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.
06.07. Daugavpils, Artilerijas Pagrabi
07.07. Liepaja, Fontaine Palace
08.07. Lone, Zobens Un Lemess Festival w/ Amorphis & Batushka
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.
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.
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
+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!
+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.
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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)
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.
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
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”.
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/
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:
Lama Bada Yatathana (Intro)
The First Believer – Al Namroud
The Horrid Homage
Seals of Astarte
Seeds of Sanity
Tanit Demands Her Due
Hatred and Pain Will Always Remain
The Forgotten Dawn (Instrumental)
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.
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.