Unearthing The Metal Underground: The United Arab Emirates Metal Scene
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we’ll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week we’re going to be taking a look at the young, yet thriving, metal scene in the United Arab Emirates which is probably more commonly known for its immense wealth from oil drilling, and its Islamic culture. While the UAE is made up of seven Emirates, which are basically like states, Dubai is probably the most well known out of all the seven because it hosts the largest building in the World and is thought to be a great holiday destination. Hopefully after you’ve checked out these three bands, you will be putting it at the top of your holiday destinations as well.
Starting with oldest band first, Perversion has been around in the Dubai scene since 2006; playing a very straight up style of perverted death metal in the vein of bands like Dying Fetus and Aborted. Friends and band mates, Mahmud Gecekusu (bass/vocals) and Rhama Al Rhama (guitars) have been the driving force behind the band from the word go. While they were once a four piece, with Mahumd’s younger brother covering lead guitar duties, they were forced to become the only three piece death metal act in the UAE when Ahmet Gecekusu left Dubai for higher education.
Sticking to their guns, Perversion started to accumulate fans, or as they like to call them “perverts,” by playing local gigs, and with the release of their EP “The Origins of Horror” in 2008 people were able to enjoy such deities as “Venomous Semen” and “Dementia of Devourment” in the privacy of their own homes. They are currently working on their debut album “Pillars of the Enlightened”. You can check out songs on their Youtube channel as well as on their MySpace. Here's a video of the band playing "Pillars of the Enlightened":
Absolace is a completely different metal monster in comparison to Perversion. While Perversion has a balls out, death metal approach, Absolace relies on their impressive song writing abilities and professional demeanor to sway the masses. And it seems to be working for them, as mere months after releasing their debut album “Resolve[d],” Absolace was invited to support Anathema for a show in Beirut, Lebanon.
The basic sound of Absolace comes from the fusing of a host of progressive rock and metal influences; from Dream Theater to Porcupine Tree, but the thing that is interesting about this band is that despite the idea of the band’s music being born back in 2007 by, Greg Cargopoulos, they didn’t play a single gig or release any songs until the release of their album in 2010. While they aren’t the heaviest band to come out of the UAE they are, hands down, the best song writers to have called the UAE home. You can check out songs off of their album “Resolve[d]” on their MySpace page.
A Shot of Adrenaline
Although I may have gone a bit soft on all ye metalheads by showing you Absolace, A Shot of Adrenaline is here to destroy you with an odd assortment of brutal death/black/symphonic metal. With songs that range between the aural equivalent of being battered senseless with a baseball bat and having an elephant tap dance on your head; A Shot of Adrenaline plays, in laymen's terms, some damn heavy music.
While their influences range between deathcore and symphonic black metal, A Shot of Adrenaline worships at the altar of all things extreme. From blast beats and tremolo picking to breakdowns and pig squeals, they are one of the heavier bands, not only in the UAE, but also in the Middle East. Although the band has recorded a number of songs, as well as a music video for “Time to Reign,” they have yet to record an EP or album, which has led to a lot much of their following being accumulated at the live gigs that they would help organize and perform at.
They are currently on a hiatus due to various members leaving the UAE for University and work.
The UAE still has a very underground metal scene that gets very little coverage from many mainstream metal sites, so if you have know of any other good metal bands based in the UAE, feel free to discuss them in the comment section.
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