It’s nice to revisit older bands on this feature and we actually had Immortal Pain in the original version of this feature back in 2013. Back then I just found bands I liked and told people to check out a song or something. They recently spotted the post and got in touch to let me know that they were very much still an ongoing act, so… here we are!
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
How did you meet?
The idea started when Emad (rhythm guitarist/vocalist) wanted to form a band with a unique sound based on the music he liked after playing with several other local bands. Soon after, he met with Rasheed (lead guitarist) who shared the same vision for the music that they both wanted to create which focuses on heavy riffs and melodic vibes. That’s when Immortal Pain came to be in 2005.
The band started with multiple other supporting musicians to fill in for drums and bass when needed but was later joined by permanent members Moaiyd (drummer) and Anan (bassist) to form the current band line-up since 2009.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band has been playing for 17 years in total and for 13 years with the current line-up.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It was came from Emad (rhythm guitarist/vocalist) who wanted a name that describes the pain that one feels from the challenges and struggles in life that would scar the person spiritually and mentally and would never leave you.
What are your influences?
Iron Maiden, Metallica, Arch Enemy, Kalmah and KISS.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s usually created with a deep emotional connection, musically speaking, with some old-school melodic death metal sounds, catchy riffs, inspirational lyrics and limitless feelings.
When describing it in words, it is energetic, powerful, heavy, melodic and emotional.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our lyrics are inspired from our personal experiences and different life encounters, which is always expressing our emotional conversation with ourselves and in some cases encouraging positive change in one’s life or drawing strength from moments of weakness.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live shows have always been more energetic, exciting and fun as we consider it a celebration with our fans for our mutual love for this music and they would never be able to expect what’s happening that night. We always try to give a 110% on the music and fan experience, it is what they deserve.
With metal shows not being the typical draw, we only played somewhere between 20-30 shows over the years. However, with the current changes and increased demand, the number of metal shows have increased since last year.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Although it is now normal nowadays and very much acceptable to play live in official events, being a metal band playing live underground shows back in the early 2000s was definitely the wildest thing. Need we say more!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Our main gear includes the following instruments:
- Emad (Rhythm Guitar) – Michael Amott Tyrant Bloodstorm Dean guitar
- Rasheed (Lead Guitar) – John Petrucci MAJ170 Music Man guitar
- Anan (Bass Guitar) – Gene Simmons Axe bass guitar
- Moaiyd (Drums) – Pearl Joey Jordison drum kit
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our new single “Unhealed” which was released globally May 18, 2022.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
Currently we are working on releasing a number of singles for the second half of the year with our Saudi label “Wall of Sound: Dark Mode” as well as a number of live shows throughout the kingdom especially after the launch of “Heavy Arabia”, a metal concert promotion company in Saudi Arabia, earlier this year.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to open for Arch Enemy or Kalmah one day. We would also like to support a band like “Kaizer” which is a new band that just started their journey here in Saudi which includes a young group of talented musicians proving that metal is still alive and well.
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