Dream Theater has announced details of a monumental European headline tour. The trek will see the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA gold-certified album, “Images & Words.” Each performance will see the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of “Images & Words” in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue.Continue reading
On September 16th of this year 2017, Brick Floyd Live In The Flesh concert took place at the Lebanese house of musicians Quadrangle – Hazmieh. The band was able to get a full house of Pink Floyd fans and has put up a great tribute show.
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Gallery | BRICK FLOYD Live In The Flesh – 16 September 2017
Brick Floyd, a truly immersive and psychedelic Pink Floyd show. An intricate performance celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd epics and all-time favorites. A most ambitious stage production, with a new spectacular laser/light show!
Formed by family members, as a result of their love and appreciation for the band and their timeless music, this new show celebrates more than five decades of Pink Floyd, in an intricate performance of epics and all-time favorites from the classic ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ & ‘The Wall’, as well as ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Animals’, ‘Meddle’, ‘The Division Bell’, the recently released “‘The Endless River’, and more.
Keeping true with the live Floydian tradition of captivating lighting, visuals, and music. Brick Floyd’s spectacular performance and production truly captures the Floyd experience, that is sure to take you back in time and leave you mesmerized.
Performing the greatest hits from Pink Floyd’s conceptual masterpiece ‘The Wall’. As well as fan favorites from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, The Division Bell, and more…
A real Floydian experience, now with a spectacular new laser light show and an even bigger stage production!
You won’t want to miss this exciting night! Join us Saturday, September 16th & bring your friends!
** 20,000 L.L. entrance fee includes 1 beer
**Show Starts at 9:30 PM
JoScene in association with Northern Music Company Presents Paradise Lost LIVE IN DUBAI at The Music Room – Bur Dubai on September 8th, 2017!
Paradise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England and are considered as one of the pioneers of the Death/Doom genre and of the gothic metal genre.
Paradise Lost has proven to be an influential band, with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia saying that his band started off “as Paradise Lost fanboys”.
Their line-up has remained stable for such a long-standing heavy metal band, consisting of singer Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, and bassist Steve Edmondson. Holmes and Mackintosh are the principal composers, with almost all of the band’s songs credited to them. During the years, the band has only changed drummers.
Paradise Lost has 14 studio album and their 15th studio album titled (Medusa) will see the light of day at the end of summer via Nuclear Blast.
• Lost Paradise (1990)
• Gothic (1991)
• Shades of God (1992)
• Icon (1993)
• Draconian Times (1995)
• One Second (1997)
• Host (1999)
• Believe in Nothing (2001)
• Symbol of Life (2002)
• Paradise Lost (2005)
• In Requiem (2007)
• Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (2009)
• Tragic Idol (2012)
• The Plague Within (2015)
• Medusa (2017)
During our coverage of Motocultor Festival Open Air, our reporter and talented photographer Sharbel Kanoun had the chance to sit and have an interview with Paradise Lost. Check out below our transcript of the interview with Aaron and Waltteri of Paradise Lost!
An Interview With PARADISE LOST at Motocultor France by Sharbel Kanoun
Your new Album Medusa comes out September 1st, what can you tell us about it?
Aaron: Well it’s a very organic step from the last album, it’s heavy and it’s miserable (laughs) like all our best albums. Waltteri: I honestly think that it’s the heaviest record that the band has ever made.
Aaron: Yeah it’s a bit heavy, I mean guitars wise it is and we are just so excited for it to come out and can’t wait for people to hear it, but I mean it’s been really well and we made a point of recording Waltteri’s drums just actually as drums instead of doing any sound replacements which we used to do in the early days so it’s a natural drums.
Waltteri adds: So what you hear on the album it’s actually me playing.
Aaron: Yes it’s his actual drum kit rather being sound replaced and you know it sounds and fits better like that, we are very moved from that kind of background anyway and the last two albums we’ve done them with an approach like that, you it’s like get the sound and don’t change anything, dedicate everything and yeah I think it’s a little bit heavier than the last album, definitely, there’s plenty of screaming and some singing as well, there you go (laughs).
That sounds really cool, so when comparing it with the Plague Within, is there a huge change?
Aaron: Oh no, it’s heavier than the Plague Within but it’s probably a slower album.
Waltteri: There are a lot of melodies. Aaron continues: Yeah I mean the first song is like 8 minutes doom song (laughs) buy you know it doesn’t feel like 8 minutes when you listen to it, it moves quite nice actually and we are really looking forward to playing that live, for me there are future classics on the album, the last song on the album (Until The Grave) is one of my favorites, another happy title, I can’t wait to play the album live, we’re playing two songs tonight, the one that’s been released (Blood & Chaos) and (The Longest Winter) and really can’t wait to play the whole album live.
Medusa comes out September 1st and then you play Dubai on September 8th, a new territory to explore.
Aaron: Yeah that’s right, I’ve never been to Dubai and I’m quite excited to experience it cause we haven’t been there before you know, I quite like trying new places, I’ve actually only been to Dubai as a stop on the way to Australia so I’ve never experienced it at all, not even a holiday capacity so really looking forward to it.
Waltteri: Well it’s gonna be really hot I guess.
Aaron: Katatonia played there last year I guess, we’ve heard from them that it was really good and it is always nice to play new places.
What about the vocals on the new album?
Aaron: Well there are some hard vocals and some normal, there’s probably more singing on the new album than there was on the last one I think, a good blend though, the songs are kinda demanding in a way, Nick only does it if the song suits it otherwise he will do a normal singing and now he’s been very confident that he can do normal vocals and hard ones without ruining his voice, he’s a lot more confident he can do it on this album than it was on the last album.
It’s great to hear that, so you’re not really worried about Nick’s voice now that he is with Bloodbath as well?
Aaron: Actually no, he finds the growling vocals easier. It’s natural for him, I mean look at the noise we used to make when we were 17 years old, how did that come out, I don’t know (laughs) he’s fine with it and you know he looks after himself better now, he’s in good shape and he knows not to drink too much, he’s got sensible with it, he’s very careful about it, he keeps himself in shape, goes running and cycling.
Next year will be 30 years of Paradise Lost. A huge milestone.
Aaron: Oh I know, but you know we’ve never really thought about doing anything yet, I think we are concentrating on the new album.
Will there be a huge tour after the album release?
Aaron: Oh yeah yeah, we start off September 26th and we finish mid November so it’s a good 7 weeks European tour, and then we have Australia in December so yeah, looking forward to it, being on the road, I like living on a tour bus for weeks.
Waltteri, it’s been two years for you with the band, what would you say about your experience so far?
Waltteri: I can’t really describe it, it’s really incredible that I got to play with one of my favorite bands. It’s been amazing.
Aaron: It’s really good for us as well, he’s a bloody good drummer and it’s good to have him in the band and of course he’s more sensible than the rest of us (laughs) it’s really cool to have someone with a sensible head in the band.
Waltteri: I mean I already knew all the songs before I joined the band cause I’ve been you know listening to the band since I was a kid.
So I guess it was quite easy to get the job?
Aaron: Yeah the audition was like two songs and then yeah yeah he’s got it (both laugh).
After all these years, what keeps you motivated today, how do you influence each other?
Aaron: I think over the years, we’ve changed every now and then and did some things a little different so that’s kept it fresh, I think if we’ve done Draconian Times five times we would have been bored and probably split up. For me I think we play live and see the people enjoying it, I would say if they enjoy it half as much as I do, they’ve had a good night, I see it like I’m sharing the music like we are playing it together and we are in it together, it’s really nice and quite humbling.
I’ve always said that rock and metal is like a family, a brotherhood and sisterhood, there’s a real community around rock and metal where people look out for each other, you know even when they’re complete strangers and I think the community is as much as important as the music itself, that’s the reason I love metal.
Do you have any message for the fans in Dubai?
Aaron: I’m really looking forward to it, we’ve heard so many good things from Katatonia, we are always happy to explore new places and it’s great finding new people to share our music with, it’s cool, so keep on believing and keep on listening and we will see you very soon.
Going back in time, if you get to choose a favorite moment with Paradise Lost, what would it be?
Aaron: Oh that’s hard, you know we’ve had so many moments either on stage or privately, oh there’s one moment I will never forget walking on stage at Dynamo Open Air in 1995 where there were 130,000 people in the crowd and I haven’t seen the crowd all day so I didn’t know there were 130K people so I was walking on stage trying to look mean and moody and as soon as I’m on stage I saw the biggest crowd in the world, I couldn’t believe how many people were there. Actually I’ve got goosebumps thinking about it, I mean that was a quite special moment. Also playing Donington for the first time just cause that’s what inspired you when you were a kid and when that happened was like wow we’ve really done it and there are just so many of those, like getting into 25 years anniversary and we are still able to do this and then 30 next year, there are so many and it’s been fantastic being in Paradise Lost, nothing lasts forever you know but I’ve got so many great memories and hopefully many more to come.
Paradise lost is one of those bands with a very loyal fanbase.
Aaron: Oh yeah we’ve been very lucky with that, a very good community on their own, they meet up and they fly as groups to attend different gigs all over the world, makes holidays out of it, it’s really sweet.
Waltteri: Yeah it’s really cool, few weeks ago there was a group from Brazil who came to Germany just to see us, that was really cool.
Aaron: Yeah we’ve got people from Japan to see us, from all over the world, it’s really nice and quite humbling you know, very touching, we are very lucky to have such fans.
Thank you very much for talking to us, good luck for the Dubai show and the album release.
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!
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On August 16, Brooklyn-based punk band Bi TYRANT came all the way from the United States Of America to perform at Metro Al Madina-Beirut (check out event details HERE). The show didn’t drag a big amount of a crowd. But it surely got the right one. The event vibes were somehow weird even for punk fans. But that’s not all, a surprise act went on stage, they were Thrashers Slave To Sirens. They put up a great show and got a good response from the crowd. Bi TYRANT in Beirut was a one of a kind event that we hope will be done more often. Check out the gallery below.
Bi Tyrant is a “Brooklyn [based] feminist punk band that sounds like Cinderella shoved a broken glass slipper down G.G. Allin’s throat. Armed with songs about cutting off Donald Trump’s dick, Bi TYRANT is a queer feminist punk band from Brooklyn on a mission to fuck the patriarchy and fart while doing it. Their album, Bisexual Tyrant, holds messages of body positivity, queer positivity, women’s rights, + defending Planned Parenthood.” From Bi Tyrant about page.
Benefit for Females in Rock Music
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Bi Tyrant is an all-girl anarchist, feminist, queer punk band based in Brooklyn, NY making music for the liberation from patriarchal oppression and confronting gender and stereotypes. The live Bi Tyrant experience is an outlet, inciting dialogue around freedom of choice, e.g. over one’s body, to marry, to bear children, to love- who and how.
Special Guests TBA!
100% of the proceeds go toward community-building efforts and inspiring more female participation in the Lebanese rock scene.
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Concert starts at 8:00 PM
Ticket: 20.000 L.L
GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — unmasked himself publicly for the first time since the band’s formation for an appearance on “Sommar i P1”, Swedish radio channel P1‘s daily one-man show which has aired every summer since 1959.
Each ninety-minute episode of “Sommar i P1” features a well-known Swede talking without interruption about whatever he or she likes, as well as choosing all the music for the program.
During his appearance on the show — which aired for the first time on Thursday, August 17 and can now be streamed at this location — Forge talked about his family life and particularly his older brother, Sebastian, who died of heart failure in 2009 the day after GHOST posted its first song on MySpace. At one point, Forge spoke directly to his late brother and was sobbing and crying while lamenting the fact that “we didn’t get to experience this thing together.” Forge also said that his mother was so proud of him that she was telling everyone about his involvement with GHOST even though the band members’ true identities were supposed to be kept secret. “[But] I guess it doesn’t matter anymore,” he added.
Tobias ended the program by telling the listeners: “My name is Tobias Forge and I’m the man behind the mask in GHOST. Thanks for listening.”
You can read a rough English-language translation of Forge‘s entire “Sommar i P1” appearance on Reddit.
Forge previously revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours.
In his court documents, Forge — who had previously played in several other rock bands, including REPUGNANT, CRASHDIET, SUBVISION, MAGNA CARTA CARTEL and SUPERIOR — took credit for developing GHOST‘s image and stage show and blamed his ex-bandmates for “destroying the mystery” surrounding the group by lifting the lid on GHOST‘s business dealings.
GHOST is known for its eccentric performances and is composed of six members easily recognized for their satanic attires. Five men who call themselves as Nameless Ghouls play the instruments while the lead vocalist is known as Papa Emeritus. The Nameless Ghouls who are wearing identical devil masks and costumes represent the five instrumentalities or elements (fire, water, air, earth and aether or quintessence) while their leader Papa Emeritus represents the group’s anti-pope symbol.
Forge admitted in a 2016 interview with “Big Smash Radio” that the mystery surrounding GHOST has helped make the band more successful. “I think it definitely plays a part,” he said. “The thing everybody keeps ranting about is the anonymity, which I have a comment on on the side, but I also think that you don’t have to be anonymous or masked in order to have somewhat of a clandestine image. I mean, there are many artists that I know exactly where they are born and what their names are and where they live, which are still very, sort of, hidden. Even Nick Cave, who has a film about himself nowadays, is still someone who I would claim to be utterly enigmatic.”
He continued: “Even if people would know who we are, or you could click on a Wikipedia page saying my date of birth, it does not necessarily mean that I have to go out on social media and tell you where I’m eating. So, yeah, I think even in the future, when it might not be as hidden, or as secret, I think that you can still uphold some sort of… level of fog around you.”
Nature embraced the scene and good music took refuge in the arms of holy mother nature. The good scenery, alongside the smells of fresh air and great beer, was the perfect place to be.
And the event’s “venue” couldn’t have gotten more punk. From the anti-ohm signs that directly alerted the hippies that this was no psychedelic ground to the DIY venue.
The river and its side were great and the tents of fellow camping metalheads were scattered all around it.
Soon afterwards, a fire was built and the animal-tolerant BBQ began. And we feasted amongst nature’s crowned lands. And it felt just right.
And finally, once the moon was lighting the skies and the soundcheck was over, it was time for the valley to acknowledge the great music presented by the bands.
Photo credit to: Selfish Gene
DIY started the concert with their well-known punk music setting the mood for great hardcore music. The headbanging began and the moshpits scattered all around right in the middle of the valley as no one was safe from the moshing! Covering a lot of ground from new originals to classic known covers such as Bite It You Scum and the event’s theme song ECSTASY KILLED THE ANARCHY.
Next were Black Leather, a new band with an old sound. The newcomers directly shifted the crowd from great hardcore music to good ol’ Rock N’ Roll. They went from a groove that introduced the crowd to the band, ending it with the awesome HighWay Demon. The band took us back in time to the magnificent rock music of the 80s.
Last but not least, came the almighty thrashers Agressor. The headbanging was back more than ever and the moshpits were nonstop. Starting it with their usual Willfully Blind, transferring the crowd back to old school thrash metal. And as a finale, the performance was ended with my all-time favorite TOXIC KARABALAA, leading to the formation of one of the most brutal moshpits I’ve been in.
Once the clock hit 12, the concert was done, but the night was still young, for we gathered around the fire playing unplugged guitar and warming our bodies with good Scottish fuel.
A new day welcomed us by the rising of the sun, and we fueled our bodies once again as we set to leave.
This event was worked hard upon and I’d like to raise a toast for the awesome men that helped make it happen.
Ever since the very beginning in 1995, the Austrian band DARKFALL has been known for high-quality and uncompromising Thrashed Death Metal, which already caused a sensation with the first two releases at the end of the nineties. In the following years, Darkfall became one of the flagships of the Austrian Metal scene and combined their musical roots with the present into an impressive, independent style.
After the re-release of their latest album “Road To Redemption” in the summer of 2017, the sixth long player is now available with “At The End Of Times”. On this, the band again combines all trademarks like brutal but nevertheless epic riffing, blasting drums and harsh growls, and expresses their own stamp on this. The result is undoubtedly the culminating point of their musical work and is capable of inspiring fans of Death, as well as Thrash Metal genre.
“At The End Of Times” was recorded in the Helltheater, and Studio 66 in Austria by Peter Fritz and was mixed and mastered in the Stage One studio (Rotting Christ, Neaera, Tankard) by Andy Classen.
1. Ride Through The Sky
2. The Breed Of Death
3. The Way Of Victory
4. Deathcult Debauchery
5. Ashes Of Dead Gods
6. Your God Is Dead
8. Welcome The Day You Die
9. Ash Nazg – One Ring
10. Land Of No Return MMXVII
Running time: 54:14 min
DARKFALL Releases New Album On September 8
Thomas Spiwak (voc)
Stephan Stockreiter (git)
Sascha Ulm (git / back voc)
Markus Seethaler (bass)
Thomas Kern (drums)
1998 Winter Leaves
1999 Dimensions Beyond
2006 Phoenix Rising
2013/17 Road To Redemption
2017 At The End Of Times