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DEATHLAM Releases Music Video For Let Kill Let Die

BLACK METAL is not the most popular sub-genre, nor is it easy. And the Black Metal Scene in Lebanon is a shy one. But with Deathlam‘s talent, we see a really bright future and a rise for the genre in the Middle East. DEATHLAM releases Music Video for Let Kill Let Die.

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Jim Beam Rocks 2016 – The Review

The famous Bourbon maker Jim Beam strikes again with its annual rock concerts JIM BEAM ROCKS featuring multiple local bands and an international guest.

This year’s edition included ADONIS, AMY SMACK DADDY, GENERATION ZEE, MADINAT, POSTCARDS, The JLP Show, WonderGaap, and last but not least, Ex-Guns N’ Roses GILBY CLARKE. Continue reading

Eden – The Fall is OUT!

Eden, the Lebanese progressive thrash metal band that was formed in 2012 and that did not fail to deliver anything but robust performances throughout the recent years, has now announced the release of the first single “The Fall” from its upcoming EP titled” Sworn Obedience”.

Eden_The-FallKnowing that the band has played it often before, the last time being during “Rock for Reinabelle” charity concert, but it’s nothing compared to the one mixed and refined.

“The Fall” comprises loud and harsh vocals as well as a surprising clean part from Charbel Haddad, prog/thrash guitar riffs and solo from the mighty Nareg Vassilian, and of course the kick-ass drum line by Joe Nassar, and a whole lot of sick contribution from Jad Stephan on bass. You can give it a listen via SoundCloud and YouTube.

Stay tuned for more news and releases from Eden.


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LAMBAJAIN | First Gig First Review

Last week, I had the privilege of attending LAMBAJAIN‘s incredible gig at Yukunkun, and it was on spot.

The gig debuted with the talented Perla Moujabber whose captivating voice was striking as she performed “Medicine” by Daughter, and another song by Damien Rice. I personally think that she could’ve come up with a better set list (something experimental for examLambajain Live   ple would be a better opener), but what she did perform, she did a great job singing it.

The band started with “First Breath After Coma” by Explosions in the Sky, and they traumatized us with the enigmatic heaviness. I had a hard time writing this review probably because I was listening to EITS, and you know the amount of mixed feelings you get while doing that, but this is not about me, this is about Andrew, Andre, Charbel, Rami, Joe, Ramela, and Elite who perfected a richly textured selection of some of the greatest post-rock pieces. You could easily tell from their first song that you were in for a great show, whether it was the stunning soundscapes, the balance between darkness/terror and light/bliss, the weeping crescendos or even the combination of all the mentioned aspects. Let’s not forget to mention the stunning visuals, the cool part is that no matter how hypnotizing they got at some points, you’d still manage to capture the ambiance of the music, simply because it was that great .

 

Technically speaking, you can clearly notice the effort these guys put in their work for they sounded very harmonious when it comes to transitions, and they proved that in their covers of songs that tended to build up slowly and then erupt into an ensemble of chaotic distortions and fast-paced drums, here I must add that the drummer was top notch (He’s not a permanent member of the band though). Ramela is a brilliant violinist, she’d effortlessly approach her section and then add this “warmness” to the atmosphere, together with Joe’s well-structured synth tunes, the sound was very cinematic . As for the guitarists, Andre, Rami, and, Andrew showcased a spectacular orchestration.

Lambajain_Yukunkun (3)The sound quality was very decent and the band had little/no technical difficulties. I, for example, prefer the sound at Yukunkun to a number of other venues, the cinematic vibe was obviously there which is just an evidence of the sound’s fairness. The trio managed to preserve (not replicate, because what they did was beyond just copying the same loops and effects…) all the soundscapes and the professional ambiance of all the covers, especially the mashups between EITS and Mogwai, my favorite was the “Yasmin/ Fear Satan” blend. This, alongside the original piece, was the highlight of their performance. The crafting of sound on the original is a work of highly professional songwriters. Andrew’s lead guitar sound was multi-layered in both the swift build-ups and the bittersweet climaxes, Rami’s trademark sound was very impressive in his innovative approach of blasting some great sound effects by using chopsticks to play guitar (He’s the experimental sound guy obviously), and Andre’s gorgeous string lines were a perfect compliment to this festival of notes. As for bass, Charbel added a solid harmony to magnify the “head-nodding to head-banging” atmosphere.

“Music is bigger than words and wider than pictures.” Mogwai. This is precisely the feeling Lambajain promoted in their gig.

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Top 5 Lebanese Releases for 2015

Back in the day, having bands performing originals was a rarity, maybe for the common misleading belief that Local Bands can’t do good music. Throughout the years moving from the 90’s till today, more local bands have proved over and over again their ability to compose on an international level, getting international recognition or attention.
One cannot but notice that the music production in the Lebanese Rock & Metal Scene has dramatically increased in the past few years, peaking in 2015 with more than thirteen (13!) amazingly Rocked And Rolled albums, some of which were barrier-breaking. Continue reading

Break the Cycle | Review

My excitement for RockRing’s “Break The Cycle” has been growing ever since I came across the event page on Facebook. I’ve already been to one of their events and it was simply amazing. It’s safe to say that Break the Cycle met my expectations.  Continue reading

Fete De La Musique

Date: Sunday June 21st

Time: starting 6:00 pm

Location: all over Beirut

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Metal Bell Magazine Presents QANTARA

It was quite a ride organizing Wacken Metal Battle in Lebanon: bumpy, full of obstacles, but fun. Well, you can say it was like an off-road trip, and we enjoyed every tiny bit of it. I hope you all enjoyed it as well.

During the decision-making phase of the event, Hussein Shehady and I were stumbled with the choice of the guest band; many names came across, but we have always had that hesitation about the right band for such an event. And then, Hussein suggested to me QANTARA, a band that never performed live. The idea of introducing a new talent to the scene, that no one knows anything about, with no social media presence at the time, and a really hush hush project, was really attractive to me. So I asked for demos that I got very shortly after, and I really liked the music and their professionalism in work. After a few days of thinking the whole thing over, I started the campaign and posted 2 videos in order to promote their participation in the Battle event: For The First Time… & QANTARA – LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME – TEASER 1. I always had this inner fear: “what if they didn’t pull off a good show!” To be honest, it was really risky to have a band that never performed live before as a special guest at our very first event. But truth be told, there are very few bands that can leave a strong impression on a crowd after their first performance . QANTARA did not only leave a good impression, they also made people headbang hard on songs they never heard before, from a band that they never knew existed. They then succeeded in building an instant small fan base and gained tons of positive reviews.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE PRESENT TO YOU: “QANTARA”
Check out this summary video of their “First Time Ever” performance during the Lebanese Metal Battle event below and leave your thoughts in the comment box.

Qantara will be performing on July 11, 2015 at Metal Bell Magazine’s event NEW BLOOD.

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EVENT |That One Night, Quadrangle Hazmieh – June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27

Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, first act at 7:30 pm

Location: The Quadrangle, Hazmiyeh

Entrance Fee: 15,000 L.L. + 1 free beer

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Event | Louder Than Hell, The Back Door Gemmayze – 15/5/15

Let’s keep things simple: 5 bands, 5000LL!

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