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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

Machine Head Members Quit!

It is always unfortunate to hear that our favorite bands are breaking up, but most of us really have no clue what these bands actually go through! A Good friend of mine once said “Having a band is like getting into marriage!”, it requires a lot of effort, chemistry, and compromise between different attitudes so that any band can work through their differences.

Today, Machine Head’s Prominent member Rob Flynn( Rhythm Guitar) posted a live video announcing that the band lead guitarist Phil Demmel quit the band and he was followed by Dave McClain (Drums). However, Jared MacEachern is still not sure of his future in the band. Rob assures that their tour is still going to go on and it will be a farewell tour celebrating more than 15 years of their music and the era of the band. He also mentions that they have grown apart as people and musically, he takes responsibility of what has happened. “I have held on too tight to the reins of this band and I have suffocated those guys,” the Machine Head frontman admitted, continuing, “I’ve got some rough edges; I’m kind of a barnacle. Those rough edges have given us the success we have but they’ve also hurt the people around me.”

In the video, Flynn laments the loss of his two longtime bandmates, but offers praise of their abilities and their character.

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Machine Head Farewell Tour:

10/04 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10/06 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
10/08 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
10/09 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/10 Saskatoon, SK – Louis
10/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
10/13 Minot, ND – The Original
10/15 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (rescheduled show)
10/17 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre (rescheduled show)
10/18 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (rescheduled show)
10/19 Kansas City, MO – Truman
10/20 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/22 Cleveland, OH – Agora (rescheduled show)
10/23 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10/24 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre (rescheduled show)
10/26 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
10/27 Columbus, OH – Newport
10/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (rescheduled show)
10/30 Hartford, CT – The Webster
10/31 Huntington, NY – Paramount
11/02 Sayreville, NJ – Starland
11/03 Richmond, VA – National
11/04 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/07 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
11/09 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
11/10 Nashville, KY – Exit In
11/11 Charlotte, NC – Underground
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/14 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
11/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11/17 Austin, TX – Emos
11/18 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/20 Tucson, AZ – Club X
11/21 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
11/23 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/24 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

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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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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

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

Ralph Santolla Dead At The Age Of 49

Ralph Santolla was taken off live support on Wednesday June 6, 2018.

Ralph Santolla was known for performing with many bands such as: Obituary, Iced Earth, Death, Deicide, Millenium, Memorain, Sebastian Bach, Redscream, Toxik, Eyewitness, Hollow, Stare, Melechesh. Continue reading

Prominence Introduces New Member

New comers, Prominence, released their first song, four months ago and it features none other than Derek Roddy (ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) behind the kit.

Prominence is a new Death Metal band from Lebanon formed less than a year ago. It was gathered by Rock INsight Organization‘s founder and ex-Within Destruction drummer Jack Khamo. After several posts and teasers, Prominence released their first single “Slaughter of Dreams”. The song was composed and written by Khamo himself. But on this song, Jack decided to record the guitar and the bass rather than the drums, leaving that mission to the DW drummer Derek Roddy. Joining him as well on the guitars are guitarists Matt Lawand and Albert Obeid.

As the line up of Prominence was shaky, the band performed with Albert Obeid  during Metal United World Wide Event but as a session guitarist. The band have put up a great show with Albert giving it all on the axe.

A few days ago only, the band announced their newest member, Maurice Semaan, with a post that reads:

“Ladies and gentlemen! We introduce you our new axe-man! Mr. Maurice Semaan! Welcome to the family brother! Another big news coming your way next week, stay tuned and stay metal \m/”

Prominence updated line up is: Maurice Semaan (Guitar), Matt Lawand (Guitar), Sergio Ashjian (Bass), Jack Khamo (Drums), and Nareg Cherchian (Vocals).


“Slaughter of Dreams” featured the legend Derek Roddy ( ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) on drums. The song was recorded by all band members (Jack Khamo, Matt ML, Sergio Ashjian, Nareg Cherchian) and our friend Albert Obeid. The song was recorded with Anwar Habib and Triptych Studio.

Prominence was announced to perform in this year’s edition of Beirut Metal Fest on September 7th at Porsche Factory Beirut. The festival will be headlined by Death Metallers Decapitated.


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

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with its most famous lineup: Tore Østby, Ingar Amlien, and Arve Heimdal.

CONCEPTION is a Progressive Power Metal band that was formed in the year 1989 and disbanded in 1998 after Khan left to join the American Progressive Metal band, KAMELOT. Khan then left Kamelot in 2010 and went off the radar. In 2014, we published the investigative viral article “What Happened To Roy Khan After Leaving The Band” which tried to collect several information from here and there, and later in 2016, we published a letter that shows Khan’s interest in going back to music. Check it out >here<.

At the beginning of this month, Roy Khan Releases First Song After Leaving Kamelot, and hinted for a reunion with his old band CONCEPTION.

CONCEPTION decided to release their comeback album by financing it themselves and by asking for the help of their fans through a crowdfunding campaign via a PledgeMusic campaign.

“Since releasing the album “Flow” in 1997, the members have been working on separate projects, but fans never gave up hope of seeing them together as a band again. There have been rumors and speculations for some time about a possible reunion, and now they confirm they’ve been quietly working for some time on this new material.

Singer Roy Khan (ex-KAMELOT) says: “It’s great to be back together. The strong bond we have makes for a great foundation for creativity. We can’t wait to present our new music which we feel shows development but still bears the signature of CONCEPTION.”

Guitarist Tore Østby adds: “I can only agree with Roy. I think it’s been a surprising experience for all of us to meet each other musically again and find where this work has taken us.”

The decision to do this on their own has been unanimous, to explore the possibilities in having full control. They have already formed a team of professionals believing in the band’s comeback. The band intends to raise money to release a single and EP in the autumn.

Khan (full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat) recently released his first-ever solo song called “For All”. The track, which was written by Khan, was recorded at Stable Studios in Oslo, Norway in March 2018 and features Roy on vocals, piano and keyboards alongside Leif Johansen on fretless bass and Geir Olav Akselsen on all guitars.

After his departure from KAMELOT seven years ago, Khan, who is a devout Christian, joined a church in the coastal town of Moss, Norway. As an employee of Moss Frikirke, Khan worked with the youth, mainly with the choir and the skaters of the village. Roy stopped working at the church in September 2016, but is reportedly still living and working in Moss.

Khan announced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking several months off to recover from a “burnout.” He explained in a statement at the time: “I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough, they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with KAMELOT). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales, they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; it is finished.”

KAMELOT officially announced Tommy Karevik as its new lead singer in June 2012. The Florida-based band has recorded three albums so far with the Swedish vocalist: 2012’s “Silverthorn”, 2015’s “Haven” and “The Shadow Theory”, which arrived earlier month.” – Source Blabbermouth.


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Roy Khan Is Back

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

After 20 years, Roy Khan returns to Norwegian Power Metal band, CONCEPTION, by reuniting with its most famous lineup: Tore ...
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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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