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About Metal Bell:
Starting off in Lebanon as a Lebanese Rock & Metal Magazine, Metal Bell grew faster and bigger than expected and today we have become a major Rock & Metal media, not only in Lebanon, but also in the Middle East.
6 years ago, on December 12th in the year 2012, Metal Bell Magazine released its pilot issue (Issue 0) as a “test drive” to see the reaction of the local Lebanese scene. [www.metal-bell.com/themagazine]
The magazine was received with cheers from everyone in the scene, including the biggest names, who sent or posted about the project, including local mainstream media who were curious about the whole idea.
Today the Metal Bell team are proud to have contributed, even if a little, in making the scene grow. From small events of 70-80 attendees to what we have achieved today, of events with couple of hundreds of metal fans and international bands.
We Will Remain Committed To
RISING WITH THE SCENE \\m//
Nader Sadek : In the Flesh (Death Metal) Ft.
Derek Roddy (ex-Nile, ex-Hate Eternal); Thor Anders Myhren Aka. Destructhor (ex-Morbid Angel , Myrkskog); Ben “Barby” CLAUS (GOROD); Mahmud Gecekuşu (Perversion)
After merely 2 years, VOICE OF THE SOUL part ways with drummer Rudy Fares. The band was formed in 2007 by Kareem Chehayeb and Monish Shringi in Kuwait. The band has released 3 EPs: ‘Winds of Apprehension’ in July 2009, ‘Eyes of Deceit’ in 2010, and the internationally acclaimed ‘Into Oblivion’.
In April 2014, VOICE OF THE SOUL recorded their full-length album, “Catacombs” (Read Review in Issue 6 – Page 26). And later in June of that year, Rudy Fares joined the band and performed with them a handful of shows between Dubai and Lebanon.
The band announced the departure of Rudy in the below statement:
Rudy has decided to leave Voice of the Soul. We want to thank him for all his contributions these past few years. We look forward to see him continuing to slay behind the drums in other projects! We will announce our fill-in drummer for our upcoming Beirut show tomorrow.
The next day, VOICE OF THE SOUL posted the below video announcing the drummer that will fill in for Rudy during Metal Bell Magazine’s METAL GATHERING event: Bosphorus Cymbals artist Bachir Ramadan.
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 exam 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.
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.
As we were on our trip to cover 70 000 Tons of Metal for the third time in a row, we knew that there will be a Metal concert in Florida: the first annual Florida Metal Fest at The Cuban Club in Ybor City in Tampa, this past Saturday, January 30, so we decided at the last minute to attend. The Headliners were none other than Florida’s Death Metal giants OBITUARY, but during the show we were shocked and surprised at the same time when they announced a very special and unpredictable guest, A Metal God: JON OLIVA, the SAVATAGE Legend (who is currently performing with his new band Jon Oliva’s Pain. So we couldn’t help but take the camera and capture few pictures for this historical moment. Continue reading
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
Just a few days ago, it was the memory of Metallica’s late bassist Cliff Burton. Then the idea of paying tribute to Cliff came up, and what is a better place to do it than at THE THRASH ALLIANCE event? We’ve seen the Big Four playi live; we’ve watched them join the stage for one song where all of them performed together. Now it’s time for our bands to ally and give us one big performance TOGETHER. As the preparation for the event is ongoing, BLAAKYUM, EDEN, MADJERA & PHENOMY have been practicing for Saturday October 17, each on their own, not only to give us one hell of a show, but also members of the 4 bands will join the stage together to perform a Metallica medley from Cliff Burton’s era.
One more reason why you should not miss Metal Bell’s THE THRASH ALLIANCE Vol. 1 event at The Quadrangle Live – Hazmieh on OCT 17, 2015.
Ever since I heard the term Summer Fusion getting tossed, I got really excited to attend and see what the hype is all about, as I have heard numerous people talk about the past events, but I never had the opportunity to attend any. Continue reading