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Most Innovative Albums In 2018

For the last decade, all I’ve heard was criticism of the modern music scene. Whether it’s metal or rock, people looked at music with pessimism. While many people believe that good music is a thing of the past, and that innovation died with the rise of the 21st century, that is certainly not true. Some of the greatest most innovative music was released in 2018 and we will cover 5 Albums that we consider to be the most innovative Albums in 2018!

The albums are shared in no particular order.

Most Innovative Albums In 2018

Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

Christian Muenzner strikes again with a Prog Death Masterpiece, possibly the greatest. This album combines the composition and innovation of progressive music with the brutality/riffage of Technical Death Metal. Imagine YES meets Nile, yet with further depth to the music somehow. Alkaloid‘s Liquid Anatomy is a true masterpiece.

Buy album and merchandise >HERE<

Ostura – The Room

This is not only one of the greatest pieces of music this year, it has such great cinematic elements that it should just be labeled “Art”. While concept albums are perhaps a thing of the past, Ostura have somewhat refined the idea of a concept album and twisted it into a series of mood swings trapped within the different vocalists/characters. And although it may seem that the guitars try to overshadow the rest of the instruments in metal, in this album, the guitars actually served the composition and the rest of the “symphony”.

You can Buy or Stream the full album >HERE<

Polyphia – New Levels New Devils

I don’t even know what the genre is anymore, it is so innovative and refreshing that I found myself checking if I was still listening to Polyphia. The fusion of Jazz, Djent, and Prog Rock all into one style, Polyphia possibly created a new genre of music. It will come as no surprise to me if a new wave is born as a result of such a sound. Mark my words, Polyphia have given birth to a new beast!

You can stream or buy the album >HERE<

Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts

28 years ago, Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS and was given 3-5 years to live.

Yet here it is, another masterpiece of a record. Jason composed the entire album using nothing but his eyes, yes he is that good. The album isn’t a rock album by convention, for its composition sets it apart as classical music. Featured on the record are some of the world’s greatest axemen such as Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert, and countless more!

You can stream or order your copy >Here<

Revocation – The Outer Ones

Last but not least is Revocation’s latest endeavor into the experimental realm. This is by no means your run of the mill tech death album. It is layers of Jazz and Fusion hidden under distortion and blast beats. The album is sheer proof of Revocation’s progress from a thrash metal band from Boston to a mature band with a unique sound.

Buy album >HERE<

These were our 5 most innovative albums in 2018.The selection wasn’t limited to Metal but also included more rock-based styles. We hope you liked our selection, and if you have any albums that you think should have made the list, kindly suggest them in the comments section below.

2019… give us your best shot.


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In Santa Q Live Rock Show | GALLERY

Photos taken by Nancy Jdid.


In Sanity Q will be performing @ Quadrangle on December 20, and you better be there.

Why? Because your future self just sent you the following message:

“It is 2048, and I’ve been living a life full of regrets ever since December 20, 2018… For the past 20 years, I’ve been trying to invent a time machine that would take me back in time to watch In Sanity Q’s Xmas rock show. Those who attended it say that it was a night to remember… Unfortunately, right now, all I am able to do is send you this message… You better attend that show, my little self, or you’ll pay for it when the time machine is created. I’ll come and spank your little butt, like Santa spanks the crap out of naughty children… Trust me, kid. The last thing you want is to get spanked by your future self.”

Another good reason to attend In Santa Q is because you’ll have something to talk about when you attend other Xmas parties later on. You will be able to say stuff like, “You call this a good time? LOL. You’ve seen nothing if you haven’t seen In Sanity Q live!”

… All we’re saying is that this is a great opportunity for you to have a great time. If you miss us, you shouldn’t miss this.

Entrance fee is $10, and you get 1 free beer.

Metal-Leaks | New Song Released Unofficially

Year after year and the Rock and Metal scene in Lebanon is progressing and evolving and day after day we are witnessing a new release, a band that is touring abroad, or even participation in major international festivals. Today, we discovered that a new song was released unofficially by one of the most entertaining rock bands in town. And we just leaked it to you, in this article, even before the band officially announce it or set a date for its release.

In Sanity Q has long become a household name in the Lebanese Rock scene, building a reputation for themselves as one of the most entertaining Rock bands in Lebanon. The Qs aren’t only about the music but also about the show, the theatrical rock show, that is mastered by every member.

New Song was Released

The style however, as much as it is defined as Rock, is full of punk and early metal influences. Tonight, Metal Bell Magazine is premiering “F**k Peace”, a new track by the almighty In Sanity Q. The song starts with calm arpeggios and vocals that will make you think this is an Iron Maiden song. But soon enough, the song kicks into a rock punk style.

The recording vintage quality take us back to early years of Metal which adds up to the beauty of the track. Listen below to “F**K Peace”, the new song released today.

Listen to the song HERE


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Hellfest Reveals 2K19 Lineup: Tool, KISS And Manowar To Headline…

 

Dream Theater, Def Leppard, Lamb of God, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, Slayer, King Diamond, ZZ Top, and Whitesnake among other notable acts.

Hellfest has earned the reputation of being the biggest metal festival in the past few years, and believe me it is for many good reasons.

The French festival introduces a massive lineup each year, spanning over six stages, each one is dedicated to a specific subgenre.

On Monday 26th of November, Hellfest announced the lineup for its 14th edition, headlining the three days are Manowar, KISS, and Tool with many co-headlining acts such as ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Slayer (Final show in France), Slash, Mass Hysteria, King Diamond, and many many more.

Hellfest 2K19 will take place as usual in Clisson, France on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of June.

Tickets for the festival are sold out, this is the second year that tickets are out way before announcing the lineup, this only shows how blind faith the metal world has for Hellfest, it also shows a great confidence from the founder Ben Barbaud and his team.

Just like any other musical events, it is possible to find tickets but we advise you not to buy anywhere un-trusted, here is a link to the official website for re-selling the tickets, keep an eye on a regular basis

http://hellfest.zepass.com/

I will leave you here with the complete lineup, also with a great short film created for Hellfest.

Just like every year, we will be there to cover and share with you this heavy experience.

Stay Metal \m/

 

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 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). Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW And Their GUNS N ROSES Affair

Hard Rockers POINT OF VIEW are one of the most active and long lasting bands in Dubai. Formed in the year 2005 on the desert dunes of the 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 with Legendary Hard Rock icons Guns N’ Roses. Continue reading

Hellfest 2018 (Reviewed)

Three hours from Paris in my car, it’s probably the longest ride as I drive, I can’t wait to be on site, I count every minute while my car player is shuffling a playlist that I create each year based on the bands playing Hellfest.

I’m finally there, the wonderland for each metal fan, truly excited to see what’s new this year.
As usual, my first stop is the press area, a luxury lounge that we all appreciate, all thanks to Hellfest management for taking such good care of the press.
The art invested in the area is magnificent, the small lake turned into a swimming pool, a gothic swimming pool to properly describe it.

Hellfest comes back for the 13th edition, you can’t control it was this year’s slogan, and it really describes the festival, you can’t really control what Ben and his team are up to each year, they never fail to amaze us.

As the year before, 13th was sold out in a matter of hours with the lineup locked in a box in Ben’s office, this is truly incredible, it only shows how Hellfest became a cult for us, no matter who plays, WE WILL BE THERE.

But of course this did not stop Hellfest from bringing the finest in the industry each year, every time we say this is the biggest yet, it runs out we were wrong, each year it gets bigger and bigger, you will understand what I mean at the end of the article.

The first day kicked off at about 10:30, yeah, beer and metal, it can’t get any better as a breakfast.

Six stages were on fire, bringing multiple genres of Heavy Metal.
The main stages were busy with some great groups, Sons Of Apollo had their Hellfest debut, and they were great performing their debut album, a prog band that consists of Portnoy, Sherinian, Bumblefoot, Sheehan and Jeff Soto, or shall we call it a super group!

It was a non-stop kinda day on the main stages, band after band, from Tesseract to Meshuggah, Joan Jett to Europe, Steven Wilson, Hollywood Vampires, Stone Sour and finally the almighty Judas Priests that headlined the first night, WOW, what a show, Halford was truly a heavy metal god.
The last band to play the main stage was A Perfect Circle.
The stages, Altar, Temple, Valley, and Warzone had an amazing atmosphere as well with bands: Therion, Satyricon, Napalm Death, Bad Religion and Rise Against.

Day one was a blast…

The second and third day is where usually the atmosphere starts to pick up, everyone was looking forward to a fat second day, on the bill: Iced Earth, Killswitch Engage, ACCEPT, Septic Flesh, Carpenter Brut, Exodus, Amorphis, Arch Enemy, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Marylin Manson, Nightwish and the mightiest of all to headline day two… IRON MAIDEN
Now you get the idea why I called it a fat day…
IRON MAIDEN had a magnificent show, it is amazing after all these years how these guys can still manage to WOW the fans.

The third and final day, it is always a sad feeling approaching the end of Hellfest, but we were on for a huge surprise.

After a long day of heavy metal with bands like: Powerwolf, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Katakalysm, Enslaved, Body Count, Children Of Bodom, Nile, Limp Bizkit, and to headline the last day Avenged Sevenfold were up for their first ever headline of Hellfest, it is really great to present a younger generation band to headline the biggest metal festival in the world, I love the music of A7X but I felt that their show wasn’t really up for headlining Hellfest.

It was a blast, by all means, an edition that you surely can’t control.

But that wasn’t just it, Hellfest team decided to change their policy of not announcing the bands for the next edition, they decided to give us something this year, but as we know by now that Hellfest don’t do things as usual festivals do, they had something big planned for us, it was an announcement for 2019.

Lights out on the main stage, few minutes of silence and suspense, lights are back and there’s someone on stage….

It’s Joey DeMaio of MANOWAR, yes you heard it damn right, Joey DeMaio came all the way to Hellfest to announce the return of Manowar to headline Hellfest 2019.

These are some of his words:
Hellfest is the true festival of the world, You haven’t seen shit yet… Net year Manowar will come, and we will strike the fucking ground and crack it open with the ultimate power and spectacle of light, that is my word and that is what will happen, we’ve never broken our word for the French fans and we never will…

ARE YOU WITH US? DEATH TO FALSE METAL…
ARE YOU WITH MANOWAR?

VIVE LA FRANCE

That was his closing statement and the fans went nuts…

Hellfest is now in the history books for another amazing year, now all we have to do is wait impatiently for the complete lineup to revel…
The thriller is at it’s the best level

Enjoy our photo gallery from the three days combined taken by Sharbel Kanoun

Metal Bell will be there again in 2019…

STAY METAL \m/

By: Sharbel Kanoun

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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EDITOR’S PICKS:

Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot

UPDATE APRIL 20, 2018

Roy Khan Is Back

Roy Khan Is Back With His Old Band CONCEPTION | New EP Soon

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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

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