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Beirut Metal Fest 2018

Beirut Metal Fest 2018

This year’s edition of Beirut Metal Fest will take place on September 7th and 8th! As promised before, this will be a two days festival, with 2 of biggest Metal bands in the world headlining, plus some of the finest Lebanese and Regional bands.

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Decapitated
Maysaloon
Ascendant
Eden
ZiX
Prominence
Sound Of DeGeneration
Voice of the Soul
Phenomy





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Early Bird Tickets for 70$ (Full Festival Ticket)
Available at all Librairie Antoine Branches or online at the following link: https://goo.gl/vU9X4p

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KILMARA Release “Out From The Darkness” Single & Music Video

KILMARA, have released a single & music video for “Out From The Darkness“, the song is taken from their fourth album ‘Across the Realm of Time‘, out August 31, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. The album was produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Roland Grapow (Lords of Black, Masterplan, Squealer, Black Majesty, Eagleheart…). Artwork made by Didac Plà.

Guests on the album are Jordi Longán (ex-Ipsilon) keyboard solo on Principles of Hatred, Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) start guitar solo on My Haven, background vocals on “crawling from darkness” and “Out From the Darkness”, Viktorie Surmøva ( Surmatra, Rosa Nocturna, Victorius ) vocals on I Shall Rise Again.

The powerful melodic metal band KILMARA presents their new masterpiece “Across the Realm of Time“. After three critically acclaimed albums, the debut “Haunting Dreams” the work that put them on the world map, “Dont fear the Wolf” and their fantastic third album “Love songs and other nightmares“, it was time for KILMARA to make their fourth album, the most important of their career. With the incorporations of the American singer Daniel Ponce and the virtuoso Argentinian guitarist Miguel LaiseKILMARA returns to revolutionize their sound being now more melodic, faster and powerful, but without losing the class and mastery that characterizes them. “Across the realm of time” is the definitive work and consecration of KILMARA, a new step to conquer all lovers of quality metal.

KILMARA

KILMARA has created a collection of incredible songs that are inspired by melodic heavy metal and European progpower metal always looking for a modern and elegant sound. KILMARA is today one of the most powerful and innovative bands to consider in the modern metal scene. With a past-present-future concept as a basis, this is a circular work in which to submerge and let yourself be carried away by the passion that exists in each topic from beginning to end.

KILMARA

Tracklisting:

  1. …And into the Realm
  2. Purging Flames
  3. The Silent Guide
  4. The End of the World
  5. My Haven
  6. Principles of Hatred
  7. The Forge
  8. Disciples
  9. I Shall Rise Again
  10. Out From the Darkness…

The album can be pre-ordered here.

KILMARA is:

John Portillo – Guitar
Miguel Laise – Guitars
Dani Ponce – Vocals
Javier Morillo – Drums
Didakio – Bass

Stay connected with KILMARA

FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

 

Via [ROCK ‘N’ GROWL]


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That One Night IV REVIEW

In the midst of all the hype of the international bands set to tread Lebanon, it is important to remember to support the local metal scene. And as it usually goes, Rock InSight has organized yet another event dedicated to supporting home territory, That One Night IV.

While the original lineup consisted of Nocturna, Hatecrowned, Apathia, and FreeFall, Nocturna had to apologize due to a car collision that guitarist Michel Kammouj was a part of. But fortunately they were directly replaced by DeathTone.

Starting off the event were FreeFall, a unique band in the event due to their clean vocals and relatively newer type of metal. With covers ranging from Killswitch Engage’s rendition of Holy Diver to Bullet For My Valentine, Metallica and Ozzy. The vocals were very well executed and the performance was relatively tight other than a couple of mistakes here and there.

Up next were Tripoli-based Groove Metallers Apathia. Announcing this was their last performance together, the band shook the crowd with covers of Lamb Of God, Sepultura and many more. Apathia’s final show was emotional as they featured for the last time as well their first vocalist as a guest. Unfortunately, their show didn’t pass without problems, as the rhythm guitarist broke a string mid song and had to switch guitars. Nevertheless the moshing and headbanging didn’t stop!

As Black Metal band HateCrowned stepped the stage, it was clear that the mood got darker. Kicking off the show with Mayhem’s Freezing Moon, the performance was reasonably flawless with a couple of minor mistakes. The vocals were hauntingly screeching and instrumentally the sound was creepy. Everything you’d expect from a Black Metal band.

Ending the show were Melodic Death Metal band DeathTone. However, the vocalist and lead guitarist dislocated his shoulder and there was a bit of delay. But the delay was worth it as DeathTone put on the finest performance of the evening with everything from originals to Children Of Bodom Covers. The vocalist and main axeman was highly energetic and his shredding was spot on. This performance also included the first Wall Of Death of the night, consisting only of females due to the band’s request. Prominence guitarist Matt also participated on a couple of songs.

The entire show was hosted by the highly sarcastic Charbel Haddad of Eden. And many prizes were announced varying from Beirut Metal Fest tickets to free tattoos from Saturn Tattoo shop. The sound and lights were great with no major issues. The only problem with the venue (Metro Al-Madina) is the lack of space for moshpits, otherwise the bar prices aren’t too bad and the location is remotely accessible.

 

Review by our reporter: Mohammad Yatim
Photos by our photographer: Hashem Ismail

Gallery That One Night IV

Gallery That One Night IV!
Photos by Hashem Ismail

Event took place at Metro Al Madina on July 21st, 2018.
Featuring: DeathTone, Apathia (last show).

Rock Insight present: That One Night IV

Saturday 21 July 2018
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Tickets: 20.000 L.L.
For Free Transportation from Tripoli kindly contact: Fawaz Tabbaa

Band Line-up:

FreeFall:

FreeFall, a clean vocals uprising band, working their way to success in the Lebanese Metal Scene with Majd Al Roumi on vocals, Albert Obeid and Sarkis Tchalekian on guitars, Mark Ghosn on bass guitar, and Mark Bitar on drums. With many covers of the best metal songs, and with their new originals, FreeFall is a potentially powerful band that will hit the stage hard on 21st of July on That One Night IV.

Apathia:

Apathia is a groove/new wave of thrash metal band from Tripoli. Formed in 2011, the band covered Lamb of God, Sepultura, and Pantera.

DEATHTONE:

DeathTone is a melodic death metal band. They’re well known for their ear-piercing melodies, fast-paced technical riffing, and the intensity they bring to the stage.

DeathTone are: Anwar Habib (Lead guitar/Lead vocals), Charbel Saade (Bass), and Joe Nassar (Drums).

Hatecrowned:

Hatecrowned is a black metal band founded in 2011 and was based in Tripoli. The band independently released their first EP “Warpact-In Black” in 2013, and 2 years later in 2015, they released their first full-length album “Newborn Serpent” via Russian Label Sathanas Records. The band has been away from the stage due to shortage in reliable live members and now they are back with full force, evil, and hatred.

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Sound engineer: Lara Nassar
Stage Manager: Lara Nassar
Stage technician: Hagop Jinbashian & Farah Khoder
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Metro Al Madina
Hamra, Saroulla Building(-2)
Facebook-twitter-instagram/metroalmadina
info@metromadina.com
www.metromadina.com
Ticketing: +961-76309363Mondays to Saturdays: 10 to 9 pm, Sundays: 2 to 9 pm

Wheelchair access available upon request


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That One Night IV

Rock Insight present: That One Night IV

Saturday 21 July 2018
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Ticket: 20.000 L.L.
For Free Transportation from Tripoli kindly contact: Fawaz Tabbaa

Band Line-up:

FreeFall:

FreeFall, a clean vocals uprising band, working their way to success in the Lebanese Metal Scene with Majd Al Roumi on vocals, Albert Obeid and Sarkis Tchalekian on guitars, Mark Ghosn on bass guitar, and Mark Bitar on drums. With many covers of the best metal songs, and with their new originals, FreeFall is a potentially powerful band that will hit the stage hard on 21st of july on That One Night IV.

Apathia:

apathia is a groove/ new wave of thrash metal band from Tripoli. Formed since 2011 the band covered lamb of god, sepultura and pantera.

DEATHTONE

DeathTone is a melodic death metal band. They’re well known for their ear-piercing melodies, fast-paced technical riffing, and the intensity they bring to the stage.

DeathTone are: Anwar Habib (Lead guitar/Lead vocals), Charbel Saade (Bass), and Joe Nassar (Drums).

Hatecrowned

Hatecrowned is a black metal band founded in 2011 and was based in tripoli. The band independently released their first EP “Warpact-In Black” in 2013, and 2 years later in 2015, they released their first full length album “Newborn Serpent” via Russian Label Sathanas Records. The band has been away from the stage due to shortage in reliable live members and now they are back with full force, evil, and hatred.

——————————————————–
Sound engineer: Lara Nassar
Stage Manager: Lara Nassar
Stage technician: Hagop Jinbashian & Farah Khoder
——————————————————–
Metro Al Madina
Hamra, Saroulla Building(-2)
Facebook-twitter-instagram/metroalmadina
info@metromadina.com
www.metromadina.com
Ticketing: +961-76309363Mondays to Saturdays: 10 to 9 pm, Sundays: 2 to 9 pm

Wheelchair access available upon request

That One Night IV


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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal From Sons Of Apollo Talks Touring With Dream Theater And The New Album

During Hellfest, we had the chance to sit down and talk to Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons Of Apollo about the current tour, the new album, and so many other things, you can read the whole conversation below and view the photos from their performance.

Metal Bell: Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat during the first show in Europe, it was a great show, congratulations.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you so much.

Metal Bell: So how does it feel to play your first show at Hellfest?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is a great way to start a European tour, that’s for sure, no better way to start so we are very happy, to start a tour in front of 30,000 people I guess it’s ok (laughs).

Metal Bell: Have you ever played Hellfest before?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah six years ago with Guns, we headlined it, it is nice to be here doing it with people that are close to you, friends with whom we wrote together, we recorded together, and it’s great.

Metal Bell: Your tour started in February, how is the reception so far?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is wonderful, this is our 42nd show I believe, it’s been great. We started off on the cruise to the edge, and then from there we went to the east coast and did like a week and a half of shows. And then April and May we did a big US tour, actually, we did South America, Mexico, Canada, and all around in the US. Nothing beats getting on the road, that’s what every band used to do to become who they are, being together every night and do it.

Metal Bell: How do I put this question, tell me how did

you come up or assemble The Avengers of Prog?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: (laughs) That was very easy, we all knew each other and played together over the years.
Me and Billy were playing for years doing these jams with Ray Luzier from KORN and with Mike. Me, Mike, and Billy would be this core band and we’d play like big events in New York, with guys from Anthrax and Kiss joining us. I laid guest solos on Metal Allegiance’s first album with Mike and another album that Billy produced for Madame Mayhem, a great artist that I laid 4 guitar solos for her album.

Me, Mike, Derek, and Billy played together at Prog Nation 4 years ago, so we all have this background and we’ve done things together, so it was a no-brainer. When Mike wanted to do this band, he sent me an email, it was January 2017, he said: hey, how we always talked about putting a band together! Well me and Derek have this idea and we want to go into the studio in March and just write on the spot, record on the spot, we all play together and mark it, record it the way bands used to do it, the right way, it’s the real thing. And we’ve written spontaneously, we did that, we spent 10 days at the studio, we wrote, recorded and made the album in 10 days.

So it was me, Mike, and Derek in the studio, and then Billy cut off his Mr. Big’s tour halfway through and joined us, then we all just recorded. Jeff finished his touring, then he recorded his vocals at my studio where I laid my

guitar solos on everything, and that was it. And then we just waited for the right moment to go out and announce the band and put out the album. The label is wonderful (Inside Out), they’ve been a fantastic record label, so supportive and really a good team.

Metal Bell: So basically You, Mike, and Derek wrote the majority of the album?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah it started with us and then Billy joined, then Jeff wrote everything you hear sung, that’s Jeff, he was really the key ingredient to turn it from a cold prog album to songs, things you can sing along you know, melodies that stick, that’s what Jeff does, he’s the guy.

Metal Bell: Today the band is less than a year old, considering all of your projects and involvements, will Sons Of Apollo be a long-term project?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: That’s the question everyone has, is this another quick project or is it a band that’s gonna be around.

Our intentions are for it to be a band that’s gonna be around, but at the same time, we can’t completely neglect everything else we have, we can’t do that. It is also not fair for the other people in our life that are waiting for us so we still have to do other things. This year we’ll do a lot of Sons Of Apollo, next year we’re gonna have to do some other things, but you know we are already writing for the second album, it really goes down to business, not amongst each other, but we can’t just afford to be in a start-up band, put everything else aside, and get this off the ground. We are not 20-year old kids in a van you know, so it’s tough, but we are giving it our best and our intentions are to be a band that puts out a lot of albums and keeps on going and going. So as long as everyone on our team does the right thing, you know we are depending on managers, the label and on each other, all it takes is one person to fuck it all up and then we are all screwed, it could be anybody that we are depending on if they don’t do the right thing.

What we want for this band is to continue and we are doing everything possible to keep that going even when odds are against us, we want to keep going, we do.

Metal Bell: We do hope so too, you know how prog fans are so attached.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Sure yeah, and we made a pact with them, we said this is a band, we are obligated to keep our words to them and to ourselves.

Metal Bell: The history between Derek, Mike, and Dream Theater, would you ever consider a tour with them?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: I would love to do it, I have such tremendous respect for Dream Theater as a band and individuals. I love John Petrucci, we’ve met before, we’ve chatted, he’s a wonderful guy. I also played on Jordan’s solo record in 2009, he was just incredible. That would be a wonderful thing.

And honestly I feel like there would be no Sons Of Apollo if there was no Dream Theater, you know you have to respect where this came from and everything that leads up to it, the influences and the history, and I do, I tremendously do.

It’d be wonderful to play together, I doubt it would ever happen, that would be really something interesting to the fans to see that. I would love it to be taken not as a competition in any way, we are all branches of Dream Theater’s tree and I’m grateful to them, I respect and admire them.

Metal Bell: Your second album is called Sophomore, is there already a date in mind?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Well I mean Derek has written things, he sends me videos and things like hey check out this riff I came up with, and we’ve talked to the label about it but nothing is definite yet. Right now, it’s just let us finish up what we have here and once it’s all clear and done, everything goes ok, we will then think about the next step. Even though now is the time to think about it, we are just staying focused and looking ahead, so we are thinking about this leg of the tour, then the next leg, and the leg after that so there’s no definitive time. We’ve talked about November going into the studio but I know Mike has something to do in November so it might be January, but hopefully not too far too long.

Metal Bell: Well thank you very much for the chat, it’s been wonderful talking to you and the best of luck for the rest of the tour.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you very much. It was an absolute pleasure.

Interview and Photos by Sharbel Kanoun

Metalocalypse Creator Jon Schnepp Is On Life Support

Metalocalypse creator Jon Schnepp is on life support following a “catastrophic stroke.” His partner, Holly, confirmed the situation in a post on Instagram. “While everyone is desperate for updates on his condition, we ask for your understanding on giving us the privacy we need over the next few days as we deal with the difficult concerning Jon’s care,” she wrote. “Please keep him in your prayers, and in your heart.”

The writer, director and Producer of the show was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital late last week. Holly wrote in an update, “My future husband is sicker than I’ve seen him in 15 years, and not being there with him is killing me. Health is all we have you guys. Nothing else matters if you don’t have your health. You can’t fight the world’s bullshit without it.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Schnepp’s family with his medical expenses. $98,781 of the $150,000 goal has been raised at the time of this report. Donation options via Venmo and PayPal are available as well. You can see additional information in Holly’s post below.

Aside from Metalocalypse, Schnepp has worked in some capacity with everything from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (actor) and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (writer) to The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (director, producer, writer) and the Collider Movie Talk (panelist). He also appeared as extras in both Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick or Be Dead” and Metallica’s “The Memory Remains” music videos.

 

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Metal Is Back To Byblos International Festival With Tarja

After four years of absence, Metal is back to Byblos International Festival with Tarja Turunen. The Metal diva, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Finnish Symphonic Metal band Nightwish, is coming to Lebanon this summer. Continue reading

Brick Floyd LIVE In The Flesh | Beirut Open Space

Brick Floyd LIVE In The Flesh

Performing the greatest hits from Pink Floyd’s conceptual masterpiece ‘The Wall’, as well as fan favorites from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, The Division Bell, and more… Brick Floyd LIVE In The Flesh at Beirut Open Space.

Keeping true with the live Floydian tradition of captivating lighting, visuals and music, Brick Floyd‘s spectacular performance and production truly captures the Floyd experience, that is sure to take you back in time and leave you mesmerized.

You won’t want to miss this exciting night! Join us June Friday 29th & bring your friends!

// Doors 8PM
// Cover – 20,000 L.L.
// 18+


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Prominence Introduces New Member

New comers, Prominence, released their first song, four months ago and it features none other than Derek Roddy (ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) behind the kit.

Prominence is a new Death Metal band from Lebanon formed less than a year ago. It was gathered by Rock INsight Organization‘s founder and ex-Within Destruction drummer Jack Khamo. After several posts and teasers, Prominence released their first single “Slaughter of Dreams”. The song was composed and written by Khamo himself. But on this song, Jack decided to record the guitar and the bass rather than the drums, leaving that mission to the DW drummer Derek Roddy. Joining him as well on the guitars are guitarists Matt Lawand and Albert Obeid.

As the line up of Prominence was shaky, the band performed with Albert Obeid  during Metal United World Wide Event but as a session guitarist. The band have put up a great show with Albert giving it all on the axe.

A few days ago only, the band announced their newest member, Maurice Semaan, with a post that reads:

“Ladies and gentlemen! We introduce you our new axe-man! Mr. Maurice Semaan! Welcome to the family brother! Another big news coming your way next week, stay tuned and stay metal \m/”

Prominence updated line up is: Maurice Semaan (Guitar), Matt Lawand (Guitar), Sergio Ashjian (Bass), Jack Khamo (Drums), and Nareg Cherchian (Vocals).


“Slaughter of Dreams” featured the legend Derek Roddy ( ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) on drums. The song was recorded by all band members (Jack Khamo, Matt ML, Sergio Ashjian, Nareg Cherchian) and our friend Albert Obeid. The song was recorded with Anwar Habib and Triptych Studio.

Prominence was announced to perform in this year’s edition of Beirut Metal Fest on September 7th at Porsche Factory Beirut. The festival will be headlined by Death Metallers Decapitated.


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