Tide of septum:
Tide of septum was the first band to go on stage. Mahmoud Hassan (the vocalist) announced their first song The Game by Motorhead and he did a pretty good job!
The drummer was amazing, playing Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth, Origin’s vocalist Safi came on stage with Elie Naggar but didn't complete 20 seconds of singing.
They covered 3 different Pantera tracks Cowboys from Hell, Domination and Walk. The guitars weren’t bad; however the vocalist wasn’t that good. Finally they played their only original Under the Thrones. While covering two of A7x’s songs “Second Heart Beat” and “Unholy Confessions”, Mahmoud screamed too much.
Varden jumped next as they played Symphonic Power metal. Their first song was an original called Prevail. It contained beautiful symphonies between Ayman Aziz and Malak ElMasry! However, Malak preformed only two songs, which was a bit disappointing.
The second song was instrumental, called Soul of Life, which was an original too. All of the instruments were pretty much noticeable.
During their cover for Forever by Kamelot, they harmonized with their fans singing, as Ayman Aziz and the fans swapped singing the lyrics.
Varden surprised us by playing something completely different to their nature, a cover for The Tourist by Lamb of God with the guest Omar Assem using his strong voice, resulting in a large moshpit in the middle of the place.
They performed another original Build by Love there was supposed to be a flute but it was very hard to catch. Their last song was a cover for the Italian symphonic power band "Rhapsody of Fire" called "Emerald Sword" and the back vocals were really great.
The audience had reached their maximum by then, and lots of people sat at the back because of the crowd. Although Origin was expected to begin at 9 PM, Safy used a high sense of humor to quiet down the angry fans, because of a broken keyboard and the delay.
He sang behind the curtains "Please be patient, we are working on a technical damage."
After 20 minutes, the crowd started to run out of patience, and finally, Origin started singing their original … of Creation. It was a little bit odd to hear Nesma singing from backstage.
Then Safi announced their new song Dedication of Subconscious and then, Nesma joined him. The audience were jumping and screaming. This original contained both Arabic and English lyrics, the electric Violin and “Oud” were played by the guest Marwan Anwar and he did very well. He also included some awesome solo.
At the very end, a representative from ElSakia honored Nesma and gave her flowers, and the upset was wonderfully handled.
This band was very unlucky that day. People were excited but a series of unfortunate events happened!
First, Sheva’s - the guitarist - wireless battery got disconnected so they had to pause to reconnect it. Few minutes later, the drummer’s double pedal broke! Again, they had to pause to bring a new one in.
When they finally started, they had to reply the first song because - again - Sheva’s guitar shield broke and they had to replace it.
After all these out-of-luck accidents, the band couldn’t make a good use of their hour. They only played around 4 tracks and they had to go down because the Culturewheel was already closing down.