When I was in Dubai a couple of years ago, I tried to gauge the state of the local rock scene. I found a few bands, but the best I found was an extreme metal band from neighbouring Abu Dhabi. Turns out I was looking in the wrong place. I should have started in Toronto
The two core members of Nephelium are from Dubai but have been based (of course) in Toronto for the last decade. They have a debute record called Coils of Entrophy coming on February 7.
So what does UAE death metal sound like? Try the first single from the album: "Merciless Annihilation." And yes, the track lives up to its title. Imagine listening to this while crusing to the beach on Jumeirah Road.