Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Kuwaiti Metal Scene
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at lesser known bands that are keeping metal alive and kicking in their respective regions and hometowns. This week, we introduce you to three bands from Kuwait: a country that has seen wars fought on its own home ground and in neighboring regions, as well as becoming a home to families trying to get away from conflicts. It has also become a small hub of high quality heavy metal, in both terms of production and originality.
Voice of the Soul
While Voice of the Soul may be better known as a song from the purveyors of death metal, Death, it also happens to be a progressive/melodic death metal band from Kuwait. With the typical line up of influences such as At the Gates, Carcass, Arch Enemy and the aforementioned Death, Voice of the Soul has set about creating a sound that is both intensely heavy and technical, but melodic enough to create memorable and satisfying songs.
Formed in 2007 by three like-minded metal heads who wanted to cover some of their favorite songs, Voice of the Soul eventually started to write and record it's own material, which brought about the release of their its EP, “Winds of Apprehension," in 2009. It included 3 original songs and a cover of Death’s “Empty Words." With this first EP, Voice of the Soul took a very straight forward melodic death metal approach. The release of the second EP, “Eyes of Deceit," in 2010 saw the band take a more progressive approach to it's sound.
The band’s song “Farewell to Hope” was featured on the Metality Compilation alongside Norther and The Empire Shall Fall. The same song was also voted as the top metal track of 2010 by the readers of Rockability Magazine.
While the band members are currently all based in separate countries due to school, Voice of the Soul is working on a full length album. You can download the “Eyes of Deceit” EP here.
This progressive death metal band was formed back in 2007 by brothers Hadi and Fadi Sarieddine. Due to the lack of interested musicians in Kuwait, the two brothers set about creating material for what would become the “Divided” EP: 5 tracks of melodic death metal with the odd Opeth and Between the Buried and Me influence thrown in for good measure. The EP was released for free on the band's bandcamp page and the track “Haunting Shores” was released on the same Metality Compilation as Voice of the Soul.
While the members have yet to play a gig due to the band consisting of only two people, they announced that rehearsals are underway with session musicians to play two gigs in the beginning of February.
…And once again another progressive death metal band for all of you to check out here! Depth is a band that enjoys dabbling in the melodic realm of death metal with a list of progressive influences. Of course while all these bands have a certain amount of brutality in their music, Depth has an interesting mix of haunting synth passages that wouldn’t sound out of place in gothic metal bands; but it really works well for their sound.
Set up back in 2005, as a way of paying homage to the great guitar work present in bands such as Opeth and Children of Bodom, Depth started to write it's own material. So far the band has released the “Memento Mori” EP and some of the tracks have been posted on the Depth youtube page. You can check out the rest of the songs on the band's MySpace profile.
I would also like to mention Sajid “Sarj” Masood who has helped each of these bands in recording and producing their music, as well as featuring his vocal talents on Voice of the Soul’s (The Light That Never Shone) and Depth’s (Before I Die) songs. Without people like him investing in proper recording equipment for these bands to use and helping them with the recording process, many of them would not have been able to create their EPs at such a high standard. You can check out other bands he has worked with here.
While the Kuwaiti metal scene is still very underground and small there are more bands out there for you to check out and if you know of one and would like to share it, you can discuss them in the comment section below.
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