Interview With Monzer Darwish – Episode 2 – Metal Bell Podcast! Continue reading
An Interview With DIVULGENT!
These guys came out of nowhere, and with a blow! If you haven’t heard of them yet, you really need to check these guys out. Divulgent is a new band in the scene, who published their page and two songs anonymously and have recently revealed themselves. We got a chance to have an interview with them, and talk more about their music and plans. Read up if you’d like to get to know these guys better! Continue reading
Interview with Anneke Van Giersbergen of Vuur – Ep 1 – Metal Bell Podcast!
For our very first episode of Metal Bell Podcast, we sat down with Anneke Van Giersbergen of Vuur. Anneke is a veteran in the metal world with many bands and projects under her belt: The Gathering, Anneke van Giersbergen band, Ayreon, Devin Townsend, and many more. Continue reading
It was a very exciting moment when, during last September’s THRASH MERCENARIES TOUR, we contacted Blaakyum, who were part of the tour, to ask them if they would be able to pass a few questions we prepared as an interview with Onslaught. But Blaakyum’s frontman, as well as their manager, proposed to do it as a video interview, instead of a written one, with Bassem Deaibess volunteering to ask the questions prepared on our behalf and to film the interview on his mobile phone. (Watch Video Interview Below)
An interview with Onslaught
Onslaught is a band that would “never compromise [their] artistic integrity in any way”. We got a lot of insights from Sy Keeler and Nige Rockett about the inside world of Onslaught. Covering many subjects starting with the then ongoing tour, Nige and Sy explained how important it is today for a band to tour and why. They also shared with us some funny, beautiful, and life-changing stories they have faced during their life on the road; some were weird though.
Talking about their composition and the band’s sound, Nige was surprised that some people are “anal” about what tuning the band can use for a thrash Metal song.
“when you look at Testament, Kreator, Overkill, ourselves, everybody is making some of the best music they ever created.” – Nige
The interview also covers the band’s influences, which start with Punk and end with Prog, the recording back in the day versus the recording procedures and costs of today, ending up with information about the upcoming releases. So enough with me blabbering about the interview, you can watch it below:
An Interview With Onslaught!
– Interview by: Lilas Mayassi
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On January 13, 2013, we announced the news that Alan Azar will be leaving Lebanon for good to pursue his career, after we got exclusive information from Alan’s management. The news back then shocked the Rock and Metal scene and was shared by all major Rock and Metal news outlets at the time.
Last Christmas, Alan visited Lebanon to spend the holidays with his family. As soon as we knew about his visit, our team at Metal Bell jumped for the chance to have an exclusive video interview with the guitar virtuoso himself.
Alan talked about his decision to Leave Lebanon, about his music, his experience in Hollywood and Disney, and about his previous and future projects.
Watch below the full video interview:
Video by: Nancy Jdid
Edited by: Karam Aslan
Interview by: T.P.
Alan Azar is a Lebanese electric guitar virtuoso who has been known for his melodic, intricate, and technical musicianship. Alan began his journey of learning the guitar when his father bought him a nylon string guitar at the age of 15. With a lot of dedication and practice, Alan became proficient in the instrument.
Feeling an ever-strengthening bond with the guitar and with music as a whole throughout his youth, Alan proceeded to earn a degree in music and became a university guitar instructor.
In 2001, Azar formed his first band, ‘The Alienz’, achieving underground success throughout Lebanon.
The band amassed a strong following, performing cover songs by Metallica, Megadeth, and Savatage.
Eventually, the band shifted their focus from covers to originals, and turned to a more progressive-metal flair, with influences from bands like Symphony X, Dream Theater, and Joe Satriani. This shift was the defining moment in Alan’s career, shaping him into a multifaceted player and giving him the impetus to launch his solo career.
A few years later, Azar’s first solo album, “Defective Harmony”, was released in January of 2009. With help from his brothers, Julien on keyboards and Roland on mixing and mastering duties, the album was met with praise. The guitarist dabbled in genres like jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and oriental, which reinforced and diversified his compositions.
Alan is also a sought-after session and touring guitar player. He has played a variety of genres including R&B, Jazz, Metal, and Rock.
He has collaborated on various international recordings and has also been a session guitar player for the Arab pop sensation Nancy Ajram, a move which gave him the exposure and the world-touring familiarity that would expand his musical experiences to that of international standards.
Alan Azar released his second solo album, “The Cosmologist”, in September of 2011, recorded at Studio Recco, engineered and mixed by Roland Azar, mastered by Glenn Schick at Glenn Schick Mastering Studio, Altanta, GA.
Besides being a successful solo artist , Alan tours with the Lebanese rock band The Kordz.
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Uncured is a very talented Progressive Metal band based in New York City, formed by two young but ambitious brothers, Zak and Rex Cox. Their first EP “Spontaneous Generation” featured Max Portnoy, the son of legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, as a guest drummer. And the EP was critically acclaimed. In order to introduce you to this dynamically creative band, we conducted an interview with the main brains behind the music: Zak and Rex.
Adel Hassan was introduced to the Lebanese Scene as Phenomy’s vocalist, just few months back, Phenomy and Adel parted ways and he was replaced by Sam Felfly. Today Adel has a few interesting projects under his belt and he is giving us an exclusive insights on them.
So here’s our interview with Adel Hassan!
Epic is a Lebanese Rock band formed in 2011, being one of the few Classic rock bands around here still carrying the flames of this epochal genre. Lilas Mayassi got the chance to meet up and have an interview with Tanya Rizkala, Epic’s front vocalist, regarding the newly released album, “Like a Phoenix”.
Hello Hadi, and thank you for taking the time to answer our interview.
- 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
Ink26 is the combination of two old great bands that took a break from music for a while.
The lineup is:
- Vocals: Kamal El-Khoueiry
- Guitarist: Joe Abdel Sater
- Guitarist: Jad Matta
- Bass: Roy Naufal
- Drums: Chris Michael