It’s Women in Horror Month, which means we’ll be making an extra effort to feature the “fairer sex’s” contributions to our beloved genre in all of its forms—and that includes music! Today, we’re giving a shout out to Voice of Baceprot aka VoB, a heavy metal trio pushing all boundaries. Though we’ve been graced by kick-ass female bands for decades, VoB is notable for their age and their strict adherence to cultural identity.
VoB hails from Indonesia; the members are Firdda Kurnia (vocals, guitar), Euis Siti Aisyah (drums) and Widi Rahmawati (bass). Though their exact ages aren’t public, they met in 2014 as school girls, and look like their barely midway into their teenage years. But VoB (which is also the word for “noisy” in Sudanese) aren’t just young and wild—their devout Muslims.
The hijab, a scarf worn by many Muslim women, has been a key identifier of those practicing Islam for centuries but has become a controversial symbol in the 21st Century. Seen by some as a symbol of male oppression in Islam, hijabs have even been banned in parts of France. But VoB rock their hijabs, completely upending the stereotype of quiet, submissive, cloistered Muslim girls.
But I wouldn’t be mentioning VoB if they were just a gimmick-band. Truth is, these young ladies rock! Forget that polished dance-troop Babymetal from Japan; VoB is the real deal! They play covers of bands ranging from Slipknot to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but their originals are brutal—in the best possible way! They don’t have an album, but a video of them recording their track School Revolution has already garnered over 50,000 on YouTube.
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Vocalist/Guitarist Firdda Kurnia’s voice goes from rap to punk to operatic on a dime, showing a definite System of a Down influence. Bassist Widi Rahmawati’s fingers are a blur, as she makes complex heavy riffs look easy, eventually performing some of the cleanest bass-slaps I’ve ever heard. Drummer Euis Siti Aisyah produces an incredible amount of noise on a relatively spartan set with an infectious smile that shows it’s all about the love of music!
Give School Revolution a spin below and follow VoB on YouTube, HERE.
Kurina: “Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier to the group’s pursuit of its dream of being heavy metal stars… I think gender equality should be supported because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman.”
All three wear the hijab on stage. Siti, the drummer, stated that her parents originally opposed her involvement in the group, but changed their minds when the band won an award at a music festival. They sing in English as well as Sundanese and have gained a wide social media presence outside Indonesia