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VOICE OF THE SOUL REVEAL ALBUM ART AND TRACK LIST


Dubai metal band Voice of the Soul have released the track list and album art for their upcoming full-length, Catacombs, which will be out on September 28, 2014. Catacombs features 9 tracks, following up to Voice of the Soul’s 2011 EP release, Into Oblivion. Daylight Dies’ bassist/vocalist, Egan O’Rourke, features on the closing track of the album, Images Subside

Frontman Kareem comments, “I’m really pleased that this is all finally starting to come together, and I look forward to releasing Pendulum in the next week to give our listeners a taste of what the album has to offer.” 


Album art by MHD Graphics
1. Desolation
2. Perpetual Deception
3. Pendulum
4. Quarantine
5. Cold Rupture
6. The Mist
7. Perdition
8. Defiled
9. Images Subside

Catacombs was recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered at Haven Studio.

Album art was designed by Hamood Hallak of MHD Graphics.

While we wait for Voice of the Soul to release Pendulum, check out their album teaser video below.


Tartarus - Of Grimness and Atrocity (EP) review


Band: Tartarus
Album: Of Grimness and Atrocity (EP)
Genre: Black Metal
Country: UAE
Release Date: July 31st, 2014
Label: Haarbn Productions
Reviewer: Karim Tarek
Rating: 8.5/10

Hailing from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tartarus is one of the newest Black Metal bands to the Middle Eastern scene. With Zymolust Ravenson on guitars and vocals, Kris Kudla on guitars, Rippon "Obscurus" Madtha on drums, and Bader "Ghocifer" Nauman on bass duties, Tartarus was founded back in 2013 and have only just released their first EP this month.
Entitled “Of Grimness and Atrocity”, the 5-song EP that resembles quite a head start for such a promising band that seemingly has a lot to offer in the future. 

The EP starts off with a mystic intro track called “Seeshot” that delivers nothing more than an ambient noise accompanied by some indistinct high-pitched speech that gets you excited and tingled knowing that there is some serious blasting on its way to your ears.

The second track of the EP is called “Axes (of Hatred)”. It starts off as a typical mid-tempo Black Metal song with some very wise placements of drum lines and vocal efforts. After it had given you the impression of a mediocre non-aggressive Black Metal endeavor, there comes the first blast beat line of the EP that would normally render you hopeful of a more aggressive, fast-paced release, but then again “Axes (of Hatred)” further advances with the same original pace it started off with, which personally made me doubtful of my prospective level of enjoyment of the EP.

The following two tracks “Cosmic Storms” and the title track “Of Grimness and Atrocity” came to negate such theory of the EP being rather mediocre and generally mid-tempo. Reminiscent of the golden era of Black Metal, the early 1990s Scandinavian wave, Tartarus managed to change the direction of the EP to the better throughout those two particular tracks. Drumming turned out to be pretty bestial, just like pure Black Metal percussion should be, along with riffs that sounded like they came straight from hell. Moreover, the two tracks managed to capture the evil quintessence of genuine Black Metal, reflecting obvious influences by legendary bands like Dissection, Emperor, and Lord Belial.

Adding a cherry on top of the cake, Tartarus ended the EP with a cover of one of Black Metal’s timeless songs and Emperor’s all-time gem, “I Am the Black Wizards”. The cover was pretty simple, precise, and consummate in terms of the delivery of all the main elements that made up such a track that nears perfection.


All in all, Tartarus is a very promising band that brings back memories from an era that is typically a favorite for diehard Black Metal fans, adopting all the grimness, evil, and genuineness of the genre. Having covered an Emperor track hints that they are following the right influences. I personally enjoyed listening to “Of Grimness and Atrocity” and I believe that it reflected a huge amount of potential that the band could achieve in their promising future, raising the bar of expectations for yet another release. 

Highlights: Of Grimness and Atrocity






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INTERVIEW WITH BASSEM DEAIBESS (BLAAKYUM)



Lebanese metallers Blaakyum will be opening for Epica tonight at the Byblos International Festival, and they couldn't be more excited. After interviewing Mark Jansen from Epica yesterday, Kareem C talked to Blaakyum's frontman Bassem Deaibess.


Hey Bassem how’s it going? Must be excited to be opening up for Epica tomorrow night at Byblos Festival in Lebanon.

It is indeed exciting to finally be able to perform in a festival on the Lebanese soil; actually I am wondering how will that experience be? How will it feel? Will it be similar or different than big festivals in Europe? But the thrill of doing this in Lebanon, along with the burden of meeting the expectations of people and yourself, for some reason, I feel an obligation to have this show the best we ever did, it is like a duty, this is my country and I want to give it the best we can.

Not many heavy bands play at the Byblos Festival, but we’ve seen bands like Scorpions and Nightwish play, and now Epica. For such a popular festival in Lebanon, it must be good news to metal fans and bands such as yourself and Blaakyum.
Of course any news is good news when it comes to having any kind of bands related to Rock and Metal on a Lebanese International festival, now sadly we would not at the moment dream of having Slayer or Testament or Hypocrisy for example on such festivals, I think this is far-fetched, but indeed Byblos have been doing a great job keeping some Metal elements there. I have no idea how will people react to us, since we will be our normal metal selves we will not compromise in our show, and definitely looking forward to see the people and the organizers reaction to some of Epica’s more heavy songs… Maybe this will pave the way for heavier and more “uncommon” bands to come later. Fingers crossed.

What can fans expect from Blaakyum’s performance tomorrow night? Are we going to hear some new tracks in addition to some songs off Lord of the Night?
Well taking into consideration that most of our fans will not make it to the concert, of course many will do but not the majority, and that more or less we will be performing for a new crowed, we will be performing mostly from our debut album, we do have a surprise ready though, and there will be probably two songs performed from the new album.


You’ve been working on a second album. How’s the process been so far?
Terrible hahahaha… Well we have completed the composition of the second (and even more, probably some of the third album) We were supposed to enter the studio last month, but we are delaying that till we find a way to fund the recording process.


What have you been listening to lately? Does what you listen to influence the writing process?
Sometimes I just stop listening to music all together, of course I do have my daily dose of Classical music, Metal, and some of the Arabic music I enjoy, lately I have been into experimental Jazz especially the oriental stuff and unbelievable talents such as Ibrahim Maalouf… But since few months now, I have been hooked up on Thrash metal again, my all-time favourite Metal genre, I have been slaying my ears with Onslaught, Testament, and a bit of the few Black Metal bands I like, Immortal and Behemoth, and of course Death Metal always have a share, Vader I must say. But the daily dose of Classical music is always a must. I think everything influence the writing process, although lately nothing is more influential than the anger I feel…  At a point where I wish my music can actually kill those immoral creatures (they are not even humans) that are making us suffer… Anyway I will try not to fall into negativity so yea, everything is influential.


Blaakyum have played many shows in Lebanon and abroad while touring. What was your favorite performance in Lebanon thus far and why?
I do not want to talk about the guys, personally and I think it is the same for my Brother Rabih who is our lead guitarist, our performance in Sour was the one we enjoyed the most, the sound was surprisingly amazing, and the atmosphere, and the fact that we were playing in the south… it was just really enjoyable.    

Any final words for Metality.net’s readers?
Thank you for Metality.net for the support and for your readers I can say Metal has never died, they keep saying it is dying, for hell’s sake that must be the longest death process ever, so Metal is always alive and has become a classical musical genre, thanks to you… So keep it up.


Thanks for talking to us, Bassem! See you at the show!
Metal on mate \m/

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INTERVIEW WITH MARK JANSEN (EPICA)


Epica will be playing their first show in Lebanon on August 2nd at the Byblos International Festival, a year after Nightwish played there. Lebanese metallers Blaakyum will be opening up at the show. Our Editor-in-Chief, Kareem C caught up with Guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Jansen, and talked to him about their latest album The Quantum Enigma, playing Lebanon for the first time (and their previous shows in Dubai and Tunisia), and moving forward with Epica's long and lasting career. 


Hi Mark! How’s your tour going so far?

Mark: Very well, we play a lot and the responses on the new songs are overwhelming. So needless to say that we are very happy about all of that.

Your upcoming show at the Byblos Festival in Lebanon will be your third show in the Arab world, having played in Tunis and Dubai before! What are some of Epica’s memorable experiences being there?

Mark: Our show in Tunis I remember as if it was yesterday. We were the first international metal band to play in Tunis and many of the fans who attended the show were crying of happiness. It was avery special occasion for fans of heavy music and us. In Dubai we played at a metal festival, very well organised and I remember that I went out jogging but that it was extremely hot haha.

Tell us about the writing and recording process for your latest album, The Quantum Enigma. While it’s certainly well-received, what were some of the new approaches and differences that were taken with this album?

Mark: We started writing about 2 years before the recordings took place. Some of us started writing a little later. When we had enough songs we started to work on each others tracks in small groups and short sessions, that's when we made the final selection. When we were satisfied we started rehearsing the tracks with the band and worked on the little details. Right after that we experimented with the sound, different amps, drum kits, microphones to see what were the best combinations for the best possible sound. When that was done we started recording. The producer is Joost van den Broek, in the past he played keyboards in After Forever. He played an important role in all this as supervisor, creative ideas and work/team spirit builder. The mix and mastering were done by Jacob Hansen, Joost van den Broek and our input. Jacob did put a great basic sound which we all loved right away. From there on we only needed to fine-tune the rest. The differences compared to the previous album are that the guitars sound heavier than before. When we play a heavy riff it does sound very heavy now.


In a previous interview with Epica, Simone said that she currently has been living in Germany. Does having one or members in a different location make things more difficult for the band?

Mark: It's more complicated but not impossible. I live in Sicily (Italy), Simone in Germany, Isaac in Belgium and the others in the Netherlands. However it's only a 2 hour flight away from each other so nothing is impossible :)

What have you been listening to lately? Does what you listen to impact the material you release? Would this apply to The Quantum Engima?

Mark: Lately I haven't been listening much music. I spend a lot of time on my hobby, cycling. It's been a very hectic period with releases of Epica (DVD and TQE) and my other band MaYaN, so I needed some rest, also from listening music. But from what I've heard I like the new 'Stream of Passion' album.

Do you have a favorite song off The Quantum Enigma?

Mark: Not really, I like the album as a whole. It differs day by day which ones are my favourites.

What’s your favorite metal festival to play in?

Mark: Graspop - Belgium. Very well organised, good food, great crowd and cool bands.

What are some of the things you love and hate about touring?

Mark: I love meeting new people, experience different cultures and habits and escaping from daily routines. I dislike when there are stressful moments like a bad organised show or missing my home, my girlfriend and my cats and dogs.

What have you heard about Lebanon, and is there anything you’re looking forward to doing there during your stay?

Mark: In the Netherlands or Italy Lebanon is mainly in the news about conflicts in the Middle East. That's sad because this way people get a one-way view and get scared to travel to Lebanon. As I travel a lot I know how to interpret those news items and I know that reality is often very different from what's been shown on tv.  I look forward to see Lebanon the way it is and meet its people.

Any final words for Metality.net and its readers?

Mark: Thanks for reading this article and for the support for our band Epica!

Thanks for your time, Mark! Looking forward to catching your show in Byblos!

Mark: See you there!

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Aramaic - The Fallen (EP) review


Band: Aramaic
Album: The Fallen (EP)
Genre: Oriental Doom/Death Metal
Country: UAE
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Label: Self-released
Reviewer: Karim Tarek
Rating: 8.5/10




Having been away from the scene for quite a long time, mainly for study duties, it is naturally very hard for any new material to grab my sincere attention and interest towards it, which was exactly what happened Aramaic’s debut EP entitled “The Fallen.”

Hailing from Dubai, UAE, one of the region’s most musically flourishing at the time, Aramaic are an Oriental Death Metal quintet comprising Serge Lutfi on vocals, Fadi Al Shami and Ahmad Rammal on guitars, Rafic JR Abi Saleh on drums, and Michael Al Asmar on bass. The band’s name suggests high influence by the ancient Aramean mythology that roots in the Middle East.

Although the band started a couple of years back, their debut EP is to be released tomorrow and we were lucky enough to receive our press copy for review. The EP consists of three tracks with an approximate playtime of 20 minutes. 

With a highly impressive artwork, that kind of brings Behemoth to the back of my mind, “The Fallen” starts with the title track which has the most oriental vibe of all three tracks. It somewhat signifies an adaptation of old school Death Metal with its downbeat aggression and its punishing heavy riffs. In a nutshell, the lyrics tell an incomplete love story that leaves the lover angry 
and hateful.

Entitled “The Pledge”, the following track came downright faster, more vigorous, and less bleak. It is a war-themed track with fast drum lines, angry dual vocals, and chaotic riffs that gets you pumped during live performances. Although it is the shortest track on the EP, it combines all the elements of the catchiness and solidness of Death Metal music. 

The EP closes with final track called “The Summoning”, one that has a more oriental tinge than its antecedent, and a more epic feeling than the rest of the EP. What is special about this track in particular is its tempo swings; it goes from slow and grim to fast and violent to mid-paced and epic in smooth transitions. To me, this track resembles the Doom Metal influences that the band possess.

Overall, “The Fallen” is one of those EPs you would wish were longer. It showcases the outcome of years of work and dedication from one of the region’s most promising bands. With its high musical and production quality, it will no doubt soon become a fans’ favorite. Moreover, I personally believe that Aramaic will be one of the most important bands in the Middle East if they would continue what they started with the same level of dedication and eagerness. 







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INTERVIEW WITH RICARDO DIAS (HEAVENWOOD)

Time for another interview with a band from this year's Dubai Rock Festival's lineup. After interviewing guitarist Matt Asselbergs from French band Nightmare, we move on to Portugal's Heavenwood. Ricardo Dias is Heavenwood's guitarist and primary songwriter, but also sings for the band. The band was formed in 1996 and has played extensively across Europe (they even played at Wacken). Heavenwood released their fourth album, Abyss Masterpiece (which we reviewed here) in 2011, and are now working on their fifth record. Kareem C had a chat with Ricardo about the new album and playing Dubai for the first time.


So tell us what’s been going on with Heavenwood these days? How’s the new album following “Abyss Masterpiece” so far?

We have been working on our 5th album " The Tarot of the Bohemians -  Part I ", Meanwhile we were at the studio we recorded the advance song " The Juggler ".
This new album will be more structured, some times more aggressive or technical but never forgetting our melodic reference. We will continue having Orchestral melodies, not so present during all the songs as it was on "Abyss Masterpiece". I feel that we "orchestrated" much more the words for the new album..
The lyrics are strong, deep and very introspective. The lyrics will demand some occult and spiritual background to understand the real meaning of them.

This is your first show in Dubai. How excited are you guys? What are you most looking forward to about Dubai Rock Festival 2014?

We feel great and very anxious about it, It´s wonderful, and it´s an honour. I do think that the blend of cultures on this Fest is fantastic, Each band will represent their culture on stage.
Excellent professionals and excellent bands will justify everyone to run to this exotic metal fest!

Which band on the lineup are you most looking forward to seeing?

Nervecell, the others i can check them perhaps on tour in Europe, I´m an old fan of Loudblast since "Disincarnate" album…perhaps one of the first Portuguese with a Loudblast musical experience back in the beginning of the 90´s. 

Heavenwood have had a long history of touring. Any interesting stories you’d like to share with us?

We toured with In Flames and I remember when they show us on cassette the demo from the first Hammerfall album, When i listen to it i remember i compare it with Running Wild but i said to them " This is gonna be a success worldwide, just like you guys."...now In Flames are one of the biggest metal acts in the world.

What can Dubai’s metal fans expect from Heavenwood’s set?

We will play some strong songs from every Heavenwood album, we will play also the new song "The Juggler", from the new album

Any last words for Metality.net’s readers?

A strong Portuguese metal hug to all and check Heavenwood if you´re enough of listening only to technical stuff!


INTERVIEW WITH MATT ASSELBERGS (NIGHTMARE)


Dubai Rock Fest 2014 is a week away, and we couldn't be more excited! One band that we're looking forward to checking out is Nightmare, who rocked out an awesome set at least year's Dubai Rock Festival. Our Editor-in-Chief Kareem C had a chat with Nightmare's guitarist, Matt Asselbergs. Nightmare are one of France's biggest metal bands, and this power metal band is playing its second show in Dubai in two years. Despite that, they're more excited than ever. We talk with Matt about playing Dubai and Nightmare's new album, "The Aftermath"


What’s going on with Nightmare these days? Last time we spoke to you was about a year ago!

Matt: Well, it's been a very busy year full of amazing moments and hard workin days, we are very thankful for what life brings to us and all those great times on the road, like Dubai or the tour with circle II Circle and so on...


How are you guys feeling about playing in Dubai for a second time? What was your first experience like?

Matt: Dubai is such an amazing experience, seems like you're on another planet and the crowd is so fuckin dedicated, metalheads are cool and live their lifetime each concert ! It's really outstanding ! We really like Dubai except for the Infernal heat that you guys have ! How you guys doin' to stay alive? (laughs) 


Nightmare’s second appearance in Dubai will not only be special because it’s your second appearance at the Dubai Rock Festival, but also because you’ll be releasing your new album, “The Aftermath” that night. What can listeners expect from that album?

Matt: We decided to go more Roots on this album, less keyboard and more thrash and heavy riffs, just to return to what we really are in a way... Some crazy classic Heavy Sounds !  we basically kept some keyboard but just to boost the guitars and drums at its best!


What have you guys been listening to these days?

Matt: Good question, I listen to many other kinda music actually, like southern rock with bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, molly hatchet, blackberry Smoke,blackfoot, then I love listenin to Immortal and Bathory, then Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne,Queen, Elton John, Mobb Deep, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Dubstep and The Doors, CCR, Thin Lizzy,Jazz, Prog every music... I really find interest in any kind of music just because Life is music and each songs, each artists has his music view and feeling...and it's very powerful to get these inspirations as well. The more you're open the more people feel it and follow you.


What other band are you most looking forward to watching at Dubai Rock Festival 2014?

Matt: (Laughs) We are with our friends from Loudblast and they really kick some asses, Nervecell is an amazing band also and I will check the other bands live I prefer to see them live. But the other bands rocks to ground also for sure!!!


Any interesting tour stories you’d like to share with us?

Matt: Hum...there are many stories as usual but one is funny, we were playing at the 70 000 tons of metal last year and I get sick I got fever, and we were just arrived to the landing point were everyone can take some rest on a beautiful island where you drink only pina colada under a hot sun if you see what I mean...after a few drink I decided to go back to the boat because I was feeling not even better...during the road back to the boat I just felt on the floor, loose conscience and found myself with two Big guys who were holding me in the front of my room saying “are you ok now”? I was just a piece of shit at this moment (laughs) I just pee on myself because my body just left me for a few seconds...anyway that's one story...but I think we could make a book called The Nightmare Stories 1979-2014 I’m sure we can become millionaires (laughs).


Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Any final comments for Metality.net readers?

Matt: Well guys, be ready because Loudblast and Nightmare are coming in 10 days and you guys gonna have some heavy depth problem after that (laughs) just kiddin !! Bang your head against the stage ! Love ya all!


Dubai Rock Festival 2014 will take place at Al Nasr Leisureland in Dubai on May 23rd. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores in Dubai, Hard Rock Cafe, and at the door. Click here for more information.



ARAMAIC REVEAL EP ART, TRACKLIST, RELEASE DATE

Dubai's Oriental Death/Doom metal band, Aramaic have revealed their debut EP art, tracklist, and release date. The band, comprised of guitarist Fadi Al Shami, vocalist Serge Lutfi, and bassist Michael Al Asmar have recorded their debut EP, The Fallen, at Haven Studio in Dubai. The artwork was done by MHD Graphics, and it looks really sick. We're definitely looking forward to checking out The Fallen, which will be released in less than a month on June 10th.

Artwork by MHD Graphics

1. The Fallen

2. The Pledge

3. The Summoning

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INTERVIEW WITH NAHLA


We recently found out that some metal fans in the Middle East flew all the way to Florida to take part in the 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which is basically a huge metal festival on a boat cruise. We met Nahla, an Egyptian photographer and metal enthusiast who got a chance to go, take some killer pictures, and meet some of the bands. We decided to have a chat with her and have her share her experience with Metality's readers.

Photo courtesy of Nahla
What got you interested in photography and metal?

Photos have the incredible ability to freeze a moment, not just showing how something looked, but also makes you recall how it felt. And since everyone sees things differently, I like to register my own emotions and memories.

What got me interested into this kind of music is something that cannot be put into words, everyone gets dragged into certain music when they feel the tones, beats, melodies or rhythms that identifies them, I remember that Manowar, Savatage and Iron Maiden were the first bands that got me into metal music, This was back in like 1994.

Tell us about your experience at 70000 tons of metal. Apart from checking out the bands, how did you spend your time on the cruise?

It has been quite an experience. The cruise “Majesty of the Seas” sailed from Miami to Costa Maya in Mexico with 2000 metal heads from all over the world, and 41 bands playing two sets, each on a different stage and different day.
It had 3 stages with perfect sound, many dining rooms, bars, karaoke and a casino.

What I enjoyed the most was to hang out at the karaoke lounge after the shows, it’s the perfect place for everybody, where most of the bands are gathered, singing and dancing all the night with everybody till morning, it’s the greatest atmosphere you can imagine.

Carcass - Photo courtesy of Nahla
Which band had the best set in your opinion?

Definitely Septic Flesh I was quite overwhelmed by their symphonic set, they played many songs from “The Great Mass” and some of the old remarkable songs “Anubis” and “Persepolis” 

Carcass played an awesome show and the entire deck was jumping when they surprised everybody and played for the first time a cover for Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings. 

One of the things that attracted me was the new singer of Xandria - Dianne van Giersbergen-, she just joined the band a couple of months ago, and everybody got impressed by her performance on stage.

What are some of your favorite bands, both international and Middle Eastern? 

Pink Floyd are always on the top of my list, then comes lots of metal bands like Therion, Night Wish, Rammestein, Slayer, Kamelot,  Blind Guardian, Dream Theater, Moonspell, Amon Amarth…etc , I was lucky enough to see Amon Amarth on the cruise pre-party , great crowd response, lots of mosh pits and crowd surfing was going during all the show.

Middle Eastern bands, Myrath are my favorite so far, I also like Ascendant, Anarchy, Crescent, Kimaera and Blaakyum.

Are you heading to anymore metal festivals over the summer?

I got my ticket to Wacken after being on the waiting list for some time. Might also go to Metal Days or Brutal Assault.

Swallow the Sun - Photo courtesy of Nahla




SVENGALI - UNSCATHED [Review]

Band: Svengali
Album: Unscathed (EP)
Genre: Melodic Hardcore
Country: UAE
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: Self-Released
Reviewer: Kareem C





Svengali are a new and interesting band from the Dubai scene that has garnered attention and support since releasing some of their demo tracks last fall. The band is comprised of three musicians with diverse musical backgrounds: Adnan Mryhij (vocals), Fadi Al Shami (guitar, clean vocals), and JM Elias (guitar). The 6 tracks on the band's EP, Unscathed, clearly show the different influences, combining hardcore music with more melodic elements, making it a very impressive debut release. 

One of the strongest points of the album is the catchy choruses that easily keep the listeners hooked, usually sung by Al Shami, which is quite evident in Embrace. That said, the chorus that really did it for me was on The End, featuring Ishtar. She and Al Shami did a really great job singing together. The additional melodic elements in that song made it sound massive.

But don't get me wrong, this album is heavy, and I do mean HEAVY. The incredibly tight sounding breakdowns and guitar riffs paired with Mryhij's vocals will easily open up pits at any venue. One track that demonstrates this and that has become my favorite is Freefall. I think "orthodox" hardcore fans will dig tracks like Ophidia a bit more though.

I'm really impressed with how Svengali came out with such a solid sounding release in such a short period of time. While the tracks all share some unique elements, they all have their own twists to them, making the band anything but a one-trick pony. 

The EP is available on multiple platforms, including Svengali's Bandcamp page. I highly recommend all metal listeners to give this album a go. 

I give Unscathed a 7.5/10.



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VOICE OF THE SOUL SET TO RECORD FULL-LENGTH AT HAVEN STUDIO

Photography by Adnan Mryhij
Logo by Edi Udo

UAE-based metal band Voice of the Soul will start recording their debut full-length album in April at Haven Studio in Dubai, almost 3 years after their 2011 EP release, Into Oblivion. The album will be produced by musician/producer Hadi Sarieddine.

Guitarist and long-time member Monish Shringi comments, “This album will explore new influences compared to past releases. It’s fast, destructive, and reaches newer milestones. Definitely our most diverse and enduring effort.”

The album will also be drummer Khalid Temimi’s first release with Voice of the Soul since joining in January 2012. “It’s new, and it sounds fresh,” says Khalid, “We’ve reached another pinnacle, not only as a band, but as individual musicians. This album will open up one hell of a new chapter for Voice of the Soul!”

Egan O'Rourke (Daylight Dies)
Voice of the Soul are also excited to have Daylight Dies’ bassist and singer, Egan O’Rourke, feature on the album. Guitarist and frontman Kareem Chehayeb commented, “Having Egan involved with us is something I’m really excited about. I’m already ecstatic about recording the new material with Hadi, a good friend of mine, so having one of my favorite singers from one of my favorite bands just takes my excitement to a whole new level.”


Haven Studio’s Hadi Sarieddine is looking forward to producing Voice of the Soul’s debut full-length. Hadi commented, “I’m really stoked about working with Voice of the Soul; besides the fact the guys are my good friends and I’ve known them for a while I really enjoy the band’s material. We’ve been working hard at pre-production and there’s a cool blend of really dark and very melodic moments on the new album, a little bit for fans of different genres of metal. I look forward to producing and engineering it.”

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