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Yeti Pop Live At Radio Beirut | GALLERY

Photos taken by Nancy Jdid.

YETI POP is like walking into the middle of a Quentin Tarantino movie and everyone breaks into song and dance. It is large looking and large sounding. It’s like a dangerous polar bear that you really want to cuddle.

Instrumentation includes, but not limited to:

Vocals, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Violin, Percussion, Drums, Bass,
and Keyboard

The rather tasty Rum’n’Salty will be opening the show….oh my god look at that puppy!

Band Charge 10,000 LBP
Enjoy our Happy hour every day before 9pm.
Walkins are always welcome.
Doors open at 9:00 pm
For table reservations, please call 01 570 277 / 76 341 499 (WhatsApp)
Can’t make it? Not a problem, You can download our free mobile app from Google Play or the Apple Store and enjoy the show at 9 pm (+3 GMT)
www.radiobeirut.net

Metal Bell 6th Anniversary | GALLERY

Photos taken by Hashem Ismail and Nancy Jdid.

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Alex Skolnick Free Guitar Clinic

Alex Skolnick Free Guitar Clinic

Considered as one of the greatest, fastest and most versatile guitarists of all time, best known as the lead guitarist in Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage, and a world renowned Jazz guitaritst. Alex will be hosting a FREE clinic at Instruments Garage Ashrafieh on Monday 17 December at 7 pm!

Attendees will benefit from special discounts on all guitars at the store! We will be waiting for you here! For more info, call 01 202 302!

About Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick, who joined Testament at age 16 and is one of their original members, is also known for being a respected New York improviser of multiple styles. Alex had moved to New York and earned a BfA in Jazz from The New School, and studied with prestigious artists such as George Garzone, Cecil McBee and Reggie Workman. He has released several critically acclaimed albums with the Alex Skolnick Trio since then, and rejoined with Testament in 2005. However when not on tour with the thrash band, you would find Alex headlining many fancy jazz venues around the world, such as The Blue Note in Milka, or Agharta in Prague. In addition, he is also a “first call player for Jazz/Rock projects”. Appart from his jazz career, however, Alex is also the leader of the critically acclaimed world acoustic project, Planetary Coalition, which features various international artists. In 2016 he was invited to be a primary guest instructor at Joe Satriani’s annual G4 Experience, alongside Eric Johnson, Mike Keneally and Steve Vai, and was also the sole guitarist on faculty at Warwick Bass Camp. He has been invited to several academic events to give keynote addresses, as well as joining PhDs at the International Society for Metal Studies in Helsinki. In addition to that, he is also a writer and editor to UNBUILT, a biannual lifestyle and cultural magazine, and has also written for Guitar World, Guitar Player and other publications. Alex has his own line of ESP signature guitars and has found his own niche as a guitarist. “Though he’s pretty much a household name in heavy metal, Alex defies categorization by musical genre.” (Making Music, Jan 2015).


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Christmas at Timmy’s

An early Christmas present coming your way!
Join us next Sunday, on the 16th of December, at Timmy’s – Al Mina, to enjoy a beautiful show and a mixed set of songs that will suit your taste!
Bring your friends and get ready to have the time of your lives!

Performers:

Rita Camilos – Vocals

Mehsen Azizi – Percussions

Karim Amoudi – Keyboards

Adnan Jabbado – Guitars

 

Don’t forget to reserve:
06/204771
Or
70/446889 (WhatsApp)

Metal Bell 6th Anniversary

We will be celebrating our anniversary for 6 years of serving the Local Rock & Metal Scene on 15 of DECEMBER!

On December 15th of the year 2018, Local Bands and fans will celebrate Metal Bell’s 6th anniversary in Beirut – Lebanon!

VENUE: Metro Al Madina

Metal Bell 6th Anniversary Bands:

Qantara
Prominence
– Avelyntale
Sound Of DeGeneration
– Gorilla Warfare

Pre-Sale Tickets: 25,000 L.L.
Door Tickets: 30,000 L.L.

Metal Bell 6th Anniversary

About Metal Bell:

Starting off in Lebanon as a Lebanese Rock & Metal Magazine, Metal Bell grew faster and bigger than expected and today we have become a major Rock & Metal media, not only in Lebanon, but also in the Middle East.

6 years ago, on December 12th in the year 2012, Metal Bell Magazine released its pilot issue (Issue 0) as a “test drive” to see the reaction of the local Lebanese scene. [www.metal-bell.com/themagazine]

The magazine was received with cheers from everyone in the scene, including the biggest names, who sent or posted about the project, including local mainstream media who were curious about the whole idea.

Today the Metal Bell team are proud to have contributed, even if a little, in making the scene grow. From small events of 70-80 attendees to what we have achieved today, of events with couple of hundreds of metal fans and international bands.

We Will Remain Committed To
RISING WITH THE SCENE \\m//

Special thanks to D-Vision Prods for the designs and videos.

Organized by: SledgeHammer Productions


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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!

Yeti Pop live at Radio Beirut

YETI POP is like walking into the middle of a Quentin Tarrantino movie and everyone breaks into song and dance. It is large looking and large sounding. It’s like a dangerous polar bear that you really want to cuddle.

Instrumentation includes, but not limited to:

Vocals, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Violin, Percussion, Drums, Bass,
and Keyboard

The rather tasty Rum’n’Salty will be opening the show….oh my god look at that puppy!

Band Charge 10,000 LBP
Enjoy our Happy hour every day before 9pm.
Walkins are always welcome.
Doors open at 9:00 pm
For table reservations please call 01 570 277 / 76 341 499 (WhatsApp)
Can’t make it? Not a problem, You can download our free mobile app from Google Play or the Apple Store and enjoy the show at 9 pm (+3 GMT)
www.radiobeirut.net

Hard & Heavy Headbangers Night

13th December Hard & Heavy Metal Night Dugout Sports Bar-Bur Dubai.

It’s going to be crushing month as Dugout & DJ Wynn is going to belt out 3 weeks of metal mania starting with 13th December.

We will also have Metal Night on 21st December Friday & 28th December Friday 2018.

It’s going to be a crushing year end for all Headbangers in UAE. Come over & lets Thrash out 2018 Cheers N Beers! \m/ DJ WYNN \m/

GORILLA WARFARE | Born From College Campus Jams

Next up on our list of Metal Bell 6th Anniversary bands, we have Gorilla Warfare, a young local Heavy Metal band.

Gorilla Warfare started off in AUB, where its members played some music for fun and ended up deciding that they enjoyed it.

Each of the band’s members has their own personal set of influences and musical tendencies:

  • Their vocalist, Shadi Shaar, is very passionate about vocals and practices them daily. His favorite bands are Alter Bridge, Dio, and Judas Priest;
  • Their lead guitarist, Simon Semaan, loves Dream Theater, Opeth, and Avenged Sevenfold;
  • Their rhythm guitarist, Layan Bedran, is a Metalcore enthusiast who enjoys writing “epic riffs”;
  • Their bassist, Mostafa Itani, is a huge Iron Maiden fan and knows all of their songs by heart;
  • Their drummer, Omar Captan, is known by his bandmates as an awesome person and an awesome drummer. He’s also known for getting injured a lot.

The name Gorilla Warfare was born from a joke. When they first started performing, they had a second guitarist whose name was Jad. Both Jad and Simon Semaan were relatively beefy guys, and their fellow band members teasingly drew some resemblance between them and gorillas.

The band focuses mostly on covers, and will be performing songs by Dio, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, and Megadeth (however, their last song isn’t confirmed yet – we’re in for a surprise!).

They do have some demos of original material ready. However, they are not planning on remaining together after the upcoming event, which will be their final performance as Gorilla Warfare. They cannot currently find enough time to practice. Also, they have noticed that the Heavy Metal genre isn’t generating much enthusiasm these days and are thus a bit bored. Some of the members might start something new in the future, but nothing is confirmed so far. Let’s hope to hear more from them soon!

When asked for a statement regarding Gorilla Warfare’s appearance at SledgeHammer Production and Metal Bell’s upcoming event, their vocalist Shadi Shaar replied: “We are honored to play at this event and very excited to give our best at this show and have a great time.”

Current Lineup

Shadi Shaar – Vocals
Simon Semaan – Lead Guitar
Layan Bedran – Rhythm Guitar
Mostafa Itani – Bass
Omar Captan – Drums

Gorilla Warfare, we do not want to bid you farewell but look forward to sharing one last show with you!

PROMINENCE | A Melting Pot Of Death

Introducing yet another one of our Metal Bell 6th Anniversary bands: Prominence, a Death Metal band from Beirut, Lebanon.
Prominence was founded by Jack Khamo in 2017. Shortly after their inception, they were part of the Rock Insight event That One Night III at Metro al Madina on November 11th, 2017, and on May 5th, 2018, they partook in Metal United World Wide, an event organized by Sledgehammer Productions and presented by Metal Bell Magazine, which also took place in Metro al Madina.

On February 4th, 2018, they released their first ever single: “Slaughter of Dreams”. The song featured the legendary Derek Roddy on drums. Roddy was previously part of the American Death Metal band Nile, the American Death Metal band Hate Eternal, and more.

After the release of their single, the band went through a change of lineup. Maurice Semaan joined as their new guitarist as well as composer of their originals following “Slaughter of Dreams”. Nareg Cherchian, their vocalist, became responsible for the lyrics. As for the rest of the band, Serge Ashjian took over the bass, Monir (Matt) Lawand the rhythm guitar, and Sam Baghdo will be on the drums during the upcoming Metal Bell 6th Anniversary event.

Each member of the band has his own distinct musical influences. Consequently, the original material that they are working on strays away from “traditional” Death Metal towards something more multidimensional.

They are currently working on their EP titled “Sepulchered”. Two of its tracks were already recorded: “Sepulchered in Slumber” which was released on YouTube (watch video below) and Facebook in September, and Voices Reside, which was recorded in late November and will be available on YouTube after December 15th, 2018. Stay tuned for that!

In November, following the aforementioned release of “Sepulchered in Slumber”, the band was asked to be featured on USA’s Licking County Metalheads podcast, on which they had rave reviews, and we quote: “it has been a long time since they had listened to an actual lead in a metal song”. The band was asked to be featured for a second time with “Voices Reside”, during which they were lauded even further.

Prominence is managed by Maggie Varbedian of Sledgehammer Productions, the latter being co-owned by Maurice Semaan. As we have already mentioned, Sledgehammer Productions are the organizers behind the upcoming Metal Bell 6th Anniversary event.

When asked for a statement regarding Prominence’s appearance at SledgeHammer Productions and Metal Bell’s upcoming event, they replied: “Prominence are very excited to be part of this celebration, and to have the chance to perform both their songs from their upcoming EP “Sepulchered” for the first time on stage. They wish Metal Bell Magazine a happy anniversary, and a successful journey ahead.”

If you’re curious about the kind of sound that these boys will be dishing out, check out their aforementioned track on their YouTube channel: Prominence Official Lb.

 

Current Lineup:

Nareg Cherchian: Vocals
Maurice Semaan: Lead Guitar
Matt Lawand: Rhythm Guitar
Sergio Achjian: Bass
Sam Baghdo: Drums

Discography:

Slaughter of Dreams (Single; 2018)
Sepulchered in Slumber (Track from the upcoming EP “Sepulchered”; 2018)
Voices Reside (Track from the upcoming EP “Sepulchered”; 2018)
Prominence, we’ll be seeing you on your path towards prominence!

Article Photo Credit to Beirut Metal Fest


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