The second installation of Metal United Worldwide presents new bands on the horizon, and a well-known one, all while expanding the Metal genre. This year, we heard symphonies, Heavy Metal and Punk riffs, and it all ended with some Thrash Metal.
The show started with Sane Sirens, a Heavy Metal band that covered classic Heavy Metal songs and showed us a few originals. The band seemed to put out a great show as the members weren’t stage-shy at all, everyone seemed to exchange smiles whilst playing the songs tightly, and they called for a lot of crowd interaction when they covered Fear of the Dark and The trooper (although the intro had no bass) by Iron Maiden which the attendees seemed to cheer along the melodies and sing the lyrics with the vocalist. Speaking of which, the vocalist did an amazing job with her stage presence in hyping the crowd up for each song they played.
They also had Anis Mouawad sing 2 covers, which were Killing in the Name Of and Warriors of the World, and no doubt he did a great job as well, and even started the show with an anecdote.
Overall, a few mistakes here and there such as a small solo slipup and a bit of timing issues on bass weren’t that noticeable because they pulled off a great show, but unfortunately they had to backpedal on playing their last song because of time restrictions. Also, having an original named after The Riders of Rohan brings in bonus points.
The band stated: “We’ve enjoyed the concert very much from start to end and the organization was on point. The sound and lighting were amazing and the people behind the show were very professional, not to mention that Phenomy blew the place away”.
Sane Sirens are:
Tatiana Metri: Vocals
Anis mouawad: Vocals
Majd Jadam: Guitar
Bassam Rifi: Guitar
Hassan Ibrahim: Drums
Mohamad Fakhreddine: Bass
And their setlist was:
Light awaits (original)
The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
Killing in the name (Rage against the Machine)
Riders of Rohan (original)
Warriors of the World (Manowar)
Fear of the Dark (Iron Maiden)
Next up, we had Armian on the stage and it was… Flawless. The way this band was able to have such breathtaking, shifting atmospheres all while some heaviness from the guitars and drums that made its way through the symphonies and melodies flawlessly was just perfect. Every single instrument on stage had its own moment (and there were a lot) and it all flowed together in a beautiful manner.
They had symphonies and atmospheres that would leave you breathless, and in just a second they shift it to another, as if a huge boulder just left your chest, all while demanding more and more. They were successful in mixing a few dark and gritty elements with its more lighthearted counterpart. The vocals were amazing, the violin was magnificent and the keyboard player was responsible for all those amazing symphonies we listened to. Also, their drummer Sam (who is in many bands in the Metal scene) gave his all in his last show in Lebanon, and it was fantastic. It is noteworthy to mention that they didn’t do any mistakes during their show, and they left me wanting for more, because they only played 4 songs.
The band stated: “All the people were kind and easygoing and all in all, amazing.” And they also said that they weren’t prepared. Although after putting such an amazing show, they seem fairly prepared and ready.
Armen Mardirian: Guitar and Vocals
Christopher Vartanian: Bass & Backing Vocals
Sevag Katerjian : Keyboards & Piano
Marian Artinian: Violin
Sam Baghdo: Drums
What if, what is
That fades away
The event continued with another new band, Angry Farmers, a Punk band. The band just released their debut album, and it was their first performance, which also means it’s the biggest opportunity for first impressions, and they couldn’t nail it.
Ignoring the cigarette in mouth and alcohol bottles on stage, they really couldn’t work together as a band, and that’s why everyone was working on his own pace. Random tempo issues, inaudible guitars and bass, the general idea of being a band was clearly misunderstood. However, they did have a good riff here and there ,some grooves were pleasurable, the buildup was nice but alas the execution missed it. Everything was pretty stale up until the 3rd song, which they had to replay a few times because their frontman rudely pointed out that there were sounds issues, so they had to take a long break to fix the problems, even though a few sources indicate the sound wasn’t the issue, alcohol was.
Anyway, even a small buildup can turn into a crash since they took a while to finalize their EQ after finishing their unlikely encore. That being said, we can’t judge too quickly and claim that there is no room for progress, this is still their first performance, although they should’ve known drinking and performing don’t mix well. That being said, they were still being cheered for and even had a person jump on stage and dive in the crowd again. I hope to see them again and surprise me with how good they should’ve been in the first place. Hope they come back with a blast.
The band stated: “No comments brother, we had a fun night although that technical thing that happened was bad but yeah shit happens, Rock n’ Roll.”
Angry Farmers are:
Dr. H: Bass
Joe A: Drums
Beer for Breakfast
Last, but definitely not least, Phenomy closed the event with a stellar performance. Everyone in the Metal scene already knows Phenomy, and the way how they incorporate sweet melodies in Thrash riffs, how the bassist adds a lot of flavor to their songs, and the amazing crowd control by their vocalist.
You can easily see the love for their craft through their expressions, and it’s safe to say that they are on the top of scene today. Through their performance, it’s clear that they have formed their own identity and have made something really unique, and that’s what made them so lovable by the scene. As usual, they put on an amazing show, and I think they are always the best option for a closing band because everyone waits for them to dominate the stage in an impatient manner, as well as they have a powerful start and a really heavy finish. Their breakdowns never ceased to amaze the audience, as they always headbanged every time. Their tribal theme is well noticed with their signature mic stand, the hanging “bodies” and the thrown voodoo dolls at the end of each show. One thing that they always do is hype up the crowd with Sealing Fate, so they added something new to it for a change; the members Loic and Sam went to the crowd and headbanged with them to the music, and that’s a great representation of their crowd interactions.
The band stated: “It was an amazing night for us, the crowd was amazing. We would like to thank Metal Bell and Skull Session for having us united for metal United WorldWide. We would also like to thank our wonderful crew, our fans and everyone that showed up. You guys are the best. Stay tuned for more stuff from Phenomy. See y’all soon.”
Rudy Bejjani: Drums
Loic El Haddad: Guitar
Dany Arfan : Guitar
Peter Aoun: Bass
Day of Reckoning
Under These Ruins
The Mute The Deaf The Blind
Dance of The Wounded Souls
Now before concluding our review, we would like to thank Skull Session with whom this is our first collaboration. We were honored to have one of the biggest organizers and, undoubtedly, most experienced in the scene to handle the organization duty of one of Metal Bell events, and hopefully more to come.
Also on the list of people and organizations who have always been present in support of the scene, we would like to thank the generosity of Instruments Garage for providing us with the drum-set with no charge at all.
In conclusion, this was another successful event and all the bands and organizers did their best to make Lebanon appear on the Metal compass. New faces are making their way into the metal scene and that means that Metal has truly United us.
Reviewed by Sergio Ashjian.