It is about time our bands get the attention they deserve. It is about time our scene goes international. It might not be the first time one of our bands plays international festivals, but this is getting bigger and bigger.

Last year, Blaakyum played on the stage of the biggest metal festival ever, Wacken Open Air, after they have won our regional metal battle. Things didn’t stop at that. Blaakyum have also won the 3rd place in the international battle, competing against the winners from national battles all around the world, to become the first Lebanese band to ever play the festival (Read More About It). We predicted that this would be a huge step for the band and for our scene, and this is what it turned out to be.

Good things have just started though; we all know Blaakyum are finalizing their second album (Details Here), and not long ago, they have announced playing at Tuska Open Air festival in Helsinki with bands like “Testament”, “Anthrax”, “Behemoth”, and “Gojira” (read more about it Here).

But if you think the band will go for a three-day festival and get back home, you’d be so wrong! An hour ago, one of the UK’s ass-kicking thrash bands, Onslaught, shared a poster of their upcoming European tour, THRASH MERCENARIES 2016, hitting the grounds with THE FULL FORCE album with our one and only BLAAKYUM, as well as MORS PRINCIPIUM EST from Finland and NO RETURN from France.

Omslaught Tour

Yes, Blaakyum is going on a full tour with Onslaught, that’s 16 consecutive shows. Lebanon’s Mercenaries of Thrash are ready to RIOT with full metal force this summer. Europe, you better be ready for thrash from “the bloodiest place on Earth”!

We wish Blaakyum the best of luck in their successful progress, hoping this would open more doors for Lebanese bands to go play outside and take the Lebanese scene to an international level.

Now let me ask you one last question: Are you proud yet?

Blaakyum Pilgrimage to Wacken Short excerpts from Blaakyum’s trip to Wacken Open Air Festival, and the achievement of winning 3rd place in W:O:A Metal Battle 2015

Posted by Blaakyum on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Blaakyum’s tour line up will be different from the one we got used to since 2012. Jad Feitrouni is planning to emigrate from Lebanon, and now Blaakyum has a new drummer, Hassan Kheder, who had his live debut with the band at YM Event’s “Concrete Metal” concert in February.
“Jad will always be a member of Blaakyum,” stated Bassem.
Blaakyum also has a new touring bassist, Pierre Le Port, who will cover for Rany in the upcoming tour.
Pierre moved to Lebanon from France where he used to play with Rising Steel (Traditional Heavy Metal) and Stillrise (Deathcore).

Tour Dates:

16/09 – Hasselt (BE) / Muziekodroom
17/09 – Oberhausen (DE) / Helvete
18/09 – Rotterdam (NL) / Baroeg
19/09 – Roeselare (BE) / De Verlichte geest
20/09 – Weinheim (DE) / Cafe central
21/09 – Hamburg (DE) – Bambi Galore
22/09 – Copenhagen (DK) / KB18
23/09 – Gdańsk (PL) / B90
24/09 – Szczecin (PL) / Słowianin
25/09 – Warsaw (PL) / Progresja
26/09 – Košice (SK) / Collosseum
27/09 – Wien (AT) / Viper room
28/09 – Graz (AT) / Explosiv
29/09 – Bratislava (SK) / Randal club
30/09 – Praha (CZ) / Modrá Vopice
01/10 – Dresden (DE) / Skullcrusher


Hussein Shehady & Lilas Mayassi

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