Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lelahell (Algeria)

Lelahell (Algeria)
Lelahell is an extreme metal band from Algeria that began in 2010. So far there are two recordings that showcase the band's blasting death metal approach: "Al Intihar" (2012 EP) and "Al Insane​.​.​. The (Re​)​Birth of Abderrahmane" (2014 album). More recently, they have a documentary called "Highway To Lelahell - An Algerian Metal Documentary" which became available in late 2015. The documentary is a good history lesson about metal music in Algeria through the eyes of the band's bassist/vocalist Redouane Aouameur also known as Lelahel. Below you will find some official information about the band, but you can also listen to the complete recordings on Bandcamp, and the 2012 EP is available as a "name your price" title. Of course, don't forget to check out the documentary on YouTube.
OFFICIAL INFORMATION about the history of the band, the music, and the lyrics:
Lelahell are one of Algiers’ newer extreme metal acts, their concrete-crushing death metal bludgeoning skulls since 2010. Founded by Redouane Aouameur (A.k.a Lelahel) who is no stranger to the Algerian metal scene as he has already been in other bands including Neanderthalia, Litham, Carnavage and Devast. Following the completion of 2011’s ‘Al Intihar’ EP, fellow Algerian metallers Slave Blaster and Nihil (who also form the rhythm section of black metal outfit Barbaros), completed the ranks. In 2012 Goressimo Records officially released the band’s debut EP. In March 2013 the band played for the first time in France in the skullkrusher death fest and was very well received by the metal fans. In the summer of the same year Lelahell have embarked for their first European Tour (Al intihar Tour) in France, Czech republic and Slovakia which was a real success.
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“Highway to Lelahell "is a 52 minutes documentary, which traces the career of Redouane Aouameur, emblematic character of the Algerian Metal scene. This movie talks about his career, enriched for 23 years, which blends with the history of Metal in Algeria, from the Black Decade until today. Unseen footage, exclusive excerpts from concerts and testimonies from the former members of the bands and actors of the Algerian Metal scene, will brighten up the story of Redouane Aouameur. "Highway to Lelahell" is an excellent opportunity to see the true face of the Algerian Metal scene.
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I played bass in Neanderthalia from 1993 to 1996, after that I founded Litham (bass and vocals) with 2 band members of the previous band. After that I got a goregrind project called Carnavage (from 2004 to 2007), and I joined Devast (vox) in 2008, and finally founded Lelahell in 2010. Playing in all those band has been a learning experience for me: In Neanderthalia it was the beginning of the metal scene in Algeria, we were all innocent and thought that one day we would be as famous as Metallica! In Litham there were different periods, we were one of the most renowned bands in Algeria, played many shows in our Country and made some shows outside, it is there where I learnt how to play music with three talented musicians: Lamine,Sabri and Yacine. Carnavage was a goregrind project, and I learnt how to make music without any stress and just for fun! With Devast we played some local shows, it was good! And Lelahell is the sum of all the experiences I got from those bands!
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Regarding the lyrics, we get inspiration from our daily life, and past experiences. The first song of this album, "Al Intissar", is a hymn to victory and totally against those fuckin’ losers who complain all day long without doing anything for their lives. Move your ass fucking assholes! "Voices Revealed" is inspired from the memories of Phillip Garrido, a serial killer [actually, the internet says he was a rapist and torturer — Bosj], "Hypnose" is a message to all our governors in the planet! "Am I In Hell?" is a question that every one asked at least once in his life, "Kalimet Essir" is a tribute to our Martyrs. "Black Hands" is about the difference between rich and poors. "Hillal" has a more philosophical concept and it is about the interaction between human and nature and "Mizmar" talks about human pleasures!
www.lelahell.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/Lelahell
www.twitter.com/lelahellband

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