There is a great and promising year ahead for one of the most prominent Heavy Metal acts in Lebanon, ZIX.
On August 30, 2018 Zix announced on Facebook that they have switched from German based label “Pure Steel Records” to the international moguls “Universal Music” by signing to their MENA offices. Zix is the second Metal act to sign with Universal MENA following the footsteps of Ostura (Read about it here).
As the band post claimed, a new EP will be released through “Universal Music Mena” (UMM). This will be ZiX’s second EP after releasing “The Warwhore” in 2012 and the band’s third release following their Debut album “Tides Of The Final War” released in 2016. And the first release to feature new vocalist Maria Danos.
It is important to note that ZiX’s debut album “Tides Of The Final War” was produced by 7x Grammy award winning Producer Steve Thomson and featured and array of international musicians.
October 5th was the day ZiX released their single ‘Rise From Your Ashes Your Grave’ featuring the legendary vocalist from Blind Guardian “Hansi Kursch”. The song also introduces the new vocalist Maria Danos, who had her first appearance with the band during Beirut Metal Fest in September 2018.
ZiX‘s new EP “The Ascent Of Madness” will be released on November 2nd, 2018. The EP that features “Hansi Kürsch” of Blind Guardian was mastered by King Diamond‘s guitarist Andy LaRoque, who owns Sonic Train Studios. LaRoque have worked with some of the biggest bands like: Everygrey, Albatross, Melechesh, Ascension and many more.