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JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO

No one can deny that Jay Wud, the 4-piece band from Dubai, has become a household name in the Rock and Metal community. The Lebanese guitarist and his multinational band have crossed many borders throughout the years.

Jay Wud are no strangers to the international platforms as they performed in the legendary VIPER ROOM in Los Angeles, as well in several festivals in Europe and the region.  Opening for bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, and Skunk Anansie surely made Jay Wud one of the biggest names in the Middle East. And now, Jay Wud Tour with Sons Of Apollo just lifted the bar even higher.

Few Days ago, Jay announced a tour with the super-group SONS OF APOLLO that features Dream Theater’s ex-Drummer Mike Portnoy and ex-Keyboardist Derick Sherinian. Jay Wud will participate in 5 of the 9 shows of the UK & IRELAND 2018 SOS tour.

In addition to the tour, Jay Wud announced in January his participation in the Amplified Festival in the UK on July 8th here.

JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO

JAY WUD Tour With SONS OF APOLLO Dates

02.07 Motherwell, Motherwell concert hall
03.07 Belfast, Limelight
04.07 Dublin, Tivoli
07.07 Brighton, The Haunt
08.07 Gloucestershire UK, Amplified Festival (not as part of SOS tour)
08.07 Nottingham, Rescue Room


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Download Festival Paris 2018 (Preview)

Download Festival Paris 2018 Video Promo

Download Festival Paris 2018

Download Festival returns to Paris with its third edition this year and the second edition in the new venue at la Base Aérienne 217, a 30-minute drive only from the city of lights.

There were a lot of speculations about this year’s edition before the announcement, French fans were anticipating something huge on the horizon and they weren’t disappointed at all.

Download Festival Paris 2018 returns this year with its biggest line-up yet since the first edition back in 2016, and also this year it will be a four-day festival, starting on Friday the 15th of June and ending on Monday the 18th of June.

Of course, it is still possible to buy your tickets and we advise to do so before they sell out, follow this link for all ticket information

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/en/tickets

Friday is expected to host 16 bands, the biggest names to look out for are GHOST, ALESTORM, ELUVEITIE, OPETH, and the prince of darkness OZZY OSBOURNE will headline the opening night of the festival.

Saturday takes a different turn with different genres compared to Friday as we look forward to see bands like MESHUGGAH, THE OFFSPRING, and AVATAR.
MARILYN MANSON will headline Saturday’s night.

Download is known for the variety of bands and their genres and this year is no different, it will be a long weekend of absolutely incredible acts.

Sunday bands are truly exciting for the alternative and grunge lovers, EGO KILL TALENT, PERTURBATOR, MASS HYSTERIA, and THE HIVES will definitely rock the stages of Download making the way for the headliner of the night, THE FOO FIGHTERS, yes, the awesome Dave Grohl will be leading THE FOO FIGHTERS to headline the third night of the festival. This night is a night to look forward to and definitely not to be missed.

On a usual edition, now it is the time we stop, but this year as we mentioned earlier, we are all up for a treat. Monday is also a heavy metal day.

Monday has only 10 bands on the bill, but not just any 10 bands, the fourth and final day will host SEETHER, JONATHAN DAVIS, and VOLBEAT, then Download will close its curtains with GUNS N’ ROSES headlining the final night.

For Rock and Metal lovers in France and around the world, it doesn’t get any better, Download is not to be missed this year.

For all information related to the festival, follow the link below

http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr/infos/infos-festival

We will be there covering this unique festival and of course, reviewing it as well.

See you at Download \m/

Download Festival Paris 2018

Download Festival Paris 2018

Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot

UPDATE APRIL 20, 2018

Roy Khan Is Back

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Seven years after leaving Power Metal giants Kamelot, Roy Khan releases his first song as a solo artist. A lot of speculations took place throughout the years about what happened to Roy Khan after leaving Kamelot (read full report here). We then raised the question: Is KAMELOT’s Former Singer ROY KHAN Preparing His Comeback? And our question was answered a year and a few months later >here<.

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Slave To Sirens | Terminal Leeches EP Revealed

For those of you who don’t know them yet, Slave to Sirens are an all-female thrash metal band from Lebanon, who came out a little over 2 years ago. Their first performance was during Metal Bell Magazine’s “The Thrash Alliance” affiliated event. (Photos of Slave to Sirens first appearance can be found here.) Continue reading

Iraqi Dark Phantom Needs Your Help To Tour Syria

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.

For Donations: LEETCHI

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.

Best regards,

Murad Mohammed, Leader of Dark Phantom.

STAY CONNECTED WITH DARK PHANTOM:

FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | BANDCAMP


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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

All You Need To Know About Ascendant’s Debut Album A Thousand Echoes

After a while in the dark, ASCENDANT shed some light about their upcoming album “A Thousand Echoes”. Ascendant took a brief recess before they came back co-headlining shows with some international acts. And today they are revealing to Metal-Bell some interesting news about their debut album.

The Heavy Metallers decided to release the album during their upcoming show supporting Lacrimas Profundere on May 12th at The Music Room. We did this awesome and cool interview with the band who were very generous to open up with a lot of interesting information about the album. (Read below)

You can purchase the album from: BANDCAMP, cd-Baby, Deezer, Amazone, itunes.

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Damage Rite “The Dehumanizing Factor” – Reviewed

*Heavy Breathing Intensifies*

The Band:

Thrash Metal seems to still hold ground onto our Lebanese metal bands. But, it is only when it is crossed with Death Metal that we get this nostalgic wave of brutalness we once had in our music back in the day. And what more of a nostalgic feeling can you get when the band, Damage Rite, was created by Post Mortem’s JM Elias.
Damage Rite have released their debut album, “The Dehumanizing Factor”, on February 28, 2017, after 8 years of releasing their first single, “Whispers of Ages”, and here is what the band said about that:

“It took a while for the band to engage in the recording process due to line up amendments that occurred during the precedent years which led to the absolute and current arrangement designed to bestow the thrashiest and deadliest tunes, to fulfill the rights of the listeners to undergo on a metal experience like no other”.

The news already sounded brutal to our ears, but what about the actual music?

READ MORE: Damage Rite Releases A New Album 2017

The Album:

Damage Rite "The Dehumanizing Factor"

“The Dehumanizing Factor” starts off with the intro track “Dehumanize”. The sound of someone marching with a danger alarm soon turned into some Thrash riffing that clearly tells us there will be no mercy on our ears.
The second track is the released single “Whispers of Ages”, aggressive and fast, along with angry growling, showing how Death Metal is largely incorporated in the Thrash sound.
The album continues with “Cities of Blood”, “Homicidal Death Machine”, and “Oppression”. Tracks of tight changing rhythms, technical sounding solos, yet with a taste of melody, and not to forget, some rhythm breaks one can’t help but headbang to.

Track 6 is the album track, it pretty much sums up the sound of the album and includes the same theme from the album’s intro.
Last three tracks from the album are “Set Apart”, “Chaos of Souls”, and “Thy Will be Done”.
The lyrics match the album title, they question morals, purposes, truths, and you guessed it… blood and war.

To sum it up, “The Dehumanizing Factor” is a solid release, one we guarantee you will love; it is straight harsh and in your face brutal. However, one thing might stand in the face of this album breaking through. It is common among such genre: the lack of a definitive idea that separates it from the rest. Therefore, if Damage Rite can get their hands on that, we’ll be waiting for something big coming our way.

Total rank: solid 90/100
Favorite track: Set Apart

You can buy the album from Damage Rite’s Band Camp.

An Interview With Onslaught

It was a very exciting moment when, during last September’s THRASH MERCENARIES TOUR, we contacted Blaakyum, who were part of the tour, to ask them if they would be able to pass a few questions we prepared as an interview with Onslaught. But Blaakyum’s frontman, as well as their manager, proposed to do it as a video interview, instead of a written one, with Bassem Deaibess volunteering to ask the questions prepared on our behalf and to film the interview on his mobile phone. (Watch Video Interview Below)

An interview with Onslaught

Onslaught is a band that would “never compromise [their] artistic integrity in any way”. We got a lot of insights from Sy Keeler and Nige Rockett about the inside world of Onslaught. Covering many subjects starting with the then ongoing tour, Nige and Sy explained how important it is today for a band to tour and why. They also shared with us some funny, beautiful, and life-changing stories they have faced during their life on the road; some were weird though.

Talking about their composition and the band’s sound, Nige was surprised that some people are “anal” about what tuning the band can use for a thrash Metal song.

“when you look at Testament, Kreator, Overkill, ourselves, everybody is making some of the best music they ever created.” – Nige

The interview also covers the band’s influences, which start with Punk and end with Prog, the recording back in the day versus the recording procedures and costs of today, ending up with information about the upcoming releases. So enough with me blabbering about the interview, you can watch it below:

An Interview With Onslaught!

 interview with Onslaught


– Interview by: Lilas Mayassi

 

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Local Metal Band Surprises A 5-Year-Old Boy At His Birthday

Alex is a 5-year-old boy from Lebanon and a relative of veteran bassist Vik Bajac. Alex’s favorite bands happened to be thrash legends Metallica and Lebanese thrashers Blaakyum. Continue reading

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