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Israeli Metal Band Seek Irony and Lebanon's Blood Ink Join Forces

Ronen Tsumer reports for Ynet News.com: It seems that the first peaceful dialogue to follow the Second Lebanon War comes out of the music scene. Two heavy metal bands, one Israeli and the other Lebanese, met online and joined forces to perform a new song, “Everything We Are”.

"Obviously, the song deals with the last war between Israel and Lebanon, and its implications. It speaks about the silent majority around the world that does nothing while extremists spread their ideals of hatred and violence," Kfir Gov, leader of the Israeli band, “Seek Irony” told Ynet.

Rab, the Lebanese lead vocalist of “Blood Ink”, and his family reside in northern Lebanon in an area that was mostly outside of the range of the fighting.

"I’ve been listening to this music for as long as I can remember," Rab, the 23-year-old Christian singer, told Ynet in an email interview.

"The story my family tells is that my sister, who is a metal fan, used to put the headphones on my ears when I was just a month old. She used to put me to sleep listening to 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd.

“I somehow grew up in this atmosphere, at age 14, I was already listening to the Scorpions and Aerosmith. Then I discovered the harder styles, and it went on,” Rab said.

The relationship between the two bands started before the war broke, on myspace.com.

"They sent us a message saying 'Good Luck, Keep it up! From your neighbors in Lebanon," says Kfir.

"We thought that was really cool of them and we were excited to find out that there was a metal band in Lebanon that sounded really good, so we replied to their message saying, 'Thanks a lot, stay in touch, from your neighbors in Israel.' We stayed in touch and when the war broke out we became close because we used to chat on instant messenger everyday."

Didn't it strike you as odd that a Lebanese band had contacted you?

"At the beginning it was really odd and it really caught us by surprise because we had no clue that there was a metal scene in Lebanon. It was awesome to find out there's a whole underground scene going on there, just like here in Israel, with thousands of kids wearing Metallica and Pantera t-shirts, that simply enjoy the music, and that there are Lebanese bands that really kick ass."

"The metal scene in Lebanon is still insignificant, but many bands are working hard to make it more popular. It is a challenge mainly because of the cultural diversity in Lebanon. This will improve with proper encouragement and big scale projects to promote these underground bands and push small bands to get better," says Rab.

If it would be made possible, would you go on a joint European tour with 'Seek Irony'?

Rab: "Definitely, I’m sure it would make a hell of show."

Kfir: "In fact, when we started this whole thing, the idea was to try and put together a joint show somewhere neutral or maybe have the two bands perform at the same time in each country. Very quickly we found out about the impossible logistics involved in something like this. Only then, we started thinking about the song."

You can hear the collaboration song "Everything We Are" on Seek Irony's MySpace.

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1. Not needed writes:

Well this is nice gesture guys...am from the north of lebanon and well to comment i was really stunned and amazed by this article..anyway about the metal scene in lebanon : its is growing up and waking up from a long sleep..bands such as Blood ink,Kaoteon,Kimaera,Oath to Vanquish...etc they r all good bands and having record deals... Concerts in lebanon : Before the war came the italyian band Macbeth and their were dates for Deep Purple to come and thier were another dates for Lake of Tears to come...

# May 16, 2007 @ 10:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. yakisoba writes:

I don't want to politicize this whole exchange -- but the war in Lebanon didn't directly affect the north -- it affected the south of Lebanon, the Beqa'a Valley, and the southern beirut neighborhoods of Dahiyeh/Chiye. The Christian Lebanese, except in places like Marjayoun and Rmeich, were not really affected by the war. I heard Christians saying the war in Lebanon was "not their/my war." Wow. I'm not sure that music would bridge the gap felt by the people most affected by Israel's all out [read: massive] military assault on Lebanon [and yes Hizbullah is culpable in this whole war for its assault on northern Israel]. I know System of a Down could not just put aside its differences with the Turkish state policy about the Armenian Genocide with a Turkish metal band that wouldn't not admit that indeed the Turkish state did commit Genocide against the Armenian population? How can a Lebanese musician put aside Israel's bombing of EVERYTHING!??? and I mean EVERYTHING, in Lebanon!!!! All infrastructure, 1/3 of the Lebanese displaced [which would be like 100 million Americans made refugees], bombing red cross workers, UN workers. Check it!!! there are 10 world trade center size urban plots where buildings once stood in the Beirut neighborhoods of Dahiyeh/Chiye!!! 10 WTC size holes in a dense urban setting! Music IS NOT big enough to erase the truth! It's like trance music scene -- Israel is a leader in trance music production and they're the best at it in my opinion-- but does that mean that trance is bigger than Israeli occupation of Palestine and that people affected by Israel's policies in the region, can just forget that they're partying at a trance event in Goa, India with Israeli men and women who were oppressing them militarily when they were wearing their uniforms. I think not. Maybe in brief glimpses, but any conversation about it between Arabs, for example, and Israeli's would quickly degenerate into misunderstanding. With this said, I hope I don't offend here. It's just that there are many perspectives about what Isreal did to Lebanon this summer. I am one, who lived here in Lebanon through the war, and cannot at this stage forgive Israel for what it did.

# May 16, 2007 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Bodom after brunch writes:

^ your right this is not the christians war. just thought i point out that hizbullah started this, which has nothing to do with the christians OR muslims who don't support them. Leave it to the extremist to make a tense situation worse. Lebanon should unit and kick hizbullah out back to Syria which spread that cancer in the first place. this whole thing was to cover up/ distract people from the assassination of tariq hariri, which was m,ost likely done by the syrian government.

on topic: the song is alright and it's nice to see two bands working together from hostile countries, atleast some people are forgiving (both sides)

# May 16, 2007 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DeathInEye writes:

Well this won my heart: "The story my family tells is that my sister, who is a metal fan, used to put the headphones on my ears when I was just a month old. She used to put me to sleep listening to 'The Wall' by Pink Floyd."

That's fvking metal!

# May 16, 2007 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. SexBloodandMetal writes:

THATS AWESOME!!! Mind you they sound really Nu Metal, but the fact that they're making the effort they are I appreciate

Maybe the peace in the middle east would start by both sides moshing side by side!

# May 16, 2007 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. No Need writes:

Lebanon is always turned to a political discussion ! why is that and what are saying about the north not being effected ! is the bombing the only thing that hurt us lebanese...we are all the same we cried for our brothers in the south we felt the pain we shared the sorrow..leave the music out of politics this is the msg given by blood ink and seek irony...all respect and in the memory of all who died in the war...

# May 17, 2007 @ 11:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. psythe writes:

yakisoba - "How can a Lebanese musician put aside Israel's bombing of EVERYTHING"

They shouldn't. But they also shouldn't blame those who didn't do the deed. A musician born/bred in Israel is not responsible for the actions of a politician or military personnel (sp?) of Israel. The Lebanese musicians should not forgive the musicians of Israel, for to forgive them would be first to blame them for something they didn't do.

Blame Israel, sure. But don't blame an Israelite that has nothing to do with it simply because of his or her heritage. That would be like me blaming the Lebanese for killing Jesus, just because they're Lebanese. It's not just stupid, it's ridiculous.

# May 18, 2007 @ 2:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. yalli baddak writes:

btel7asoo zabri walla ba3mel sa7beh :D ??? 2innoo that d***head is saying that "The metal scene in Lebanon is still insignificant, but many bands are working hard to make it more popular" raytoo yel7as the deepest point of bokhchi :D if they have Orphaned Land we have Kimera , if they have nuclear weapons we have nuclear HEARTS w roo7oo ntekoo :D

# May 18, 2007 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. 7ayalla 7ada writes:

and yeah Blood Ink tekloo 3ala allah w kel wE7Ed ba3ed ma yentek yechteghel ra2assa :D U'll make more money :D 2al choo bi 2ellak ??? he raised on pink floyd fa tele3 Metal head yaba loooooool ya3ni halla2 li raised on Aboo Wadee3 byetla3 7achicheh Head ?? looooooooool kiss ekhet ldajar

# May 18, 2007 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. allah is great writes:

allah is great and you nuthing

# May 19, 2007 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. SexBloodandMetal writes:

Dude, I didn't understand what any of these posts meant or who they were directed to...

# May 19, 2007 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Devil666 writes:

Well May God Be With Lebanese..........Ayreh B Israel

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