Blaakyum is a veteran Lebanese Metal band, founded by Bassem Deaibess in 1995. The Lebanese Metal scene rose from the ashes of the civil war, and Blaakyum with it.
Blaakyum’s sound is a unique blend of Thrash, Heavy, and Groove Metal infused with Middle Eastern and Levantine folk music vibes, being inspired by Metallica, Testament, Overkill, Annihilator, Onslaught, Slayer, and Iron Maiden, along with oriental music icons such as Fairouz, Sabah, and Marcel Khalife.
Winning Lebanon’s Battle of the Bands in 1997, Blaakyum released its first single, “Am I Black,” in 1998, at the height of the anti-metal witch hunt conducted by the Lebanese religious and political authorities. It was during this time that frontman Bassem Deaibess was jailed for being a Metal musician.
Blaakyum was one of the first Lebanese Metal bands to be featured on radio.
Blaakyum was forced to split in 2001-2002.
Blaakyum was back by 2007 with fresh new members that Deaibess picked from the talented new generation, and won the Lebanese Nationals in the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB), representing Lebanon in London—the only Middle Eastern and only Metal band in the competition. Among 3000 bands that participated in GBOB , Blaakyum earned a respectable 7th place.
By 2008, Blaakyum had entered the studio to record its debut album; a process that took more than four years to be completed due to Lebanon’s deteriorating economy and the lack of Metal-friendly studios and rehearsal facilities. The band finally managed to release the critically acclaimed “Lord Of The Night” on Friday the 13th of January 2012.
The “Night Lords” took the band from Lebanon to Egypt, Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Poland. Blaakyum subsequently performed on the main stage at MetalDays 2013 and began working on its second album.
In 2015, Blaakyum became the Middle East winner of Wacken Open Air’s Metal Battle.
Blaakyum made history with their Wacken Open Air debut, and by winning 3rd place at the Metal Battle.
Bassem Deaibess – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Rany Battikh – Bass Guitar
Jad Feitrouni – Drums/Percussion
Rabih Deaibess – Lead Guitar