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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 shed 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 neighbours for multiple of shows. But such shows needs 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.

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BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour Announced

BREAKING NEWS: Slayer Farewell Tour Announced!

Only moments ago, Slayer disturbed metalheads around the globe by announcing a farewell tour. The announcement featured a trailer in which Slayer took us with nostalgia. This, however, came as no shock to most people as the band, especially Tom Araya, had kept hinting at the possibility of retirement.

“After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension,” – Tom Araya for Loudwire in an interview from 2016.

Slayer are yet to announce tour dates (updated: 25-1-18: scroll down for dates and links of each event), but as the video shows it will be a WORLD TOUR!

Slayer To Bid Fans Farewell: “The End is Near…Slayer to tour the world one more time…”

Apparently, the farewell tour will feature: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. As you can see in the poster below, that was posted simultaneously with the farewell tour announcement video on the band’s official website.

Slayer then posted on all their social media outlets the following:

The end is near…
SLAYER TO MAKE ITS EXIT WITH ONE FINAL WORLD TOUR

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/ metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time.

Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet + exclusive merchandise packages will be available.

Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.

BREAKING NEWS | Slayer Farewell Tour AnnouncedSlayer Farewell Tour

MAY
10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ

JUNE
1 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20 Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

Slayer also posted on twitter:


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Wyvern’s Guitarist And Co-Founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Today, The Egyptian Metal Scene received shocking news concerning one of the most popular Egyptian metal bands, Wyvern, as Marawan Shaaban, Wyvern guitarist, passed away.

A number of Egyptian metal musicians mourned the death of Shaaban, such as Ehab Khaled Fawzy, Medic vocalist and guitarist, Sayed Ragai, Sinprophecy vocalist, Shung the guitarist of Sand Aura and Ahl Sina, Ismail Attalah Crescent vocalist and Metal Blast Festival team. (see below)

Egyptian guitarist Marawan Shaaban was announced dead today. Metal Bell Magazine learned about the passing of the Egyptian leading guitarist from a post made by Metal Blast Festival.

Marawan has been battling Leukemia for the past year, and he finally lost the battle to cancer. Wyvern are yet to post a statement. Meanwhile, we only wish for Marawan to Rest In Peace and share the grief with his family and friends.

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Wyvern is one of the oldest Metal bands in Egypt with a huge fan base. “WYVERN was the first heavy metal band to perform in a public music festival in Egypt since the ‘Great Arrest’ in 1997.”

Egypt’s Metal Scene Mourns Marawan Shaaban

-Rana Atef & T.P.


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DIVULGENT | The Anonymous Band Releases First Demo Song

DIVULGENT The Anonymous Band Releases First Demo Song!

All of a sudden, a band page in the name of Divulgent appears on Facebook. With a considerably long biography for a band that just started (read below), and a TBAs on the members’ list, they definitely got our attention.

Who, What, Why?

The About of the band depicts the following:

“We are the silenced, faced with corruption, clinging to survival with no end.
Yet, beneath the carnage a silver lining shall appear, speaking the words that you all must hear.”

Interesting enough, the band released their first music teaser a few days later. On January 17th, they released their first song from their debut EP. (Video Below)

First Release

“This song is NOT the fully produced EP quality”, the band commented on their released Lyrical video. Therefore, we are going to call it a demo. The song is actually a pretty good one! So, judging by the quality of the recording aside, the track clearly shows high musicianship and great composing abilities.

With no time, the track got a lot of support from the local and regional scene, tens of shares and an approximately 1800 views in only 3 days. Checkout  “Techno Logic” below and leave your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 DIVULGENT The Anonymous Band

An announcement today on the band page says that the band will be revealing its members in 24 hours. Bummer 🙁 we thought we were going to enjoy the mysterious approach more. (Read full statement below)

Biography

DIVULGENT is a new Experimental/Groove Metal band from Beirut, Lebanon.

Mixing sounds of heavy chugging guitars, melodies, catchy riffing patterns, groovy drumming and bass lines, a twist of melo-djent with heavy breakdowns layered with harsh vocals, talking about the issues that we all as people should open our eyes to. We define the concept of each message we find important, to be delivered with its own special identity. We are able to achieve a very unique sound due to many great bands that have influenced each member. To mention a few, Meshuggah, Lamb of God, After The Burial, and Slipknot have added their influence to our own imagination and flavoring.

Divulgent has been writing its own material from the very beginning back in late 2016. And recently recorded a Demo CD in order for people to know what to expect from the band, and listen to the messages that we try to deliver. We have a clear image of where we want this band to go, the path we want to take, the stages we aim to play and the people we want to communicate with, and build a family with those who can relate to our visions and inspire us with more.

When all this became a common interest and a mutual vision, all 5 members whom assembly turned out to be a very distinct combination due to all their experiences, decided that this is something they look to be doing for a very long time with insistence and perseverance in order to build on our passion – music.


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OSTURA | Major Signing Deal And More!

OSTURA Major signing deal with leading worldwide music label, Universal Music (MENA), album art and tracklist revealed and more! (announcement video below).

Taking it to the NEXT LEVEL, Lebanese Progressive band OSTURA surprised everyone with a major signing deal with one of the biggest labels in the world, an unprecedented move in the Lebanese Metal scene, making them the first Lebanese band to ever sign with Universal Music, or any major music label. Continue reading

Motörhead Guitarist Dies At Age 67

Motörhead Guitarist Dies At Age 67! Continue reading

Judas Priest New Song Lightning Strike Released

Judas Priest New Song Lightning Strike Released on Spotify and a video teaser on their Facebook Page!

British Legends Judas Priest Released New Song Lightning Strike on Spotify yesterday and it sounds very classic.

Judas Priest have released a short video clip showcasing their new track Lightning Strike on their Facebook page. The track is taken from Judas Priest upcoming album “Firepower”, which is set to be released later in March of this year. Continue reading

NEVERMORE Singer WARREL DANE Dies In Brazil

NEVERMORE Singer WARREL DANE Dies in Brazil of a Heart Attack!

Acclaimed heavy metal singer Warrel Dane, who achieved fame with the bands SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE, died on Wednesday (December 13) in São Paulo, Brazil. The American musician, who was in the process of making his second solo album, had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived.

Guitarist Johnny Moraes, who was a member of Dane‘s solo band, was with the singer around midnight when Warrel started to feel bad.

“He died in the night,” Moraes told Brazil’s UOL. “He was in the apartment where he stayed during the recording of the album when it happened. I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead.”

According to Moraes, Dane — whose Wikipedia page erroneously states he was 48 but who is believed to have been in his late 50s — had a history of addictions and health issues. “His health was already very weak because of his diabetes and his problems with alcoholism,” he said. “He was already facing a lot of health problems.”

The instrumental parts for Dane‘s follow-up to 2008’s “Praises To The War Machine” solo album were almost completed and he had begun laying down his vocals shortly before his death. The musicians in his solo band are thinking about finishing the record with guest singers as a posthumous tribute, but no decision has yet been made.

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge reacted to the news of Warrel‘s passing with a post on the band’s Facebook page. “Today I wake up to the news that Warrel Dane has died,” he wrote. “I don’t even know what to say. My friend, brother and musical companion for over 30 years has passed away. I’m in total shock right now.

“I’m sorry for any close family or friends that had to hear the news on Facebook.”

In a 2016 interview with Brazil’s Imprensa Do Rock, Dane alluded to his alcoholism while answering a question about how he takes care of his voice. “The most important thing for a singer is you have to get a lot of rest, a lot of sleep,” he said. “You have to drink a lot of water. You have to hydrate yourself. And you… I know I have a bad reputation about alcohol, but you kind of have to stay away. So I’m a little better now these days than I was. I know I have a bad reputation for drinking too much, but I don’t so much anymore. And you just… you just have to realize your instrument and know your limitations and know your strengths. I used to, when I was younger, sing in the stratosphere — very high. As you get older, and I will completely admit this, I can’t sing that high anymore. So now I focus on my strengths. And it’s no secret that I’m a fan of goth music, so I love singing low.”

NEVERMORE effectively split up in 2011 when guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from the band due to personal differences with Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Warrel later described NEVERMORE in an interview as “the greatest band that alcohol ever ruined.”

Dane told “The Jasta Show” last year that “rarely” talked to Jeff, who is now in ARCH ENEMY. But, he insisted, “we don’t hate each other. We’re not enemies. We’re still friends — friends that rarely speak to each other, unfortunately.”

SANCTUARY, which reformed in 2010 after an 18-year break, has spent recent years touring in support of its comeback album, 2014’s “The Year The Sun Died”, as well as 2016’s “Inception”, an album comprised of presumed lost 1986 studio recordings.

A video interview with Dane conducted by Austrian web site We Don’t Care at this year’s MetalDays festival, which was held July 23-29 in Tolmin, Slovenia, can be seen below.

ODIOUS To Share The Stage With Septicflesh In Europe

Septicflesh announced yesterday the full details of their forthcoming European tour featuring American Black Metal band Inquisition and Egypt’s Metal pride, the Oriental/Symphonic Death Metal band Odious. Continue reading

Myles Kennedy Solo Album Teaser & Track List

Myles Kennedy solo album, “Year Of The Tiger “, trailer was just launched on Napalm Records’ YouTube channel.

Myles Kennedy solo album trailer and track list of Year Of The Tiger – out in March 2018

The Alter Bridge and Slash frontman will be releasing his first solo album, with Kennedy himself taking the charge on playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass on the record, which is due to arrive on March 9 via Napalm Records.

Through an interview with Metal Wani, Kennedy told Jessie David: “It’s probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I’ve ever written.”

The teaser video shows Kennedy walking down a dirt road, dragging his guitar behind him. Later, a small cut of the video shows a small child tightly gripping the hand of an older guy. When he announced Year of the Tiger, Kennedy revealed that the album explores how he processed his father’s death.

“It basically tells a story from start to finish and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I.”

Year Of The Tiger is now available for pre-order in a variety of packages, including gold vinyl and a deluxe wooden box set.

Find the cover art and tracklist below.

Myles Kennedy solo album “Year Of The Tiger” track-list:

    1. Year Of The Tiger
    2. The Great Beyond
    3. Blind Faith
    4. Devil On The Wall
    5. Ghost of Shangri La
    6. Turning Stones
    7. Haunted By Design
    8. Mother
    9. Nothing But A Name
    10. Love Can Only Heal
    11. Songbird
    12. One Fine Day

Myles Kennedy solo album

Source: Metal Wani


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