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10 years of covering the Lebanese Metal Scene
We thank all 50 people who contributed to LebMetal from the 2009 launch until today. We covered around 10 local events per year over that entire stretch, sold local band merchandise for years, and built a platform where 50 people expressed their opinions about anything related to the Metal culture and subcultures (except the pending article of Rami wanting to review Britney Spears from a Metalhead’s perspective).
We established a local reputation as a main Metal Press non-profit group. Our online articles were climbing the first page of Google search results for a variety of keywords – Our article on the new Dream Theater drummer back in 2010 blew up the internet, with over 300K views, holding the first search result spot for weeks: http://www.lebmetal.com/2010/10/who-is-dream-theater-new-drummer/.
This goes the same for a lot of keywords where our articles are still to this day holding the top search results spots. All of our commitment and our online presence to LebMetal earned our Press access to all major and minor Rock / Metal festivals, from Byblos International Festival to Beirut Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air, Back to the Roots, Summer Fusion, GBOB, and many more.
Our online presence landed us key interviews with renowned international Rock/Metal figures – Serj Tankian, Kristoffer Gildenlöw, Shavo Odadjian, Mark Jansen, Epica, Arjen Lucassen, Sirenia, Andrea Ferro and many more …
Where is LebMetal today? As time passed by, the majority of our staff either left the country, graduated into jobs, or simply grew out of Metal. Due to this fact, we could not consistently cover the Lebanese scene on the ground anymore, so we shifted our focus to cover it worldwide. Our role was no longer to sell merchandise and cover every local event there is. We had already done that for years, and now other local Media groups handle all of that and more. We hope that there will always be members from the scene joining the Media that covers and promotes it.
Currently, our archive worked on our behalf – we now work with numerous media agencies to promote Metal, establishing a link that we can use to promote Lebanese Metal music as well.
Our coverage of the local scene got METAL HAMMER to contact us for reliable information for their feature on the Lebanese Metal Scene: http://www.lebmetal.com/2017/06/lebanon-featured-in-metal-hammer-issue-297-extended-lebmetal-interview
We will continue to support Metal, and the Lebanese Metal scene! Into the next decade we go!