Obscura Live in Dubai last Friday had all the makings of being an epic gig, and for the most part it was. We thought all the bands there put in 100% and they headbanged the house down.
Obscura were outstanding and somewhat stood up the other bands (not that I am saying they were bad), but I think the basic element of having bigger audiences, a bigger scene and more constructive criticism has made Obscura work harder to get where they are.
We really liked their instrumental song Orbital Elements. It really hit the spot!
We had a chat with a number of audience members and well-known members of the Dubai music scene and they were all extremely impressed by the venue and the bands.
There was a fly in the ointment though, once again Dubai metalheads did not represent and with just around 100 tickets sold (one promoter said 80 the other said 120), I think Dubai’s metal community should be ashamed, but we were pleased to see Bahrain metalheads out and representing, perhaps all metal organisers in the UAE should move there!
On the criticism side, a well-known Dubai metal musician said the Billy Bob’s Blood Drenched Brew should concentrate on cleaning up its vocals. We agree. The only lyrics we could hear were the occasional ‘Billy Bob’s’, with a little work on clearing up the vocals and a little more eye-contact with the crowd and this band could improve hugely.
All the bands said the venue was cool, but the sound was a problem on stage, apparently the monitors were not working properly and there was too much bass.
Apart from the normal sound issues that come with almost every single gig in the UAE (including those with big bands!) we thoroughly enjoyed the night. We hope that Dubai metalheads will pull their heads out of the sand and start to support Middle East talent because the only people they are hurting by not showing up, are the bands.
Dubai-based technology magazine editor with a passion for underground music. I have been in Dubai for almost five years and have grown to love so many awesome acts and musicians that this country has to offer. I started this site because of the mainstream media's lack of interest in home grown music. This site is entirely written, maintained, designed, promoted and managed by me.
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