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).
As the band post claimed, a new EP will be released through “Universal Music Mena” (UMM). This will be ZiX’s second EP after releasing “The Warwhore” in 2012 and the band’s third release following their Debut album “Tides Of The Final War” released in 2016. And the first release to feature new vocalist Maria Danos.
It is important to note that ZiX’s debut album “Tides Of The Final War” was produced by 7x Grammy award winning Producer Steve Thomson and featured an array of international musicians (Read about it here).
October 5th was the day ZiX released their single ‘Rise From Your Ashes Your Grave’ featuring the legendary vocalist from Blind Guardian “Hansi Kursch”. The song also introduces the new vocalist Maria Danos, who had her first appearance with the band during Beirut Metal Fest in September 2018.
ZiX‘s new EP “The Ascent Of Madness” will be released on November 2nd, 2018. The EP that features “Hansi Kürsch” of Blind Guardian was mastered by King Diamond‘s guitarist Andy LaRoque, who owns Sonic Train Studios. LaRoque has worked with some of the biggest bands like: Everygrey, Albatross, Melechesh, Ascension and many more.
From the band’s press release:
“‘Rise From Your Ashes Your Grave’ is the first single to be released with Universal Music MENA. It has a very strong call to action, which comes across not only in the lyrics but in the strength of the music as well.
The song is a crossover inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘A Dream Within A Dream’ and the modern age of misinformation. Both concepts were carefully blended to showcase that in this modern age where people think they know everything, they don’t know anything at all. Everything they see is only but a dream within a dream; it is a call to rise from the ashes like a phoenix, and face the great illusion they are living in.”
The song was written by Ziad Bardawil and Juan Carrizo and recorded and mixed with the help of Karim Sinno at the Audio Loft Studio in Beirut, Lebanon.
ZiX , an acclaimed female-fronted cross-cultural heavy metal band founded in Beirut in 2010 will release their new EP entitled “The Ascent of Madness” with Universal Music Mena in November 2018, which features guest vocalist “ Hansi Kürsch” of Blind Guardian, one of the best metal bands in the world.
In 2016, ZiX released their debut album, “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 “Pure Steel Records”. The drummer on that album was Kenny Earl Rhino from Manowar and the album included an all-star song, “Metal Strike”, which featured an all-star cast composed of metal legends from Iron Maiden, MANOWAR, Black Sabbath, and many others. The album was voted among the best top ten albums of 2016!
In 2012, ZiX completed the self-produced demo “The WarWhore” and 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.”
Maria Danos: Vocals
Juan Carrizo: Lead and Rhythm guitars
Walid Awar: Rhythm guitars
Ziad Bardawil: Bass Guitars and Bass Synth
Ziad Alam: Drums
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