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ZIX Signs New Record Deal & Releases New Single ft. HANSI KURSCH

There is a great and promising year ahead  for one of the most prominent Heavy Metal acts in Lebanon, ZIX.
On August 30, 2018, Zix announced on Facebook that they have switched from German label “Pure Steel Records” to the international moguls “Universal Music” by signing to their MENA offices. Zix is the second Metal act to sign with Universal MENA following in the footsteps of Ostura (Read about it here). Continue reading

Zix Release Title Track Single From Upcoming Album

As the release date of ZiX’s much anticipated studio album closes up, the band graced us with another mouthwatering single from the album “Tides of The Final War”.

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ZIX’s Album Release Date & Track List Revealed

Back in 2012, Lebanese Heavy Metal band ZiX released their debut EP, “The Warwhore“, with the band consisting only of three members: Ziad Bardawil (Bass guitars), Juan Carrizo (Guitars), and Maya Khairallah (Vocals). The Warwhore was completely composed, produced, and distributed by the trio, with the exception of a Feature for Maroun Srour, who wrote the lyrics for the title track of the debut EP. Ever since “The Warwhore” was released, the band kept on posting news about their debut album, “Tides Of The Final War”. (You can read more about it here, here, here & here). Finally, and after more than 4 years, ZiX‘s album release date, along with the track list, was revealed.  Continue reading

Jelena Dobric from PERSONA joins ZIX for MetalDays

Ziad Bardawil, the bassist of the Lebanese heavy metal band ZiX, announced a new female singer who is set to take part in the Slovenian Metal Festival MetalDays on the 25th of July 2016. Continue reading

ZiX Releases Crucible!

Lebanese heavy metal band ZiX released the first single from their upcoming debut full-length studio album titled “Tides of The Final War”.

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ZIX Feature at METAL DAYS 2016

With April Fools’ well past us, it is now safe to make this announcement, and we’re sure everyone will believe us.

Zix, the Lebanese heavy metal band, has been teasing us for a while about a thrilling announcement. Well today, they dropped the bomb, and it is official – Zix will be part of the Slovenian festival Metal Days 2016. Continue reading

Zix Gets Signed With Pure Steel Records

After Zix’s crushing EP “The Warwhore” back in 2012, the band received a lot of attention, and growing fan-base from different parts of the world. Continue reading

The Present and Melancholic future of Nocturna

Nocturna is one of the oldest bands from the metal scene, and every time they take the stage, they prove that they’re still as strong as they were a decade ago. After a few member changes, they thought they settled down with Anthony Abdo as their vocalist and Sam Baghdo on drums, but unfortunately, their paths have diverged. Both members have decided to move and immigrate to Canada.



Sam was part of many Lebanese bands, and his last show was a well-deserving farewell, as he joined the stage with Armian for one last performance here in Lebanon. He was the drummer of many bands, such as Armian, Adapt, Maysaloon, Prominence, Hatecrowned, and last but not least, Nocturna. His departure to Canada, has left many bands searching for a drummer as skilled as he is, but perhaps this is better for him, since he has more opportunities to grow a larger audience for himself.

He has also left a very special message for us and all the bands he worked with, stating:

“It was my honor to play with many bands in Lebanon as a musician! I got a lot of chances to play with the best musicians in Lebanon, it was truly an honor, I really appreciate it, I love Nocturna, they work hard and seriously to keep their performance as perfect as they can, as for me, it was like a challenge to play with band, the members are very close friends and it’s not easy to get close to them, especially if you are a stranger. The secret is the practice with the talent, if you have both of them you can play with any band, I like Nocturna‘s album, it’s perfect, when I listened to it for the first time, I considered it the best album in Lebanon. Now I will play drums with The Nailheads, and we have a tour consisting of 16 shows around Canada, being a pro drummer isn’t an easy job, you have to practice to keep your level up and also to improve yourself, I wish I had a chance to play with all my friends in Lebanon, each band I played with gave me a lot, and thank you for this lovely initiative, because you work hard to cover all the music events. And of course, as a musician, I respect what you do, cheers!”

 

As for Anthony Abdo, he left us a very heartwarming post on Facebook about his departure from Lebanon. But that wasn’t all he did before setting off, in fact, he orchestrated a metal karaoke night in The Palace, called “One Last Growl”, where he hung out with his fellow band-mates, family and many friends from our scene. He covered Amon Amarth songs, Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir (with his wife Magdalena), as well as covered the songs he composed. It’s definitely important to mention that he also sang Nocturna’s tracks for one last time with Nareg Cherchian. A pleasant surprise was to see the original vocalist of Nocturna, Habib Arbid, sing the very songs he was deeply involved in creating.

It’s safe to say that those 2 amazing artists are moving to greener (or perhaps, more snowy) pastures, and I suppose their departure is for the best, at least now they can show their music to the world without any fear of judgment, no room for the same injustices we face for simply expressing our art.

As for Nocturna, they are deeply saddened that they had to part ways with those amazing artists, and they wish them the best of luck in their lives and musical careers. However, they also made haste in finding a vocalist that fits their haunting ambiance and achingly beautiful melodies, and it is none other than Nareg Cherchian.
As for more good news, they’ve also announced that they have begun in working on their long-awaited second album, and I’m positive that we’re all going to wait impatiently for whatever they’re up to now.
The Present and Melancholic future of Nocturna
As for Nareg, he was actually approached by Nocturna themselves because he was already recognized as one of the fast rising death metal vocalists in the local scene. And of course, he himself had motive to join the band: he loved the band’s material, and wanted to expand on what they could achieve musically, and now, with their current resources, they’re capable of merging the many sides of death/melodic death metal (and perhaps a shade of black would be a pleasant bonus).

One thing that Nareg saw that stood out from the rest of the local bands was “their sense of direction with the music; emotional melodies and sinister symphonies”, as well as he could notice that “the band poured all their emotions into their art”, and all that “spoke” to him on an emotional level, and this gave him a huge motive to step in as their vocalist, Nareg affirms.

As Nareg looks towards the future with the band, he aims for much higher than he ever has, and he hopes that as the youngest band member, he could show how determined he is with the results that the band will surely achieve.

When asked whether he sees himself as an example for all artists that want to convert emotion into art, he replies with “most definitely!”, stating that the love one has for their work procreates determination like no other, and he encourages everyone to be an example of how art should be treated like. As a small tip to get started, he remarks that talent and skill are nothing without constant practice.

Furthermore, Ziad Alam has been announced as the drummer for Nocturna. In the past, he has played with different local bands, been part of Damage Rite and Kaoteon, and currently he’s part of ZiX. In regards to him joining Nocturna, this is what he had to say:

“So i knew the guys from nocturna before joining them and we were friends and their drummer recently left to Canada so we decided to do some jams together and see how it goes… it was perfect from the beginning, we liked the atmosphere and the chemistry was there, so here we are now.”
The Present and Melancholic future of Nocturna
You can follow Ziad’s page here.

Personally, I see that Nocturna’s current lineup will reach new heights, as well as burrow deep within everyone’s sorrow through their music, all while bringing a new age of poetry in Melodic Death Metal.


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Review | Loud n’ Heavy

Where to begin? To describe one of the most amazing and effort putting events, given that there was a few mishaps but the work that everyone did pulled through.

People were really excited to see ZIX perform that night, however we were really sad to know that they had to cancel at the last minute due to some personal matters regarding one of the members, but it’s never over cause they say the end is the beginning. Well this isn’t the end, but if we know ZIX, then we do know that what we’ve seen from them in the past, is only the beginning to what they have in mind for the future. Same goes for Into The Void, we were informed after stage preparation that they painfully had to excuse themselves from performing due to some difficulties. We hope all the problems be solved, and we will be waiting for your next show, hopefully soon.

Now that we got that covered, let us begin by introducing the first band in the lineup and how “Reigen” fired it up with their Heavy Metal smack and their goal at making the scene wanting to come back for more.

Now before we do that, I myself was a little concerned regarding the attendance that day, before the band started, the place was almost empty, until “Reigen” started the show and the place was packed, the band started off with their very own original “Behind The Curtains”. Presence wise, these guys ain’t no joke, they pulled of one hell of a performance.

As the show went on, the crowd’s cheers got bigger, and louder. Fast forwarding to the middle of the show, the band performed their 4th original “Fall Of An Empire” which left the crowd almost voiceless, but not yet cause Reigen wasn’t even close to being finished. In between sets, the band took a little time to bring the fucking house down by performing the always crowd pleasing “wherever I may roam”, driving everybody nuts and stoked about the rest of the set. As time passed and vocal cords were being spit all over the crowd, the guys sealed the deal with their final original for the night “Rivers Run Red” leaving the crowd hyped and excited with an adrenaline rush.

Nice job guys, keep the good work, looking forward to seeing you kick ass very soon.

Next up for a Loud n’ Heavy night was new commers “Black Maiden”.

Stage presence, authentic, the guys did an awesome job being alive at 1.21 gigawatts. It’s not every day you see a Heavy Metal band with a thirst for a proper guitar shred and a decent bloodshed with an acoustic touch, in just the right places.

I mostly felt respect towards these guys for asking the crowd for a moment of silence in loving memory and respect for our beloved members from the metal scene who parted from us far sooner than they should have (thank you for reminding us of the people that we love and carry in our hearts and will till the end of time) may they forever rest in peace. In conclusion, the band was nothing less than impressive and touching & heartwarming. Thank you for a night to remember and thank you for your message, rock on my brothers.

In between acts, the event organizers and gig saviours, Rabih and Bassem Deaibess, who jumed into the line up at the last moment to cover up for both bands who couldn’t make it. Rabih and Bassem are the lead and rhythm guitarists from the phenomenal “Blaakyum” didn’t like the idea of the attendees being let down due to ZIX and Into The Void not being able to perform that night, so Rabih picked up his guitar and Bassem picked up his mic and destruction had begun.

They kicked off by starting with a couple Led Zeppelin classics, my personal favorite was “Whole Lotta Love” and the way Bassem added his personal touch actually made the song sound even better than it actually does. The guys closed up by performing “Rapture Of The Deep” by Deep Purple, resulting in a full house standing ovation.

That performance was one of the best thing I’ve seen from the Deaibess brothers and that’s saying a lot given the fact that I’ve been to almost every show they’ve performed at for the past 5 years. Thank you for an unforgettable performance and the generosity of constantly thinking about the scene.

Last and certainly not nor will they ever be the least, is the one and only Sound Of Degeneration (S.O.D) formerly known as Rebellion. Stage presence, on a scale of one to ten, 87.

As the band started with their own original “Sorry”, we could hear the vocalist but we just couldn’t see him, then we looked up and there he was, standing one story above and behind the band (nice touch brother).

As the set list went on, so did the screams for an epic performance, I personally enjoyed the vocalist’s touch of having a different costume on in almost every song, other than the fact that S.O.D. stole the show with their great music and choice of lyrics, I particularly liked the idea that their 3rd song was named after them, just like how their 7th song was named after their former band name “Rebellion”, talk about a tongue twister.

We also enjoyed how the members would vacate the stage and join the crowd as they play their instruments, one of which that the vocalist jumped off stage twice and at the second time when he almost fell back first to the ground, I caught him and placed him on my shoulder where he sang most the song before I placed him back on stage. Finally the band sealed the deal with their final song “looks that kill”, and as the song reached it’s final chorus, the vocalist did his signature move of standing on the kick drums as the drummer delivered a destructive drum solo to wrapping up the show (nicely done guys).

In conclusion, the concert was a huge success and a huge inspiration thanks to Skull Session’s Rabih Deaibess and Bassem Deaibess for making it a night of perfection and for not letting the audience down with ZIX and Into The Void being absent that night, thank you Reigen, Black Maiden and Sound Of Degeneration (S.O.D.) for one hell of a night, and thank you for all of who were there and supporting the Metal scene and making it what it is today.

 

Reviewed by Tarek Sekkar.

Loud N’ Heavy | A Night of Pure Heavy Metal

On Wednesday June 5th, 2019 for all Classic Heavy Metal Fans this event is for you.

A Line up of PURE HEAVY METAL bands will gather for an event to remember and to bid farewell to Reigen guitarist Mayk El Khoury who is leaving Lebanon for good to Canada. Let’s give him a Loud and Heavy Farewell.

Line up:

Reigen LB
– Into The Void
Sound Of DeGeneration

With special appearance for:
ZiX & friends Saed Rajab on guitar and Tony Ghanem on Vocals
– Black Maiden

Supported by:
Skull Session

Powered by:
Lebanese Metal Society

ABOUT THE BANDS:
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INTO THE VOID:

Into the void is a band whose sole purpose is to celebrate the greatness of Black Sabbath. They will be playing Black Sabbath’s greatest hits, as well as a few deep cuts.

Into the void are:

Michel-Pierre RAHAL: Bass and Vocals
Alexandre LAPALU: Lead Guitar
Joe AYACHE: Drums

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REIGEN:

Reigen is a heavy metal band formed in 2008 which incorporates progressive elements in their songwriting.
They will be performing songs from their upcoming album as well as some heavy metal covers.

Reigen are:

Ghaith Al-Rahi: Vocals and rythm guitar
Mayk El Khoury: Lead guitar
Marc Bitar: Drums
Jerome Sfeir: Keyboards
Charbel Ghafary: Bass and backing vocals

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SOUND OF DEGENERATION:

S.O.D. is a Lebanese Heavy Metal band that has been around for the last 5 or 6 years and been known as ‘RebellioN’.
As the name has been taken by an international band the members decided to change the name to SOUND OF DEGENERATION.
The band plays only originals influenced from the 80’s and currently working on the album that hopefully will be released soon.

Band Members
Nigol Ozz( Vocals )
Ossy Mash ( Guitars / Back Vocals )
Hisham El Hajj Boutrous ( Bass Guitar )
Jack Elia ( Guitars )
Ralph Boustany ( Active Drummer )
Samer Rkab ( Drums )

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BLACK MAIDEN

Black Maiden is a guest new band that will cover an array of Heavy Metal Anthems.

Elie helou: Guitars
Alain Ghanem: Guitars
Marwan helou: Drums
Walid Sarrouh: Bass
Tony Ghanem: Vocals

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ZiX

ZiX is an acclaimed cross-cultural heavy metal band who released their second EP untitled “ Rise from your ashes your grave” in October 2018 which features guest vocalist “Hansi Kürsch” of Blind Guardian and they are now working on the 2nd full length album to be released in 2019.

In 2016, ZiX released their debut album, “The Tides of the final war” with 7x Grammy-winning producer and mixer Steve Thompson (Metallica,Yngwie, Kiss, Anthrax, Madonna, Guns ‘N Roses, and KORN, to name a few) through german label puresteel records. The drummer on that album was Kenny Earl Rhino From Manowar and featured an all star cast.

In 2012, Ziad, Maya and Juan completed the self-produced demo “The WarWhore.” Right away, the single impacted metal musicians and fans throughout the world. On the strength of that single song and ZiX’s mission in perilous territory, the great Metal Hammer Magazine voted and embraced ZiX as “one of the top 100 defenders of the faith.”

ZiX are:

Ziad Bardawil: Bass Guitars and Bass Synth
Juan Carrizo: Lead and Rhythm guitars
Drums: Ziad Alam
Vocals: Mike Livas
Anwar Habib: Lead and Rhythm guitars

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