Xakestar is a Persian rock band originally formed in Tehran, Iran, and currently active in Sweden. The band was formed in early 1999 by Mo Khojasteh (lead guitar, bass, synthesizers and lyrics), Hani Rajabi (lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, and electronics) and Behruz Bazargan (drums).
“The Wall may have been torn down decades ago but you bring back the larger than life theatrical sound. Rebel is an outstanding piece of writing, playing and recording. Bravo!”
— SOGP Music
“soul penetrating dark vibes”
— Adam Bohm
“This is some really eerie, haunting, and incredible music! Really pulled me in. Love your intense lyrics, too.”
— Kaitlyn Mann
“I listened to Xakestar Crystal Shadow and was impressed by the sound which represents our youth in Europe and the world. Powerful, dynamic sound.”
— London Youth Express
“Way beyond metal, this is progressive music that explores across genres.”
— Greg Leatherman
“Metal is a language! Xakestar speaks it well!”
“Sometimes only the dark can give shape to the light - "Rebel" does just that.”
— Jamie Karris
“You guys really hitted the spot with the song "rebel".
You´re going to get far, at least I think you deserve to.”
— Brain for the Masses
"The North" You guys are totally amazing. Tight, heavy. Cool vocal. Metal incredible.
— Chuck Brunicardi
“Wow, that is what i call potent song writing. Maybe it is a blessing really that you had to move so you can continue to bring awareness what is going on in parts of the world for change to happen. I was blown away. Your musicianship is incredible, vibe and vocals.”
— Electric Angel
“Can progressive rock be described as gorgeous? Well if not, then I'm starting a new trend! Gorgeous!”
“pleasantly surprised when I heard this. Not exactly the kind of music you expect to hear from Iran.Too bad you had to move .”
Q: pretty crazy how you guys had to move just to do what you love. I feel lucky.
A: Thank you. Unfortunately this is true that the pressures, censorship and threats of the Iranian authorities made it impossible for us to go on making music, and we are living far away from our home as the price we are doomed to pay only to follow our ambition which is making music. We are betrayed by the Iranian cultural context in which we emerged; simply put, we do not feel that we belong to Iranian society; in fact, we are thrown out from Iran; however, we don't consider Sweden "home". Thank you again for your involvement and visit us sometimes.