Metal storm

DUBAI WILL BE treated to another dose of metal madness on Saturday, as Chi @ The Lodge hosts Sandstorm Festival 2009.

By Adam Zacharias

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2009, 10:57 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:12 AM

The lineup consists of three bands — Melechesh, Bilocate and Kaoteon.

Headliners Melechesh formed 16 years ago in Jerusalem, taking their name from the Hebrew words for ‘king’ and ‘fire’. The band specialise in black metal, but incorporate Mesopotamian sounds into their music as well.

Nowadays, the group base themselves in Amsterdam. Their last album Emissaries was hailed by many as their best offering to date.

Bilocate began in Jordan in 2003, when brothers Ramzi and Waseem Essayed got together with their friend Hani Al Abadi to form the nucleus of the group. The death Metallers released Sudden Death Syndrome last year, with the album hailed by one critic as “a tasteful and sophisticated piece of work that determinedly puts the Jordanian metal scene on the map”.

Extreme metal band Kaoteon started in Lebanon more than a decade ago. Originally a one-man project by Anthony Kaoteon, the group quickly began to gather steam.

Their demo Provenance of Hatred was distributed throughout the world, and the Beirut-based outfit plan on releasing debut album Veni Vidi Vomui later this year.


What: Sandstorm Festival, featuring Melechesh, Bilocate and Kaoteon (Entrants must be over 21)

Where: Chi @ The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai

When: Saturday May 2, doors open at 6pm for an 8pm start

Cost: Dhs100

Tickets: Available on the door and from Virgin Megastores

For more info: Visit or call 050-7260226

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