Review | Summer Fusion II
On: Sep 14th 2009In: Event ReviewsBy: admin

N.B.: We would like to thank RockRing for organizing this professional event and for inviting us be there as LebMetal.

So here we are, a year later and RockRing announces Summer Fusion II. The denial that Summer Fusion I was a success is out of question as it was a huge event, however last year is no compare to this year. This year’s event was major and if I may say, the best event that took place this year. Outdoor events should be more encouraged as they give space to audience and to artists to feel free with a wider range of bands and a more powerful sound system to be installed. I have to say that the stage setting, lighting and sound were more than most of us were expecting and RockRing did commit to their word. A spacious stage that allows the members to move around easily and interact with the crowd was in place. A monitor for each artist was in set to provide them with the most comfortable sound that could be given to them on stage. The lights and the fire that were installed were amazing, really giving life to the show. The timing of the event was critical and crucial and everything went by schedule, unlike most events that take place around… The event started at 6:00 pm and ended at 12:00 am just like planned. The management was flawless, everything went according to plan, no fights were engaged things went smoothly. However, 9 bands were a bit much to handle and it was tiring at the end to keep track of everything that was going on, I think that a 30 minutes pause would have been a good idea, but that remains a simple recommendation. The sound was perfect where I spent the night, on the right side of the stage. I would like to say that despite the sleepless nights and the long days the crew spent preparing for the event they didn’t look tired at all, they looked like they were enjoying themselves and Roy Naufal did more than a good job sound engineering the event with all the exhaustion that he must have been going through and the fact that he had to go on stage and play with his band. All in all it was a very good event, very well organized and greatly appreciated as to the fact that this year attendance did start at 12:00 pm and most attendees did spend the day at the beach enjoying themselves before the concert actually began. Waiting for next year’s Summer Fusion.

  • General observations

“I didn’t expect to like the Rock part of the night more than the Metal part, although that speech by Blaakyum’s front man Bassem Deaibess did give me goose bumps :-D. The rock bands had the charm while the metal bands had the spirit and motive to well… get the crowd into a mania.” -Patrick Saad”The lights were adequate and the event was nicely organized by RockRing who offered us a great spot right next to the event’s entrance.” -Patrick Saad


“Some heard complaints included the 5000 L.L price on Water, the ‘flanger’ like effect that haunted some band’s overall sound and the hosts of the event (who had a difficult job which is pleasing and having conversation with a metal crowd)” -Patrick Saad


  • The event starts with Bandage (at 6 P.M)

“They kick off the show with Perfect strangers which really heated the crowd from the first moment, and it’s my life had a really good twist to it, the band delivered a really nice show and played some of the best rock tunes, such as Frozen by Madonna, Uninvited by Alanis Morisette and so on.. The band has good harmony, instruments were well coordinated a very powerful vocalist who doesn’t fail to move the crowd with her voice. Great event start.” -Mary Maksoud

“Bandage’s Performance was beautiful. There was an oriental track section really interesting melody and mood. The sing along Bon Jovi track was sang along with enthusiasm. Madonna’s “Frozen” cover was impressive, really gave more music to the lyrics than was given by Madonna.” -Rami Rouhana

“This band seemed to fly by quickly; perhaps we enjoyed their set so much that we simply never questioned about the set’s time. Also loved the oriental section and the vocalist’s interaction with the crowd who were a bit ‘shy’ but nevertheless reacted back with the band” -Patrick Saad

“They are a great live band, saw them Live before, sadly this time I was out of luck (Skipped an Amazing Song – the zoo – Scorpions). It was great to see the ROCK acts still taking their show on the road, keeping the soul of real ROCK alive. Even more encouraging is the fact that there are still lots of people who go out and support ROCK. If you get to see these guys, go support them.” – SerJ Panossian

  • Chemical X

“Now this band has a vocalist who can sing men’s songs way too good, with a lead guitarist playing with so much feelings that it makes the audience feel along, they take you to another dimension. Their songs were well coordinated, good playlist, Highway star was a good success along with all the other songs that were played, Break on through received a good feedback in the crowd. Good chemistry.” -Mary Maksoud “Then Chemical X went on stage. Those guys and girl really grasped the American rock music and performed as an original American band. They played the classics beautifully. Played the “Muse” cover of “Feeling Good” pretty much close to the album track, even with the vocal effect in the middle which sounded great.”-Rami Rouhana


“By the time the lights on the long stage lit up, the crowd was on its third wave of cheering. Chemical X performed a hell of a show: the pit went frantic when Chemical X performed their closing song *It’s a long way to the top, if you wana rocknroll -ACDC* -NEGATIVE POINTS : NONE! ” – SerJ Panossian”Surely a good rock band, one that carefully chooses their songs which pleased everyone’s musical taste. I personally adored their The Doors cover “Break on Through” as they got the crowed singing along.” -Patrick Saad

  • Roswell

“The Lebanese rock band Roswell has been around for a while but they’d been laying low for a while. Even thought their drummer was absent the substitute did a very good job and they delivered a very nice set, couple of originals and some covers, Porcupine Tree’s songs were very well played and another brick in the wall was a huge success! Thumbs up for the band.” -Mary Maksoud

“Roswell had a good clean performance. Moved the crowd and interacted with it pretty much.” -Rami Rouhana

“Loved the experimental aspect of the band as they used onstage laptops and as they say “gadgets” to further enhance the listener’s live experience (percussion). I also liked the Porcupine Tree covers for sure. Great mood guys.” -Patrick Saad

“These guys are just Stunning; the fans were amazed when Roswell played the experimental aspect, something to do about the Vietnam War > amazing atmosphere; enjoyed every second of it – Special thanks to Bassist *Maher Mardini* ” – SerJ Panossian

  • Alan Azar

“Now this is where I become speechless, some progressive rock that makes your neck skin crawl. The set played was perfect, the music amazing and the guitar and the feelings put into the music were breathtaking. The progression in the songs is very well thought and the members play as one. Whatever I say will not give justice to the band. Amazing job.” -Mary Maksoud

“I only attended the first 2 tracks being played… and it was enough to say “WOWWWW!” -Rami Rouhana

“The event’s highlight in my opinion was Alan Azar, the solo artist who captivated everyone’s attention as he moved gracefully along his songs from his solo album Defective Harmony. Alan deserved every bit of applause that night and he got ’em from fans who didn’t realize that an instrumental show can have the same amount of energy as a non instrumental band.” -Patrick Saad


“Sept 11 was the first time I have seen Alan Azar play since the Rock Nation (Alienz)…Anyway that was a totally different experience. This time around I got to see him as a *headliner* at The *Summer Fusion II* that was crowded with roughly 900 metalheads on a Friday night. That sort of environment made for one helluva show.First, let it be known that Alan has not lost a step since Alienz split up.The show started off with Deffective Harmony (the album) and turned into a tour de force that didn’t let up until the encore performances of Alan and I’ll See the Light Tonight were over. There were five songs played from the new album “Deffective Harmony” to promote it, most notably an ass-kicking performance. The songs actually sounded Amzing live…Let it be known, the man knows how to treat his fans.” – SerJ Panossian

  • And we go off to Metal with Blaakyum

“Bassem kicked off the event with a little speech, now when he announced that he was going to talk in Arabic some people were shocked, but I think it is an honor to talk in our native language. His speech really got to crowd going along with the fine set of songs they played! At some point Elias Njeim’s solo wasn’t quite clear but that was fixed. The band delivered a very good show. “– Mary Maksoud

“Blaakyum got on stage close to 8:40 PM, they had a small instrument mixing problem as some instruments volume was low (Guitar).”Lord of the night “from the upcoming album is truly magnificent, sounded more like prog metal with a lot of thrash in it.” -Rami Rouhana

“I’ve always appreciated Blaakyum’s metal spirit and they did show it as they played their set smoothly, with few noticeable sound mixups, which weren’t so bad since they had the crowd right in their in fingertips. Another great set by the local giants.” -Patrick Saad

“As always, never been disapointed from the “Metal Spirit” as they kicked off the Metal show. Bassem Daibess talked with the fans about how *fuxxx up* the politics in Lebanon are… Blaakyum were, are, and will always be excellent! This was one hell of a show and truly Blaakyum is one of the finest metal bands around!!! ” -SerJ Panossian

  • BloodInk

“After the silence comes the storm” that’s what they kept telling us. I for one enjoyed this band’s performance. The hooded people on stage (percussionists) were a plus but I didn’t get the point quite well since I didn’t hear them. Bloodink Played a set of their old songs as well as a couple of new ones, I enjoyed the new ones more as I’m not a fan of metalcore, but all the songs were very well played and the band’s performance was magnificent. – Mary Maksoud

“The third “B” was Bloodink, but as Blaakyum it was truly an A+. No one was expecting such a performance, with a good show added (and some technical problems added.. :-P).I would say Bloodink topped them all. There was a small problem with the drum set mics, probably one was not functioning, but that didn’t make a big difference to the performance.” -Rami Rouhana


“I did like the band’s performance, their big ‘comeback’ since a year and a half. Their new adopted style is more agressive than what everyone’s used to from them and that should help to gather more BloodInk fans to their already big fanbase.” -Patrick Saad

“They said they will surprize the fans, well they kept their word, Bloodink are back with a new style + with some monks on board, THE BIG COMEBACK did the work, an amazing performance” – SerJ Panossian

  • Tristmoon

“I do believe that Tristmoon was the most musically rich band of the night. Their songs showed great composing skills and talent and their performance is nothing but error-free. The sound may have been a bit off when they were on, but they played their set without any mistake whatsoever, and that surely pleased them and us as well.” -Patrick Saad


“Amazing atmosphere, even though I’m not a Die Hard Fan of Black Metal, but I think that Tristmoon had the best composing between the other bands playing in Summer Fusion… Would like to Salute Tony, Sako, Serge, Adel and Gary for an amazing job on the 11th of Sept (Thumbs Up) “- SerJ Panossian

“The melodic black metal band Tristmoon achieved again it’s captivation of the crowd. With nice harmony and coordination in the show along with very nice keyboard put into the music which gives black metal a new twist.” -Mary Maksoud

  • Silent Anthem

“I believe that what most of us missed about this band is their enthousiatic vocalist with their Manowar set and Manowar-ish originals. I’d have to praise the effort they made and the change of style they had, but to me Silent anthem will always be the band that played Manowar by excellence.” – Mary Maksoud

“Silent Anthem played their energetic set with full confidence, aided by Element 26 and PostMortem guest vocalists. A thrashy performance by a band that got all those Manowar hands rising in the past, and is developing more in the metal genre. Still, I thought the sound was quite rough when they went on, but the show must go on and they kept the energy going for ther rest of their timeline.” -Patrick Saad

“Recently Silent Anthem’s original lineup reformed and got back on the road.. The 11th of September was one of those dates. I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to see these guys up close doing what they do best, turning out some great metal. Switching Gears From Heavy to Thrash Metal, they kicked off the show with FIVE MINUTES ALONE – Pantera, The sound was amazing until they got to the solo part when all things turned the wrong way, the same thing happened with the Original songs even though the vocalist (Kamal Khoueiry and Jean Michel – Sessionists ) screamed that there’s something wrong going on (sound on stage) … Let me remind you that Silent Anthems original Vocalist left the band a month ago for personal reasons.JM (voc Postmortem) ended the Show with 4 words *GOD HATES US ALL* – SerJ Panossian ”

And last but not least,

  • Engraved

“The closing band was “Engraved” and although I am not a fan of “…Core” they have well mastered the genre and performed as old long beards professionals… (Am sure they looked differently, and jumped on stage differently :-P) -Rami Rouhana

“Another release was Engraved’s EP “The Hidden Truth” which was sold for a mere 3000 L.L. Engraved played the songs later on in the night, and surprisingly the crowd was ready to cooperate and respond to the deathcore songs, after many hours of Metal activity. Great spirit and performance by the band who waited many months for this perticular concert.” -Patrick Saad

“I have seen “Engraved” a few times, so I initially went to this concert expecting to see a good show, but nothing “out of the ordinary” or earth shattering. Now even though they were the closing band, the fans were there. Engraved’s EP was being sold at the LEBMETAL stand, bref it SOLD OUT. About a third of the way through the set we found out how truly cool a band they really are. Engraved’s show itself was a good mixture of Core songs, new fan favorites, and deep album cuts. They played for a solid half an hour. No solo’s and no ego trips, just one killer song after another.” – SerJ Panossian

Statistics: 156 people participated in the live draw.

Average age: 17.6.

There were only 13 people above the age of 20 in the draw.

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  • eggy rizkallah

    thnx for the review guys ! keep up the excellent work!:D
    but panossian chu ken asdak ? 😛 “so I initially went to this concert expecting to see a good show, but nothing “out of the ordinary” or earth shattering”???

  • GrayAnguish


  • Rawad AN


  • nice review guys…alot of effort went there

    glad everyone enjoyed the event,
    and many thanks goes to all the team that made it possible, and a big thanks to lebmetal for covering the event profesionally
    the stand was very well put and handled, better than expected even!

    besides that, to highlight a few things:
    1- there was an attendance of 900 most of which were there before 6pm
    2- to explain a bit what happened with the sound…we were supposed to set the sound up wednesday night so we can soundcheck thursday…but that got delayed due to rain, so we were a bit ‘rushed’ in the soundchecks, which caused some slight sound issues with the bands…also, lights were setup the day of the event as most have noticed, they were supposed to be setup the night before, but got postponed due to risk of rain…also, more light equipment was going to be used, but due to risk of rain, some higher end equipment was not installed…nonetheless, with the risk, we installed what was possible and took the responsability of delivering the best that could be
    3- regarding the drink prices, we could not get rid of the mocean bar, and their drinks are overpriced (5000 for a beer), so we had our own bar with cheaper beer (2 coronas = 5000), but some people didn’t hear the announcements and such…so we’ll make sure nxt time things are clearer

    hopefully better is yet to come
    bands, prepare yourselves for Global Battle of the Bands 2010 – we’re talking about a Lebanese band travelling to London and get the chance to win 100,000$ !

    regarding blood ink,
    the ‘monks’ are just for the show…not part of the band itself…we thought they would make things a little bit more interesting for the audience

    besides that, big thanks to all the bands who supported us throughout the event and bared with us some of the technical difficulties

    i personally enjoyed the concert pretty well….was a bit tiring of course, but nothing we’re not used to…a bit of a challenge to add playing with a band though !
    maybe u guys should do some article about what goes into the preparation of such an event? i think it would be an interesting read

  • SerJ Panossian

    eggy … nt a big fan of *Core*,Engraved is an amazing band,amazing members,but nothin was *WaW* to me 🙂 thats all …

  • CBK

    eggy… l dene azwe2… like i said… u were good… bas u werent orgasmic :/

  • Rami Rouhana

    I wonder were did people get the “orgasmic” expression from ? 😛

  • Missy

    I Prefer “rock” over “Core”.. But The Bands Were Pretty Good Although I Liked Last Year’s S.F. More ..
    & I Wanted To Hear Less originals .. 🙁
    it Was a Huge Success !
    But For Me .. i ddnt like the choice of songs,& i Thought 9 bands were too much! Around 10:00 p.m people started leaving..
    thats all the negative i could think of..

    but comparing to last yrs sound & lighting & oraganization .. this year kicked last year’s ass !

    BOTTOM LINE .. GR8 WORK GUYS ! You Rocked Our Minds (:
    Cheers .. \m/

  • Simon EL Khoury – Rockring

    The event, in my opinion, was the best Rockring event, and one of the best local events in Lebanon.
    Preparations were tough, (i guess you guys from Lebmetal know it) but, when the event starts and everything goes well, we just forget our exhaustion and enjoy the success.
    I want to thank my friends and Rockring partners: Roy Naufal, Elie Salloum, Maher Mardini and Diva Khoury / All the Staff (ticketing, Bar, security, Stage Crew and press) / Mocean and specially Mr. Jihad for making this event possible and offering his full support / Lebmetal crew… and everyone who helped to make this event happen.
    I’m not going to talk about technical problems because Roy did. I just hope everyone understands that it is hardly possible to perfect things, especially when problems are out of our control (like the weather conditions).
    Personally I hope everyone enjoyed Blood Ink, and we promise you: better gigs are yet to come, with new killing originals.
    Thanks again.
    Simon – Rockring Creative Director and Stage Manager.

  • SerJ Panossian

    Missy : * & I Wanted To Hear Less originals * — Dont agree with u on this,well if i want to listen to lets say (god hates us all-slayer- silent anthem) i would listen to it at home…So i prefer listenin to an Amazing composing (tristmoon),an amazing song(deception) silent anthem..
    Simon: 10k u mate 🙂

  • Jad Joubran

    Summer fusion 2009
    was a great concert
    but I just want to agree with #5 and #8
    I don’t like the core genre…
    but beside that
    everything was great 😀
    wel jaww ken rahib
    Thanks rockring, roy 😛 and lebmetal

  • serouj

    i don’t expect anyone in lebanon to like core when we’re being spoon fed daily with typical thrash/groove metal…but ok that’s your taste and i respect it so no need for any evaluating comments towards a genre you don’t have an interest in,
    overall it was a great concert i’ve ever been to thanks to rockring (hopefully less animals on security next time and everything would be ok(

  • Elie Da32our

    best moshpit that night!!
    i heard that 3a bloodink when they played unearth-giles, it was the largest pit:D i was there of course to fuck shit up and i realised how big it was:P

  • Dagger

    Tayyeb w…. ken fi tayab?

  • hihihi

    eh w er 7arima d mabaddak 😀

  • SerJ Panossian

    well serouj,ur an author in this site,u did the review on BTTR III,u know the drill… 🙂
    Carl(dagger) yeh,y didnt u attend mate ?

  • Missy

    Serj I Like the originals .. But we’re not used to them in most of the concerts.. but i encourage our lebanese bands big time ! 😀
    We all Should !
    & Serouj spoon Fed or not Each one has a taste ..

    I just Wish lebanese society could introduce us to international bands too ..
    it would be great if they could throw something like desert rock .. but i guess the lebanese society doesnt know the popularity of rock/metal in lebanon ..every1 if focusing on trance & house ..which is too bad ..

    anyways keep up the gr8 work .. i really love these events 😀

  • Roy Naufal

    to get an international artist, it would cost AT LEAST 45000$ (for a cheap known band, not a really big name)
    we can barely get from all the tickets+sponsors+bar some 12000$,
    so prices will have to be realtively high for tickets (30$+), how many people will actualy come? big ris

  • Missy

    Well Sisters of mercy ive heard .. ddnt get that much audience ..
    but i blve that every1 is willing to pay 30$ to see a well known band such as metallica..iron maiden .. a7x .. or at least som1 we’ve heard of ..

    but ofc you’re right it is a big risk .. & no government to cover the damages ..
    Too Bad 🙁

  • Rawad AN

    roy, ba3ed wala rockring event, jebtelna Hot air balloon, le?

  • Roy Naufal

    rawad,la2an kel marra 7ada bi koun 3ando shi menon…tihs time their vocalist was out of the country

    missy, to get a band like metallica or maiden…the cost would be over 500,000$
    as a reminder, we’re doing events out of our own money, i wish i had that much 😛
    + to do an event, you must have enough to afford to lose as well…so we would need to have some 1 million $ to do such an event
    keeping in mind that those ‘small’ events like summer fusion, we barely cover the costs

  • Missy

    I Guess I Knew That But somehow I tried to ignore the facts 🙁
    Its okay .. summer fusion is enough for us for now ..
    but someday we’ll have what we want !

    aslan if u had 1 million$ u prbly wouldnt be in lebanon 😛 lol

    anyways thank god for having rockring 😀
    Tc Guys (K)

  • Roy Naufal

    usually people leave lebanon to make money, not the opposite 😉
    im staying! hehe

  • Missy

    Hahaha good Good !
    Finally The conx Is Back ! 😀 !
    Fik Ma Tetse2al 3layna bel Status Please :P!

  • Roy Naufal

    hehe :p

  • أسعد ألحكيم

    I Loved all the bands except for SILENT ANTHEM, which i thought were a disgrace to thrash\groove, with their opening song FIVE MINUTES ALONE, I still can’t believe that the drummer fucked up the solo part :/
    but all and all it was a great concert, 10x rockring

  • Roy Naufal

    they had some probs with the sound on stage for some reason which probably caused them to mess up a bit…we did too actually…too much exposure to loud sound messes up the ears, so bet battel seme3 shi by the time ur on stage :p

    btw, id like to highlight the fact the event was planned to start 6pm and end 12am, and many people crticized that and said it is not possible….but that is exactly what happened

  • SerJ Panossian

    Couldnd agree more 🙂 the event was PERFECT 🙂
    and Asaad,i think u might want to read the review (silent anthem) before you go on criticizing the band …

  • mary

    I had all that I had to say in the review. Good job.

  • Maria Chehwan

    It was a nice concert i had a blast … i enjoyed the time i spent with lebmetal they are sweet w mahdoumin alot … hope to see them more often b kel l concerts mwah !
    p.s: hey serj

  • Anthony Feghaly

    First of all,
    I would like to thank Rockring’s Team for their professionalism and hard work. Lebmetal’s Team for covering the event and for this review which in my opinion covered almost all the aspects of the concert!
    Next, about what happened with Silent Anthem, we had some technical problems on stage, we couldn’t hear each other and we couldn’t hear the drums on almost all the songs and to add the Drummer’s Pedal got broken. Basically at last our ears went numb!
    We did our best to deliver a nice show!
    Thanks again Rockring, LebMetal and everyone who supported us. See you all soon, hopefully with better luck.
    Silent Anthem

  • SakoCFH

    It was an amazing concert !! A night to remember. But i still get the feeling that last year’s Summer Fusion was better !! I don’t know, that’s just my opinion, but the thing for me that didn’t work out well was the band’s line up i guess.

    If Element 26 and Bloodink played last year, it would’ve been the BEST concert i’ve ever attended !!
    I wished that Element 26 wouldve played this year too !! I mean who doesn’t like LOG, right !?

  • SakoCFH

    Ow and i forgot to mention, even though i said last year’s Summer Fusion was better, i think this year’s sound and lighting was much better … as someone already said that before me …
    Anyway, thanks for all you’re hard work guys !!


    gr8 concert

  • RudNoy

    Niice review guys..

  • Greetings to all. I would like to thank Rockring and LebMetal, for their hard work and special thanks to the audiences for coming and supporting this METAL EVENT.
    I personally enjoyed my time in the pool, with my friends and on stage, though we had minor problems with the sound but, it was a blast.

    i suggest one thing for the next events, (it will be nice to see a security at the back stage and small rooms (spaces) for each band)

    Cheers to all

  • Lou

    Great review guys! Keep up the good work 😉

  • Derek

    great review bass boring atmosphere… overall 6/10

  • Roy Naufal

    post your suggestions then