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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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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

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

PHENOMY And ANGMAR Cancel Participation In Kalmah Dubai Show

PHENOMY And ANGMAR Cancel Participation in Kalmah Dubai Show!

Only one day before the Show, UAE-based band ANGMAR cancel their participation in Kalmah Live In Dubai show. The cancellation is due to the band’s vocalist Tareq B Noufal’s sickness. Read full statement below:

“This is to announce that unfortunately our vocalist has been trying to recover from sickness to catch tomorrow performance but won’t be able to make it . We do apologise to all our brothers and friends that expected to see us tomorrow and we thank Metal East Records for their immense support giving us this opportunity to share the stage with Kalmah (Official) / AtriA Band / Phenomy . We wish everyone the greatest performance tomorrow and to have hell of brutal time . ANGMAR”

As for PHENOMY, who were excited to perform their first show in the UAE, the reason was different but also related to the vocalist. Bassam Felfly was held at the Lebanese airport upon travel restrictions. Read full statement from Phenomy below:

“We are still in shock as we write this statement for the unfortunate turn of events since yesterday as we were about to head for our gig in Dubai.

Everything was ready; passports, visas and tickets. Headed to the airport with our equipment and passed the initial check in to be surprised our vocalist was held up for sometime. Apparently, for legal issues he had “restriction of exit” until a further notice and therefore we missed our flight.

During the last 24 hours our management and us have been trying all possible ways to find a solution but with no outcome.

Saddened by the unexpected events, we hereby apologize for the people of Dubai for not making into the country to play our show as well as the promoters and our fellow bands Kalmah (Official)), Angmar UAE and AtriA Band. This event was one we looked forward to as it would have been our first time in the country playing with the great Kalmah (Official).

We cannot express all the gratitude we have for Metal East Records for this great opportunity.

People of Dubai, we look forward to repay you a visit, until then have a blast.”

In an update, Bashar Sawaya, owner and manager of Bach Entertainment, posted the following regarding the situation:

I would like to thank moukaddam 2awal 2alfred kostfen for all his efforts to help us. The good news is the travel restriction is gonna be canceled on monday 12 noon. The bad news is its too late. I personally apologise about the mess that happened. I hope we can make it up to the audience and the promotors. Thank you guys for your endless support and understanding.”

PHENOMY And ANGMAR Cancel Participation in Kalmah Dubai Show

Eden: Sworn Obedience Set For Release

Progressive Thrash band Eden have been teasing their new album for quite some time now, but alas, the release date has been revealed and the album is just around the corner.

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BLAAKYUM Headlines New Blood Stage At BLOODSTOCK

Lebanese Groove/Thrash standard bearers Blaakyum headline New Blood Stage at Bloodstock in the United Kingdom.

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KIMAERA Latvian Tour Supporting Amorphis And Batushka

Lebanese Doom Ambassadors, KIMAERA, are always on the move. After they performed at Beirut Metal Fest last April, 2 years after their last performance in Lebanon, Kimaera announce a mini Latvian tour that will be crowned by opening once again to Amorphis at Zobens Un Lemess Festival. KIMAERA Latvian Tour will be supported by the Italian female-fronted Symphonic Metal band ELEGY OF MADNESS.

Moreover, Kimaera have been teasing the release of The Die is Cast through few photos posted on Facebook.  Scroll down for photos.

TOUR DATES:

06.07. Daugavpils, Artilerijas Pagrabi
07.07. Liepaja, Fontaine Palace
08.07. Lone, Zobens Un Lemess Festival w/ Amorphis & Batushka

KIMAERA Latvian Tour

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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WEBSITE: www.jaywud.com


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