Brutal Throne II REVIEW!
Event Description: Brutal Death Metal Concert by Maysaloon Band, Damascus, Syria.
Place: Mustapha Ali Gallery, Al Amin Street, Old City of Damascus.
Band: Maysaloon is a Syrian Metal Band, from Damascus city, founded in 2015, and released one album and three singles.
Members: Jake Shuker – Lead guitar & vocal | Dio Al Miqdad – Bass guitar | Yousef Yazgi – Guitar
Guests: Antoun Siouffi – Drums | Rami Ebrahim – Drums and percussion | Khodor Nashar – Guitar & vocal (from Hunted Cellar Band)
Photos taken by: Hadi Abd Al Hak & Mark Shuker
Brutal Throne II REVIEW
The concert was awesome! Attended by 150 persons, who are fans of the band itself, and of this specific genre of music. We played 15 songs, 4 of them were from our album (The Forgotten Dawn), 1 song for Hunted Cellar, another Syrian Band, whom we appreciate and support. While the rest of the songs were covers for famous bands like Death, Moonspell, Septic Flesh, Obscura, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Deicide, and Dissection.
This concert, and most of our previous concerts, were in Mustapha Ali Gallery, it’s an ancient Damask House, in the Old City of Damascus. It is a living example of the Syrian ancient soul and traditions. It is located in close proximity of the military frontlines, where mortars and rocket attacks are conducted on daily basis. By choosing this place, we are saying, Metal will stay! It will remain despite of this ugly war, despite of this devastation, despite of this death, surrounding us. That is why we started the concert by saying (هنا دمشق),it means Here is Damascus, from our Song Seals of Astarte.
The concert lasted for 2 hours; the audience was so thrilled and excited. We faced some challenges while preparing for it, some of them were out of our control. Transporting the instruments wasn’t that easy, especially at some of the checkpoints, as well as delaying some of the rehearsal sessions due to the security situation in the old city. In addition to that, we had some financial challenges.
During the concert, we were informed that several mortars landed in the areassurrounding the Old City, but this didn’t hold us back, we didn’t stop! We knew that the audience came to watch us although the situation was not that safe, and we didn’t want to let them down. The number of the attendees was small, comparing to the previous concerts (Rock of Ages, Ceremony of Doom), but this is a challenge which is out of our control. The situation in Damascus was so tense!
At last, we want to say that we, as a band, will continue to play our music, here, in this country, where death attacks us every day. Thanks to our fans who always support us.
Please visit our profile on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maysaloon.band/?ref=br_rs
by Antoun Siouffi
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