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
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
Hard Rockers POINT OF VIEW is one of the most active and long lasting bands in Dubai. Formed in the year 2005 on the desert dunes of UAE, POINT OF VIEW’s career was full of milestones. One particular milestone started in 2011 where the 5 piece ensemble built a strong relationship between them and Legendary Hard Rock icons Guns N’ Roses. Continue reading
A Goth-themed wedding took place in Lebanon last week and it was beautiful. Goth weddings is not a new thing in the world but it is definitely new to the eyes of Lebanese people.
Last Sunday, a wedding with a different flavor took place in Lebanon. On March 18, Dina Kayali and tattoo artist Nadim Zalloum tied the knot in the Syriac Church in the village of Ballouneh. Continue reading
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, are preparing to release their second album, “To Drink From The Night Itself“, since reuniting in 2010 , on May 18 via Century Media Records. Continue reading
Lone survivors of the Iraqi Metal Scene, Dark Phantom, are planning to tour Syria. If you don’t know who Dark Phantom are yet, do check out our interview and article that have all you need to know about them >HERE<. Iraqi Dark Phantom needs your help to finance this tour. It is not not much to ask, the fund-raising is set to collect 1,200 €. Since they launched the campaign until today, they have collected (to date of writing this article) 322 €.
Murad Mohammed, the band’s guitarist and main-man, has written a message (read below) as a description of the purpose of the fund-raising. In this letter, the band’s leader sheds the light on the situation of Metal in Iraq, which is apparently “illegal” and their struggle in having any possibility in performing there. The band then took the decision to visit their war-torn neighbors for multiple shows. But such shows need funding, hence the “money pot” project.
Or support by buying DARK PHANTOM’S album “Nation Of Dogs” >here<
Welcome to this money pot !
Hello earthlings, We’re Dark Phantom a Heavy Metal band from Iraq, We started this campaign to raise money to travel and tour in our neighboring war torn country Syria and play multiple Metal shows there with our original music, We work full time jobs and are trying our best to support the band and the Metal scene in both Iraq and Syria but our sole effort is not enough and we need financial help, We go through daily struggle to practice as a band wether it’s equipments that are too expensive for us or finding a place to practice since music in these forms are forbidden and prohibited by law and religion, Many times our shows get canceled mostly by the Ministry of Culture! They state that such music cane never be played in here, That’s why we need Metal patriots around the globe to help us out to travel to Syria to make a good impact in the Metal scene and spread the word and the music here in the Middle-east.
Since 2011, war has greatly ravaged Syria’s cities and villages, claiming the lives of almost half a million individuals and leaving several other millions internally displaced or seeking asylum abroad. In light of this human tragedy, we wonder as metalheads: what has become of the Syrian Metal scene? “Syrian Metal is War” tackles the issue at hand. Continue reading
Malcolm Young has unfortunately been reported dead. The legendary rhythm guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC was reportedly announced dead at 64 after a long battle with dementia. His family, who lovingly surrounded him as he passed away, have released a statement:
”It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside. Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans. Malcolm is survived by his loving wife Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother. While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief. For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald tribute site for Malcolm Young which will be available later today. The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army.”
Malcolm has been one of the most influential guitarists for almost 50 years, known for writing some of the most recognized riffs. Musicians all around the world have paid tribute to him online.
Belgium’s Extreme Metallers EVIL INVADERS are back! After touring extensively all over Europe in support of their highly acclaimed debut album “Pulses Of Pleasure” (2015) and their intense follow-up EP “In For The Kill (2016)”, these Belgians have managed to capture the ultimate collection of rugged adrenaline and compressed violence onto one record! Their second monstrosity of an album is called “Feed Me Violence” and will be released worldwide on September 29 via Napalm Records.
Having that said, the band have another special treat involving the release of their first video from “Feed Me Violence” for the song “Mental Penitentiary”. Joe commented on the first track: “One of the fast songs on the record and definitely one of the coolest tracks we’ve written so far! Pretty intense lyrics, which are definitely worth checking out! The mid tempo part in the middle gives a nice contrast with the fast shit that’s happening before and after. Making this video was compulsive endless lunacy! Fortunately only the camera guy got injured…”
Feed Me Violencewill be available as regular Jewel Case edition as well as 1LP Gatefold Edition. An unstoppable roller coaster ride of tempo switches and twists from start to finish! Pre-Orders will be available shortly!
The full track listing reads as follows:
As Life Slowly Fades
Broken Dreams In Isolation
Feed Me Violence
Shades Of Solitude
Among The Depths Of Sanity
Meet this power package live on tour as support for mighty SEPULTURA, as well as on various summer festivals all over Europe! Find all dates listed here:
EVIL INVADERS live:
16.06.17 BE – Vosselaar / Graspop Metal Meeting
23.06.17 MT – Zebbug / The Garage
27.06.17 AT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
28.06.17 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colosaal
29.06.17 CH – Aarau / Kiff
11.07.17 DE – Münster / Sputnikhalle
12.07.17 DE – Cologne / Essigfabrik
30.06.17 DE – Gardelegen / Metal Frenzy Album
05.07.17 CZ – Trutnov / Obscene Extreme
09.07.17 BE – Antwerp / Antwerp Metal Fest
14.07.17 SE – Gavle / Gefle Metal Fest
15.07.17 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head
16.07.17 NL – Lichtenvoorde / Zwarte Cross
22.07.17 DE – Essen / Turock Sommerfest
25.07.17 SL – Tolmin / Metaldays
29.07.17 NL – Steenwijk / Stonehenge
11.08.17 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz
12.08.17 NL – Wateringen / Waterpop
18.08.17 FR – Saint-Nolff / Motocultor
26.08.17 DE – Jena / ROCK:AM:WEHR (R:A:W)
30.09.17 BE – Aarschot / De Klinker / Album Release Show
07.12.17 BE – Leuven / Depot
08.12.17 BE – Hasselt / MOD
09.12.17 BE – Ghent / Vooruit
14.12.17 BE – Liège / Reflector
15.12.17 BE – Antwerp / Trix
16.12.17 BE – Kortrijk / De Kreun