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
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
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)
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?
“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.
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:
For the first time in the Middle East, Metal Bell Magazine is proud to present “Roswell And Orchestra”.
Many musicians will be joining the Lebanese Rock band “Roswell”, where some of the most successful songs from the band’s 3 albums will be performed, in addition to some famous Rock covers with a classical music orchestra. Special guests will also be joining the stage next to the band and the orchestra. Continue reading
Remember when we shared the story about little Reinabelle who was born blind last March? At the time, 8 local bands and artists ( Violent Peace, Aces High, Eden, Napview, Homesick, Colorblind, Grey Groove, and Ghiya Assaad) gathered their forces for a unique fundraising event, Rock For Reinabelle, at Quadrangle Hazmieh to help gather the required money for the operation. Here’s what happened:
Reinabelle arrived with her parents at Beirut airport at midnight, returning from the USA where she had a successful eye surgery. She was born blind, and today, she can see, giving many others who were born blind hope that, one day, they too, will be able to see.
Many Lebanese followed Reinabelle’s story and sympathized with her, either through praying or donating money. The cost of Reinabelle’s surgery in the USA was around 250,000 USD, which was collected from different fundraising events, including Rock For Reinabelle.
The call for donations was made on February 7, 2016: “A two-month-old girl who was born blind needs a cornea transplant surgery within one month to avoid damage to the arteries and nerves of the eyes. The surgery costs 200,000 USD, and the parents’ friends have decided to open a bank account for anyone wishing to contribute and help Reinabelle”. Subsequently, a fundraising campaign was launched, with the participation of many media outlets, in addition to schools and educational and social institutions.
On April 23, Reinabelle underwent surgery in both eyes, and the treating physician in the United States reported that the surgery was a success, and that Reinabelle needs a few days to open her eyes.
For the first time, she will be able to see the faces of her mother, her father, and her brothers… and life.