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 Motör Militia in 2003

Motör Militia in 2003

Formed in 2001 by school mates Motör Militia is regarded as one of the first metal bands in the Arabian Gulf and Middle East to record and release a full length album of original material on an independent label.  In 2003 Motör Militia built a following based on word of mouth promotion in their local and neighboring Middle Eastern music communities.  

Members of the group also began interacting with many other bands in their local heavy metal scene, organizing DIY heavy metal and hard rock concerts at a pace faster than previously realized. This, in addition to the band's decision to play sets consisting almost entirely of original material (and subsequently recording and releasing it), influenced many local groups to do the same.

 'The Sound of Violence' 2004

'The Sound of Violence' 2004

The first FVF Music Festival was organized by Motör Militia on October 23rd 2003.  Only the bands’ second live performance the event attracted a crowd in excess of 1,000 people!

In the spring of 2004 while riding the wave of momentum that had been created the band was signed by the Saudi based independent label “SandStorms Records” to record and release an album of original material.  'The Sound of Violence' was released in June that year and launched at the final FVF show.

 'Cloaked In Darkness' 2011

'Cloaked In Darkness' 2011

 

In 2007 the band regrouped with a new lineup and continued where they left off.  As a result of their resurgence they aided in the resurrection of the Bahrain live Metal scene, which had almost disappeared in their absence.  In 2010 the band independently recorded the album “Cloaked in Darkness” which became the cultivation of the work of a band that refused to lie down. 

After the album's release in 2011 the band hit the road notably headlining the Dorrak Festival in Bahrain, performing twice in Dubai and at the Deccan Rock Festival in Hyderabad, India.  Returning to Bahrain closing out 2011 with an appearance at the annual Bud Battle of the Bands; an event traditionally reserved for hotel based cover bands.  Being allowed to participate for the first time the band took the event by storm leaving a lasting impression. 

 

 'Resurrection: The Bahrain Underground Vol. 1' 2012

'Resurrection: The Bahrain Underground Vol. 1' 2012

 

The release party for 'Cloaked in Darkness' in 2011 was captured by the owner of Studio 77 (Rabble Rouser at the time).  This recording was subsequently released in 2012 as a split live DVD featuring performances by fellow Bahrain based bands Lunacyst and Smouldering In Forgotten alongside Motör Militia entitled 'Resurrection: The Bahrain Underground Vol. 1'.

 

The band continued performing live with a notable appearances: opening for Nervecell's second Bahrain performance in 2012 and at the 2013 Bahrain National Day Festival at the Bahrain International Circuit in front of a national audience.

 

 

 

More information on the band's history can be found on Wikipedia and Metal Archives