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La programmation showcases de Visa For Music 2015 enfin dévoilée !

Du 11 au 14 Novembre, Rabat accueillera la deuxième édition du salon international des musiques d’Afrique et du Moyen Orient, Visa For Music.

Après le grand succès de la première édition, avec la participation de plusieurs professionnels du monde de la musique du continent et du monde entier, et des showcases de qualité qui ont attiré des centaines de mélomanes, les organisateurs promettent une édition pompeuse avec une programmation variée et riche. Au programme : un marché, des rencontres professionnelles, des conférences, des projections de films documentaires et plus de 40 showcases pour mettre en lumière les artistes du Maroc, du reste du continent du Moyen-Orient et de la diaspora.

La très attendue sélection des artistes qui se produiront lors des showcases du salon vient d’être dévoilée, La première annonce des artistes révèle un groupe riche en couleurs.

Les artistes marocains sont à l’honneur avec la participation Jamal Nouman Sextet, Oum, Mazagan & Hamid El Hadri, et le rappeur Dizzy Dros.

Les artistes maghrébins seront aussi fortement présents avec la participation du Nadia Khaless Trio, formé de musiciens Tunisiens et marocains, l’artiste tunisien du fusion transe d’Imed Alibi, les algériens Djmawi Africa, la musique andalou avec  Al-Mu’tamid, the king of the Al-Andalus, et la formation  Gabacho Maroconnection composé de musiciens marocains, espagnols et français qui fusionne les rythmes gnawis au Jazz.

La musique africaine sera célébrée comme à l’habitude, le public Rbati accueillera Moh! Kouyate (France/Guinée), Maya Kamaty (Île de la Réunion), Alsarah & The Nubatones (Soudan), le rappeur burkinabè Smockey et la chanteuse jazz Jemimah Sanyu and unit 446 (Ouganda).

Les amateurs de la scèné indie arabe seront ravis par la présence du groupe jordanien Autostrad, les égyptiens Cairokee, et les rockeurs palestiniens Elcontainer Band. La programmation des groupes du Moyen-Orient continuera avec Tarabband et la formation turque ménée par le saxophoniste Ilhan Ersahin.

Et comme les tonalités africaines ont traversé l’Atlantique, depuis plusieurs siècles, VFM 2015 accueillera des formations de l’Amérique du Sud, avec le Groupe Creolede l’île colombienne de San Andres et la formation électro 7 Estrelo du Brésil.

La suite de la programmation sera dévoilée prochainement pour compléter ce plat musical attirant et riche.

VinyleMAG vous tiendra au courant de toutes les nouveautés sur la programmation de Visa For Music 2015.

 

Thrillogy – Evilution ALBUM REVIEW

Thrillogy – Evilution

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Solid Debut: 95%

Released: 2015

Genre: Thrash Metal

Number of Tracks: 8

Thrillogy stands as a thrash metal band that shaped the Moroccan metal scene. With their debut album “Evilution”, which was released on January 2015, all four members have delivered a full-length album loaded with the heaviest riffs and vocals that would instantly remind you of the early 80’s Thrash Metal bands.

The album kicks off with their longest track; A Goblet From Nile’s Legacy, which puts you in a position where you want more. The 9 minute extravaganza genuinely shows the potential of this band and what they are really capable of. Although the main riff does remind me of Slayer’s Angel of Death, Wassim’s extraordinary lyrics and killer vocals instantly prove that the album is 53 minutes full of heaviness and the kind of originality that we were long hoping for, especially from a Moroccan band. 8.5/10

The album continues with the second track; Red Landscape. The lyrics and vocals on this one left me in awe, and the latter emit this sort of angry and visceral vibe characteristic of a pure Thrash Metal album. Tarik’s drumming skills are also really evident in this track with his tasty double bass segment in the chorus as well as the polyrhythmic sections throughout the rest of the track. This is without a doubt one of those songs that you just cannot help but rate it a 10/10.

Beyond the Lies is definitely one of their heaviest. The track kicks off with yet again killer vocals, however this time, they are darker and properly reflect the purpose and concept behind the album. This one also includes my favorite solo on the album, which is followed by a beautiful harmony done by both Wassim and Achraf. 9/10

Halfway through this album and I am already hooked. The fourth track; Utopia is yet another great song which combines the pure essence of thrash metal with a melodic twist. 9/10

The structure and design of Iron Fist, Cold war and The Sound Of Revenge remind me again of the early breakthrough of the heavy/Thrash Metal scene with bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Megadeth. The reason why I gathered all three together is because they share the same technicality and structure that are backed with fast drum sections and layered with heavy bass lines. The thrashy riffs and solos make up for a solid 10/10 that all three song deserve.

The final track showcases the method in which the band structures an outro song. Filled with dark vocals, “Open the Gates of Hell” is a song that speaks for itself through its lyrics and properly wraps up the album. Insane guitar solo. 9.5/10

Sound & Production: I don’t really want to give benefit of the doubt, but one thing that this album is lacking is a good production in terms of guitar sections. The drums, vocals and bass are really well recorded and mastered. However there’s something about the guitar production, specifically the solo sections that completely blows it. Excellent skills, mediocre production. 7.5/10

Lyrics: Well written lyrics that perfectly embody and reflect the concept of the album. They properly fit with the fast-paced rhythm guitar and drums. 10/10

Overall Impressions/verdict: If i had to summarize this album in one word, it would be revolutionary. We never had the chance to listen to original musical content like this in a society that does not really support this genre in any way. This album has already made its way into my iTunes library and I am really glad that a bunch of guys gathered together and decided to provide us metalheads with 53 minutes packed with heavy sounding riffs, absolutely fantastic drums and bleak/aggressive vocals. Final verdict: 95%

Standout Tracks: Red landscape, A Goblet from Nile’s Legacy, Utopia.