Metal Fury Concert's Review
Band: Metal Fury
Author: Mohammed Farid, Moustapha Laithy - 2013-05-01
On a cool April night, on the eastern bank of the Nile, four hundred metal fans were gathered to see four of the best Egyptian metal bands perform. They were not disappointed.
It was the Metal Fury festival at the Sawy Culture Wheel. The concert was scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm, but there was a 30 minute delay, which wasn't really a problem (as was usual before), seeing that it ended on time.
First up there were The Chicken Came First playing, a trio of young men (and a guest guitarist). I have to admit that it was the first time I heard of them, but I was pleasantly surprised. Those guys are really talented. They played their set of instrumental rock, with moments sounding like post-rock, with great ease and skills. And the crowd was pleased with what they heard. Those guys are on the right track and they have a bright future ahead of them.
Next up were Massive Scar Era or Mascara, a female-fronted post-hardcore band, with a violin and lots of energy on stage. Their performance was overall great, having a high point and a low point. The low point was when the vocalist Sherine stopped mid-song and had to start the whole song over again. The high point was their performance of Pray on which they had three guests they did choose from the crowd, and it was absolutely great. I have to mention that Sherine and Seif kept jumping up and down while performing. It was fun to behold.
Then there were the crowds` favourite Origin with their unique style of oriental metal. They were missing two of there members (drafted in the army), but they had some surprises up their sleeves. They played with their new keyboardist for the first time, and they had a flutist fill-in for their missing violinist. But the big surprise was a five-piece choir that participated in two songs. They made a good impression, and I can say the crowd loved them. Safi excelled as usual with his oriental chanting, and he had a touching sentimental moment. And after finishing their set, they played Varden, the following band, in.
And finally, Egypt's finest power metal (and occasionally death metal) band Varden. In the intro, they created an atmosphere of "Dragons", right as it was expected. This continued on the second track The Uprising, and the third one (Song Of Life). But things took a turn on the fourth track when they switched to death/groove music whith the track Rebellion (their bassist Omar assem doing the vocals). Then they played their fifth original, an instrumental song named Inspiration featuring Ahmed Samir "Gebna" on guitar and Omar El Motawakkel on keyboards, and then Prevail featuring Elie El Naggar on vocals. They closed the night with a fine cover for Lamb of God, The Faded Line, featuring Marawan Shaaban on vocals.
Within this night, it was a great mixture of progressive music, symphonic and some death metal, and that what it was about: music. If you missed the concert, you should follow those bands, and wait for their upcoming concerts.
* The Chicken Came First, Origin and Massive Scar Era photos are courtesy of Ahmed Barakat Photography
** Varden photos are courtesy of Ehab Azab