Review | Oblivion’s Demo EP Release
May 15th 2010 Amer Alameddine Event Reviews

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After a long period of work and time invested in making the demo, it was time for Oblivion to release it, so they decided to do so in an event featuring two of Lebanon’s top bands; Sphere and Metamorphism.

The first band that started the event was Sphere. These guys are known for playing classic rock covers, and they play them well. However, the great thing about them is how they play the songs with intensity and passion as if they were their own. Their set included songs like “Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Dio, and “Gates of Babylon” by Rainbow. The overall sound was great during the first song, however it lost some of its quality after one of the sound engineers started to fiddle with the mixer, but that wasn’t terrible. The vocals were great, and so were the guitar solos which combined both feelings and flawless technique. The band ended their set with an improvised instrumental, with nothing but the agreed-on chord progression, while the rest was “composed” on stage. Amadeus Awad, the band’s guitarist, proved that he’s one of the best around with his well-executed solos and tasteful riffs. This showed the band members’ chemistry and experience; so overall, Sphere put on a great show.

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Next up was Oblivion, the main band of the event. The band split their set in two; the first half included the covers, which were classics such as “Electric Eye”, ‘Breaking the Law”, “Metal Gods”, and “Living After Midnight” by Judas Priest, “NIB” by Black Sabbath, and finally, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions. The band played the songs well with no mistakes whatsoever, but the people were there to hear the originals. Most of the attendees are familiar with Oblivion’s material, but the ones that watched them for the first time were left with a good impression about the band. The originals the band played included “Bring My Soul Tonight”, “Flying High”, “Misc”, and “Dollared Lady”. The high pitches, the fast bass lines, the flashy solos, and the intense drumming contributed to the band’s great performance. However, two little accidents occurred: both the bassist and the guitarist lost a string during the performance; still those were quickly taken care of. Overall, the band performed very well, and their sound was alright, but had a bit too much bass at times.

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Last but not least, Metamorphism hit the stage. This was their last performance to mainly involve covers, so they decided to cover some of the best songs in heavy metal history including “War Pigs” and “Symptom Of The Universe” by Black Sabbath, “Fear of the Dark”, “Wicker Man”, and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden, “Holy Wars” by Megadeth, and ended their set with an original. The performance was great, and Rafi’s vocals were perfect; he nailed all the pitches accurately. The solos seemed clean, however they weren’t heard most of the time because all the other instruments were louder. In general, the band had a great performance.

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To sum it all up, the event was a successful one for all three bands, especially Oblivion since they finally released their awaited demo EP, which was definitely an important milestone in the band’s career.


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  • tex

    who reviews like that? seriously? i mean is it a fucking EXAM expressing yourself? DULL DULL DULL! get some life into your reviews! ohh my god.. disgusting. and bands who only play covers are not bands, they are cover bands..i thought this review was about oblivions release… how can one listen to it?
    where is the release and how can I listen to it.

  • Amer Alameddine

    Well Tex, music is meant to be taken seriously, and this was an objective review. It wasn’t meant to be entertaining. If you think you can do a better job at writing reviews, good for you. Otherwise, don’t complain. Cover bands are considered bands, and that’s a fact, it’s not prone to any argument.

  • admin

    Tex the release itself will be reviewed in the near future and please keep these kinds of comments to yourself. (there’s a difference between not liking a review and saying it’s disgusting; some respect is required here please)

  • The Oblivious Arcane Lord

    Dear mr Text Message.

    So like you release one ridiculous punk album , and now you’re some sort of a musical God ?
    If being unboring = Disrespectful , then fuck all unboring people.

  • Bahaa Zein

    well listen to the songs
    http://www.myspace.com/oblivionleb

  • tex

    whatever..
    cool songs Bahaa!

  • The Oblivious Arcane Lord

    I love nigol’s voice !

  • throne

    ya shaaeb…comment means any u can say any shit in ur mind…so who cares about respect…just fuck it up…dont give a fuckn fuck…

  • Raffi MetamOrphisM

    you fuckin ignorant fools no one could comment or review on a concert without interviewing the members that will play that night and the organizers that have organized it. Second Lebanon has no metal scene because of these kind of talk ego has fucked you all… and a cover band is a concept of a band that i do respect …

  • Hady Naal

    Well I don’t understand why everyone is giving everyone else a hard time about every single thing they do. I mean if you (not necessarily you raffi) don’t like the review, you can either ignore it for one, or say what you think is wrong with it in a respectful manner. I m not here to teach anyone how to address others, but a little respect and appreciation wouldn’t hurt every once and a while.
    All 3 bands kicked ass that night, let’s unite and make something out of it, instead of dissing each other.
    Cheers guys . w mabrouk oblivion once again, great demo!

  • Amer Alameddine

    Raffi, calling reviewers ignorant fools because their articles don’t match your standards only proves that you’re a hypocrite for criticizing ego-driven people. Interviewing bands before they play would be pointless because a review would lose its objectivity. Instead of labeling others and complaining about this metal scene, do something to improve it. I mean you’ve been in the same band for a relatively long time and you’ve barely accomplished anything to make the scene any better. So don’t complain about it if you don’t plan on contributing to it yourself.

  • Raffi MetamOrphisM

    Amer dude what the fuck are you talking about what standards I was on stage maybe before you listened to metal this is me I’m not a hypocrite or an ego maniac you don’t even know me the timing was fucked up as the sound system, experience played its roll… FUCK OFF…