The Kordz have risen to the pinnacle of the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean rock scene after years of constant gigging, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The Kordz were known across Lebanon as the hardest working band around, as their high-energy gigs drew an ever-increasing throng of fans and increasingly high profile gigs, including opening for the likes of international Alt-Rock band PLACEBO and the legendary ROBERT PLANT.
Never a band to follow musical trends, The Kordz have instead been at the forefront of the emergence of Middle Eastern alt-rock and metal, effortlessly blending together guitar riff-driven rock with incredibly funky grooves and Arabic instrumentation, rhythms, and melodies. Its live shows have inspired legions of dedicated fans, and the group is known for shaking more than a few rafters during the course of a night's work.
The Kordz worked with Grammy Nominee producer Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Static X, White Zombie, Breaking Benjamin) in Canada, Los Angeles and Lebanon on their latest L.P "Beauty & the East” which effortlessly combines opposite, divergent, musical worlds in a stark reflection of the band’s origin in being the living proof of coexistence of various beliefs and different mindsets. Probably for the first time, these worlds have been engineered on such a high professional level, serving fans of modern alternative rock, traditional Arabic harmonies and those people always searching for something unique. Mark LeVine, Grammy-winning musician and author of Heavy Metal Islam, describes The Kordz as "without a doubt the best rock band from Morocco to Pakistan, and perhaps anywhere. The new album will be remembered as the avant-garde for a revolution in rock music, in which bands from the Middle East take the lead in shaping the sound of rock and metal in the new millennium. The Kordz are setting the standard for the most powerful and innovative live and recorded rock anywhere on the planet."
“Beauty & the East” is the result of the band members’ musical, social, and spiritual life experiences. It is a blend of several musical and cultural influences, as well as a clear message for change. It's not just the music that's groundbreaking; the lyrics tackle social problems, politics, change, love and acceptance - global issues that can be applied anywhere, not just the strife-ridden Middle East where the band hails from. That's not to say The Kordz are primarily a political band; rather, they are constantly pushing to transform the standard rock idioms with the experiences gained by growing-up in the hard and often harsh reality of life in a war zone. As Moe says, "It's not just about one band, in one country. It's not just about us being from the Arab world; It's about people - everywhere - all feeling this universal thing”. Many years already, and in some ways only just getting started…
THE KORDZ, “Beauty & the East” will be released in Europe during the first quarter 2012 through an international record company, following the band support, July 2011, as special guests, rock legends DEEP PURPLE for the icons’ Orchestral German summer tour, as well as they headlined other shows in Germany and Czech republic, and lately they have participated in the “Festival du Monde Arabe” creation entitled “Charabia” in Montreal, Canada along with a Classical Orchestra and Sufi singer, and other artists.
For The Kordz, poised on the edge of global success, that universal thing could turn out to be very, very big.
The Kordz current lineup: Moe Hamzeh (Vocals), Nadim Sioufi (Guitar), Mazen Siblini (Keyboards), Alan Azar (Guitar), Souheil ‘Sous’ Moukaddem (Drums), Nadim Abou Chakra (Bass)
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