Current Line up:
Muhannad Bursheh: Lead & rhythm guitars, bass & bowed bass, vocals, classical acoustic guitar, flute, drums, timpani/percussion, keys & synth, sound FX, programming
Bouq, is the brainchild of the multi-instrumentalist M. Bursheh (also in: Abohotho, Tyrant Throne, Augury (Jor)). Based in the Jordanian capital Amman, the one-man band was previously known as 'Phex' between 2001-2007, and during that period, just like M. Bursheh's other bands, managed to become recognized among the most renowned metal acts in the region, with a solid full-length album in 2005, entitled 'Transfixion', and 3 demos in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Despite being a one-man band, the project even managed to perform a few live shows with the recruitment of session members.
In 2007, a positively unstable period in the band's journey began, with lots of changes occurring - in specific; the band name, the musical style and lyrical concepts. 'Bouq' is classical Arabic for 'blowing horn' or ‘war horn'.
Through Horned Helmet Productions, a re-issue of the full-length 'Transfixion' was released in October 2010. The re-issue has the title 'Ascending from Transfixion', and is released under the project's current name; Bouq. In December 2010, also through Horned Helmet Productions, the long anticipated 2nd full-length album 'Berserk' was released. 'Berserk' lifts Bouq to another level in masterly musicianship and execution - the album marks a new era in Bouq's history, where the new sound of the band is introduced, leaving behind the groove extreme metal style heard on the 1st album and earlier releases. 'Berserk' is a unique experience of ancient spirited metal enriched with tribal, barbaric, & warrior-like atmospheres. It is but the first part of an epic and diverse peregrination Bouq is taking.
Bouq is currently composing material for the 3rd full-length album, where the focus will be set on the colossal ancient civilizations of the Near East.