Metal! Live In Bahrain Vol.2
You can’t kill us, we’re already dead: Metal is alive and thrashing in Bahrain
Album release date: MAY 16, 2021
Distribution: Available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all streaming services. Can also purchase from this website.
Record Label: Independently released
We are proud to announce the release of the compilation album Metal! Live in Bahrain Vol. 2 on May 16th 2021. This is the second instalment of the series featuring the best original music from the Arabian Gulf’s heaviest bands. Volume 1 was released in December 2019, the first live metal compilation album to come out of the region.
The project was put together by Hani Taqi of Studio 77 Bahrain who recorded and mixed all the songs. The album contains 73 minutes of live music from 4 bands loud and proud, recorded both before and during Covid in 2019-2020, and represents the best of the underground metal scene in the region. Metal is alive and thrashing in Bahrain.
The rest of the world might not know a metal scene exists in Bahrain, or even where the tiny island is on the map, but this compilation aims to show the rest of the planet that there’s a thriving metal scene in Bahrain and plenty of killer bands putting out original music. And what better way to showcase a metal band than by capturing them doing what they do best, slaying it with a live audience?
The majority of the live performances on the album were also filmed and the videos will be released on YouTube during the summer of 2021. Follow Studio 77 Bahrain on Facebook for more details.
Inspired by old school 80s speed metal, Hellionight is a raw and violent blast from the past playing high intensity riffs with an in-your-face attitude. The band started out as a side project by Omar Zainal, the lead guitarist of the Bahrain Black Metal band ‘Smouldering In Forgotten.’ He wanted to create a band that played blackened thrash and speed metal with a very heavy early 80s influence.
The band released a self-titled four song EP in 2016 and have since put together a 3-piece line up and played gigs in Bahrain and in the UAE. Their most notable achievement is opening up for the Brazilian thrash metal band ‘Nervosa’ in Dubai in early 2020.
The band’s sound is influenced by old school metal legends like Sodom, Motorhead, Venom, and Slayer, with thrashing riffs and catchy song writing.
The 4-piece band formerly known as Rain In Hell formed in 2008 and have been very active in the Bahrain scene since then, concentrating on their live shows in local metal fests.
Their style is progressive death metal and their main influences are bands such as Gojira, Shining, Opeth, and Dark Fortress.
Playing blackened death metal with a technical and progressive edge, their innovative structure and style incorporates clean and aggressive vocals with more progressive elements. Ryth (rhymes with myth) are currently working on a highly anticipated album due out at the end of 2021.
Lunacyst is a four-piece death metal band that have unleashed their fury like a metal colossus in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 2009.
Their musical style is most easily described as Progressive Death Metal with a technical groove and their main influences are The Faceless, Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagist, and Cattle Decapitation. They swallow negativity and regurgitate it in the form of extreme music to torment your mind.
Lunacyst have played several shows in Bahrain and in Dubai, supporting established acts such as Obscura and Nervecell. They were featured on the first live concert DVD to come out of the Arabian Gulf: Resurrection - The Bahrain Underground.
After a brief hiatus, Lunacyst released their self-titled debut album in 2019, which is currently available wherever digital music is sold, with cover art by the legendary Tony Koehl. It’s a lyrical concept album, brutal and aggressive but also structured.
A raw talent newly unleashed on the scene, Necrosin formed in 2019 and their sound is heavily influenced by the death metal legends of the late 80s and early 90s like Death, Morbid Angel, Slayer, and Bolt Thrower.
Featuring veteran musicians of the Bahrain scene, Necrosin's live debut was unfortunately derailed by the Covid pandemic. But since then they’ve been hard at work recording their debut album which will be out at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.
The band recorded 3 songs live at Studio 77 for this compilation. The songs are the band’s first studio recordings.
They plan on playing live as much as possible as soon as the pandemic is over and establishing themselves as powerful newcomers in the regional scene.
Metal! Live in Bahrain Vol. 2 is out now! Check out this devastating live album to listen to these distinctive destructive sounds and support the extreme metal scene in the Middle East!
- Email: Studio 77 Bahrain firstname.lastname@example.org
A Studio 77 production. Recorded live and mixed by Hani Taqi at Studio 77, Bahrain. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, NY, USA. Cover art by Hamad Alnajjar. https://studio77bahrain.com
“"Metal! Live in Bahrain Vol. 2 is a great eye-opener into a metal scene largely unknown outside of its native land, with each of the artists featured here doing more than enough to leave you wanting more of their music."” - Marc Dyos, Screamblastrepeat.com
“Metal! Live in Bahrain Vol. 2 proves that extreme metal isn't just at home in Western countries or East Asia. Perfect live sound is also offered here, which draws the listener into the middle of the action. You should definitely remember the four bands if you want to add exciting entries from the Kingdom of Bahrain to your metallic world map. In short: buy this thing, the bands and Studio 77 really deserve it! Google Translate from German” - Markus, Soundmagnet.eu
“Maybe the coolest thing about the Metal! Live in Bahrain Vol. 2 compilation – streaming at Spotify – is that there’s enough talent on the Arabian Gulf island of Bahrain to make two volumes of scorching, original live heavy rock. What’s more, producer and compiler Hani Taqi of Studio 77 Bahrain isn’t just using these compilations as an enticement to get studio work: he captured these bands live onstage. No second takes, no overdubs, just anthemic, eclectic, original raw power, flying without a net in well over an hour’s worth of music. In a world where artists are flying centrifugally away from the center to micro-scenes across the free world, Bahrain is a place we should be paying attention to.” - Delarue, NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
“The groups are really excellent and the mix/sound is simply impeccable. There is absolutely nothing to complain about, it's massive. This live album is therefore ultimately a very good surprise, and may allow us to further explore the metallic know-how of this distant land beyond our borders. Google Translate from French” - Guillaume, NOS NOUVELLES REVIEWS.COM
“Somewhere between thrash and death metal, this compilation is worth not only for its intention and perseverance behind it, but also for the quality of the music and capture. A good way to get out of our corner and get to know a little of what is normally not within our reach. Google Translate from Portugese” - Fernando Ferreira, worldofmetalmag.com
“The final product shows how the production work was carried out with absolute skill and a lot of dedication, so much so as to make us almost forget that we are dealing with live recordings: the aspect that stands out immediately in fact is the good quality of the reproduction of the sounds, which obviously reflects a high level in the technical preparation of all the musicians involved. To put it professionally, these guys rock live. Google Translate from Italian” - Roberto Castellucci, TRUEMETAL.IT