Interview with Turbulence – Summer Fusion 2016

Turbulence are a Lebanese progressive rock and metal band, and the artists behind the album Disequilibrium. They will be performing at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
Turbulence was formed in 2013 by Mood and Alain. Both of them had just passed through bad experiences with their previous bands, and decided to form a project driven by their high standards, thriving for a lasting chemistry.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Alain Ibrahim: Guitars
Mood Yassin: Keyboards
Owmar El Hage: Vocals
Sebastien Melki: Bass
Sayed Jreije: Drums

What style do you perform?
Progressive Rock and Metal.

Do you perform cover songs or originals?
Both. We released our debut album “Disequilibrium” a year ago, and we have mostly been known to take on the mighty Dream Theater.

Who are your influences?
Our influences aren’t limited to bands, but to name a few: Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X..

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Well first of all, we love what we do. We aspire to inspire people with our music and make them feel what we feel when we listen to our favorite tunes.

What do you think of the Lebanese Music Scene?
Throughout our careers we’ve met a lot of people that are thriving to make the scene more active. Although we’ve been at times disappointed with the overall situation, summer fusion is definitely an event that gives us hope.

What we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
For those who have been following us for a while, you can expect the usual dose of prog. Summer fusion 2016 will be the first time we broaden our range of covers beyond just Dream Theater.

What are your plans for the future?
We are halfway through writing our second album. So, in the near future we will be finishing it up and producing it.


Interview with Blaakyum – Summer Fusion 2016

After Blaakyum killed it at Tuska Open Air on July 1, Blaakyum’s first performance in Lebanon post-Tuska will be at Summer Fusion. Blaakyum’s new album, Line Of Fear, is out now and will be officially released during Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
The early days of Blaakyum were in 1995. We were one of the pioneers who all created the post-Civil War metal scene, but it wasn’t like people were consciously creating this scene. It was a primitive scene back then; people formed bands with their friends and neighbours, and that is how Blaakyum also started. Who knew back then that the Blaakyum name would carry on until today!

Who does your current lineup consist of?
The current line up still has Blaakyum founder Bassem Deaibess on vocals and rhythm guitar, but all the other members have changed since Blaakyum first started. The current performing line up is Rabih Deaibess on lead guitar, Hassan Kheder on drums, and Pierre Le Port on bass, in addition to Bassem of course. Elie Abou Abdo is Blaakyum’s sessionist oriental percussionist as well.

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Blaakyum’s style is thrash and groove metal infused with heavy metal and Middle Eastern oriental/folk musical elements that sound thrashy! We perform originals apart from the one-off cover in some live sets if we think it fits the mood.

Who are your influences?
Our influences are so many, and at a certain point it feels endless; no matter how many we name, there are always many others. In addition, our influences keep growing. For example, we discovered Onslaught in 2013, and they became a major influence on us. Other thrash acts such as Testament, Overkill, Exodus and Megadeth to name few from the American camp, Sodom and Kreator from the Teutonic Thrashers. The icons of Metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. We also have a lot of influences from a flux of different genres, such as Helloween, Symphony X, Morbid Angel, At the Gates, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath… really the list is endless. Not only confined to Metal and Rock music, we are very much influenced by the Classic and Romantic Era of Classical music, such as Bach and Beethoven, as well as oriental music from Mouashat Andalusia and Koudoud Halabiya, to Oriental icons such as Marcel Khalife, Sabah, Fairuz, Wadi El Safi… just to name few.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
We perform to express ourselves and our way of life and to critique the sh**ty environment we live in. The anger at the madness around us feeds our music. We also make music because we want to be heard, we want to scream. In the end, we perform because we have no choice but to perform.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Sadly, the golden days of the Lebanese metal scene, when thousands of people would come to concerts, are gone, but we are happy that there are serious efforts to revive the scene, and RockRing is a great example of this. The scene should stand united, and bands and promoters should support one another, so that we can all help in this revival.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Summer Fusion will be our official release concert for our new album Line Of Fear that has been getting rave reviews around the world! We are eager to formally launch the album there.

What are your plans for the future?
We are going on tour with Onslaught, Mors Principium Est, and No Return in September! We will be playing 16 consecutive shows, in 16 days, in 16 cities, in 8 European countries! It will be one heck of a challenge, but also a dream come true, and we can’t wait to perform our brand of Lebanese metal to European audiences!

Don’t miss Blaakyum live at Summer Fusion 2016 on August 27 at Mocean Kaslik, featuring their official album release for their latest, Line of Fear. Visit Rock Ring’s Facebook page for more info and updates on all of this year’s featured bands.


Interview with Anuryzm – Summer Fusion 2016

Anuryzm is a Lebanese band based in the UAE. They will be rocking the stage at Summer Fusion 2016!
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How and when did you start the band?
John: 2003 in Lebanon was when we first started, but we were mostly just a college band at that point. Ultimately, things kicked in around 2010 when Nadeem and I set out to record the debut album ‘Worm’s Eye View’ in Abu Dhabi. After it was released in 2011, we put a band together and we started performing wherever we could, and after many performances around the region, and two albums to our name, here we are.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
John Bakhos – Guitars
Nadeem Bibby – Vocals
Jay Jahed – Synths
Sertaç Ögüt – Guitars
Faysal Itani – Bass
John Laham – Drums

What style do you perform?
Nadeem: We play progressive and melodic thrash metal/rock but are not pigeon–holed by one particular style. Experimentation is a big part of who we are.

Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Jay: We play and only focus on our originals, although we would not be against introducing some cool non-metal covers into our set one day, as a way to rework some tunes into our particular style for fun!

Who are your influences?
Nadeem: There are just way too many to list, but it’s more about “what” than “who.” A lot of the earlier music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s has really helped shape us. We obviously also love the classics in metal and progressive music, but I think what people don’t realize about us is that we also love and find inspiration in all sorts of music like classical, jazz, fusion, electronic, and others. In fact, I don’t think any of us listen to much metal in their personal lives, it’s just one small component in a sea of musical options.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
John: We make music because we love it. It has been an inborn passion to all of us since early on in life, and we simply can’t live without it. Performing is the cherry on top of the cake, where you get to share your art with people and get a rush communicating with an audience.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Jay: It looks like it has been picking up nicely over the last decade. All the major indie and rock acts seem to come out mostly from Lebanon or from Lebanese living around the region, which is a great sign. There’s always room for improvement like anywhere else, but some of us being Lebanese ourselves we take great pride in seeing the country’s love of music grow strongly and steadily.

Nadeem: Lebanon has always been a bastion for cutting edge music and musical experimentation in the region. From pop up bars with live music to venues like the Garten showcasing some of the world’s best electronic music artists, these are all places that I hear about and would love to visit, time-permitting, next time we come down.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Jay: Last time we performed in Lebanon was during the Byblos festival with Nightwish, which was a killer night with a great response from the Lebanese crowd. As such, we are super stoked to come back and put on an even crazier performance with some tracks from All Is Not For All thrown in the set list.

What are your plans for the future?
John: We will be heading to Europe on tour later this year. After that, we’re going to reconvene and see if we can get the momentum going for a third opus!

You can catch Anuryzm live at Summer Fusion 2016 on August 27 at Mocean Kaslik. Visit Rock Ring’s Facebook page for more info and updates on all of this year’s featured bands.


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