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NIMROD, interview about 'As Above So Below'

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Vidéo, Podcast

Interview with NIMROD about their album "As Above So Below". 
NIMROD is a Djent, Oriental, Progressive Death Metal Band founded in 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.


Ahmad Mkahal (Guitars), Karam Aslan (Guitars) and Serge Achkharian (Bass) answered to the questions of Karim Benamor: 
  • NIMROD: brief history of the band
  • origin of the band name
  • Djent and progressive metal band from the begining?
  • artists band members influenced by?
  • About Djent metal bands in Tunisia and arab world
  • NIMROD's definition of Djent
  • "As Above So Below" : How the album was written between different countries
  • about the singer Charbel Hadad and the lyrics
  • As Above So Below : about playing the songs on stage 
  • Is there a Lebanese metal scene and metal bands?
  • Is there a metal scene and metal bands in Iraq?
  • Turkish Metal Scene
  • NIMROD: Are there any contacts from labels or lebanese medias?
  • And now after the release of "As Above So Below" 
  • NIMROD, How to grow the fan base in the future?



"As Above So Below" is a concept album heavily inspired by Egyptian mythology. Each track portrays a different Egyptian God. The style ranges from heavy djenty riffs to melodic and soothing cleans.
The sound ranges from heavy Djent riffs embraced by Oriental elements and harsh vocals,
to soothing, storytelling music that takes the listener back to the age of the old ancient Gods.  

Nimrod, also known as "Osiris", is an Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead.

▬ Track listing ▬ 
  • 01. A Visitor To A Time (INTRO)
  • 02. AMUN RA (The Invisible Oneness)
  • 03. SETH (The Usurper)
  • 04. HORUS (Of The Two Horizons)
  • 05. Morir Es Vivir
  • 06. MIOS (Vengance Deity)
  • 08. The Departure

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TEMPERANCE interview with Marco Pastorino about "Diamanti"

Thursday, January 27, 2022, in Albums, Vidéo, Podcast

TEMPERANCE, Marco Pastorino was the guest of Karim Benamor for a ZanZanA Metal Interview about "Diamanti"

Symphonic Power Metal Force TEMPERANCE Is Back with New Album Diamanti via Napalm Records .


These are the questions they answered in the interview hosted by Karim Benamor: 
  • New Album Diamanti Out November 19, 2021 via Napalm Records
  • The difference between "Diamanti" and the previous albums
  • Marco said POP ? (festival di Sanremo)  @Festival di Sanremo  
  • Temperance "Pure Life Unfolds" YouTube fans comments
  • About "Diamanti" album cover by Yann Souetre
  • Marco Pastorino singing with CARTHAGODS  @Carthagods Official  
  • Marco Pastorino guest appearances is usual/unusual ?
  • TEMPERANCE live: As Leaves' Eyes  @LeavesEyesOfficial   and Tarja's  @Tarja Turunen   special guest
  • Italian Metal scene
  • "Diamanti" your expectations about this new album


▬  @Temperance Official  Diamanti Tracklist ▬ 
  • 1. Pure Life Unfolds
  • 2. Breaking The Rules of Heavy Metal
  • 3. Diamanti
  • 4. Black Is My Heart
  • 5. Litany Of The Northern Lights
  • 6. You Only Live Once
  • 7. I The Loneliness
  • 8. Codebreaker
  • 9. The Night Before The End
  • 10. Fairy Tales For The Stars
  • 11. Let's Get Started
  • 12. Follow Me  

▬ TEMPERANCE are ▬ 
  • Alessia Scolletti - vocals
  • Michele Guaitoli - vocals, piano
  • Marco Pastorino - vocals, guitar
  • Luca Negro - bass guitar
  • Alfonso Mocerino – drums

After releasing their vibrant fifth studio album, Viridian, in 2020, TEMPERANCE – maestros of modern melodic/symphonic metal – delight their devotees with the persuasive new offering Diamanti, to be released on November 19, 2021 via Napalm Records  @Napalm Records  . With Diamanti, the exceptionally skilled Italian outfit once again showcases their extraordinary ability to merge brilliant vocal melodies, hefty power metal guitar riffing, and symphonic soundscapes in perfect harmony – all dressed in modern surroundings. This is an offering that fans of bands like Amaranthe will fall in love with immediately

The epic journey sets sail with the majestic “Pure Life Unfolds”, offering the bombastic sounding power of TEMPERANCE immediately. With their essence of three vocalists (Alessia Scolletti, Michele Guaitoli and Marco Pastorino), the unit manages to create an incomparable trademark, uniting heaviness and catchy melodies. Energetic and uplifting following track “Breaking The Rules Of Heavy Metal” bursts in with full force, telling an epic tale and creating a far-reaching sense of common bond. The enchanting mid-tempo title track flatters with an Italian chorus, leading to piano-driven “Black Is My Heart” shortly after, while “Litany Of The Northern Lights” adds a folk-like touch to this grand bunch. Explosive “Code Breaker” and wild “Let’s Get Started” serve as some of the record’s most modern tunes, whereas, “The Night Before The End” and “Fairy Tales For The Stars” reflect the more symphonic orientated touches of Diamanti . This massive adventure ends with “Follow Me”, a call that all fans – not only those of TEMPERANCE – should heed Diamanti was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat , Epica , Amaranthe), with the cover artwork once again created by Yann Souetre (Ayreon). 
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SILENT SKIES, Vikram Shankar interview about "Nectar" album

Monday, January 24, 2022, in Vidéo, Podcast

SILENT SKIES Vikram Shankar was the guest of ZanZanA Metal Interview hosted by Karim Benamor, to speak about the cinematic ambient project of EVERGREY’s Tom S. Englund and pianist Vikram Shankar mesmerizes with Nectar:


These are the questions they answered in the interview hosted by Karim Benamor: 
  • Silent Skies Vikram Shankar Interview about new album "Nectar"
  • a new album" Nectar" one year after "Satellites"
  • Is there a story behind "Nectar"
  • Silent Skies in what category of music?
  • No more 3 and a half minute songs fit for radios?
  • Silent Skies to cool for a metal label?
  • The definition of a good song
  • NECTAR : YouTube fans reactions
  • Singing with a piano a voice revelator?
  • Who’s singer Vikram wants to work with?
  • Would Vikram work with Robert Plant?
  • Silent Skies and no google map roads 
  • "Nectar" the artwork of the album
  • Vikram Shankar and Tom S. Englund collaborating from two continents
  • You should have called this album “Zoom” 
  • is Vikram Shankar collaborating with Carthagods?
  • On what projects is Vikram Shankar working now?
  • Writing video games scores with Tom S. Englund

▬About Silent Skies  and Nectar ▬
EVERGREY vocalist Tom S. Englund teams up with piano virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Vikram Shankar once more for an atmospheric walk through Scandinavian melancholy and cinematic soundscapes: SILENT SKIES will release their luminescent label debut, Nectar, via Napalm Records on February 4, 2022. Both artists set themselves free from limitations to captivate their listener with a soulful ten-track offering, produced by Englund and Shankar themselves and mixed/mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Infinite, heartfelt Nectar enchants with tender instrumentation and deep-reaching lyricism, combining reminiscence of the likes of producers and composers such as Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Ludovico Einaudi, and bands ranging from Sigur Rós to Anathema.

The balance between haunting instrumentals and vocal intensity that complement each other in perfect harmony walks a delicate line where listeners are treated to the best of both worlds.

With Gothenburg’s EVERGREY being known as one of the most prolific bands in progressive metal, Englund is by far no stranger to the scene. After partnering with North Carolina, USA-based piano player Vikram Shankar – who had already worked with greats like Anneke van Giersbergen – this fateful encounter, now known as SILENT SKIES, set its first milestone with the release of their spine-tingling debut Satellites back in 2020. 

Two years later, this fruitful collaboration returns with Nectar, which marks the sequel of something that’s far more than just a side project of Englund’s. Rather, it’s the brainchild of two highly talented individual artists with deep knowledge and many years of experience, whose creativity and spirit culminates in an exceptional form of musical expression. Shankar’s sensitive yet intense piano tunes merge with the poignant vocal interpretation of Tom S. Englund to take the listener on a touching, melancholic ride that wanders through the darkest facets of life, while always leaving a spark of hope to hold on to. 

This otherworldly sonic collaboration is graced by the outstanding contributions of Leprous' cello player Raphael Weinroth-Browne, who appears on nearly every track of the album to spice up the stirring sound even more. SILENT SKIES’ sophomore full-length sets off with the soulful, ethereal “Fallen From Heart”, immediately creating a tapestry of sound to get lost in. Tracks like delicate “Taper” or shimmering “Neverending” are dominated by the yearning vocals of Englund, but never fails to give Shankar’s instrumental virtuosity the well-deserved space to shine bright like the first sunray welcoming the day. Beautifully honest “Let It Hurt” addicts with its remarkable chorus hitting on point and blends cinematic strings and piano with hooky modern vocals. Darker realms lure with heart-breaking “Leaving”, combining gloomy ambient and infectious pop influences, and dramatically accented, heart-beating “Cold”, with its lingering electronic elements that build a tangible, gripping maelstrom of emotions. Instrumental title track “Nectar” closes this new chapter of SILENT SKIES but leaves its audience with a long lasting impact and the key to a door that’s worth entering over and over again.
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THERE'S A LIGHT, Jan Luftner interview

Friday, January 14, 2022, in Albums, Vidéo, Podcast

Post-rock band There's A Light drummer Jan Lüftner interview about their second album, "f̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶I ̶h̶o̶pe̶? for what must we hope?" is ready on ZanZanA's YouTube channel :
🔴 THERE'S A LIGHT, Jan Lüftner interview
👉 https://youtu.be/ojmeetqOyEI


These are the questions they answered in the interview hosted by Karim Benamor: 
  • Amazing reactions for the songs
  • What is post-rock?
  • The emerging of ambiant music post-rock bands
  • Are you the children of Pink Floyd?
  • The evolution of There’s a light 10 years later
  • Vocals or no vocals?
  • The artwork for "f̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶i̶ ̶h̶o̶pe̶? for what must we hope?"
  • Being a drummer on a post-rock band
  • The expectations after the releasing of the album
  • Khartoum and Tunisia


▬ About There's a Light ▬
THERE’S A LIGHT was founded in 2011 as a studio project by David Christmann (guitars) and Jonas Obermüller (keys), with Andreas Richau (vocals/bass) joining for their first EP, Khartoum, in 2012. In 2013 Jan Lüftner (drums) and Markus Dold (guitar) completed the line-up. After four years of work, the band released their self-recorded debut album, A Long Lost Silence in July 2018. Followed by an adventurous tour of China, where the band performed ten shows at some sold out venues, THERE’S A LIGHT have already proven that the world is ready for their talent to be heard!


▬ About f̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶I ̶h̶o̶pe̶? for what must we hope?  ▬
 @There's A Light   now unveil their second album, f̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶I ̶h̶o̶pe̶? for what must we hope? on December 10, 2021 via Napalm Records.
With their symbiosis of post rock and ambient music, THERE’S A LIGHT creates a layer of sonic soundscapes on their sophomore offering, leading to an inimitable state of mind that comes close to an out-of-body experience. Rooted in the post rock scene, their music combines powerful and resolute guitar lines and audacious melodies with elements from the ambient genre, occasionally adding emotional vocals to some of the album’s eleven flawless songs. Everything physical seems to fade away as their hauntingly beautiful sounds fill the void with all-consuming atmosphere, while conceptually taking a deeper look into what hope really means and its different facets: On the one hand, hope can be something good – a thriving force that continually pushes to reach a higher energy and better mindset. But on the other hand, it can be destructive when holding on to something, which can never, or hardly ever, come true. 

The album opener, shimmering “...The Storm Will Set The Sails”, immediately casts a spell with its daydreamy, dazzling melody and great arrangements, while following “Within The Tides” captures a more dramatic, progressive touch with impressive technical and rhythmical trademarks. Far-reaching “Like The Earth Orbits Sun” is the record’s first song that features the captivating vocals of Andreas Richau, in addition to vigorous “Elpis” and lucid “Be Brave, Fragile Heart”. Otherworldly “Dark Clouds Behind, Bright Skies Ahead” and “Appearance Of Earth” create another new facet of THERE’S A LIGHT’s universe, both accented by impassioned cello performances by guest musician Akito Goto. Album closer “Even In The Darkest Place...” weaves heavy tunes with a vibrant melody into a harmonious work, leaving an outstanding atmosphere and synergy of hypnotizing post rock experience in the style of God Is An Astronaut, Russian Circles or Sigur Ros.

▬ Tracklist ▬
1. ...The Storm Will Set The Sails (02:20)
2. Within The Tides (07:09)
3. Magnolia (06:04)
4. Like The Earth Orbits Sun (05:37)
5. Dark Clouds Behind, Bright Skies Ahead (04:54)
6. Refugium (03:31)
7. Elpis (06:00)
8. Fear Keeps Pace With Hope (05:34)
9. Be Brave, Fragile Heart (07:28)
10. Appearance Of Earth (03:57)
11. Even In The Darkest Place... (07:59)


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JUGULATOR, l'interview de Ramzi Curse et de Ziri Abes

Sunday, December 26, 2021, in Vidéo, Podcast

JUGULATOR, groupe de thrash metal algérien sont les invités de la ZanZanA Metal Interviews.
Ramzi Curse et de Ziri Abes ont répondu aux questions de Karim Benamor pour présenter leur second et nouvel album "Under The Verdict" sorti le 25 novembre 2021.


Questions : 
  • Présentation de JUGULATOR
  • La Scène Metal Algérienne
  • Les commentaires des fans sur Blood On The Red Flag
  • L'artwork de Under The Verdict
  • Les thèmes abordés dans Under The Verdict
  • Le jeu de basse de Ziri Abes dans Under The Verdict
  • Les prochaines étapes prévues pour Under The Verdict

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