A tattooed headbanger at a heavy metal gig in Yangon, Myanmar. The heavy metal scene in the country has erupted out of the underground in recent years. Photos: AFP

‘It’s like freedom’: Myanmar's heavy metal scene crashes into the open

After half a century of military rule, the country’s underground music scene is coming out in public – and although some topics, like sex and death, remain taboo, the bands are increasingly addressing political subjects

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A tattooed headbanger at a heavy metal gig in Yangon, Myanmar. The heavy metal scene in the country has erupted out of the underground in recent years. Photos: AFP
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