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Kimaera’s Imperivm reviewed…

I did not know Kimaera before hearing about their new album “Imperivm” and boy am I mad that I did not. I will give my tl;dr now and say this album is so freaking good, it made me raise my standards for other death metal albums. With the OCD personality I have, I had to dig up everything about the band and listen to everything they recorded, and this was such a fun ride, that ended in me finding out that the vocalist Jean Pierre Haddad had passed away in February of 2022 and I genuinely felt sad, because it reminded me of Chuck Schuldiner and how I was depressed for almost a year when he passed away (coincidentally, Chuck’s birthday is today or the day I’m writing this article.) Jean Pierre’s passing was a huge loss to the death metal scene locally and internationally as he was a pioneer in the Lebanese metal scene from early on (early 2000s) and this album and all the other things he recorded will keep his memory alive.

The album starts with De Amare Et Bellvm which is one of the best intros to a death metal album I have heard in a while, a perfect orchestral arrangement which is shattered by guitar chugs and double bass kicks, while keeping the choirs in the background giving a very dark ambiance to the song. JP’s vocals are one of the best guttural growls and shrieks in recent years. Midway through the song, the music is blessed with some lute (the Arabic Oud) riffs and some Arabic style vocalization which makes this song such an intense journey and, again, one of the best starts to an album.

The Die is Cast follows with a strong start of guitars alongside a sample of an impassioned speech that I unfortunately could not trace but it definitely fits the mood as this is a war song. The music and the lyrics flow perfectly together, and you can hear a lot of middle eastern influences in the music and the vocalization in the background, which is a signature Kimaera trope that will repeat in all the songs. Following is what I think is the highlight of the album, VVV, another warsong that makes you want to carry your pitchfork and just go out and protest something. This song has probably one of the best mixing and mastering of any death metal song I have heard in a long time. As a musician, this is one of the main things I listen for, and Kimaera have hit it out of the park. You have piano parts, orchestrals, strings, vocalization, blast beats, breakdowns, this song has everything and I just wish it was longer than 7 minutes.

Following the masterpiece that is VVV, is The Ides of March which was released as a lyric video and is my second favorite in the album, mainly because of the amazing intro and guitar riffs in the first half and the piano and guitar solos that are quiet yet fit perfectly with the tone of the song. The next couple of songs, are not really my favorites as they rehash some ideas and feel a bit repetitive, but should definitely not be discarded as great productions, Imperator has a wonderful creepy piano part followed by an epic guitar solo, Vi Divina continues the creepy vibes with a superb piano intro mixed in with blast snare beats leading to the main part of the song, and Capvt Mvndi (no idea how that is pronounced) is the perfect outro to the album with it’s folk-y intro into an orchestral grand opening and around the halfway mark it goes full middle east folk (I can imagine a belly dancer in a king’s guest room.) and then goes back to the metal mood with two harmonizing guitars, and finally an ending that feels like a proper end to an adventure that took a lot of energy off you and you can see the finish line.

The bonus track Ya Beirut, a cover of the Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi’s song, which for an Arabic metalhead is an amazing transformation of a pretty famous song into metal with amazing clean vocals of Cheryl Khayrallah and ends with the soul crushing growls of JP. But the original singer was not so happy with this and sued the band for using her copyright without permission and she called the song a disgrace and racist (huh?), but then again, death metal is not for everyone and there are still people in the Arab world that immediately link growl vocals to satanism (but this is a topic for another article.)

As a final verdict and to summarize the above, I’d say this album/band is a must listen for any death metal fan, while not pure death metal (I’d say it walks between folk, orchestral, gothic and melodic sub genres of death.) It still has a lot of themes that will please any metal fan. One of the highlights of this album is the superior quality of the production which some death metal bands don’t pay a lot of attention to. I’d give this album a 9/10 and I recommend it for anybody.

R.I.P. Jean Pierre Haddad

 



LEGION Metal Concert V1

Metal fans in Lebanon, get Ready for a heavy line-up happening on the 11th of June at Metro Al Madina.

LEGION Metal Concert V1 line-up:

Khavar
Kimaera
Nocturna
Followed by the international drummer Derek Roddy who will be performing with Khavar Band!

About the bands:
Khavar
Khavar is a Death/Black/Experimental metal band that was founded in August 2018 by Garo Gdanian. Members of the band comprise of Garo Gdanian on guitars and composer, Youssef Helayel guitars, Kamal El Khoueiry on vocals, Derek Roddy/Bachir Ramadan on drums and Marco Ghorayeb On bass.

KIMAERA
Formed in 2000 by JP Haddad, Kimaera’s path has helped put Lebanese metal on the world map. They were the first Lebanese metal band to secure an international record deal, signing with Stygian Crypt Productions after releasing their first single God’s Wrath in 2004. Since then, they have continued to secure firsts in their home country, where they are known as the “Lebanese ambassadors of doom”. They were the first Lebanese metal band to release songs internationally, to tour outside Lebanon, and to release professionally produced music videos, gaining a loyal worldwide following.

Their music has attracted attention both in their native Middle East and in Europe. Metal Hammer magazine included their single A Silent Surrender in its September 2011 covermount CD, and they have shared the stage with renowned international bands at festivals across Europe and the Middle East, including Masters of Rock (Czech Republic, 2010, featuring Epica, Behemoth and Annihilator), Unirock Open Air (Turkey, 2011, featuring Decapitated, Vader and Mayhem), Beirut Rock Festival (Lebanon, 2011, featuring Katatonia and Moonspell), Metal Heads’ Mission (Ukraine, 2012, headlined by Nile), Doom Upon Russia tour (opening for Amorphis on the last night in 2013), and most recently after a period of hiatus the Beirut Metal Fest (Lebanon, 2017, headlined by Legion of the Damned) and Zobens Un Lemess (Latvia, 2017, headlined by Amorphis).

After the release of their debut Ebony Veiled in 2006, followed by Solitary Impact in 2010, and the Harbinger of Doom in 2013 (released by Eternal Sound Records, Germany), Kimaera are now working on their fourth studio album, in which they continue to reject being defined by boundaries.
Despite hailing from one of the most war-torn regions in the world in which they have had to overcome ongoing political, economic and security hurdles, Kimaera refuse to be seen simply through the prism of current conflict. They have instead chosen to engage with their country’s ancient history through an original take: Their new album’s theme is inspired by Roman history, with Lebanon having been part of the Roman Empire with all its power, brutality and majesty. The Middle Eastern ethnic instruments whose sound infuses the album also have their origins in ancient Rome, giving the album a distinct aural mark.
Kimaera release a single in 2018 entitled ‘The Die is Cast’, mastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Dimmu Borgir…) and will be performing in ROCK HEART fetival in Czech Rep headlined by King Diamond in August 2019

Nocturna

Formed In 2006 , The band’s style is a mix of down tuned distorted guitars with heavy riffs, epic keys, all in all accompanied by bulky drum lines and topped with deep low-pitched growls to create a unique fusion.

The members are:
Vocals: Anthony Abdo
Guitars: Charbel Kareh
Guitars: Michel Kammouj
Bass: Elie Nassif
Keyboard: Walead Khalifeh
Drums: Sam Baghdo

About Derek Roddy:
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LEGION Metal Concert V1 Details:

Tuesday 11 June 2019
Doors open at 8:00 PM
Concert starts at 9:00 PM
Ticket: 20.000 L.L.

LEGION Metal Concert V1

KIMAERA Latvian Tour Supporting Amorphis And Batushka

Lebanese Doom Ambassadors, KIMAERA, are always on the move. After they performed at Beirut Metal Fest last April, 2 years after their last performance in Lebanon, Kimaera announce a mini Latvian tour that will be crowned by opening once again to Amorphis at Zobens Un Lemess Festival. KIMAERA Latvian Tour will be supported by the Italian female-fronted Symphonic Metal band ELEGY OF MADNESS.

Moreover, Kimaera have been teasing the release of The Die is Cast through few photos posted on Facebook.  Scroll down for photos.

TOUR DATES:

06.07. Daugavpils, Artilerijas Pagrabi
07.07. Liepaja, Fontaine Palace
08.07. Lone, Zobens Un Lemess Festival w/ Amorphis & Batushka

KIMAERA Latvian Tour

Beirut Metal Fest 2017 Review

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