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JAY WUD Announce Third Album And Release New Single

Dubai-based band Jay Wud announced the release date of their third album, “Transitions“, which is due on the 30th of June, also releasing a new single from the album called “Empire” that serves as a great introduction to the band’s mix of heavy metal tunes and flamboyant rock. Jay Wud

Fronted by Lebanese singer/guitarist and namesake Jay Wud who is known for his powerful vocals and his scorching metal-tinged hard rock riffs. With members from Serbia and Latvia, their Middle Eastern success has seen them support the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Skunk Anansie, and become headliners in their own right.

With the help of an impressive crowdfunding campaign that raised over $30,000 (we shared about it >here<), they were able to complete recording “Transitions” with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Seether, My Chemical Romance, Theory of a Deadman) in Los Angeles.
This third JAY WUD album marks a new beginning for the band as they venture into much darker, heavier, and more explorative territory.

Pre-Order “Transitions” From iTunes

Listen to Jay Wud’s “Empire” below:

Lyrics:

This empire of fucking thieves
deceiving you as they sell you shattered dreams
compulsive liars, bending truth
retribution has to come from me and you

you will fall down, wither and fade away for good
your time is done now, wither and fade away you should

extinction is their own fate
rise up, deny and break this fucked up state
redemption, are we blind ?
we don’t belong , we have been left behind

you will fall down, wither and fade away for good
your time is done now, wither and fade away you should

thieves
fucking thieves

you will fall down, wither and fade away for good
your time is done now, wither and fade away you should

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Alain Ibrahim Releases First Song From His Solo Album

Only one month after we interviewed him about his new album (here), Alain Ibrahim releases the first song from his solo album! Continue reading

PHENOMY Eastern Europe Tour 2017

PHENOMY Eastern Europe Tour 2017!

Up-and-coming local thrashers PHENOMY have quickly built a strong presence in the local and foreign Metal Scenes. Having a busy couple of years with a consistent performance pattern, Phenomy crossed the Lebanese borders to perform at the Persian Rock & Metal Festival in Turkey only 2 months after the band was formed. From 2015 till 2016, the band managed to record and release their debut album, “Once And For All”, on November 1st at STATION Beirut (See photo gallery here). The album release event featured a special headline by “InnerGuilt” and a very successful debut for Slave To Sirens.

Today, Phenomy crossed all the borders and joined the legions of local bands who toured Europe. Phenomy have just set the standards high, and are a living proof that hard work, proper management, and perseverance will take you places.

Phenomy will be touring with the Swedish Metal band REPAY, performing ten shows in seven different countries. Check out all the dates and information below.

 

REPAY + PHENOMY Eastern Europe Tour 2017

2/Jun Novi Sad (SRB) Suburbia
3/Jun Djakovo (HR) King
4/Jun Tuzla (BIH) Bunt
8/Jun Osijek (HR) Exit
9/Jun Budapest (HUN) S8 Underground
15/Jun Bucharest (ROU) Hybrid
14/Jun Svishtov (BGR) Disorder
15/Jun Sofija (BGR) Live & Loud
16/Jun Nis (SRB) Black Stage Caffe
17/Jun Pozarevac (SRB) Klub KB

More dates to be announced soon
Booking: contact@roadmasterbooking.com

+REPAY (Sweden/Metal) with over 70 concerts in Sweden, Germany, and Czech Republic, appearances at the festival Metaltown and strange gigs at prisons, 2 studio albums and 2 compilation albums, this Swedish hungry band of Death will finally conquer Eastern Europe with their dark universal songs!
Music: http://repay.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/repayofficial

+PHENOMY (Lebanon/Thrash Metal) – Adding melodies to their aggression, Phenomy have built a unique sound. In 2016, they released the debut album ‘Once And For All’, and now they promise to conquer Eastern Europe, also presenting exclusive tracks of their upcoming release.
Music: https://youtu.be/cWE49ZRwWQs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Phen0my


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Chris Cornell Died At The Age Of 52

Rock Star Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 according to the article published by The Associated Press, read below:

UPDATE:

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Cornell died as a result of a “suicide by hanging.”
The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News both reported that Cornell was found dead in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel with “a band around his neck.” However, these reports have not yet been corroborated by official police sources.
A full autopsy report, including toxicology results, has not yet been completed. – Blabbermouth

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s third studio album, “Badmotorfinger,” in 1991 spawned enormously popular singles “Jesus Christ Pose,” ″Rusty Cage”, and “Outshined” that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations.

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone.

Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album “Superunknown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles “Spoonman,” ″Fell on Black Days,” ″Black Hole Sun,” ″My Wave”, and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal”, in 2012.

In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, and neglect.

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Associated Press writer Dennis Waszak in New York contributed to this report.



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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)

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder PAUL O’NEILL Dies At 61

With a Heavy Heart, we bring you this sad news. Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s founder Paul O’Neill was found dead at the age of 61. The cause of death was described by the band’s official page as a “chronic illness”. Statement embedded below.

Paul O’Neill was a legendary music producer who worked with many Rock and Pop icons such as Savatage, Madonna, Sting, Aerosmith, Heaven, Metal Church, Bon Jovi, Dio, and many more. From his humble beginnings at Leber-Krebs Inc. until founding and producing one of the biggest Touring act in the last 2 decades, Paul O’Neill left a remarkable mark into our world. Rest In Peace.

About Paul Paul O’Neill

(Taken from TSO official Website)
Paul O’Neill: Composer, Lyricist, Producer

Paul O'NeillTrans-Siberian Orchestra was formed in 1996 by Paul O’Neill who immediately approached long time friends and collaborators Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva to form a core writing team. Paul O’Neill is a rare talent; a prolific writer and producer with a tremendously varied career in the music industry. A New York City native, O’Neill shaped his passion for music around the varied sounds he was introduced to while growing up – from Queen to classical, Yes to Harry Chapin, Broadway musicals to Jim Croce. After playing with a number of rock bands through high school and playing folk guitar gigs at downtown clubs, Paul took his first serious musical steps almost 20 years ago as the guitarist in the touring productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Hair.” From 1980-85 he worked at Leber-Krebs Inc., the legendary management company that launched the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Ted Nugent, The New York Dolls, The Scorpions, and Michael Bolton among others. In the 1980’s, Paul became one of the biggest rock promoters in Japan, promoting every tour of Madonna and Sting done in that decade, as well as some of the biggest rock festivals with such acts as Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Ronnie James Dio. O’Neill’s productions include Aerosmith’s platinum “Classics Live, Volumes 1 & 2,” Savatage’s critically acclaimed “Hall of the Mountain King,” “Gutter Ballet,” the rock operas “Streets,” “Dead Winter Dead,” as well as the “Badlands” debut album. From there he expanded his horizons to create the ageless and widely praised Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). The platinum selling band quickly became one of Lava/Atlantic’s top artists. An established songwriter, O’Neill has also written and directed several music videos highlighted by “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” from TSO’s debut album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” as well as the TV special “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” starring Michael Crawford, Ossie Davis, Jewel, and TSO. TSO’s music has recently been featured in several films such as “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “Little Vampires.”

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Bader Nana To Release New Album On April 10

If you’re a fan of Progressive Metal and haven’t listened to Bader Nana, well you’re doing yourself a big disservice!

Who is Bader Nana?

Bader Nana is a Kuwait-based Lebanese musician who started playing instruments since he was 18 years old.
Bader Nana is a one-man band who started his journey by being influenced by lots of Progressive Metal or Neo-Progressive Rock projects, and so far releasing ‘Wormwood’ (2011) and ‘Anthology’ (2013). His music has been featured on various rock/metal websites as well as getting radio airplay on several European radio stations. 

So let’s talk a little about the new album called “Devolver” due on April 10th.
‘Devolver’ has been in production for more than 3 years allowing Nana to explore new sonic and musical territory at his leisure to his complete satisfaction.
This album will be the same progressive bedrock just as the old albums but this time it will be with a new message of hope which is translated onto a diverse palette of musical arrangements ranging from cinematic orchestration, to soaring ballads, to dirty distorted rock anthems, featuring  several guest appearances including guitar and vocal work by Ramzi Ramman (The JLP Show, Lebanon) and vocals by Omar Afuni (Omar Afuni, Kuwait).

The album has 8 tracks with a total run time of an hour and six minutes. You can find the track list below.

Track List:

Mercenaries – 7:42
Victorious – 5:05
Without a Backward Glance – 5:37
Full Circle – 4:38
I am Alive – 10:42
Dust Within Me – 4:49
Desperate Times – 6:14
Devolver – 23:03

Bader Nana

If you would like to listen to his old albums:
Bader Nana’s previous body of work can be found at 
https://badernana.bandcamp.com

including his previous albums and a variety of side projects.
On this platform, it is also possible to contact him for any extra information.


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Damage Rite Releases A New Album 2017

Damage Rite is a Thrash/Death metal band founded by guitarist/Vocalist JM Elias, in the summer of 2003 under the name of “Post Mortem”. A name that the band chose to portray a generation that came after the war, but they soon needed to changed it to Damage Rite after they found out that there are a lot of Metal bands using the same name (to know why they chose Damage right check out the video here).
After a long while the band finally releases a new album entitled “The Dehumanizing Factor”.
Blending elements of metal music with outspoken view against modern establishments, Conceived in Lebanon, a full length album that sonically emulates the emotional journey of war, betrayal and deception”.
Produced by JM & Rayan
Mixed and Mastered by Rayan at CTG Productions

Track list:

1- Dehumanize
2- Whispers of Ages
3- Cities of Blood
4- Homicidal Death Machine
5- Oppression
6- The Dehumanizing Factor
7- Set Apart
8- Chaos of Souls
9- Thy Will Be Done

Get the “The Dehumanizing Factor” here: https://damagerite.bandcamp.com/releases

A review of the album will be out soon so stay tuned…

Also Do not miss out the chance to watch Damage Rite performing live on the 10th of June, sharing the stage with British the Thrashers Onslaught who are joining forces with Blaakyum again after their 2016 Mercenary tour along with the ladies from Slave To Sirens. This is a 100% pure Thrash Event! for more info on : https://www.facebook.com/SkullSessionFest/


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Maysaloon – The Forgotten Dawn Out April 11

The Syrian Metal Scene is alive in many forms from under the rubble of the devastating civil war that has been tearing apart the country for many years now.

The Syrian people are known throughout history to be great warriors, and they are fighting against all odds to make their hard situation a better one through art and music. Among these warriors is a new generation of great Metal heads who are turning their pain into heavy aggressive riffs of darkness. One of these bands is a great new aspiring band, Maysaloon, who will be releasing their debut LP on April 11th, 2017.

So who are Maysaloon?

Maysaloon is a Syrian Technical/Melodic, Oriental Death Metal Band, founded by Jake Shuker in late 2015, after playing a live concert in Damascus.

Maysaloon members consist of Jake Shuker: Guitar/ Vocals, Yousef Yaziji: Guitar, Dio Al-Miqdad: Bass.

Eight months ago, the band started recording their first ever LP called “The Forgotten Dawn”. The recording took place at Jake’s home with minimal equipment due to the hard accessibility and lack of financial support caused by the civil war.
The EP’s official teaser was released on Monday 6/3/2017 (Watch video below) and contains 8 tracks:

  1. Lama Bada Yatathana (Intro)
  2. The First Believer – Al Namroud
  3. The Horrid Homage
  4. Seals of Astarte
  5. Seeds of Sanity
  6. Tanit Demands Her Due
  7. Hatred and Pain Will Always Remain
  8. The Forgotten Dawn (Instrumental)
  9. Pull The Plug (Death Cover)

Maysaloon

The band is successful regardless of the war going on in their county, for they are trying their best to continue the thing they love and making Syria proud.
Maysaloon’s music was influenced by a lot of bands such as Death, Obscura, Dark Tranquillity, and ancient Mesopotamian music.
Their lyrical themes are also about Ancient Civilizations, wars, and philosophy, which apply in today’s world. The lyrics of the album were written by Waddah Al Tawil, expect for “Seeds of Sanity” which was written by Jake and “Hatred and Pain Will Always Remain” by Dio Al Miqdad.

The awesome album art was designed by Syrian artist Trident Abd.
You can go ahead and enjoy the song in the video below.

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SAMAEL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS

The old school Swiss metal band SAMAEL officially signs a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band is working on releasing a new album later in 2017.

Napalm’s A&R Sebastian Münch is so proud to announce the worldwide signing with the Swiss cult band SAMAEL.
He states that “I could not be prouder! Today we would like to announce the worldwide signing of the Swiss cult band SAMAEL! SAMAEL has created some of the most lethal and authentic Black Metal albums with “Blood Ritual” and “Ceremony of Opposites”! With a more industrial approach later on, masterpieces likes “Passage” and “Eternal” saw the light of day!

SAMAEL’s reaction on signing with Napalm Records: they are thrilled to be working and tightening the knot with Napalm Records for the release of their new album: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve tightened the knot with Napalm Records for the release of our new album! We’re looking forward to this exciting alliance for what will undoubtedly be the most important record in the S A M A E L history!”

SAMAEL is very excited about this signing and believe this could be the most important record in S A M A E L history!

SAMAEL TOUR DATES:

  • Inferno Festival – Oslo Norway: April 14, 2017
  • MetalMania 2017 – Katowice Poland: April 22, 2017
  • The Dome – London UK: May 14, 2017

– Roy Sassine
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