Nephelium: Dubai Death Metal

When I was in Dubai a couple of years ago, I tried to gauge the state of the local rock scene.  I found a few bands, but the best I found was an extreme metal band from neighbouring Abu Dhabi.  Turns out I was looking in the wrong place.  I should have started in Toronto

The two core members of Nephelium are from Dubai but have been based (of course) in Toronto for the last decade. They have a debute record called Coils of Entrophy coming on February 7.

So what does UAE death metal sound like?  Try the first single from the album:  “Merciless Annihilation.” And yes, the track lives up to its title.  Imagine listening to this while crusing to the beach on Jumeirah Road.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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