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Turbulence Covers Moment of Betrayal

Only two weeks after Dream Theater released their second single “Moments of Betrayal” from their upcoming album “The Astonishing”, Lebanon’s Progressive band Turbulence released a cover of the single.

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Summer Fusion 2015 | Lineup | Turbulence!

Dream Theater nights? Check.

W:O:A Battle of the Bands? Check!

Debut album? Check.

Playing live with an orchestra? Check.

Summer Fusion? CHECK!

The progressive band we all know and love, Turbulence, will appear at Summer Fusion! Continue reading

TURBULENCE | Disequilibrium Pre-Release Review (Out On July 3rd)

Turbulence is a new Lebanese Progressive band which started in 2013. The band consists of guitar rising talent Alain Ibrahim (ex-Monarchy) who teamed up with Mood Yassin (Ex-Amadeus Awad) and started a theatrical dream of becoming a leading progressive band in Lebanon, and soon the world. To complete the project, they recruited Owmar EL-Hage on vocals, Charles Bou Samra on Bass, and Sayed Gereige on drums. Unfortunately, Charles and Sayed were recruited after the album was recorded; however, they are now a driving force in the band, and they will be performing the album during the album release on July 3rd.

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The album is composed of six tracks, and this review aims to tackle each composition on its own and see where it stands up. Did their debut album live up to expectations?

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TURBULENCE | Album Art & Track List Revealed

The uprising Lebanese Progressive Metal band Turbulence has almost finished its debut album that will be ready for release sooner than expected. The first tease was posting the album art with Turbulence’s new logo on their Facebook page, and I got to tell you that it is very beautifully designed by Charbel Hajj. The album cover seems like an old witchcraft-ish scientific book slightly similar to Da Vinci’s  invention drawings (check it out in the photo gallery at the end of this article). Continue reading

TURBULENCE – Album Update And A Show On The Way

Progressive Metallers Turbulence recently uncovered a massive foreign and local collaboration with various artists for their upcoming debut album titled “Disequilibrium”.

The album will feature two guest vocalists from Lebanon, the soprano Rita Hokayem, and Elia Monsef from the progressive symphonic metal band Ostura, and recently featured on Amadeus Awad’s Eon “The Book of Gates”. Epic vocalists so far on one album, no?

Well, the band reveals another guest vocalist will be hitting some high notes, from the USA; that person is Will Shaw. 

LOGOMoreover, the album will feature guest drummers from Italy who will be banging and rattling: Luca Ciccotti and Simon Ciccotti. Also from Italy, Emanuel Ciancia will be guest appearing playing the saxophone.

This seems to be a good brew for a superb album, which so far, only one single has been released by the band titled Richardson’s Nightmare. And in a little side chat with vocalist Owmar, he told us that a single is to be released shortly before the album release date.

In case your are not familiar that much with Turbulence, check them out (Video below), and make sure not to miss their upcoming Dream Theater Night | The Third Arrives on the 7th of February 2015.

Qantara | A Gateway Made Of Sound And Silence

The final band in the Metal Bell 6th Anniversary lineup is Qantara, a local band with a genre of their own called MetalFlow.

Qantara is a bit trickier to define than other bands we’ve written about before. For instance, when asked how the band started, they replied: “There isn’t really any singular point that we can reference as the “beginning” of the band, nor a set of events. A lot of people are involved in the band, a lot of those people have nothing to do with the music, nor of the performances. A lot of people and events were such a challenge that we also owe credit to them for “making” the band, and more importantly, some people were such immense pools of support.”

In short, however, one can say that the band has been in the making for many years, experiencing many changes in their lineup and musical approach throughout.

But there is one point in time which we could consider as an objective starting point, or at least as Qantara’s official introduction to the local Metal scene: on April 4th, 2015, the first Lebanese edition of the W:O:A battle, which allows the winning band to perform at the Wacken Open Air Metal festival, took place at The Quadrangle, Hazmieh. That night, local bands Turbulence, Blaakyum, and April competed, with Blaakyum emerging victorious.

While the jury was deliberating, the crowd was given one final treat to top off the event: a guest performance by Qantara who, at that point in time, were mostly unknown to the scene save for some teasingly enigmatic Facebook post.

After a pinch of initial cynical doubts, the crowd was taken aback and seemed to enjoy the show with wild abandon, despite the fact that the band solely performed previously-unheard original material.

On that note, when asked if the band would ever perform covers, they replied: “Well we tend to ask for what purpose would we cover songs? We are not out to play the tracks people are used to, and the songs they know and love. We want to offer something that people still haven’t formulated an opinion about, something they still haven’t felt, simply something new. If we are to “cover” songs, we would disassemble them, and rebuild them in our interpretation, basically still offer people something fresh. We are not implying though that bands who cover songs are in any way at fault, covering songs is a very technical challenge if one wants to honor the song they’re covering.”

And, well, that mentality seems to have worked out for them so far.

After that initial debut, they partook in Metal Bell’s event New Blood on July 11th, 2015 at Metro al Madina, then finally in Metal Bell’s event Drastic Measures on December 12th, 2015 at The Quadrangle.

For about three years, that was pretty much it for Qantara. They would sometimes post various forms of content on their Facebook page, but otherwise they did not partake in any public appearance whatsoever.

That is, until November 7th, 2018, when they had their first ever album release. Their album “Dirt” saw the light of day at a place that has now become a recurrent part of the band’s history: The Quadrangle.

The event did not, however, include a performance, and tomorrow’s concert will thus be the band’s first time on stage in almost exactly three years.

Now that we’ve covered Qantara’s curriculum vitae, let’s move on to some facts about their identity as a band.

First of all, let’s take a look at their name. When asked about that, they replied that the band has taken many names in the past, some of which are still used to this day as the butt of some inside jokes amongst the band’s members. As for “Qantara” (or قنطرة, which translates to arch or vault), it refers to “a gateway, a door; a structure that implies a transition of states… Quite simply, it is not where you are right now, it is where you intend to go (or be taken), and that is the basic idea behind it.”

Now onto the genre which they define their music as belonging to: MetalFlow. That name is the product of the band’s many efforts to label their music by stapling together many names of genres that seemed appropriate but turned out too ridiculously numerous, which was because so many different influences came into play at once. Eventually, they realized that “the common ground between all [their] musical influences is the fact that they all make [them] ‘flow’ in a certain way, they make [them] move, and transport [them] into a certain trance.” Thus, MetalFlow would be “the genre that incorporates the general ambience of ‘meditative’ music (or ‘Trance-y’ music) with the sharpness of Metal.”

And on the subject of Qantara’s many influences, when asked what the most prominent were, they replied: “That’s impossible to answer. Musically there’s a ton, and for varying reasons. Socially and ideologically there is a million. We can’t just say “this artist or person has inspired us the most”. In fact, most of our inspirations come from people we meet on the streets, just people. It is thought that one can only get recognition and be inspiring because of their choices and actions, or maybe morals, but most people who we felt inspired by are just friends and family, mentors and grandparents. Sure there are a million artists and writers and thinkers who inspire us every day, but we do not feel we owe anything to anyone… Part of the human experience is to be inspired and inspire back, there should be no admiration for it.”

That pretty much wraps up the ideological viewpoints of Qantara for now. If you’d like to see how those words transcribe onto the stage, pass by Metro al Madina tomorrow!

When asked for a statement regarding Qantara’s appearance at SledgeHammer Production and Metal Bell’s upcoming event, they replied: “It’s going to be AWESOME!  Metal Bell is 6 years old already! We have to make it a very happy birthday and we will! It will be memorable, the people are gonna be awesome and sweaty like hell and we’re all gonna blow out the candles with the wind generated by the headbanging throughout the night! Be there!”

They also added: “We send you all our love and appreciation for your constant support and involvement. We thank you Carmina for this interview, as well as Metal Bell of course. We wish you a happy birthday, and we are confident that with love and support, and with all of us being open to disagreement and celebrate our differences, this scene has the potential to really set the standard for the region, we all just have to work on the same team.

Thank you all and hope to see you on Saturday, December 15th, at Metro al Madina, and to join us to celebrate Metal Bell’s 6th birthday and just an awesome night together.

All The Love,
All The Time.”

If you’d like to see what kind of sound could come with all these bold statements, check out the band’s Soundcloud, where you can find the entirety of their recently-released album “Dirt” as well as tracks from their yet-unreleased album “Seven”. You can also check out their Facebook page for a wide variety of content.

Current Lineup:
Eztse Nugra – Drums
Ghonzor غصط – Vocals
HassaK – Bass
Duktur Dusar – Guitar
Brounzar Ci’40 – Guitar

Discography:
Seven (Full-Length Album; Unreleased)
Dirt (Full-Length Album; 2018)

Qantara, we welcome you back to the stage and avidly hope to see you on there much more!

Avelyntale | The Return Of Lebanese Symphonic Metal

On Saturday, December 15th 2018, SledgeHammer Productions are organizing an event in order to celebrate no less than Metal Bell’s 6th anniversary!

While we all wait for the chance to partake in the celebration, we will be providing you with information about all the participating bands.

First up, we have Avelyntale, a relatively new local Symphonic Metal band.

It all started when Anthony Abdo (whom you might know as local Melodic/Fusion/Technical Death Metal band Nocturna’s vocalist), his wife Magdalena Eid Abdo, and Mood Yassine (whose talent on the keys has been around the local scene for a while, most notably with local Progressive Metal/Rock band Turbulence) were gathered at the Bach Music Institute.

Pretty much out of nowhere, each one of them started expressing their own preferences regarding Symphonic Metal. Magdalena favors female-fronted bands, such as Nightwish, most notably with their first vocalist Tarja Turunen; Mood, who has more of a Progressive background, sets Epica at the top of his own list; as for Anthony, he refers to himself as having a more “aggressive” background, and his favorite Metal genre of all time is Orchestral Black Metal, with bands such as Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir, and Graveworm.

All it took after that was a subsequent pregnant pause that gave birth to the idea of them teaming up in order to perform the songs that they all love.

As such, Avelyntale is currently a covers-only band, since their main objective was essentially to garner enjoyment from performing as aforementioned. The thought of diving into the realm of musical creations has most definitely crossed their minds, especially since each one of their members would technically be capable of orchestral composition. However, they admit that they currently lack commitment, and would only be up for starting something if they were certain that they would all be up for finishing it.

That being said, a concept that would engulf the yet-unborn songs already exists. The name of the band, Avelyntale, translates to “the tale of Avelyn”, with the latter being an undefined character who could pretty much represent anyone in the band. So, when they do make the step towards composition, they will recount their own daily lives and the problems they encounter within them through the voice of Avelyn.

When asked for a statement regarding Avelyntale’s appearance at SledgeHammer Production and Metal Bell’s upcoming event, their guitarist and vocalist Anthony Abdo replied: ”It’s been a while that Symphonic Metal has disappeared from the local scene; people miss it. They should come to Metal Bell’s 6th anniversary and rock with us!”

 

Current Lineup:
Magdalena Eid Abdo – Vocals (Mezzo-Soprano)
Mood Yassine – Keyboard
Anthony Atwe – Bass
Rudy Fares – Drums
Anthony Abdo – Vocals (Guttural)

Avelyntale, we can’t wait to witness your tale unfolding before our ears!


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OSTURA | Major Signing Deal And More!

OSTURA Major signing deal with leading worldwide music label, Universal Music (MENA), album art and tracklist revealed and more! (announcement video below).

Taking it to the NEXT LEVEL, Lebanese Progressive band OSTURA surprised everyone with a major signing deal with one of the biggest labels in the world, an unprecedented move in the Lebanese Metal scene, making them the first Lebanese band to ever sign with Universal Music, or any major music label. Continue reading

Summer Fusion 2017 | Mocean Kaslik

Summer Fusion 2017! Summer Fusion is back with its 6th installment!

The most unique beach concert experience in Lebanon is continuing with its legacy again this year!
A full day and night festival with non-stop live music and fun featuring an epic line up of entertainment and action day to night. Continue reading

Review | Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris Show

“A once in a life time event” – that is how Mike described this tour once it all started to become a reality. This is a fantasy to every Dream Theater fan since 2010, and it was indeed an incredible gift to us all. Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris show reviewed below.

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