(2012 end-of-year lists) – OSMAN ARABI

I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Osman Arabi (musician)
www.osmanarabi.com

1- Anaal Nathrakh: Vanitas
2- Demoncy: Enthroned Is The Night
3- God Seed: I Begin
4- Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
5- Marduk: Serpent Sermon
6- Kanibal Hymn: Corpse Dweller
7- Mgla: With Hearts Towards None
8- Goat: World Music
9- Neurosis: Honor Found In Decay
10- Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya

(2011 end-of-year lists) – OSMAN ARABI

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

Osman Arabi: musician (20.SV, Kafan, Seeker, The Ritual Inclusion of Code, Shamanic Death Trance, Veinen, Xardas)

01 – Ulcerate: The Destroyers Of All
02 – The Axis of Perdition: Tenements (Of The Anointed Flesh)
03 – Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons Of Light I
04 – Oranssi Pazuzu: Kosmonument
05 – Ride for Revenge: Under The Eye
06 – Vildhjarta: Masstaden
07 – Morbid Angel: Illud Divinum Insanus
08 – Mastodon: The Hunter
09 – Craft: Void
10 – Burzum: Fallen

OSMAN ARABI // Ruptured Session // 7 May 2010

Lebanese musician Osman Arabi, one of the country’s most prolific talents in the genres of metal, dark/ritualistic ambient, drone, noise and power electronics, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview and Osman’s live performance in the studios of Radio Lebanon.

Listen: Xardas 1 + Xardas 2


Track listing:
Osman Arabi
Iron Maiden
Von
Kafan
Shamanic Death Trance


[Photo by Tanya Traboulsi]

COURT-CIRCUIT // Ruptured Session // 22 Feb 2010

Court-Circuit, the musical partnership of Osman Arabi and Hadi Saleh (aka Heathen) has a subterranean origin – the pair began jamming in the basement of a store. Since December 2009, the duo has gone by the name of Court-Circuit, producing experimental sounds with an appropriately dark soundscape. Using snatches of speech, television static, recorded sounds, broken radios, electronics, guitars and didgeridoos, Court-Circuit conjure an ambient cacophony, a distinctive brand of postmodern noir.

Listen: Court Circuit 01 + Court Circuit 02


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

Press // The Ruptured Sessions Vol. 2

The Ruptured Sessions Volume 2

A CD compilation gathering some of the most notorious protagonists of Beirut’s experimental music scene, captured live in the studios of Radio Lebanon. “The Ruptured Sessions” is a series of live recordings that take place in the studios of Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, during Ziad Nawfal’s weekly Ruptures program. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting foreign musicians.

Thomas Millroth is a Swedish writer and art critic. Nowadays he runs the Olof Bright label, alongside Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson. Thomas reviewed volume 2 of CD series The Ruptured Sessions for the very fabulous music blog Soundofmusic, on December 1st, 2010. Unfortunately for readers from this part of the world, Thomas’s review is in Swedish. It’s never too late for a trip to Scandinavia, is what we are thinking.