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BASE Productions & Garmonbozia Inc. présentent: Symphony X, Savage Messiah // Paris, La Machine

 

BASE Productions & Garmonbozia Inc. présentent :

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□ SYMPHONY X (power prog)
www.symphonyx.com
□ + Savage Messiah (heavy metal)

📝 Vendredi 07.06.2019 – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge

Qu’il s’agisse du génie de l’écriture ou son exécution par Michael Romeo – ses pensées incarnent parfaitement les dernières années du groupe dans l’album Iconoclast. La richesse de l’expérience acquise par Russel Allen au cours d’une tournée triomphale avec le TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ainsi que l’héroïque batteur Jason Rullo sont autant de raison de venir (re)découvrir SYMPHONY X sur scène.

🎫 billetteries // 33€
□ fnac bit.ly/SymphonyX_fnac
□ digitick bit.ly/SymphonyX_digi

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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

Grave Live In Lebanon | Concert Review

Grave, one of the pioneering Swedish death metal bands, performed on Lebanese territory for the first time on October 7th along with 4 Lebanese bands at Minus 5, Mkalles.

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NIGHTCHAINS Reunion Concert – REVIEW

Ten years after their split-up, Hamra-based Nightchains decided to have a reunion with the original vocalist Max to take the lead. The event was a one-time deal, no signs or announcement of a possible reunion of the band.

On Saturday November 6, we arrived only to find a few people gathered in front of the venue. The crowd wasn’t much during the event either, maybe around 60 people showed up. And it is a shame, because the event was a true Metal night, a night to remember.

Before getting into the band performances, I would like to talk briefly about the light and sound. Wait! What light? There was actually none; some red and blue dots and a stroboscope that didn’t help much in setting up the mood for the event. But the sound on the other hand was great, raw, clean, harsh, and perfect for the evening.

The openers were Agressor! Who are those guys? Well, we know Mohamad Younis (Nightchains drummer who was playing the guitars and vocals). But I never knew they existed and they don’t even have a Facebook page; it seemed to me they were only formed for this particular event as a one-time band. But let me tell you, they were crazy good. A great well-fit performance with great attitude.

Then came out the headliners, Nightchains. Again, it is a pity that only a few got to witness this. The band is top-notch; they have the best crowd-band interaction you can ever see. The lack of an actual stage helped too. The band were at the level of the crowd as if they were performing in between them, which gave the impression of a Big Happy family. The most remarkable thing was that people reacted much more to the originals of Nightchains than anything else I have seen. Some were singing along, others were screaming high pitches with Max.

Max was a power force on the microphone, and his attitude was really enjoyable: jokes, laughter, and heavy singing. We actually didn’t feel we were at a concert, we rather felt that we were a part of it, and that’s all due to the charisma of the band leader and musicians. Tex was flawless on his guitar, giving those crazy old school solos with his authentic guitar sound; nothing can be any better. I enjoyed Mohammad Younis’s drumming the most; it is fast, hard, and well, the beat makes you headbang. Rami Hawila did an incredible job on the bass as well; he completed and filled in for the guitar while keeping up the tempo of the songs intact.

Now for the best part: THE CROWD. There is no successful concert with a lame crowd, and Nightchains fans are not lame at all. The moshing didn’t stop, the headbanging didn’t stop, and they were the last ring to complete the “Chain”. An incredible crowd indeed.

In short, it was a night for the ages, and whoever didn’t come, missed a lot. And you might say I am exaggerating, but really, maybe you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.

About Nightchains

The band was formed during the year 2003 and split up just short of 3 years later in 2006. Nightchains managed to  self-release a low produced album entitled “Metal To The Bones” that was recorded live with no further mixing or mastering. Metal To The Bones sounds similar to early Metallica, and Paul Di’anno’s Iron Maiden with a Manowarian spirit in the lyrics and composition, and a little bit of Judas Priest here and there. In 2010, the band resurfaced on social media and the album was re-released through DEAD MASTER’S BEAT.

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QUEENSRŸCHE’s Hellfire Is Out Now

QUEENSRŸCHE released a new song, “Hellfire”, from their upcoming album “Condition Hüman” which will be available on October 2nd via Century Media.

Singer Todd La Torre tells Billboard: “Each song individually is its own story, which does not have to directly relate to the next song. However, each song is harmonious to a larger picture, which is the human experience, mortality and how each of us perceives the world around us based on our own observations and experiences, thus shaping human behavior.”

Queensryche Hellfire

Regarding the more aggressive musical direction of “Condition Hüman” compared to that of 2013’s “Queensrÿche”, Rockenfield said: “Our fans love metal, and we’ve been pretty good at doing metal in our past, so [we thought], ‘Let’s have fun with some of that again. Let’s do it and see what it means for us.’ We definitely had conscious discussions about it, and now that we have Todd, Todd loves metal, so it was easy to have that conversation about pushing the band in a little bit of that direction.” He added: “I think we wanted to show our fans that we can be a metal band and a rock band, and that we can also write songs that have writer dynamics. I still think we’re doing everything within all the realms of what QUEENSRŸCHE is known to be doing. This record is just another extension of that for us.”

Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they are in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.

Listen to Queensryche Hellfire Below

 


-Lilas Mayassi

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Nightchains Reunion Concert at Carousel Club Hamra, November 6

Bands: Nightchains, Agressor
Date
: Sunday November 6, 2016
Location: Carousel Club, Karakas, Hamra
Entrance: 15,000 L.L. including a Beer

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Zix Release Title Track Single From Upcoming Album

As the release date of ZiX’s much anticipated studio album closes up, the band graced us with another mouthwatering single from the album “Tides of The Final War”.

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Kobra And The Lotus Debut New Single From New Album

Hard rockers Kobra and The Lotus have recently released the first single from their 2017 upcoming studio album Prevail.

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THE HOURGLASS Disbanded After 13 Years

Syrian Metallers THE HOURGLASS just posted on their Facebook Page (Find Full Statement Below) that the band will disband after a glorious run of 13 years. We receive this sad news in great disappointment as they are and will always be a pioneer band from Syria.
The band clarified that the disbanding is a result of the destructive ongoing war in their homeland.

The band also announced that they will be releasing a last single of the band very soon.
“A Glorious Suicide (Phoenician Queen of Carthage)” is a single that will feature once more the legendary Zak Stevens (SavatageCircle II Circle, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Marcela Bovio ( Stream of Passion , The Gentle Storm). So stay tuned to their page.

The Hourglass recently featured 2 legendary vocalists, Zak Stevens and John Oliva (both from Savatage), in their latest single “Play The Pawn”. (You can watch the video below).

Play The Pawn

You can find the full Statement from the band’s founder and main composer Rawad Abdel Massih below:

Soon I will be releasing the final song of The Hourglass. The Hourglass is officially disbanded.

A Glorious Suicide (Phoenician Queen of Carthage), again with Zak Stevens Circle II Circle ( Savatage ,CIrcleIICircle , Trans-Siberian Orchestra ) and Marcela Bovio ( Stream of Passion , The Gentle Storm) will be the last single the band will release.

Despite all the disappointments and effort, time and money I personally and the members put on the band, the 13 years of The Hourglass are still in my eyes a great journey. We reached where a lot of other Middle East bands still seek to reach. The Hourglass will be always the first Syrian heavy metal band to have achieved 3 albums, singles with international artists and opened for international bands. I hope that the metalheads of the Middle East will remember The Hourglass as one of the early bands to release albums and originals.

I want to thank all of the people and players who have contributed to The Hourglass along the years, Omar Harb, Munsef Turkmani, Bahij Ghata, Abdulatif Almalouhi, Rafi Faks, Sharbel Kanoun, Yamen Yamani, Sameh Haddad, Zaher Ajlani, Salim Zahra, Nareg Abajian, Yeghia Daghelian, Saad Fanari, Khaled Barakeh, Shant Hagopian (forgive me if I forgot anyone), and I want to thank my band mates Aram Kalousdian of Nu.Clear.Dawn and Bassem Deaibess of Blaakyum for putting all of their talents and efforts in the band.

I guess it is sad to think about all the projects and dreams I was preparing for The Hourglass, but hey…Zak Stevens and Jon Oliva sang my lyrics and my music!! It couldn’t be more rewarding!! The end of The Hourglass is just a very tiny part of the disastrous consequences of the war that is happening in our homeland Syria, which hopefully will be over in the coming few years.

The project of Gods and Warriors of the Fertile Crescent will never be over; I will revive it in other forms in my solo project. I will be releasing songs and albums in my own name from this time on, and they will be of many genres of music, Orchestrated, Electronic, Ambient, Oriental, Rock and Metal. I guess it is the time for a new beginning.

Regarding A Glorious Suicide, I recorded this song 8 months ago and it was supposed to be a single for the new album. It is about Elissa (aka Dido) the Canaanite Phoenician queen who ran away from Tyre and established Carthage, the city that will later invade Rome and establish an empire. It has a completely different style of the previous The Hourglass songs, with Zak and Marcella the song is really amazing. It will be released at the end of August. I want to thank Adel Saflou of Ambrotype for contributing to the song writing and Tarek Shehabe of Wasaya for doing the Synth solos.

I will keep this page to share the old and new songs of the band from time to time to keep the legacy of The Hourglass alive.

Farewell fellows,
Rawad Abdel Massih.

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THE HOURGLASS Disbanded After 13 Years

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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