Blaakyum
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Blaakyum

Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon | Established. Jan 01, 1995 | SELF

Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon | SELF
Established on Jan, 1995
Band Metal Thrash Metal

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Jun
03
Blaakyum @ The Music Room

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Feb
06
Blaakyum @ Concrete 1994

Jdaidet el Matn, Mont-Liban, Lebanon

Jdaidet el Matn, Mont-Liban, Lebanon

Oct
17
Blaakyum @ Quadrangle

Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Music

Press


"Interview at Wacken Open Air"

Video interview with Metal Recusants at Wacken Open Air 2015 - Metal Recusants


"Interview 2 at Wacken Open Air"

Interview at Wacken Open Air 2015 by Apes Metal - APES Metal


Discography

Lord Of the Night (2012)
Line Of Fear (2016)

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Bio

BlBlaakyum is an award-winning Metal band, having achieved third place in the 2015 worldwide finals of the Metal Battle at Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival. It hails from Lebanon in the turbulent Middle East.

Blaakyum’s sound is a unique blend of Thrash, Heavy and Groove Metal infused with Middle Eastern and Levantine folk music vibes. The band’s sound pioneers “Middle Eastern Thrash”; it does not add Middle Eastern musical elements to Metal, but aims to make Metal sound more oriental. This is a nod to the band’s origins and influences, coming from a country that straddles eastern and western civilizations on the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean and with members inspired by Metallica, Testament, Overkill, Annihilator, Onslaught, Slayer and Iron Maiden, just to name a few, along with oriental music icons such as Fairouz, Sabah and Marcel Khalife.

The band was originally conceived in the summer of 1995, five years after the end of the Lebanese Civil War, when the Metal scene in Lebanon rose from the ashes. Blaakyum was at the forefront in the battle for proving that Heavy Metal can exist in the Middle East against all odds.

Winning the Lebanese Bands Competition in 1997, Blaakyum released its first single, “Am I Black,” in 1998, at the height of the anti-Metal witch hunt conducted by the Lebanese religious and political authorities, who considered anyone affiliated with the scene a national threat, and during which the band’s founder and frontman, Bassem Deaibess, was detained and jailed simply for being a Heavy Metal musician and fan.

Blaakyum was one of the first Lebanese Metal bands to have their music played on national radio, and gathered a faithful following that is growing steadily. The band continues to score firsts in a region where Heavy Metal is normally relegated to the underground. Following its win at Wacken in 2015, it became the first Heavy Metal band to be featured in primetime national news in Lebanon, and the first Heavy Metal band to be interviewed live and have a song played on pan-Arab satellite television.

Lebanon’s dire economic conditions and a mixture of personal and health problems that hit the band’s members meant that Blaakyum was forced to split in 2001. Deaibess continued to perform with other bands but many of the Lebanese Metal scene’s members were forced to emigrate in order to make a living. In 2006, war hit Lebanon again, destroying much of its infrastructure (electricity, water, roads), which remains in disarray.

But by the end of 2007, Blaakyum was back with fresh new members that Deaibess picked from the talented new generation, and won the Lebanese Nationals in the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB), representing Lebanon in London—the only Middle Eastern and only Metal band in the competition. Among 3000 bands that participated in the GBOB and 35 finalists, Blaakyum earned a respectable 7th place.

The following year, Blaakyum entered the studio to record its debut album, a process that took more than four years to be completed due to Lebanon’s deteriorating economy and the lack of Metal-friendly studios and rehearsal facilities. The band finally managed to release the critically acclaimed “Lord Of The Night” on Friday the 13th of January 2012.

Despite the revival of the anti-Metal witch hunt and Deaibess’s second detention, as well as the worsening political and security situation in Lebanon, Blaakyum set on the "Night Lords" tour that took it all over Lebanon as well as Egypt, and that made it the first independent unsigned band to organize its own Eastern and Central European tour, performing in Metal Heads' Mission 2012 in Ukraine, MetalCamp 2012 in Slovenia, and playing gigs in Slovakia (Bratislava - Randal Club) and Poland (Warsaw - Progresja Club). Blaakyum subsequently performed on the main stage at MetalDays 2013 (formerly MetalCamp) and began working on its second album “Line Of Fear,” out on June 25, 2016. The Line Of Fear tour kicked off with a headlining show in Dubai and will continue through a performance at Tuska Open Air in July 2016 before Blaakyum hits the road in support of Onslaught (along with Mors Principium Est and NO RETURN) for 16 days around Europe in September 2016.

Band Members