Sunday, December 27, 2015

We've been Busy

Greetings friends and fans, supporters and haters, it has been a while since we updated you on what is going on.

Basically we have a lot going on and barely had time to leak anything out, well... of course other than that you guys know we've been to Italy and recorded our second album at the amazing Dyne Engine Studios, with the very talented Manuele Pesaresi... While Manuele is busying himself with the mixing of the album, we have been working on few stuff ourselves, we performed in the lovely Christmas Mission for the 4th time and we had a good time with our friends in supporting children in need, we are preparing few short footages to share with you about our trip to Wacken and then our little studio experience, and while the album is being mixed we have been doing small tweaking of our own.
As well Rock Ring released a live performance video of our song Baal Adon... All band members agreed that had we seen this video before recording the song we would have definitely made it as fast as we play it live.... hope you enjoy it

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A message from our Management to our fans and Canal +

To all our fans who were looking forward to seeing our Canal Plus interview on November 22 during the program "L'effet papillon": We are as disappointed as you are by Canal Plus' lack of professionalism. Few days ago we were interviewed by Canal Plus television for a story on Lebanese musicians supporting others in light of the Paris attacks. On Sunday we were surprised to find out that we were omitted from the final cut of "L'effet papillon" without having been informed in advance about this omission. Of course, this is television, and these things happen. However:

1. Both BandAge (who were also interviewed) and ourselves had over the past few days publicised the piece on Facebook and Twitter and told all our fans to watch it so there was plenty of time for Canal Plus to inform us about the final cut.

2. Being the oldest established Metal band in Lebanon, and a pioneer whose struggle helped pave the way for other musicians in the country, and above all else, a band well known for its deep committment to social and political causes, we want our voice to be heard, especially at this critical time that we live in. It is important to show that the Metal scene in Lebanon, and not just the rock and mainstream music scene, is outraged by the Paris and Beirut attacks and that we all stand united against all forms of terrorism wherever it occurs.

It seems that mainstream television remains biased against Metal, because "L'effet papillon" gave plenty of time to bands from other genres but skipped Metal altogether. We are deeply disappointed with Canal Plus' lack of professionalism. We wrote to the reporter who interviewed us relaying this feedback and she did not even have the courtesy to reply. We know that she instead wrote to our friends from BandAge (who we are very happy to see featured in the segment) giving the lame excuse that there was "no time" in the report for Metal.

Our message remains the same despite Canal Plus' wasting of our time. As Blaakyum's founder and frontman Bassem Deaibess told the Canal Plus reporter in the interview that never aired, "in Metal we talk about death and terror all the time", so terrorist attacks "don't and won't scare us, if anything they make us angrier and more determined to fight back." And fight back we shall \m/

-Blaakyum Management

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Lebanese Metal in Wacken 3/5

At times we are angry... all the time we are angry, angry at a rotten ignorant society, that has demonised  anything and everything that doesn't look or sound like it... We the Metal fans, have been outcast for too long, and slowly slowly we are doing our comeback, if this society fear us, after many times trying to show them that we are just a normal part of society even if we look or behave differently, they still fear us, so be it, now we will want to scare them, since we can't talk sense to them, we will scare the fuck out of their idiotic asses... This is the WICKED REVELATION \m/

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lebanese Metal in Wacken 2/5

From the ancient Levantine lands of Canaan and Pheonicia comes God of the Rain, Melkart, also known as Baal or Adon... This is Baal-Adon

Blaakyum Featured on Local News TV Station

Blaakyum was featured on Future TV News broadcast on the 15th of August 2015 on both the afternoon and the night news.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lebanese Metal in Wacken Open Air.. 1/5

We have already posted our musical intro of our set at Wacken on our Facebook page. Now we will start a series of videos about our Wacken experience, the first ones will be videos of our actual shows.

Hope you enjoy, and may the Middle Eastern and Levantine Metal invasion begins \m/

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Blaakyum releases its new Secret Society logo... JOIN THE CULT \m/

DISCLAIMER: The title above is presented as such, in the hope that it will catch the attention of Mr. Joe Maalouf or any of his breed of Pseudojournalists (who are overpopulating Lebanon) and in doing so we hope this will get us some free publicity ;)

On a more serious note, Blaakyum is delighted to present to you its new logo and emblem, creation of the genius designer Mr. Ali Samhoun... The New Metal Order has begun \m/

Click on picture to enlarge

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Pilgrimage of Blaakyum in 30 days

Only one month to go before Blaakyum becomes set on its pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Metal: Wacken Open Air 2015, the world’s biggest Heavy Metal festival, now in its 26th year!!! This year’s line-up features giants such as Dark Tranquility, At The Gates, Black Label Society, Annihilator, Death Angel just to name few. Check the festival website and the awesome 140 bands performing there here.

We are proud and honoured to be the first ever band to represent the entire Middle East in the W: O: A: Metal Battle. We will be performing at the battle on Wednesday July 29 at 12:40pm at the W:E:T: stage.  Join us in making history at Wacken and showing that a Metal scene can exist strong and hard in the Middle East!

We Shall Rise \m/

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Eastern Man Marches Into The Holy Land of Wacken

The Gods of Heavy Metal had it that Blaakyum will represent the Middle East in the Wacken Open Air Festival Metal Battle. For the first time, Blaakyum will officially represent the Middle East. We had already done that back in 2007 when we were the only Middle East band in the Global Battle Of the Bands (GBOB) in London, but this time it is official, and that is a duty we will try to honour as best we can. The March of the Eastern Man has begun. May the gods be with us.

It is a badge of honour to have Blaakyum’s name on the W:O:A website alongside giants such as Annihilator, Black Label Society, At The Gates, Angra, Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary, Death Angel, Judas Priest, Savatage, Opeth, Nuclear Assault, My Dying Bride, Queensryche, Sepultura, Sabaton and many more....

Blaakyum will be performing in Wacken Open Air on the 29th of July at the W:E:T stage at 12:40 PM (Noon)
p.s. A lot has happened in the past month, after a great event in which we won the Lebanese heat of the W:O:A Metal Battle, things went a bit dodgy and the Middle East finals in Cairo were cancelled. read all about it here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Roots? Bloody Roots? Dabbke Roots?

When Bassem Deaibess composed The Land back when he was with his cover band Communion in 2005, he wanted to see how people would react to having something oriental and Lebanese in his music. The Land was a heavy Rock song not entirely Metal. When Blaakyum was reformed in 2007, the band decided to make the song a bit heavier so it would sound Metalish and included it in their debut album in 2012 'Lord Of The Night'. The band didn't know what to expect, the idea was to create a different type of Oriental Metal not the typical Metal that usually relay almost completely on Keyboards to sound Oriental, like what most bands in the Middle East do, nor that uses a bit of oriental scales, which has been part of Rock and Metal in the west since forever (Kashimr, Gates of Babylon... etc). The aim was to sound authentic within the typical Metal band's instruments. It was a very positive experience, both the local scene and the international scene liked it. Now we are taking things one step further, incorporating our most traditional Folk, not just the Arabic Folk but the Levant Folk called Dabbkeh. We came up with this, let us know what you think.

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