Egypt’s Metal: 2017 Review

People who know me or know Miss Dark Knight, know well my Egypt Metal: Rewind. But actually this time, I am introducing different thing which is a real review or a full criticism for Egypt’s Metal scene.

The least number of releases and concerts

Unfortunately, 2017 recorded the least number of Metal releases and Metal concerts, with zero Metal concerts of Cairo and 1 Metal concert of Alexandria. Regularly, Egypt witnesses annual Metal concerts represented in Walls of Death, Groovy Aids or Beats, Metal Blast, and Metal Grinders.

The main reason for Metal concerts absence is floatation of the Egyptian currency which caused massive increasing in expanses.

Another reason, many of organizers stopped organizing concerts for many unannounced reasons. What’s somehow disappointing, Metal concerts organizers didn’t announce their situation or justify their absence.

But, from this platform, I should mention that I respect and appreciate Metal Blast as MB team clarified the real reasons for 2017 absence.

What makes MB situation is somehow hard, it should be back with a strong line up as well as a line up headlined by Swallow the Sun, and included some of the greatest bands in Egypt like Odious and Medic, in addition to more European epic presence in Dimlight tunes, and doomish melodies of the Russian Inner Missing.

In my point of view, to have a great Egyptian Metal bands line up, you should include on of Egypt’s big three Scarab, Odious and Crescent, then search for the most popular Metal bands in Egypt so we talk here about Sinprophecy, Medjai (Enraged), Al Azif, Nathyr, Hate Field, Veritatem Solem, and Segadoras, then go to many of the rising skills in Egypt such as Mythos, and Infernum Expectat.

Egypt is open for new genres

In the previous year, I can’t deny that our local scene witnessed a number of new genres such as Symphonic Doom Metal, Technical Death, and Progressive Death Metal.

Also, the rising talents in the local scene are capable of enriching this scene and to add more variety for the musical harmony in Egypt.

More International Fame

Thankfully, Egypt has a great triad of Scarab, Odious and Crescent. Firstly Scarab, in 2017 they shared huge and ambitious news concerning their long waited album “Martyrs of the Storm,” which featured great names of the international Metal music industry like Karl Sandars of Nile,  and Paul Nazarkardeh of De Profundis . Scarab also performed in Dubai with Nile and Nervecell.

Crescent also enhanced its international fame with a number of successful performances in Europe with unveiling its upcoming album “The Order of Amenti” details. They headlined a Metal festival in Ukraine and Crescent was the first Egyptian band who performed in Ukraine

In my point of view, Crescent is the most Egyptian bands that gets interest from international media agencies such as Metal Hammer, and No Clean Singing. They also signed with one of the biggest and oldest French labels called Listened Records.

While, Odious recorded its name as the first Egyptian band who participated in huge European tour, headlined by great names of international music industry as Septichflesh and Inquisition.

Absence and Return

Unfortunately, 2017 witnessed the absence of popular names in the scene such as Hate Field, Al Azif, Veritatem Solem and Nathyr.

While, the scene witnessed the return of great names in the local scene such as Osiris who announced its new final lineup, also Ahl Sina announced its return and its new line up that carried Egyptian and German names.

Also Nereus band announced guests’ members who will be featured in its upcoming album Triumvirate: As Death Reunite Our Thoughts.”

Enraged also returned with enjoyable “Tyranny” Ep but under a new brand name “Medjai.”

Support your local bands \m/

Rana Atef

Rana Atef is one of the youngest active female reviewers in Egypt. She is one of the Admins of The Egyptian Metal Scene page, One of the Admins of The Egyptian Metal Archive, Writer/Reviewer at Rock Era Magazine, Writer/Reviewer at Jorzine and The Egyptian Representative at JoScene. She started writing at the age of 17. She has more than 80 published reviews through only 3 years. She joins AudioInferno to have a greater view of the whole African Metal Scene.

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