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Katatonia Live In Dubai – Event Review

The night everyone was waiting for: The Swedish metal band in Dubai! JoScene announced it earlier in December 2016 and everyone went crazy. It was hosted again in the almighty The Music Room. This is not the first visit for Katatonia to the Middle East as they took part in Beirut Rock Fest in 2011 at the stage of the Roman Amphitheater in Zouk Mikael, but it surely is the first time in the Emirates. Without further ado, let’s jump in the review you’ve been waiting for.

Benevolent, the extreme metal Dubai band, went on first. The room was already packed and since these guys have been around, the audience knew them by heart, to the extent that people showed up earlier just for them. The band played seven tracks; most of them were from their album The Covenant, such as ‘Void’, ‘Asphyxia’, and the highlight of their night: ‘The Seeker’. It’s important to mention how professional they were in their sound system. I don’t know if the sound quality was unusually good that night in the Music Room, but overall, they gave an amazing performance and had every element of professionalism.

Next in line was Bilocate, a Jordanian band with a history of rejection in their home country and other Middle Eastern countries, but were welcome with open arms in Dubai, performing 2 years ago with Metal East Records in the Music Room – read about it here.

The band is a blend of multiple genres of metal; the mixture of doom, melodic, and death/doom, unique vocal ranges, complex rhythm, and overall loudness are what make Bilocate. The stage performance was wild and it felt like a union between the beauty of Opeth and the aggression of death metal blended together to create a balance of beauty and power of the metal genre. However, the audience engagement wasn’t as good. Maybe they were saving their energy to Katatonia? Most people went back and chilled after Benevolent although these guys gave their all. They played six tracks ranging from all albums, such as ‘The Tragedy Within’, ‘A Desire to Leave’, plus one cover by Paradise Lost, ‘Dead Emotion’, which was also recorded in their latest album, Summoning the Bygones, in 2012. Honestly, I’m waiting for something from these guys soon.

Finally, the band everyone in Dubai was waiting for, Katatonia, which I don’t think needs to be introduced. The Doom/Death Metal band have been around since 1993 and have 10 albums, the last released in 2016: The Fall of Hearts.

Now, before digging into the review, it’s worth mentioning that in past live performances, they were characterized by a lack of strength in Jonas’ live vocals in contrast to his recorded versions, so I was a bit worried that their live shows were not as good as the recorded versions. But that day changed my mind; they were 100 times better than I expected. The sound quality and vocals were so good that it felt like listening to their recorded versions. Katatonia’s stage performance was intense and didn’t leave out any aspect of Doom and Melodic Metal unvisited, it was magical to be honest and gave the dark atmosphere of the club a majestic light. They played 15 tracks, which was a good long list to have, mostly ranging from their last four albums since 2006 till their latest in 2016. They started their setlist with ‘Last Song before the Fade’ and ended with ‘Forsaker’. Check out the whole list here:

  1. Last Song Before the Fade
  2. Deliberation
  3. Serien
  4. Dead Letters
  5. Day and then the Shade
  6. Serac
  7. Teargas
  8. Evidence
  9. New Night
  10. Soils Song
  11. Old Heart Falls
  12. For My Demons
  13. Leaders
  14. In the White
  15. Forsaker

The band had an extremely energetic presence, which was met by a powerful crowd who knew the songs by heart.

That night was definitely a night to be looking forward to and whoever missed it, oh you missed a lot. Kudos to JoScene for their efforts in bringing these bands and growing out the metal scene in the Middle East.

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Some photos in the article are reserved by: Jeffrey Pabroquez
Check out all photos of the event here.
Written by: Reem Jay
Edited by: NJ Bakr and Davina (Metal Bell)

 


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Desert Experiment IV

Date: 27 May 2016, @ 8:00 PM Dubai Time

Place: The Music Room

Price: 80 AED

Desert Experiment is back to bring you their 4th edition after previous successful shows featuring notable bands such as:

  • Empty Yard Experiment (Progressive/Post-Rock/Experimental)
  • Svengali (Metal)
  • Benevolent (Extreme /Experimental/Metal)
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Rockability, The Music Room – May 14

Bands: Roswell, Hadi Sarieddine, Naser Mestarihi

Location: The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Date: May 14, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Tickets: 75 AED

JoScene Presents Rockability!

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Interview: Hadi Sarieddine – NEW ALBUM – Lost!

Hello Hadi, and thank you for taking the time to answer our interview.

  1. After 8 years with Benevolent, with one EP and one Album, what drove you to record a solo album, versus doing another album with your band Benevolent?

First of all, thank you for having me at the Metal Bell camp again, you guys are awesome. With regards to the solo album and a Benevolent record, both are actually in process as we speak and there’s going to be some cool behind-the-scenes stuff with the new record that’s coming as well. Continue reading

Heathen | Benevolent NEW Lyric Video

Today Benevolent released Heathen‘s lyric video, a song featured on the album. Boy does it djent!


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Svengali, the metal band based in Dubai that we all know and love, recently performed at their first international festival, the 100de100 Headbangers’ Weekend Metal Festival in Turkey! Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video! Continue reading

Breaking Bad Meets Meditation! | Crystal
Hadi Sarieddine, the talented guitarist, vocalist, and founder of Benevolent, just released a new track inspired by Breaking Bad! Titled “Crystal”, the improvised, ambient piece is also fit for some transcendental meditation, very soothing.

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Hadi Sarieddine NEW COVER | Can’t Feel My Face

Hadi Sarieddine, the talented guitarist and founder of Benevolent, has released his newest in a series of dark/ambient covers, but this time it is The Weeknd‘s song, Can’t Feel My Face (not even a rock/metal song to begin with). As expected, the cover is full of energy and life, and in my opinion, is much better than the original.

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Fadi Al-Shami Guest on Heavenwood Album

Heavenwood is a Dark/Gothic Metal band formed in 1992 under the name Disgorged. HEAVENWOOD quickly established themselves as one of the most important Portuguese bands, alongside Moonspell. HEAVENWOOD signed to Massacre Records and has since released multiple albums and was the first Portuguese band EVER to play at Wacken Open Air. They will soon release an album titled “The Tarot of the Bohemians”.

“Hermit”, a track on the album, will feature Fadi Al-Shami. The vocal sessions for the song will be recorded at Haven Studio in Dubai by Hadi Sarieddine, the founder of Benevolent. Continue reading

Hadi Sarieddine Releases New Cover

The Scene in the UAE has been rising for years with very talented musicians exceeding our expectations, and reaching international standards, with Anuryzm opening for Epica and many other bands producing honorable albums. Hadi Sarieddine is no exception. Continue reading

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