According to Arab News, Saudi Arabia's melodic death metal pioneers Immortal Pain became the first band to perform at a significant public event for the first time in the history of metal in the Kingdom.
The band, who sang original songs in English, performed in a concert on the second day of Comic-Con Arabia at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.
Metalhead members include Emad Ashoor, rhythm guitarist and vocalist; Rasheed Attar, lead guitarist; Moayad Al-Shammari, drummer; and Anan Al-Sabban, bassist.
"The heavy metal scene is huge." rhythm guitarist and vocalist Emad Ashoor said. "It's kind of an underground scene, but we have a lot of great bands around, such as Wasted Land and Kaizer, and it's still growing."
He added: "It feels so welcoming. People cannot believe that we posted on social media that we are playing at Comic Con Arabia; they said it's like a dream come true."