This year’s edition of Beirut Metal Fest will take place on September 7th and 8th! As promised before, this will be a two days festival, with 2 of biggest Metal bands in the world headlining, plus some of the finest Lebanese and Regional bands.
Finnish Soprano Tarja Turunen is the most famous female voice in metal music. After 9 years as the lead singer of rock band Nightwish, Tarja has turned her unique blend of classical and rock into a worldwide sensation.
Along with her full band, she promises to set Byblos Festival stage on fire. A dream come true for all rock and metal fans!
Saturday 21 July 2018
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Ticket: 20.000 L.L.
For Free Transportation from Tripoli kindly contact: Fawaz Tabbaa
FreeFall, a clean vocals uprising band, working their way to success in the Lebanese Metal Scene with Majd Al Roumi on vocals, Albert Obeid and Sarkis Tchalekian on guitars, Mark Ghosn on bass guitar, and Mark Bitar on drums. With many covers of the best metal songs, and with their new originals, FreeFall is a potentially powerful band that will hit the stage hard on 21st of july on That One Night IV.
apathia is a groove/ new wave of thrash metal band from Tripoli. Formed since 2011 the band covered lamb of god, sepultura and pantera.
DeathTone is a melodic death metal band. They’re well known for their ear-piercing melodies, fast-paced technical riffing, and the intensity they bring to the stage.
DeathTone are: Anwar Habib (Lead guitar/Lead vocals), Charbel Saade (Bass), and Joe Nassar (Drums).
Hatecrowned is a black metal band founded in 2011 and was based in tripoli. The band independently released their first EP “Warpact-In Black” in 2013, and 2 years later in 2015, they released their first full length album “Newborn Serpent” via Russian Label Sathanas Records. The band has been away from the stage due to shortage in reliable live members and now they are back with full force, evil, and hatred.
Sound engineer: Lara Nassar
Stage Manager: Lara Nassar
Stage technician: Hagop Jinbashian & Farah Khoder
Metro Al Madina
Hamra, Saroulla Building(-2)
Ticketing: +961-76309363Mondays to Saturdays: 10 to 9 pm, Sundays: 2 to 9 pm
During Hellfest, we had the chance to sit down and talk to Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons Of Apollo about the current tour, the new album, and so many other things, you can read the whole conversation below and view the photos from their performance.
Metal Bell: Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat during the first show in Europe, it was a great show, congratulations.
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you so much.
Metal Bell: So how does it feel to play your first show at Hellfest?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is a great way to start a European tour, that’s for sure, no better way to start so we are very happy, to start a tour in front of 30,000 people I guess it’s ok (laughs).
Metal Bell: Have you ever played Hellfest before?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah six years ago with Guns, we headlined it, it is nice to be here doing it with people that are close to you, friends with whom we wrote together, we recorded together, and it’s great.
Metal Bell: Your tour started in February, how is the reception so far?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is wonderful, this is our 42nd show I believe, it’s been great. We started off on the cruise to the edge, and then from there we went to the east coast and did like a week and a half of shows. And then April and May we did a big US tour, actually, we did South America, Mexico, Canada, and all around in the US. Nothing beats getting on the road, that’s what every band used to do to become who they are, being together every night and do it.
Metal Bell: How do I put this question, tell me how did
you come up or assemble The Avengers of Prog?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: (laughs) That was very easy, we all knew each other and played together over the years.
Me and Billy were playing for years doing these jams with Ray Luzier from KORN and with Mike. Me, Mike, and Billy would be this core band and we’d play like big events in New York, with guys from Anthrax and Kiss joining us. I laid guest solos on Metal Allegiance’s first album with Mike and another album that Billy produced for Madame Mayhem, a great artist that I laid 4 guitar solos for her album.
Me, Mike, Derek, and Billy played together at Prog Nation 4 years ago, so we all have this background and we’ve done things together, so it was a no-brainer. When Mike wanted to do this band, he sent me an email, it was January 2017, he said: hey, how we always talked about putting a band together! Well me and Derek have this idea and we want to go into the studio in March and just write on the spot, record on the spot, we all play together and mark it, record it the way bands used to do it, the right way, it’s the real thing. And we’ve written spontaneously, we did that, we spent 10 days at the studio, we wrote, recorded and made the album in 10 days.
So it was me, Mike, and Derek in the studio, and then Billy cut off his Mr. Big’s tour halfway through and joined us, then we all just recorded. Jeff finished his touring, then he recorded his vocals at my studio where I laid my
guitar solos on everything, and that was it. And then we just waited for the right moment to go out and announce the band and put out the album. The label is wonderful (Inside Out), they’ve been a fantastic record label, so supportive and really a good team.
Metal Bell: So basically You, Mike, and Derek wrote the majority of the album?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah it started with us and then Billy joined, then Jeff wrote everything you hear sung, that’s Jeff, he was really the key ingredient to turn it from a cold prog album to songs, things you can sing along you know, melodies that stick, that’s what Jeff does, he’s the guy.
Metal Bell: Today the band is less than a year old, considering all of your projects and involvements, will Sons Of Apollo be a long-term project?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: That’s the question everyone has, is this another quick project or is it a band that’s gonna be around.
Our intentions are for it to be a band that’s gonna be around, but at the same time, we can’t completely neglect everything else we have, we can’t do that. It is also not fair for the other people in our life that are waiting for us so we still have to do other things. This year we’ll do a lot of Sons Of Apollo, next year we’re gonna have to do some other things, but you know we are already writing for the second album, it really goes down to business, not amongst each other, but we can’t just afford to be in a start-up band, put everything else aside, and get this off the ground. We are not 20-year old kids in a van you know, so it’s tough, but we are giving it our best and our intentions are to be a band that puts out a lot of albums and keeps on going and going. So as long as everyone on our team does the right thing, you know we are depending on managers, the label and on each other, all it takes is one person to fuck it all up and then we are all screwed, it could be anybody that we are depending on if they don’t do the right thing.
What we want for this band is to continue and we are doing everything possible to keep that going even when odds are against us, we want to keep going, we do.
Metal Bell: We do hope so too, you know how prog fans are so attached.
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Sure yeah, and we made a pact with them, we said this is a band, we are obligated to keep our words to them and to ourselves.
Metal Bell: The history between Derek, Mike, and Dream Theater, would you ever consider a tour with them?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: I would love to do it, I have such tremendous respect for Dream Theater as a band and individuals. I love John Petrucci, we’ve met before, we’ve chatted, he’s a wonderful guy. I also played on Jordan’s solo record in 2009, he was just incredible. That would be a wonderful thing.
And honestly I feel like there would be no Sons Of Apollo if there was no Dream Theater, you know you have to respect where this came from and everything that leads up to it, the influences and the history, and I do, I tremendously do.
It’d be wonderful to play together, I doubt it would ever happen, that would be really something interesting to the fans to see that. I would love it to be taken not as a competition in any way, we are all branches of Dream Theater’s tree and I’m grateful to them, I respect and admire them.
Metal Bell: Your second album is called Sophomore, is there already a date in mind?
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Well I mean Derek has written things, he sends me videos and things like hey check out this riff I came up with, and we’ve talked to the label about it but nothing is definite yet. Right now, it’s just let us finish up what we have here and once it’s all clear and done, everything goes ok, we will then think about the next step. Even though now is the time to think about it, we are just staying focused and looking ahead, so we are thinking about this leg of the tour, then the next leg, and the leg after that so there’s no definitive time. We’ve talked about November going into the studio but I know Mike has something to do in November so it might be January, but hopefully not too far too long.
Metal Bell: Well thank you very much for the chat, it’s been wonderful talking to you and the best of luck for the rest of the tour.
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you very much it was an absolute pleasure.
Metalocalypse creator Jon Schnepp is on life support following a “catastrophic stroke.” His partner, Holly, confirmed the situation in a post on Instagram. “While everyone is desperate for updates on his condition, we ask for your understanding on giving us the privacy we need over the next few days as we deal with the difficult concerning Jon’s care,” she wrote. “Please keep him in your prayers, and in your heart.”
The writer, director and Producer of the show was admitted to a Los Angelas-area hospital late last week. Holly wrote in an update, “My future husband is sicker than I’ve seen him in 15 years, and not being there with him is killing me. Health is all we have you guys. Nothing else matters if you don’t have your health. You can’t fight the world’s bullshit without it.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Schnepp’s family with his medical expenses. $98,781 of the $150,000 goal has been raised at the time of this report. Donation options via Venmo and PayPal are available as well. You can see additional information in Holly’s post below.
Aside from Metalocalypse, Schnepp has worked in some capacity with everything from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (actor) and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (writer) to The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (director, producer, writer) and the Collider Movie Talk (panelist). He also appeared as extras in both Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick or Be Dead” and Metallica’s “The Memory Remains” music videos.
After four years of absence Metal is back to Byblos International Festival with Tarja Turunen. The Metal diva who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Finish Symphonic Metal band Nightwish, is coming to Lebanon this summer. Continue reading
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… Brick Floyd LIVE In The Flesh at Beirut Open Space.
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.
You won’t want to miss this exciting night! Join us June Friday 29th & bring your friends!
Legendary drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of heavy metal band Pantera, has died. He was currently a member of supergroup Hellyeah before passing away at age 54.
Vincent Paul Abbott’s cause of death is currently unknown, a representative confirmed his passing to Billboard and no further details have been presented at this time.
Paul, alongside his brother Dimebag Darrell, formed the iconic heavy metal band Pantera in the 80’s. The original frontman Terry Glaze was replaced with Phil Anselmo and the band went on to have mainstream success with their fifth album Cowboys From Hell.
“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away,” reads a short statement on the Pantera official Facebook page. “Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”
Vinnie Paul, Pantera Drummer Dead At 54
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Pantera has sold more than 60 million albums and influenced several bands including Korn and Slipknot. The Groove metal band earned four Grammy nominations and had nine albums chart on the Billboard 200, including Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the chart and top 5 albums The Great SouthernTrendkill and Reinventing the Steel.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell formed Damageplan in 2003. The following year, Vinnie Paul’s brother, Dimebag Darrell was tragically murdered on stage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio. Abbott was shot in the head multiple times by a deranged fan.
Vinnie Paul has spoken at length about his relationship with his influential brother. In an interview published by Louder Sound, the late Vinnie Paul spoke about their musical bond.
“We had the greatest chemistry in the world. We always knew where each other was going, especially musically. Loads of kids when they’re growing up get a lot of pressure from their parents about getting good grades and stuff. We worked together and never felt that competition that other kids do.”
Vinnie Paul recently returned to playing with supergroup Hellyeah, which consists of Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, former Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, guitarist Horace Drondo and bassist Kyle Sanders.
The band was reportedly working on an album when Paul passed away. The Texan drummer credited Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen as influences in interviews about his music.