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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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Skull Session 2018 All Has Been Revealed

Lebanon’s biggest Metal Concert in recent years is back with it’s third edition, Skull Session 2018 – The Underground. This year’s installment will feature five local bands. Four of which are well established bands and one fresh out of the oven as the opening act. Continue reading

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 based 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 the footsteps of Ostura (Read about it here). Continue reading

GALLERY TARJA Live In Byblos International Festival

Photos taken by Barouyr Mardirossian Continue reading

KILMARA Release “Out From The Darkness” Single & Music Video

KILMARA have released a single & music video for “Out From The Darkness“. The song is taken from their fourth album ‘Across the Realm of Time‘, out August 31, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. The album was produced, recorded, mixed, & mastered by Roland Grapow (Lords of Black, Masterplan, Squealer, Black Majesty, Eagleheart…). Artwork made by Didac Plà.

Guests on the album are Jordi Longán (ex-Ipsilon) keyboard solo on Principles of Hatred, Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) start guitar solo on My Haven, background vocals on “Crawling From Darkness” and “Out From the Darkness”, Viktorie Surmøva (Surmatra, Rosa Nocturna, Victorius) vocals on I Shall Rise Again.

The powerful melodic metal band KILMARA present their new masterpiece “Across the Realm of Time“. After three critically acclaimed albums, the debut “Haunting Dreams”, the work that put them on the world map, “Don’t Fear the Wolf”, and their fantastic third album “Love Songs and Other Nightmares”, it was time for KILMARA to make their fourth album, the most important of their career. With the incorporation of the American singer Daniel Ponce and the virtuoso Argentinian guitarist Miguel LaiseKILMARA return to revolutionize their sound being now more melodic, faster, and powerful, but without losing the class and mastery that characterize them. “Across the Realm of Time” is the definitive work and consecration of KILMARA, a new step to conquer all lovers of quality metal.

KILMARA

KILMARA has created a collection of incredible songs that are inspired by melodic heavy metal and European progpower metal, always looking for a modern and elegant sound. KILMARA is today one of the most powerful and innovative bands to consider in the modern metal scene. With a past-present-future concept as a basis, this is a circular work in which to submerge and let yourself be carried away by the passion that exists in each topic from beginning to end.

KILMARA

Tracklisting:

  1. …And into the Realm
  2. Purging Flames
  3. The Silent Guide
  4. The End of the World
  5. My Haven
  6. Principles of Hatred
  7. The Forge
  8. Disciples
  9. I Shall Rise Again
  10. Out From the Darkness…

The album can be pre-ordered here.

KILMARA is:

John Portillo – Guitar
Miguel Laise – Guitars
Dani Ponce – Vocals
Javier Morillo – Drums
Didakio – Bass

Stay connected with KILMARA

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

 

Via [ROCK ‘N’ GROWL]


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RIP BIG JACK The Electric Warrior

It is with a sad heart that we write this article. One of Lebanon’s earliest Rock and Metal voices passed away. Jack Khatchadourian, mainly known by his stage name BIG JACK, just closed his final chapter on Earth on July 25.

About Big Jack

Big Jack

For those who don’t know, Big Jack fronted one of the earliest Rock/Metal bands in Lebanon back in the late 70’s called “Electric Warriors“. The band went above and beyond by creating the first generation of Rock and Metal scene in Lebanon. Jack was known for his strong vocal abilities and stage charisma and as a great guitar technician. He inspired a whole generation of vocalists who followed his path between the 80s and 90s and still they resonate until today. A true Legend.

Other than being an inspirational Lebanese musician, Big Jack was also known for his humanitarian activities. From a young boy scout, having his guitar on his back spreading joy and doing all kinds of charity work, to a young man using his own Renault 12 station wagon car as an ambulance during the civil war. Jack was a real life super hero.

Big Jack

Eddy: Lead guitar | Ramsey: Drums & percussion | Souhail: Bass guitar | Big Jack: guitar & lead vocal

Electric Warriors

After the band’s inception in the late 70’s, Electric Warriors became a household name in the Lebanese scene. They sold out theaters and became one of the first bands, if not the very first band, to use special effects on stage in Lebanon. Of those legendary concerts were the multi-day shows at La Cite, Jounieh in 1983. The shows were spread into 4 days, from 27 to 30 of December that year.

Check out below some photos from the golden age of Rock and Metal in Lebanon. The photos below are from Electric Warriors from several eras of the band’s life and their shows in 1983 at La Cite Jounieh.

Electric Warriors Gallery

After Electric Warriors

After Electric Warriors went into hiatus in the early 90s, Jack then went into a solo career and worked on a lot of side projects. The most notable was the 2004 song “Rise for the Genocide” by A.R.G.F. that featured many local musicians as a local All-Star song in the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. (Video Below)

In the year 2010, Electric Warriors did a reunion in an attempt to revive the band. They had a show later on in 2011 at FreeWay Center in Sin El Fil with Christian Metal band TAKWEEN.

Big Jack - Electric Warriors

After that, Big Jack went on to form a new band, MARANATHA, a Christian Heavy Metal band, with the youth of his church. In September 2016, he shared his excitement with us that Maranatha will be releasing a full-length. “Soon we have a surprise for everyone. New album release of MARANATHA. Christian metal group followed by a concert”- Says Jack to Metal Bell in 2016.

This news was great for us since Jack was out of the spotlight for many years at the time.

Unfortunately, only few months later, in December that year, Khatchadourian was hospitalized but soon recovered and went back to his home only days later. After that incident, the news of a New Album from the Legendary vocalist were gone.

Big Jack is the father of Chris Khatchadourian, the vocalist of the theatrical Rock band In Sanity Q. The band also shares Electric Warriors’ drummer extraordinaire Ramsey Khattar.

The Metal Bell family would like to send its condolences to Jack’s family and friends.

BIG JACK ROCK IN PEACE \\m//

  • We would like to thank Ramsey Khattar for the information he shared with us about Big Jack, in order for us to complete this article.

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Gallery That One Night IV

Gallery That One Night IV!
Photos by Hashem Ismail

Event took place at Metro Al Madina on July 21st, 2018.
Featuring: DeathTone, Apathia (last show).

Rock Insight present: That One Night IV

Saturday 21 July 2018
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Tickets: 20.000 L.L.
For Free Transportation from Tripoli kindly contact: Fawaz Tabbaa

Band Line-up:

FreeFall:

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:

Apathia is a groove/new wave of thrash metal band from Tripoli. Formed in 2011, the band covered Lamb of God, Sepultura, and Pantera.

DEATHTONE:

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:

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.

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Sound engineer: Lara Nassar
Stage Manager: Lara Nassar
Stage technician: Hagop Jinbashian & Farah Khoder
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Metro Al Madina
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Metalocalypse Creator Jon Schnepp Is On Life Support

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.” Continue reading

Metal Is Back To Byblos International Festival With Tarja

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 Finnish Symphonic Metal band Nightwish, is coming to Lebanon this summer. Continue reading

Vinnie Paul, Pantera Drummer Dead At 54

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. Continue reading

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