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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:

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 :

-Lilas Mayassi

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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)


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.


Winter METAL SLAM At Metro Al Madina – March 11

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Local Metal Band Surprises A 5-Year-Old Boy At His Birthday

Alex is a 5-year-old boy from Lebanon and a relative of veteran bassist Vik Bajac. Alex’s favorite bands happened to be thrash legends Metallica and Lebanese thrashers Blaakyum. Continue reading

VOICE OF THE SOUL Part Ways With Rudy Fares, New Drummer Announced

After merely 2 years, VOICE OF THE SOUL part ways with drummer Rudy Fares. The band was formed in 2007 by Kareem Chehayeb and Monish Shringi in Kuwait. The band has released 3 EPs: ‘Winds of Apprehension’ in July 2009, ‘Eyes of Deceit’ in 2010, and the internationally acclaimed ‘Into Oblivion’.

In April 2014, VOICE OF THE SOUL recorded their full-length album, “Catacombs” (Read Review in Issue 6 – Page 26). And later in June of that year, Rudy Fares joined the band and performed with them a handful of shows between Dubai and Lebanon.

The band announced the departure of Rudy in the below statement:

Rudy has decided to leave Voice of the Soul. We want to thank him for all his contributions these past few years. We look forward to see him continuing to slay behind the drums in other projects! We will announce our fill-in drummer for our upcoming Beirut show tomorrow.

The next day, VOICE OF THE SOUL posted the below video announcing the drummer that will fill in for Rudy during Metal Bell Magazine’s METAL GATHERING event: Bosphorus Cymbals artist Bachir Ramadan.

BLAAKYUM Part Ways With Bassist Rany Battikh

After the absence of Rany Battikh from most of Blaakyum’s shows in 2016, speculations about Rany’s situation with the band emerged. Recently, Blaakyum parted ways with bassist Rany Battikh in an official statement on their official website, announcing tour bassist Pierre Le Port to become a permanent member. This announcement came 9 months after the departure of drummer Jad Feitrouni that was done in a public transition live during Concrete Metal last February. Continue reading

BILOCATE Drummer Ahmed Kloub Beats Cancer Like A Boss

BILOCATE drummer Ahmed Kloub is one of the most prominent drummers in the Middle East. Being part of one of the greatest Doom Metal bands from the region, Ahmed surely created a legacy for the years to come. Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Coming To DUBAI In This Lifetime

We have all fantasized about a reunion of the mega rock band Guns N’ Roses with its original members. They have definitely been a part of many rockers’ childhood at some point. This is not the first stop for the band in the Middle East, as they came to Lebanon a few years ago, but this time, it’s double the heat! GnR, 23 years later, reunited some of the original members into the line up and they will be rocking the “Autism Rocks Arena” in Dubai on March 3rd, 2017. Guns N’ Roses Coming to DUBAI In This Lifetime!

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ANURYZM Tour Updates – Belgium Shows Canceled, Amsterdam Show Added

ANURYZM tour kicked off on October 8th in Germany as part of the Cologne Metal Festival, and the band had their second show in Diest-Belgium. But things were not as smooth as they should have been.

ANURYZM, and on their way to Belgium where they have 3 scheduled shows, received a message from the Belgian promoter Gianni Riga (Hydra Productions and Booking Agency) stating that they have no support act and no backline: “We reached Diest for a show, we were surprised to see no promotion/posters and of course no backline whatsoever.” (Read Full Statement Below).

Devastated by the incident, ANURYZM did the impossible to get the show at Diest up and running, “With the help of the awesome Moonlight Music Hall in Diest, we managed to get some drums and the minimal backline that we could get on a Sunday.”
The band continued their statement: “While the band was setting up, we were discussing the next shows with Gianni as the band were confused and obviously had questions, we were suddenly slapped with and we quote ‘I CANCEL ALL SHOWS’.”


Not to surrender to the situation, Anuryzm showed an incredible will to make the best of the bad situation. They got confirmed for a show in Amsterdam on Wednesday 12th of this month (Tomorrow Night) with the UK Heavy Metal band HOSTILE at THE CAVE Rock club. HOSTILE are currently on tour in Europe as well.

And the remaining show of the tour will be as planned at the Maximum Rock festival in Romania headlined by KAMELOT and MOONSPELL on October 14th.

Anuryzm would like to thank Mr. Marcel Ssod from the band Seven Steps of Denial for helping us with this…. And of course the amazing people behind the gig.. Mr. Aram TheCavelord, and the epic promoter Ellen J van Heezen who made this possible!- ANURYZM

Click Here For More Information About: HOSTILE UK & ANURYZM SHOW In Amsterdam.


You can read ANURYZM‘s full statement below.

ZIX’s Album Release Date & Track List Revealed

Back in 2012, Lebanese Heavy Metal band ZiX released their debut EP, “The Warwhore“, with the band consisting only of three members: Ziad Bardawil (Bass guitars), Juan Carrizo (Guitars), and Maya Khairallah (Vocals). The Warwhore was completely composed, produced, and distributed by the trio, with the exception of a Feature for Maroun Srour, who wrote the lyrics for the title track of the debut EP. Ever since “The Warwhore” was released, the band kept on posting news about their debut album, “Tides Of The Final War”. (You can read more about it here, here, here & here). Finally, and after more than 4 years, ZiX‘s album release date, along with the track list, was revealed.  Continue reading

ANURYZM European Tour 2016

ANURYZM European Tour!
Another great news from UAE-based progressive metallers ANURYZM who announced a 6-day European tour entitled “Awakening the Humanoids” this Autumn/Fall season in support of their latest album All Is Not For All“. This year, ANURYZM returned to Lebanon to perform at Summer Fusion, which was their second time in Lebanon after opening for NIGHTWISH at Byblos International Festival in 2013 . Also, the band supported the legendary godfathers of Metal, BLACK SABBATH themselves, back in 2014 at Abu Dhabi – Yas Island.

  • Read Our latest Interview with Anuryzm >here<

 “Awakening the Humanoids” Tour kicks off on the 8th of October 2016 and will cover the following cities & countries!!
So if you are near any of those cities, pass by and watch ANURYZM live.

8 OCT – Cologne Metal Festival – Koln, Germany
9 OCT – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest, Belgium
10 OCT – Flashback Club – Genk, Blegium
11 OCT – Titans Club – Lens, Belgium
12 OCT – De Meister – Geleen, Netherlands
14 OCT – Maximum Rock Festival – Bucharest, Romania

For ticketing and venue info, visit ANURYZM Website.

Official tour poster designed by Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove)

Check out the last music video released for the single “199X” from ANURYZM’s second album “All Is Not For All”  released via Melodic Revolution Records. You can read our take on the video >here< and the band’s explanation of the music video story >here<


ANURYZM European tour

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