SLAVE TO SIRENS

They’re a force to be reckoned with—an all-woman, heavy metal band from Lebanon and the FIRST!

No other group compares. Maya Khairallah is lead Siren with her commanding presence and voice.

Shery Bechara guides the melodic sound as lead guitarist.

Founder-guitarist Lilas Mayassi and bassist Alma Doumani excel in rhythm.

The audience has no choice but listen up when they play!

Tatyana Boughaba is Sirens’ relentless, talented drummer.

2015’s anti-establishment protest in Beirut brought Lilas and Shery together.

Each of the members love metal more than listeners, and use it as a catalyst for rebellion.

The lyrics describe ancient goddesses, corruption, despair, death, and abuse of any kind.

Their music is personal—even political—revolution!

“Everyone talks about politics in thrash, so we want to do something different,” says Lilas.

“Our focus is mainly the human being, the things man does: evil, corruption, war, poverty...

Any human action that ruins the environment, we write about that.” (Revolver Mag)

Lilas told Nicole Kali over Facebook:

“We are all founders of Slave to Sirens. Each member is as important as the other.”

Hearing five extreme musicians on a Middle Eastern stage is extraordinary.

Slave to Sirens truly are the vanguard of changing attitudes against conservative values.

The challenges are societal, structural.

Try shredding like Slave to Sirens when your local scene doesn’t even

have such venues and there's a revolution underway.

“We also don't have rock or metal pubs/hangout places.

That's the true power of metal, we got each other's back,” said Shery.

And they've participated in Lebanon's cross-sector protests as
many other revolutionary women are right now (Al Araby).

 “Most people here think we are possessed or satanic.

And being women in metal is still not something they would like...”

Lilas admitted via Facebook. Maya is upfront about why.

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“I think it’s also tied to the fact that if someone is a metalhead, it’s a lifestyle…

It’s basically like a message that you send to the masses,

and they don’t want this message to be sent.”


Alma Doumani

Tatyana feels similarly about her parents and society's expectations.

“I'm not waiting for their approval...

Me wearing black was a big problem for my dad.

He was like, ‘Black is the color of the devil. You should wear red, white, pink.’”

But these uprisings have centered women in ways that we never see. They lead the way.

“What brought everyone to these demonstrations is the fact that they all want to change the system.

Women kept pushing their fights too late because there was always

something more important to do, like avoiding a war,”

Lebanese news outlet Daraj's co-founder Alia Ibrahim reflected on the protests (The National)

Terminal Leeches blew the world away as their debut EP.

Salome is Slave To Sirens' much-anticipated next album! Listen for it in 2019.

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Lilas: “We’re telling everyone–but girls, mainly–‘Go, do what you want.

Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone send you away. If we can do it, you can do it’.” (The National)

Women from the Middle East are not your submissive perception.

They are fierce, independent and most definitely metal.


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