Culture Under Attack was a season of three free exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explored how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us.

'Being a metalhead isn't becoming a metalhead, it’s something inside you'

Jake Shuker is lead singer of Syrian death metal band Maysaloon. 

But in Syria, death metal is considered blasphemous and satanic - the ultimate rebel music, says Jake. His involvement in the scene sometimes prompted death threats, which made performing amidst the danger and uncertainty of war even more of a risk. 

Because of the music, however, it was a risk Jake was prepared to take.

Jake performed and shared his experiences at IWM London alongside fellow Syrian performer, Aeham Ahmad as part of Rebel Sounds Live. Watch the highlights of the event here.

Rebel Sounds Live was part of IWM's Culture Under Attack season. 

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