Babak Farrokhi (born November 7, 1982) is an Iranian singer, musician, guitarist and songwriter.
He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and lyricist of the progressive metal band
Babak graduated in Bachelor of Agriculture Engineering in Azad University in 2002 and also passed
English and German languages courses in Tehran.
Babak’s earliest musical inspiration during his childhood was Rock and Metal bands like Metallica,
Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. In 2000, his interest in music was more
stimulated when he began learning the classical guitar by his friend Aidin Jahedi’s teaching method
and became well acquainted with all scores and chords. In 2001, he pursued his music career by
learning the electric guitar and kept up learning music theories and composition and also passed
some courses in solfège in Tehran.
In 2003, Babak formed the AZHIROCK band with his friends Aidin (Classical Guitar), Ali (Bass
Guitar), Soroush (Keybord) and Henric (Drums) in the basement of his house. AZHIROCK band
firstly covered some famous music tracks of The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Yanni.
In 2006, Soheil Olfat joined the band as a lead guitar player and AZHIROCK debuted it’s first
progressive metal album The Sacred Inferno which was recorded by Norik Misakian (The famous
Iranian-Armani composer and guitar player).
Subsequently, AZHIROCK debuted it’s first music video named That Someone Is Me directed
by Bahman Tirgan featuring Farshad Hesami (Music Producer and Composer) as keyboard player,
which was publicly broadcasted from various satellite channels.
In 2008, AZHIROCK released the second album named Lucifer: Annihilated by Bamahang
production and Babak Khiavchi. The new band member Kasra Momeni joined the band as lead
guitarist during the recording of this album. The music video of song Annihilated Lucifer was directed
by The Booshehri Bros. and publicly broadcasted in satellite channels which brought the band
a great reputation in progressive metal music with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
From 2010 to 2013, AZHIROCK announced Amir Kharazi as the band’s reliable and highly
motivated Concerts Coordinator and started performing all it’s hits on stage while touring in festivals
such as MH festival in Ukraine, Unirock and Durock festivals in Turkey. The drum player Shahin
Efatian joined the band during the tour performances.
AZHIROCK band is distinguished with it’s music genre of progressive metal with elements of Nu
metal. AZHIROCK has been inspired by metal and rock bands like Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Linkin
Park, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater and Pink Floyd.
In 2012. AZHIROCK released a music video of the song Paralyzed Mind shot in the studio of
In 2013, AZHIROCK’s first live concert took place in a venue in Tehran. The band covered some
music songs from Porcupine Tree in live performance in front of more than 600 fans. AZHIROCK
decided to carry on it’s music career in progressive metal and planned to launch an album named
Rope. After 3 years of rigorous surveillance and blatant endeavors to record the Rope album,
AZHIROCK finally got the permit to release Rope under the license of Ministry of Culture and Islamic
Guidance of Iran. The Rope album has been the first metal genre album in Iran that achieved the
permit for legally release in market. Rope was recorded and remastered in Jupiter studio by Peyman
In 2020. AZHIROCK set up a cooperative marketing business with iHT Group and the band is
looking forward for a bright future to putting on more performances as an Iranian metal band.