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Latest Scarab News

Below is our complete Scarab news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Ten More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2013

The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced a further ten bands for this year's edition of the event, including Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus and Death Angel, as well as 3 Inches Of Blood, Scar Symmetry, Dying Fetus, Xerath, Bloodbound, Vanderbuyst, Scarab and The Prophecy. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will be headlined by Slayer, King Diamond and Lamb of God.

King Diamond (Headliner)
Lamb Of God (Headliner)
Slayer (Headliner)
3 Inches Of Blood
Dark Funeral
Death Angel
Dying Fetus
Ex Deo
Municipal Waste
The Prophecy
Scar Symmetry

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Egypt

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be shedding some light on a few quality underground bands in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week we'll be delving into the Egyptian metal scene.

Egypt has long been a subject for many internationally renowned bands, such as Dio, Mercyful Fate, and Symphony X, and with acts like Nile being well known for utilizing Egyptian mythology in their lyrical themes.

Over the past few weeks, Egypt has become a media hot spot due to current events inspired by the recent Tunisian revolution. For two weeks, protesters have been retaliating against the 30 year regime of former president Hosni Mubarak, demanding his immediate dismissal. It all finally came to an end on February 11th, to the sound of millions of Egyptians cheering for a new era of democracy.

The country's metal scene has been active since the early 90s. While it tends to face controversy from mainstream media and traditionalists; it still manages to progress and offer a diverse line up of bands, playing a variety of sub-genres.

We thought with all that, it's time we begin digging into the Egyptian metal scene to see what it has to offer.


Originally founded in 2001. Scarab (formerly known as HATESUFFOCATION) have been one of the most active bands in the Egyptian metal scene. Scarab is one of the country's veteran acts, known for their crushing mix of technical death metal and defiant lyrics.

Back in 2009, Scarab released their debut full length album, "Blinding The Masses," through Osmose Productions, and the follow-up to 2007's EP, "Valley of The Sandwalkers." 2009 also saw the band tour outside Egypt, performing for the second time in the UAE (Dubai Desert Rock Festival) and for the first time in Germany (With Full Force Festival).

Scarab is currently recording its second full length album, titled "The Afterlife Illusions," scheduled for a late 2011 release.


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Metality.net Releases Free Metal Compilation

METALITY.net, in cooperation with Metalhit.com, released their first digital compilation album, "METALITY - The Compilation." It's been out a while now, but free music is always worth passing on to our readers.

2. FOMENTO "The Die Is Cast"
3. NEOSIS "Unwilling Fate"
4. NERVECELL "Vicious Circle of Bloodshed"
5. NORTHER "Break Myself Away"
6. DEMONIC RESURRECTION "The Unrelenting Surge"
7. DAYLIGHT DIES "A Portrait in White"
8. SCARAB "War to End"
9. CiLiCE "Mental Breakdown"
10. EMPYREON "Beyond Perception"
11. MANTRIC "Symptoms"
13. DREAMSHADE "Our Buried Secrets"
14. CHROMIUM "All I Have"
15. BENEVOLENT "Haunting Shores"
16. A THOUSAND REASONS "Strength and Fight"
17. WARTHANE "Lord Oblivion"
18. VOICE OF THE SOUL "Farewell to Hope"
19. COAT OF ARMS "Ballad of the Mariner"
20. PAURA "Scars of Life"
21. BILOCATE "Inoculate"
22. CRESCENT "Jerusalem"
23. POST MORTEM "Whispers of Ages"
24. A SHOT OF ADRENALINE "The Human Plague"
25. DEPTH "Memento Mori"

There are three3 bonus tracks available on the download version of the album, including:
1. BLACKWELL "Deliverance"
2. KILL THE ROMANCE "Trespasser"

You can download the whole thing here, individual tracks here or preview them first on a player here.

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Scarab Signs To Osmose Productions

Scarab issues the following update regarding their recent signing to Osmose Productions and their new album:

"Scarab would like to announce the official signing for 'Blinding the Masses' album on Osmose Productions as an introductory plan of our message across the world. It is about time that we spread awareness of the evil grounds around us, proving that it will give us nothing but absolute weakness and failure."

"Scarab's music is neither about hate nor about an act of Redemption but In fact a subject matter that has affected the world for centuries, rather a spiritual healing within thy self away from such demonic possessions. We do hold the key to positive thinking 'Ankh' and 'Eye for Sanity'" More...

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Scarab Wins "United We Rock" Battle

Egyptian death metal Band SCARAB won "United We Rock" battle, and will be performing in Dubai, UAE at “Desert Rock Festival” 2009 and in Germany at “With Full Force Festival”. Also, they have just been confirmed to play on the 28th of February at "Alex Headbangers IV" in Alexandria, Egypt.

The band has issued the following note of thanks:

"Thanks to the fans who voted us and the people who supported us through all those years, we've been waiting for this. Also, we’d like to thank CSM & With Full Force for giving us such an opportunity to join the international stage, and we are confident that we’ll put on a hell of a show. Thanks as well to the other regional bands who participated at the competition with us, they are definitely bands that you should check out, a competition is just an opportunity and should never be considered a judgment."

This year's Desert Rock Festival will be taking place on the 6th of March at the Dubai Festival City where SCARAB will be sharing the stage with Motorhead, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Chimaira, August Burns Red, Nervecell and Hatred.

Tickets are on sale at "TimeOut Dubai" website.

This year’s With Full Force Summer Open Air Festival will be taking place from the 3rd to the 5th of July in Löbnitz, Germany. Some of the bands performing are Dimmu Borgir, Carcass, Amon Amarth, The Red Chord, My Dying Bride, Hatebreed, DevilDriver and others.

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