Lebanese extreme death metal band Kaoteon recently announced the release of their upcoming new full-length album, Damnatio Memoriae, featuring bass wizard Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drum master Fredrik Widigs of Marduk as special guests. The menacing new album is due for release on February 23, 2018, and pre-orders are available now via https://kaoteon.bandcamp.com
Following up on last week's release of the track "Barren Lands" (which has amassed nearly 12,000 streams on YouTube alone in less than a week), Kaoteon are pleased to reveal a guitar play-through of another new track, "Raging Hellfire", featuring guitarist Anthony Kaoteon. Watch now via Guitar World: https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/kaoteon-premiere-raging-hellfire-guitar-playthrough
Anthony tells Guitar World: "'Raging Hellfire' is a museum of fast melodic but yet brutal black metal riffs. You can take all 13 riffs in the song, play them through an orchestra and still get a dark epic symphony of destruction. My Ibanez Prestige neck allows a very comfortable grip which doesn't apply to many guitars. I am not tech savvy so I still use the basics. Walid Wolflust (our singer) hates my analogue passive old school distortion but I enjoy how bright, crunchy and raw my distortion blazes out of my Seymour Duncan pickups and my Blackstar amp. I hope you enjoy this track as much as I do. Take a guess on which riff in 'Raging Hellfire' is the first black metal riff I ever composed even before Walid joined the band in 2001?"
While online, check out a brand new write-up on Kaoteon and their fascinating origin story via Revolver Magazine: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/meet-kaoteon-lebanese-metal-band-fighting-religious-political-persecution
You can also hear the band's first single, the title track "Damnatio Memoriae" here: https://youtu.be/gVHcFrVcdEg
Kaoteon is an unusual east-west international extreme metal collaboration, originally hailing from the Middle East but now based in Amsterdam. Kaoteon fled their native Lebanon after the release of their debut 2011 full-length, Veni Vidi Vomui, due to facing censorship at its highest levels for simply being a metal band. They have been put in jail for devil worshipping, attacked by religious groups, and raided several times by police trying to use them as scapegoats to mask political and religious problems in the region. It's a terrifying but enthrallingly honest story of a metal band trying to exist, succeed and break out of the Middle East.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, 'Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided).
Lebanon’s leading Heavy Metal band Blaakyum will release their much anticipated new album "Line Of Fear" as CD (with one bonus track) and digital on June 25, 2016. The cover artwork was made by by Stan-W Decker (Masterplan, Vanden Plas, Resurrection Kings, Stryper).
The bonus track on the CD edition, "Riot Against Riot", is a narration on Lebanon’s recent anti-corruption protests that the band members were part of and that were met with violent crackdowns by the police.
The album theme emerged from the band's experiences with social and political oppression in Lebanon, from being jailed just for being into Heavy Metal to being ruled by a corrupt and violent government. All songs are about freedom of thought and artistic expression.
Blaakyum's sound is a unique blend of Thrash, Heavy and Groove Metal infused with Middle Eastern and Levantine folk music vibes. The band are the pioneers of "Middle Eastern Thrash" and they not only make Thrash Metal sound oriental but also make Middle Eastern musical elements sound Thrashy. The song "Freedom Denied" samples Middle Eastern folklore music and uses oriental percussions (tabla) as another Thrash Metal instrument. This unique Thrashy tabla sound is also in the title track “The Line Of Fear” as well as on the genre-defying “Baal-Adon”.
Bassem Deaibess - vocals, guitars
Rabih Deaibess - lead guitars
Pierre Le Port - bass
Hassan Kheder - drums
Blaakyum are right now on the “Line Of Fear” tour that kicked off in Dubai with a headlining show on June 3rd and that will take the band to perform at Tuska Open Air Festival, on July 1st, followed by a 16-day tour in support of Onslaught across Europe.
Blaakyum won last year’s Wacken Open Air Metal Battle in third place worldwide, cementing the reputation of the band from a small country in a turbulent region that has defied all odds to live and breathe Heavy Metal.
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