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Review by Patrick Saad:
Tantra Kaslik was flooded with metalheads from all over Lebanon as well as other neighbor countries, all attending to watch the all star band Hail! with supporting Lebanese act Blood Ink. I have merely two remarks here, the first being that the place was overly packed, more than it can handle, which pissed off those who waited more than an hour to get inside, almost getting squashed by hundreds of other fans. Due to that problem, there event started at 11:00 PM (Open Gates were at 7:00 PM, people were allowed to enter at 8:30-9:00 PM!) and ended approximately 1:30 AM.
Aside from those two ‘organizing’ issues, the show was satisfactory music-wise as the sound/light system were well set-up and handled and the headlining band Hail! pleased the crowd with their set of classic heavy metal/thrash metal songs, ranging from Slayer’s South of Heaven, Accept’s “Balls to the Walls, Sepultura’s “Territory”, Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and many more! Though Blood Ink played their set of originals and other songs for Pantera, Lamb of God and Metallica, the band was overshadowed by Hail! as soon as they got on stage and played their 90 minutes show.
Everything looked alright from the VIP section as Bostaph was literally feets away, pounding at his drum set, Kisser with his Sepultura-ish attitude banging all over the stage, Ellefson with his crowd friendly interaction and enthusiasm, and Owens with his flawless vocal performance and energy. Hail! gave everyone their money’s worth, from the old school heavy metal fans, to thrash fans and rock fans (fun ACDC medley). Fans in front of the stage were a bit maltreated by the security, but that’s again due to the over-packing of the venue which I mentioned earlier. Waiting to see that DVD!
Review by Samer Saad:
“The show is gonna start at 8:00”: that’s what was written and scheduled for one of the biggest events this year at Tantra Kaslik, a place which barely fits 1000 people! Around 11:00 PM they announced that the show is gonna start in 10 minutes, while I saw people stacked outside, still trying to enter, some pissed off and others already drunk and moshpitting before the show starts.
Blood Ink warmed up the stage with a very good performance playing some originals and some covers which pleased the crowd (especially Metallica’s).
When Hail! finally hit the stage, people went crazy and more energetic, even in a little area, stacked on top of each other! Each band member had a blast while performing, especially the drummer Paul Bostaph who made the stage crumble with his heavy stick hits! The band definitively liked the fans’ reaction to each and every song as there was great chemistry in the air, with songs for Black Sabbath, AC DC, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Metallica…
Finally, it was a night to be remembered both by the bands and every one who attended the show and waited for hours to get in and see The all star band hitting the Lebanese metal scene.
Review by Rami Rouhana:
My Pals Samer and Patrick already described the bands Performance which again I shall confirm that it was great all in all except some small mistakes by Bloodink in the Metallica covers probably to lack of band practice (for those tracks only).
But I have some organising mistakes to point out for a better and bigger event. I know Rockring have a long experience in planning concerts and making the best and most successfull events but this was their biggest. I will state again, mistakes stated here are for the best of the next events to come.
The place “Tantra” was really small for such event, by simple calculations it is clear that the maximum number of people the place can fit would be a 1000. Tickets where sold for more than 1500 person (If anyone have the exact number please post it).
We went in when there was less than 30 person inside, the temperature was about 23 degree when the place was full the temperature went close to 32 degree due to the large number of people and the breakdown of half of the ventilation system. This situation caused lack of oxygen between the crowd below and much higher temperatures in the upper VIP levels.