So the heatwave is somewhat nearly over but summer lives on and here at GMA HQ we've been scratching our heads on what bands we should listen to over the summer. Until it dawned onto us that bands played should reflect the prolonged weather, thus we announce the top ten metal bands you should listen to whilst the summer blasts us all with unrelenting heat, sure some may not agreed with some of the choices but through considerable reasoning we felt that the top ten bands below are the sole bands that are most apt to listen to at 28C+, of course they mainly feature from the North African nations, the Middle East and other barren and or sandy nations, so prepare for a massive heatwave of flame-torn metal music.
Each band will feature a song you should download, click the link to listen to it on YouTube.
Arguably the most successful metal band to emerge from Egypt, Scarab is a six-piece Death Metal band signed to Osmose Productions and have been racking up the international fans with no slowing down. Scheduled to play this years Bloodstock Open Air, Scarab are effectively the more authentic version of Nile; meaning that they sing about Egyptology, the Ancient Egyptian culture and it's associated mythologies. However they manage to weave the traditional Egyptian sound into the metal music and as a result develop a sound that will take your mind to the sandy seas of Alexandria and beyond, immerse yourself in True Egyptian Metal.
Download This: 'Valley of the Sandwalkers'
Come on a Progressive Metal band mixing Arabian elements to their music deserves utmost recognition, of course Tunisia's Myrath have followed the same footsteps as Scarab and got signed to a major European label, except this label is XIII Bis Records (still a French label like Osmose Productions). Myrath have recently released their third album 'Tales Of The Sands' and features a whole host of oriental / Arabian style metal. Prepare to have your spine chilled through the eccentricity shown on the keyboards and the vibrancy of Zaher Zorgati's voice as Myrath deliver another taste of Middle Eastern / Arabian style metal
Download This: "Merciless Times"
Perhaps the most softest of the lot we have chosen, but maNga are without a doubt the most successful rock / metal act from Turkey. Consisting of five musicians; now four as Efe the band's DJ left the band this year, (Ferman - vocals, Cem - bass, Yagmur - guitars and Ozgur - drums) they have stormed the Turkish music scene without stopping, having had their first big achievement with their song 'Bir Kadin Cizeceksin' being selected to appear on the FIFA 2006 game soundtrack and as the years passed they released 3 albums to date, played in London at the 02 Islington and most notable finishing a highly respectable 2nd place at the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, losing out to Germany but accruing 170 points, prompting some people to state they were the worthy winners as their entry song 'We Could Be The Same' was unreleased whereas the German entry Lena had already had her music played on European radio stations on numerous occasions. The band exclusively mix together nu metal with hip-hop and Anatolian melodies, thus making it rather authentic to their nation, and yes they do sing in both Turkish and English.
Download This: "Fly To Stay Alive"
Who cannot love this band? Seriously? Lashing together Black Metal with Thrash Metal influences, the goosebumps this music gives us is enough to make horror movies look like Disney films. Formed in Jerusalem, the band had to move to The Netherlands due to increasing pressure from religious sects, thus meaning that they had to let go of the surrounding Israeli influences, however the band are noted for going to Turkey to record their music as it would seem according to Ashmedi, lead vocalist it gives the band the atmosphere needed to record their music, it makes sense to us seeing as this part of the Middle East / European border features a history that relates to the old civilizations of Sumeria and Mesopotamia; which respectively and funnily enough incorporate modern Iraq and Syria, ironic given the tension between Israel and neighboring Arabic nations, er-hem. None the less Melechesh deliver their unique twist of Middle Eastern Oriental Metal.
Download This: "Ladders To Sumeria"
There aren't many Moroccan Metal bands that actually gain attention outside of the North African Arabian region, so it comes as to no surprise that Power Metal ensemble Analgesia emerge with a sound that rocks the entire nation off its feet. Sure some will argue that bands like Sakadoya should be here, but in terms of developing an atmosphere that mirrors the traditional ethnic sounds of Morocco or as some prefer the Berber culture, Analgesia hit it right on the head. Infusing traditional sounds with the vibrancy of Power Metal to develop a product that truly remains bolted to their cultural influences, consider this lot as a hidden gem.
Download This: "From The Ashes of Morocco"
Without a doubt the most successful Death Metal band from the Middle East, Nervecell is a 3-piece metal machine that spews out Death Metal with Thrash Metal elements. However, none of the members are ethnic Emirati, in fact they comprise of Lebanese, Jordanian and Indian; a testament you could say to the brilliance of global metal. Whilst unlike their Middle Eastern brothers, they don't use instruments that have background heritage in folk music, instead they opt to try to add a Middle Eastern flavour through the guitars, heck it works.
Download This: "Demean"
It's not often this sort of thing grabs GMA's attention but as Sean Tarry and horse owner Chris Van Niekerk celebrate their back-to-back win at South Africa's most prestigious horse race the Durban July for two years running, we could not help but notice that the horse that won it, besides being a 16-1 shot, was called 'Heavy Metal'.
Heavy Metal is the son of Arlington Million hero Silvano and is trained at Randjesfontein in Johannesburg.
Mr. Tarry acknowledges that: "He is comfortable on the Polytrack up there and I didn't want to take any risks bringing him here."
Mr. Tarry is still 50/50 on whether doing an overseas campaign even with current issues in exporting horses from South Africa.
Mr. Tarry added: "He may go, he may not. He is tailor-made for Hong Kong in December but there is no way we are going to be able to get him there by then. "Also we shouldn't turn our backs on what is on offer here. Pomodoro (last year's Durban July winner but only 13th here) is my trump card for the J & B Met. You can put a line through today so far as he is concerned. He had to race three wide and it just wasn't his day.
However for rider Khumalo, admits that the: "horse surprised me today but, when I pulled him out, he knew exactly what to do and he took off."
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