Recent articles by Mark
FACING THE MONSTER: WHERE ARE WE? 0 commentsRecent Articles about International Anti-War
No related articles found
Dark Phantom Syria Tour
Dark Phantom, a metal band from Kirkuk, Iraq has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money online to support their endeavors to tour war torn Syria. The original message as follows: "Hello earthlings, We're Dark Phantom a Heavy Metal band from Iraq, We started this campaign to raise money to travel and tour in our neighboring war torn country Syria and play multiple Metal shows there with our original music, We work full time jobs and are trying our best to support the band and the Metal scene in both Iraq and Syria but our sole effort is not enough and we need financial help, We go through daily struggle to practice as a band wether it's equipments that are too expensive for us or finding a place to practice since music in these forms are forbidden and prohibited by law and religion, Many times our shows get canceled mostly by the Ministry of Culture! They state that such music cane never be played in here, That's why we need Metal patriots around the globe to help us out to travel to Syria to make a good impact in the Metal scene and spread the word and the music here in the Middle-east." written by Murad Mohammed, Leader of Dark Phantom. Follow this link to make a donation: leetchi.com/c/trip-murad-mohammed
The band biography: "Dark Phantom’s idea began in Kirkuk, Iraq late in 2007. The impression was to reach their dreams in western music and to express the inferior circumstances in the city, and explain it to the universe. But things wasn't able to progress, due to the bad situation in Iraq, and that lead to postponement of forward progress and a period of hibernation, for their safety. This was for survival, without any developments in the level of art. In 2008, the band was able to start up again and started rehearsal, despite all the dangers. Death was a consequence, of being caught playing this music in an Al Queda controlled situation. It was a volatile situation. Dark Phantom could then, hardly compose their first song, before there was a decline in the band's musical direction. They turned to cover songs, and, at the same time, worked on original music. There was a lot criticism in the Iraqi arena, to the band's music after the war, but the band was still looking to faith and hope, to guide them in what they believe – that music, itself, means life. In 2009, the band managed to have a birth of their own music, by starting to write the first songs after many months in rehearsal. The final result was good, but no one regarded it. The band started to find ways to rerecord it, but unfortunately needed lessons in audio technique. After some instruction and added new hardware and software, the band continued preparation for more songs, and they set to make their first album. At first, it took a while to figure out the name of album. They settled on "Beta ". In 2011, the band played their first concert in the city of Kirkuk. It was unforeseen, that under the same circumstances (volatile aggression, anti-metal music “laws”, etc.) a crowd came to see them and news of event rocked the small city. After the success of that gig, the band returned again to their studio to finish the album that they promised to their new fans. After a lot of demand from the fans on the band's Facebook page for a second concert, in 2011, Dark Phantom was ready, but there was another situation that made it impossible. Terror groups and their allies began threatening to close all the of band's pages on the internet. The band was also warned, again, to stop their activities, or else. Now, in 2012, Dark Phantom’s members return to work on the final touches of their album. Now, as they finish it, they still struggle for local and worldwide promotion, and are awaiting the day that their dreams become reality, through their faith and hope in humanity. After the band reputation was spread in the area, exactly in 2013 they started getting invitation to make a live concerts in different cities and indeed they responded, making 3 successful concerts in 3 different cities which was a great recovery and improvement for the band health ... In 2014 some major changes were made to the band Vocal & Drummer (as they both left for safety reasons and the bad current situation of Iraq) and started working in a different fields . So, Mir was introduced to the band as a Vocal and Mahmood as a Drummer , were eventually the band style and musical color was changed to adapt the Thrash Death Metal Genre ... And in a short time they made their 1st original Track (Nation of Dogs) Which opened the rusty gates for the band to start their 1st Album which is still "under construction" these days ... As they are struggling hardly and travel across cities to meet for their dream the "Rehearsal" and creating the Passion's Music ." Written by Chris Yashar Edited and translated (for English) by Shawn Schroeder Reviewing translation by Dana Zangana
For information about Dark Phantom, you can follow their social media page & their YT Channel. The band has released their debut album via United By Chaos Records (Finland) & Symbol of Domination Prod (Belarus) in 2016 called "Nation of Dogs". You can stream or download their music at their bandcamp page or buy their CD via UXC Merch.
Embedded Video Description: Nation Of Dogs [Official Music Video]