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Wyvern’s Guitarist And Co-Founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Today, The Egyptian Metal Scene received shocking news concerning one of the most popular Egyptian metal bands, Wyvern, as Marawan Shaaban, Wyvern guitarist, passed away.

A number of Egyptian metal musicians mourned the death of Shaaban, such as Ehab Khaled Fawzy, Medic vocalist and guitarist, Sayed Ragai, Sinprophecy vocalist, Shung the guitarist of Sand Aura and Ahl Sina, Ismail Attalah Crescent vocalist and Metal Blast Festival team. (see below)

Egyptian guitarist Marawan Shaaban was announced dead today. Metal Bell Magazine learned about the passing of the Egyptian leading guitarist from a post made by Metal Blast Festival.

Marawan has been battling Leukemia for the past year, and he finally lost the battle to cancer. Wyvern are yet to post a statement. Meanwhile, we only wish for Marawan to Rest In Peace and share the grief with his family and friends.

Wyvern’s Guitarist and Co-founder Marawan Shaaban Dead At 39!

Wyvern is one of the oldest Metal bands in Egypt with a huge fan base. “WYVERN was the first heavy metal band to perform in a public music festival in Egypt since the ‘Great Arrest’ in 1997.”

Egypt’s Metal Scene Mourns Marawan Shaaban

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ODIOUS To Share The Stage With Septicflesh In Europe

Septicflesh announced yesterday the full details of their forthcoming European tour featuring American Black Metal band Inquisition and Egypt’s Metal pride, the Oriental/Symphonic Death Metal band Odious. Continue reading

Divine Conquers Africa With A New Single “Defeating The Undefeated”

Last month, Egyptian Heavy Metal band Divine released a new single entitled “Defeating the Undefeated”. This track is considered as another new step in Divine’s comeback to the scene with its new vocalist Adham Kafafy. Divine was formed in 2005 and Adham Kafafy joined the band last year as a new front-man. It released its first single with Kafafy entitled “Lies” that had a nice success in the African scene. Continue reading

The Classical Legacy Of The Orient And Neoclassicism In Odious’ Music

Odious is one of the well-known Egyptian Black/Death Metal bands and is also one of the leading and early Black Metal bands in Egypt. The music of Odious is based on combining the basic folk riffs and oriental instruments with pure extreme Black Metal music. Through this article, I will attempt to give you a complete image of the full journey of Odious.

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Odious Returns To Alexandria – Egypt

ODIOUS is a Symphonic Oriental Black Death Metal band from Alexandria – Egypt, formed in 1998 with the intention of creating something new and unconventional with their music. In the year 2000,  they recorded an Oriental Doom with Black Metal influences demo that was never released. The 2000 recording experience helped the band in making the decision to adopt the Oriental Black Metal style, and they crowned this decision by self-releasing their first official demo, “Summoned by Night“, in 2003. Due to the huge “Summoned by Night“, the band got signed to the Greek record label Sleaszy Rider Records on June 20, 2005 and released their first full-length album entitled “Mirror of Vibrations” in July 2007.

Hibernating for a couple of years, ODIOUS was built up from the ground up in 2012 by Basem Fakhry covering all Vocals and Orchestration and George Boulos handling the drumming duties. Since then, the band have become one of the most active bands in the scene, releasing their highly acclaimed and successful sophomore album “Skin Age” in November 2015.

Today, the Egyptian Folk/Oriental Death/Black Metal band ODIOUS revealed the full details for their upcoming concert in Alexandria. Odious, who conquered the scene in 2015 with their “Skin Age” album and performed it live for the first time ever last year at Metal Blast Festival, will perform the album again but this time in Alexandria. In support of Egypt’s top Oriental Black Metal Band ODIOUS at “Hot Live Fumes” that will take place at Montreal Club – Mediterranean Azur on February 10 will be:
the rising Melodic Death band “Infernum Expectat” who performed for the first time last December at “Metal Grinders”.

DATE: February 10,  2017. Doors open at 6 PM
Ticket Price: 75 EGP (Includes 1 free drink)
18+ Event

Check Out The Event on FACEBOOK.

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CRESCENT Releases First Music Video For Pyramid Slaves

You might have heard of Crescent when they represented Egypt in Wacken Metal Battle 2014, to be the first Egyptian band to perform at the holy land. Crescent is a Blackened Death Metal band formed in 1999. Their main influence, obvious from their designs and wardrobe, is the mystical civilization of ancient Egypt.

Crescent have performed Pyramid Slaves for years. It was released in audio, play-through, and live forms on the band’s official YouTube page, gathering thousands of viewers on each video. But this time, they released their first music video ever.

The director, Hafez Kayali, didn’t use any unnecessary complicated effects in the video, but instead filmed a simple shooting. The video was shot at the Pyramids of Giza which were more than enough to give all the effects the song needed. Some parts were shot in a dark room to emphasize the darkness of the song. The video also featured the model Rawan Karem, who played a role of a woman standing in the desert. I couldn’t identify the character, but it seemed like she was an unreachable mystical goddess.

Below is the official music video of PYRAMID SLAVES by CRESCENT. Listen, and if you enjoyed the video, share and support your local scene.

CRESCENT MUSIC VIDEO

Also, Crescent will be performing at the 3-day Romanian Rockstadt Extreme Fest – Indoor edition. Their performance will take place on the second day of the festival on October 22. Rockstadt will feature SAMAEL, ENSLAVED, NE OBLIVISCARIS, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, among many others. Crescent’s performance at Rockstadt will be their first in Romania. If you are in Romania, make sure not to miss them.

CRESCENT Music Video

Connect With Crescent:

Official website : http://www.crescentband.com
Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/Crescentband/
Bandcamp : http://crescenteg.bandcamp.com/releases


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Headstock, Sawy Culture Wheel – July 30

Band: Headstock

Location: Sawy Culture Wheel, Wisdom Hall – Zamalek

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 9:00 pm

Tickets:

  • Standing (front area): 50 L.E.
  • Seated (rear area): 50 L.E.
  • Available at El-Sakia and online

“We are going to rock your night with the best hard rock selection from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, to Deep Purple and more!!!”

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AndrOmidA – Animals & Other Stories Reviewed

The date is 1/7/2015. Another concert for the amazing Pink Floyd tribute band AndrOmidA. Outside of El Sawy Culture Wheel’s door, the fans were standing in line waiting for the doors to open. Exactly at 10 PM, the doors were opened and the audience entered the hall. Since the concert was in the final days of Ramadan, I thought that the attendance wouldn’t be that much as always, but boy was I wrong! The hall was filled to its fullest and every seat was reserved that they had to add extra seats for the huge amount of fans waiting to listen to their favorite pink Floyd songs. After a 30-minute delay, the band finally went on stage; the audience cheered as the band started setting up and getting ready to play the first song.

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They started with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” part 1 through 7, playing it perfectly great with passion and power. Every instrument was spot on, and the crowd was so into it. Then they played one of the fan-favorite songs, “Wish You Were Here”; the crowd cheered and sang along with the band as they played this Pink Floyd masterpiece. It was followed by “What Do You Want From Me”. The drummer “Sherif EL Sharqawi” delivered some amazing vocals and playing on this track. “Sorrow” was played next, followed by “Louder Than Words”; the audience was in awe as the band played those songs and delivered a true Pink Floyd experience. Next, another fan favorite was played which is “Hey You” and everyone sang along again with this awesome song. They ended the first session with one of my personal all-time favorite Pink Floyd songs, “High Hopes”. As the introductory bells of the song rang, the crowd cheered and sang alone once more with this masterpiece. The piano line, the guitar solo, the vocals, everything was perfect.

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After a short break, the band started the second session with two guests on stage: guitarist, “Mohamed Adel”, from the band Screwdriver, and an acoustic guitar player. They played the whole “Animals” album starting with “Pigs On the Wing Pt I” followed by “Dogs” and “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”. “Amr Hassan”, the keyboardist/vocalist, showed some amazing talents through those tracks. “Ahmed Anwar” delivered some mind-blowing bass lines that amazed everyone in the crowd. Then they played “Sheep” and “Pigs On the Wing Pt II” which concludes the album and leaves only one song left for the night which every Pink Floyd enthusiast loves and waits for in every Andromida concert: “Comfortably Numb”. The crowd went insane and sang along loudly with this masterpiece. This is the most awaited song in the whole concert, and the band never fails to deliver it perfectly. The whole band gave everything they had in this song and you can clearly see the chemistry between the band and the audience. The song’s solo played by the amazing “Ally Salem” was so good that you can’t help but get goosebumps from its epicness. For every Pink Floyd fan in Egypt, Andromida are the closest thing you can find to the real Pink Floyd experience. Never failing to give that awesome vibe you would get from the real Pink Floyd. So if you haven’t been to one of their concerts before and you are a Pink Floyd fan, you definitely should!

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Nader Sadek Speaks on Sepultura Incident

After Sepultura’s event being canceled in Egypt, there were different speculations and stories all trying to discuss what really happened on that day, whether be it the reasons for canceling the event, or the detainment of the organizer, Nader Sadek.

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Update on Sepultura and Nader Sadek Fiasco!

As we have previously reported that General Ahmed Hegazy, head of the Giza Security Directorate, claimed the reason to shut down the event was the lack of proper permits, and since Nader Sadek is still under arrest and we couldn’t contact him, we started to do some phone calls and questioning here and there to get closer to the truth, until we received this information from one of our reporters who got into a small chat with Islam PF, the bassist of “Perpetual Ferocity” who were scheduled to play the show.
Nader didn’t have the national security permit which is unattainable at any cost. It’s very political that situation. It’s obvious that the government doesn’t want metal music. Many other gigs happened at cultural centers simply to avoid the hassle of the national security permit. Nader did two concerts like that in Sakya. Nile Country Club canceled the event because of the missing permit.
So far, this seems the main reason why the concert was canceled, but until now, we do not know why Nader is still detained and what the charges he is accused of are, because we don’t think a permit for an event is punishable by imprisonment.

UPDATE 7-6-2016

A copy of a letter from the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate has surfaced online with content that can be translated as follows:

Director General of Manpower,

We hereby inform you that the Musicians Syndicate has no objection to issue the permit for the concert that will take place on 4/6/2016 (Nile Country Club) and that will feature:

1- A foreign band consisting of 4 members (Derrick Leon of American nationality and passport number **************, Andreas Kisser of Brazilian nationality and passport number **************, Eloy Casagrande of Brazilian nationality  and passport number **************, Paulo Jr. of Brazilian nationality  and passport number **************)

For “Al Kawkab” company, and Ad valorem duties have been paid by virtue of receipt No. /2325/ dated 24/5/2016. And in case there were any other clauses, a penalty of twice the value of the permit shall be paid, while preserving the syndicate’s right to…

Letter From Egyptian Musicians Syndicate

The letter above should have been sent to another legal entity called “Al Mosanafat”. Nader has supposedly done that, but apparently, the authorities kept asking for more and more papers, which might have led Nader to lose hope in the legal procedure, according to our source.

But all this doesn’t explain how and why the police showed up in that manner. We are still waiting for Nader to clarify things for us since he is released. We are waiting a bit before we try to contact him regarding that.

Does the Egyptian police actually detain people for several days due to permit issues? Or is it a revenge action from the Musicians Syndicate? Could this be a Metal Music-related issue?

With all those questions in mind, once we get a clearer picture, we will be the first to provide it.

Also, Islam told us that Sepultura asked for an extra backline not to be used by the other bands, which has doubled the cost. Also according to the musicians, it was Sepultura who insisted to play at 9 PM as the first band. It wasn’t Nader’s decision. It wasn’t related to the weather.

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After the police cars arrived, Islam and his band decided to leave, “I sensed trouble, so we left”. Meanwhile, Sepultura were trying to set up a show at a local bar as a Plan B (as reported by some that the band performed somewhere in Cairo), but this also didn’t work as well since it was also banned by the police.


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