E In Syria, rock and metal is considered ‘devil music’ by government officials and if you express any interest in the genres (by having a beard for example!), you could be tortured by authorities, go to jail and have your entire families’ cell phones tapped by intelligence. The music’s message is of course far from that. In fact metal has been used to preserve human rights many times in the past from bands like Rage Against the Machine or early Black Sabbath songs. Yet these bands – without wanting to diminish their vigour – may have had it a bit easier than Tanjaret Daghet. Speaking out against authority the Syrian rock band has shown great courage amidst the horrors of their home country’s conflict. Although they moved to Lebanon in 2009 to be able to express their creativity more freely, their daring music could still get themselves and their families into trouble. They’re not ready to give up though and hope to ‘touch and change’ peacefully. In 2013 their debut 180 Degrees was released, they’re hoping to tour the world with it soon and here’s what they have to say about music as a universal language of change!