the government regulations for Metal music there. Unfortunately, Metal is completely banned in Iran, so it's not possible at all to perform in public or release an album.

Singer and guitarist Sherwin says:
"We named the band ANOUSHBARD, which was a political prison in the Sasanian Empire (224 - 651 AD) and which means a place where you forget your identity and disappear forever. As a band, we call ourselves that because we are very interested in the history of our country and in our Persian roots."



01. The Righteous Ardaviraf (Preparation) 03:16
02. The Righteous Ardaviraf (Journey) 05:46
03. The Righteous Ardaviraf (Return) 02:25
04. Destructive Spirit (Agra Mainyu) 03:37
05. Tower Of Silence (Dakhma) 04:57
06. Abandoned Treasure 05:45
07. Blacksmith's Apron 06:58
08. Mother 05:23

total: 38:07

Sherwin Baradaran • Guitars, Vocals
Siavash Motallebi • Guitars
Shahram Tehrani • Bass
Nima Seylani • Oud

2020 • Mithra • Full-length
2021 • Blacksmith's Apron • Single
2023 • Abandoned Treasure • Full-length

ANOUSHBARD are available for interviews via phone, Skype, Zoom & email !