A certain metal band has been making rounds on the internet these past few days.
Meet Voice of Baceprot, or VoB for short – an Indonesian band made up of three meek-looking teenage girls in hijab who are currently taking social media by storm with their metal music!
Aged between 15 to 16 years old, Firdda Kurnia (lead guitar and vocals), Widi Rahmawati (bassist, vocals) and Euis Siti (drummer) have apparently been playing together in a band for three years now.
The girls who come from Garut, West Java, cite Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, System of a Down, Eminem, Sublime, Linkin Park, Tool, Gigi, PAS Band and Netral as their influences.
Early last week, the band posted a video of them performing their original song “The Enemy of Earth is You” on their social media which has now gained 599k views, 11k shares and 8k reactions.
Since the music industry in Indonesia is often associated with alcohol and sex, the girls wish to change people’s perception by showing them that hijab-wearing women can stay true to their beliefs and teachings while also rock and roll at the same time!
VoB’s style is sort of similar to the currently hot Japanese metal idol band BABYMETAL who gained worldwide popularity in the late 2015 for their unusual fusion of heavy metal and Japanese idol music.
Their style is similar in terms that both bands are made up of cute young girls, singing a genre that doesn’t seem to suit them, but still manage to make it work!
VoB is also not the first innocent-looking girls in hijab who went viral for their metal talents. That honour goes to Meliani Siti Sumartini who got the world’s attention in 2015 for her rendition of Lamb of God’s “Hourglass”, Coconut Jakarta reports.