Beards, long hair, black t-shirts.
Tombstones. Creepy old doorways.
Or maybe I should just scream: “Doomdeath Metal” into a microphone.
What on EARTH am I talking about.
A link showed up in my Del.icio.us RSS feed which I set up for the tag Amman. I clicked and read:
Days â€¦ months, and years went on as BILOCATE, the Jordanian Doomdeath metal band rising from the mid-country city Fuhais, walked in its path of glory and we shall narrate the story of this epic.
A number of things intersect here:
* A trip down memory lane to early 90′s metal/alternative/rock concert in some place called ‘Skating Palace’ by, mostly terrible, Jordanian bands.. * The intriguing town of Fuhais, that organically growing, picturesque settlement just outside Amman which is home to a cement factory, Joe Pizza, the giant christmas tree, Al Zuwadeh Restaurant and interesting old houses and churches. * The fact that, at any given time, there must be at least one Jordanian band which upholds the tradition of Metal, usually of the extreme variety. * Jordanian’s tendency to exaggerate a bit when promoting themselves. As in: “walked in its path of glory” and “we shall narrate the story of this epic”
I don’t know exactly how all of this relates to one another in my brain. But it somehow makes sense!
I downloaded one their songs called “Days of Joy” (which stands out as one of their few songs which don’t have a depressing title like: ’2nd War In Heaven’ or ‘The Tragedy Within’). And, for some strange reason, these guys upload their music as .zip and .rar files (?!).
I am not a metal fan. So I can’t really judge. The song sounded a bit demo-ish to me. But it had some nice melodies and chord progressions. And apart from the occasional I-want-to-send-this-microphone-to-hell vocals, I got the impression that Doomdeath metal is quite soft and melodic. But what do I know?
One thing is sure: these guys are internet savvy. They even have a Wikipedia page. The web is the perfect medium for local talent to promote itself. So thumbs up for that (just please loose those .rar files please).
And next time you drive through Fuhais, remember: The Epic started here.
UPDATE: Apparently I am out of touch! I underestimated the size of the Metal scene in Jordan. I just checked out JorZine, which seems to be THE online meeting space for the “Metaljieh”. I found information on tens of bands dating back to 1995. Metal lives on!
Now get this: CNN will be featuring the Jordanian “Brutal Death Metal” band Tyrant Throne on their Inside the Middle East show. This is how CNN’s Schams Elwazer and Hala Gorani described their encounter with Tyrant Throne on the Inside the Middle East blog:
The music was fast-paced and violent and the lyrics full of gruesome imagery (symbolic metaphors of the anger and angst that this genre of music expresses). These metalheads in their early 20s made our whole crew feel a littleâ€¦ old, I guess.
Maybe Hala and I donâ€™t particularly â€œgetâ€ this kind of musicâ€¦ but according to a well-known online metal magazine Jorzine, Tyrant Throne seems to be the best-known Jordanian death metal band and has a small but respectable fan-base spanning a couple of continents.
After the jam session was over and our ears stopped ringing, a knock on the door reminded us that we were, after all, in the Middle East. In this region, even death-metalheads are very serious about hospitality towards guestsâ€¦ we were treated to a very un-metal-like but much-appreciated snack of freshly baked homemade cake with pink (yes, pink) frosting and orange juice.
CNN’s Schams Elwazer and Hala Gorani with Tyrant Throne’s members Catch them on CNN:
March 1st, 2008: 10:30AM, 4:30PM, 9:30PM March 2nd, 2008: 2:30PM, 8:30PM March 6th, 2008: 4:30PM, 8:30PM
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