Review | Rockin’ the Woods
Aug 31st 2010 Rami Rouhana Event Reviews

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As most metalheads, we in knew about Rockin’ the Woods at least three months ago and started preparing to support, attend and enjoy it. Sadly not many people were prepared for the event; the approximated cost of attending Rock in the Woods was 40$ ticket + a maximum of 45 $ of food for three days +10 $ for bus: every metalhead should have put aside and amount of a 100 $ for the year’s biggest rock event! By biggest rock event I mean > 30 band > 3 days ! > Camping !


The road was a bit long and hard to find for those who aren’t familiar with the area and with no GPS, but the bus easily solved that issue (providing no excuse for location difficulties).

The band line-up was a huge one, assembled from the best and most talented local bands and with a great variety of styles…

The sound (everyone agreed) was the best ever provided for a local event and most of the time, was crystal clear, powerful and enjoyably reaching the tents between the trees a hundred and fifty meter away…

It was a long and wonderful event. We are not used to that and we wont get used to it easily.


I will surely not comment on every band that performed in the event and mention every detail that has already been mentioned elsewhere on the net but I shall mention some important facts: the stage was BIG for a band to go crazy on! All bands were really prepared for the event and had one of their best performances: I shall particularly mention Primal! Primal went on stage knowing that they will be delivering their best performance! The vocalist Kevo Kelougian had shifted his voice style to a meaner, more testosterone-filled one and the guitars did not fail to assist on those roars! Primal were requested for an encore and the crowd where shouting their name.

Another astonishing band with a unique performance and an encore request was “Hezb El Taleta”, an experimental rock band fusing rock with electronic ambient music.

Bandage had a small drawback of not having their lead guitar player Mr.Issam Abed el Nour and that had set back their performance at the event…


There was another something missing at the event, a host… Most of the bands that went on stage forgot to introduce themselves and not all of them are widely known… (I should also mention that in a media presented article, it was mentioned that Dual Core have performed though that ain’t totally right).

The most memorable performance for me was the Deep Purple track played at the last day by the last All Star band and sang by Bassem Deaibess: “When a Blind Man Cries”.

We would like to thank EM management, all who worked on the event and all the bands for this well organized 3-day event.

We would also like to say to those who stayed home: “YOU HAVE MISSED THREE GREAT DAYS!”

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  • Nathalie J. BandAge

    Since you mentioned it..
    Mr. Issam couldn’t play with us at Rockin’ The Woods for personal reasons..
    We tried our best to look for a guitarist on Tuesday, AUG 24th, the we found Mr. Yann who i salute him for his hard work.. He worked on our play list in 1 day, we practiced for a couple of hours and were on stage on Friday, AUG 27th!
    We could have cancelled our performance at Rockin’ The Woods, but we chose NOT to!
    We wanted to support this event in all ways possible, and we did.

    Thank you for the review Rami.. Leb Metal..
    Keep it up!

  • Hahaha … I understand that Nathalie ! It was great whatever you guys did there … as long as you were there ! 😛

  • Taking into consideration a one day practice , Mr. Yann pulled it off !

  • Nathalie J. BandAge

    Thank you for being understanding 🙂

  • Charbs

    Great job rami. (Y)

  • Fady Abourjeily

    That Was One Hell Of A Show… Thanks To EM Managment And The Staff That Worked Their Asses Hard To Put It Together…
    Gr8 Bands… Awesome Shows… And A Unique Sound System For The First Time In The Lebanese Metal Scene..
    This Is An Event That The Lebanese Rock/Metal Scene Would Anticipate On Yearly Basis…
    \m/ Rock On Brothers \m/

  • SerJ

    Rami, I was expecting A FULL review, bands etc (short brief) 3al alile … anw, you couldv done better.

  • There was no intention to go for a detailed review in the first place. Reason : Too long .

  • Jad Jawhari

    Serj, when reviewing an event like this, you can’t but be brief about it, especially if you are the only one reviewing it. The festival was for 3 days, so it is practically impossible to review the 30 bands playing there! There are a lot of things that will affect the review’s credibility in this case.

  • haha

    El security ktir mfakrin haloun shi

  • Nizar Hawat

    Hell of an event. EM management Lebanesemetal guys and their sponsors and staff respect.
    too bad it was in Lebanon.

    Keep the faith maybe next year it would be better remember how DDRF started and what they did the following and the year after it.

    Respect !

  • Nizar Hawat

    @ SERJ beck chi dude 😛

  • WoofWoofX

    Thank you All for making the event a success,
    Your presence was the cherie on top of the cake.

    When Elia and myself came up with the idea, we thought that we were suicidal and this is a one time opportunity, either a success or the Titanic, Reaading reviews of band members, People and Media Has given us enough fuel to launch the second space ship to planet RTW, so we promiss Rockin’ The Woods 2011 to be waaayyy better afer assesment of the gaps and problems we faced.

    Major Player are in for next year due to the success that RTW-10 had.

    So See you next year, be there be many and support RTW by buying merch, CDs, DVDs… we need it to continue lifting up the scene.

    Again from Elia and myself Daniel, Respect to you all.


  • Mr Daniel we will be waiting for RTW-11 we are sure its gona be great.

  • Dawn

    Nice article. BTW I loved Bandage :). There were so many bands, it would be impossible to review them all. You might think about 52 weeks in a year and featuring a band each week. I personally had a GREAT time with my family and made lots of new friends.

  • samer

    I am sure now i missed something… :S