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Interview with Shant Hagopian on Prog Archives

Check out the latest interview with Shant, posted on Prog Archives


An Exclusive Interview with the Syrian Magazine "What's On"

Nu.Clear.Dawn had an exclusive interview in Damascus with a local magazine publishing in English.

the magazine includes 3 pages of the interview with Aram and Tarek, discussing the circumstances of Nu.Clear.Dawn during all the concerts through the years, explaining the concept of the album and how the dream came true.





note: the magazine includes a poster of Nu.Clear.Dawn.

Music-Extreme reviews 'Poem of a Knight'

This is really melodic heavy/ power metal full of keyboards and interesting arrangements that have an epic quality in them. I mean, the melodies are essential in Nuclear Dawn´s music and they have a classical and epic feeling when combined with heavier parts. There is virtuosism in order to achieve great results and that is evident specially on the guitar solos. The singer reminded in some places to Joe Lynn Turner or to Marc Boals which is a good mix between melody and power. He has a good vocal registry for this type of music. The sound is a little bit raw for this style of music, specially in the drums that sound a little bit back in the mix and I think that maybe with a better mix the band can sound even more powerful. Thumbs up for the rhythm section that is extremely tight and well rehearsed and that can be heard through all the album. Thnis is what I call a good heavy/power metal release.

...Read the full review here

"The Vault" Magazine Reviews 'Poem of a Knight' - Serbia

The Vault magazine from Serbia writes a review about "Poem of a Knight". The Issue is going to be released later this year.

The Vault Magazine "Poem of a Knight" review - rated 8.5 / 10

This past period between no. 4/5 and no. 6 issues of The Vault has been the time of my greatest explorations in underground metal, but this time I was paying much more attention to the geographical position of the bands and scenes. During one such research I was able to discover the whole range of bands from the Arab world. Amongst them was the Syrian quintet under the name of Nu.Clear.Dawn. I really had no information about any of the bands from the Arab countries, be it Northern Africa or Middle East, thus not knowing what to expect. Still, these bands from which I didn’t know what to expect never seemed to disappoint me, contrarily to the ones in which I had high expectations. The guys from Aleppo play a rather convincing version of progressive metal. In some things they don’t differ from the rest of progressive metal world. Most songs are rather long, as it seems it became some sort of postulate in the realm of progressive. Most times bands don’t know exactly how to use this time and make compositions that bore you to hell. I prefer the prog. bands that, with all the complex compositions and diverse elements, still have the fluent music that will grab your attention and wouldn’t let go until the end. Nu.Clear.Dawn is one such band. It’s consisted of very good musicians, guys that studied well all the different styles they incorporate in their music, be it classic or metal. There are lots of classical melodies, particularly played by keyboards which are more than an equal instrument in the final outcome. They get full exposure when they play solos, taking over the role of the second guitar, and thanks to keyboard player’s skills it sounds quite OK. And the singer… man, this guy (Amr Rifai) rips and could be compared with any more known singer from the genre and beyond. The overall sound is more than good. It was all recorded, mixed and produced without any notable omissions or glitches. It’s just pity it loses on intensity coming towards the end, but doesn’t ruin the impression. Hearing entire “Poem Of A Knight” you won’t get some groundbreaking album, but this is one hell of an album standing on its own and surely surpasses most of the progressive albums released lately. Their exotic origin will most likely give them advantage over their peers from all around the world, where such bands are more than common thing, but could be counted as disadvantage as well because it’ll take them twice as much work to get the proper exposure and recognition. I wish them all the best, because they deserve at least an equal spot as Symphony X if not more, as “Poem Of A Knight” is way better than their last album.

Nu.Clear.Dawn appearance in Greece magazine "Rock On"

Thanks to Georges Sidoropoulos for scanning and sending us the page.

Italian Defenders of Steel Webzine Review

Italy's biggest metal webzine reviews "Poem of a Knight" at www.defendersofsteel.net

Roba da non crederci, una metal band che arriva addirittura dalla Siria? Già, lo so benissimo che per i più conservatori di voi che state leggendo questa recensione, la provenienza dei qui recensiti Nu Clear Dawn potrebbe benissimo suscitare sentimenti come ilarità, o forse denigrazione, ma se, come il sottoscritto, avrete la possibilità di avvicinarvi a questa band, sono certo che potreste cambiare subito idea, anche perché “Poem of a knight” è un gran bel album, suonato e registrato in maniera molto decorosa da una band che fa di tutto pur di dimostrarsi all’altezza della situazione. Come ben saprete, la Siria non è, e forse non lo sarà mai, uno di quei paesi rinomati per quel che concerne la musica heavy metal, e questo mi fa presupporre che, districarsi fra infrastrutture totalmente inadeguate, e studi di registrazione poco avvezzi al genere, sia stata un’impresa molto ardua per la band in questione, ma nonostante tutto, questi sei ragazzi, pur imbarcatisi in un’esperienza totalmente fuori ordinanza per i canoni musicali del loro paese, sono in assoluto la prima band a registrare un full lenght a livello metal, sono riusciti ad inanellare un trittico di canzoni davvero niente male, motivo per il quale, credo che andrebbero davvero lodati. Ma non è tutto, anche perché un altro punto a vantaggio dei nostri risiede nel fatto che, il genere in cui i sei si sono voluti cimentare per questa loro prima release ufficiale, è un intricato e alquanto complesso connubio fra il più elitario progressive metal di estrazione americana, e partiture più vicine al symphonic metal europeo, il tutto riletto sotto un’ottica abbastanza personale, filtrata attraverso massicce dosi di musica classica, anni ed anni di studi e di preparazione sui propri strumenti alla fine premiano sempre facendo anche la differenza, perno attorno al quale ruota pure il concept lirico di tutto l’album. Infatti, volendo riassumere in poche parole le trame che si celano dietro a “Poem of a knight”, narra dell’amore sofferto fra la principessa Anna figlia primogenita del re, e quindi principale erede al trono, e Luis un cantante di musica lirica, un amore naturalmente osteggiato dalla famiglia di lei, ma così forte ed inscindibile che neanche l’orrore e il dolore di una guerra riuscirà a tenere lontano. Un concept quindi che ha il sapore delle tragedie teatrali più celebri, e che a livello puramente musicale, trova il giusto adattamento intrecciandosi univocamente al vetusto tessuto edificato dalla band che, nel suo piccolo, riesce a forgiare delle mini suite che, anche se il più delle volte superano abbondantemente gli otto minuti, risultano essere ricche di atmosfere cangianti giocate su una struttura dinamica portante davvero ad effetto che sicuramente saranno gradite a chi non può fare a meno di band come Shadow Gallery, Helreid, Time Machine e Vanden Plas in particolar modo. La partenza del disco è affidata alle suadenti note di “Overture” splendido compendio di rock sinfonico fra lievi armonie di flauto ed archi, fra i quali si insinua un delicato arpeggio di chitarra elettrica che non può non rimandare agli Urriah Heep più sognanti e romantici, degno apripista per “The meeting”, brano caratterizzato da un inciso di chitarra davvero trascinante ed un chorus molto melodico, dove il chitarrista Shant Hagopian mette in mostra tutte le sue qualità di vero mattatore, dettando in maniera perentoria i tempi al resto della band, mentre la seguente “Falcon and crow” ha una struttura nettamente più progressiva fra echi di Queensryche, House of Spirits, e naturalmente Dream Theater. L’apice qualitativo del disco comunque viene raggiunto dalla splendida “Revolution” un energico up tempo fra digressioni power e divagazioni più symphonic/prog metal in un ipotetico connubio fra i Labyrinth di “Return to heaven denied”, i Projecto del disco d’esordio e i mai dimenticati Arkè, così se “Horse of steel” ha una partenza molto Savatage oriented, con un piano molto “Hand full of rain” era, per poi cambiare registro in modo alquanto repentino adagiandosi su territori sonori molto più radicali, tocca alla delicata ballad “Wounded” strappare applausi a scena aperta, prima che le note di “Rebirth”, ascoltate la prova vocale offertaci dal singer Amr Rufai, suggellino in modo definitivo la prova maiuscola di questa piccola grande band!!!! Solitamente sono sempre di bocca buona, anche perché recensisco sempre quello che più mi piace, ma questa volta devo dire di essere al cospetto di una band davvero con gli attributi giusti, sperando che qualcuno prima o poi si accorga anche di loro, vi inviato a d andare a visitare le pagine del loro sito, non ve ne pentirete...

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Exclusive Nu.Clear.Dawn interview on Dream T.V

After the great success of Nu.Clear.Dawn's show in Rock The Nations open air metal festival in Istanbul Turkey on 4th of July 2004 the band met for an interview with the Turkish channel Dream T.V. who also taped down the performance on video.

The show and interview will be broadcasted on Dream T.V. within the program name "Yuxexes" on Wednesday 14th or 21th of July 2004

Footage from the Rock The Nations can be found in the Multimedia section.

Bayate Magazine features "Poem of a Knight"

Bayate musicians magazine / Ormuz Group presents Nu.Clear.Dawn with a nice and short review.

Bayate is a newsletter published by an organism of resources and formation on actual music in the Near and Middle-East. This organism have been created in the workframe of OrMuz project, initiated and led by A.M.I. Centre de Développement pour les Musiques Actuelles based at la Friche Belle de Mai Marseille, France.

Poem of a Knight reviewed in Greece

Greece reviews "Poem of a Knight" in www.thetempleofmetal.gr and a special page added for N.C.D. in the website.

This is the biggest surprise. Syria has metal scene. Personally, Nuclear Dawn is the first metal band who I have their work from this country. This release is their debut album, after a cd-single before two years.

Nuclear Dawn give to us a mixture of progressive metal with some power metal elements and some neoclassic elements too. This album has eight songs, which they are from 5 to 8 minutes each. You can imagine Nuclear's Dawn music, if you combine the music from Dream Theater, Kamelot, Symphony X and Malmsteen.

They have a very good production, a very professional booklet and an excellent in my opinion cd cover. Every progressive metal fan should check this band. I believe that they deserve a contract with a label.

Interview with Nu.Clear.Dawn

An exclusive interview is available online at www.LelahelMetal.com the Algerian Metal Webzine

...Read the full interview here

Nu.Clear.Dawn page in Tartarean Desire Webzine

NCD has been featured on the Tartarean Desire Webzine
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Thanks to the webzine and Zero-Cool

Poem of a Knight review in The Metal Observer (Germany)

The Metal Observer in Germany reviews P.O.A.K. and adds Syria to their metal scene by country list.
Thanks to Alex and everyone at The Metal Observer

NU.CLEAR.DAWN's debut "Poem Of A Knight" a CD from just there is rotating in my player and the packaging itself is really noble, strong cover, very well done booklet, that is a really good start right away. But what awaits us musically? Well, if you look at the song lengths, then the thought "Progressive Metal" comes to mind almost inevitably and indeed the Syrians have written this style onto their banner and orientate themselves on such outstanding names such as DREAM THEATER or also SYMPHONY X (but without getting as Power Metal as the Americans).

Now in many cases bands that try to align themselves with the big names right away fail more or less miserably, but in the case of NU.CLEAR.DAWN I may say that they (of course) do not reach the class of their role models yet, but assimilate their influences so well that they might not have found their own style yet, but still do not have them in the foreground that much. One reason for that is the good voice of Amr Rifai, who mostly inhabits the higher regions, but without getting on your nerves, nicely differing from most of his genre colleagues.

Also complexity is not too high, instead they use some very catchy passages here, a darker atmosphere there, but without drifting off into shallow waters, because the music always keeps a certain grade of demand in it, which reveals ever new details and facets, even after several listening sessions.

The long instrumental opener "Overture" leads right away into a catchy Progressive Metal track, titled "The Meeting", which introduces us very nicely to the NU.CLEAR.DAWN sound, while the following "Falcon And Crow" convinces with its dark and haunting atmosphere and the ballad "Wounded" is coming over with a great guitar melody, very emotional and well played, where Amr Rifai can fully show his class, and the closing "Rebirth" is eight minutes of progressive class, demanding, but still very accessible, with great melodies, great tune!

All in all I must say that NU.CLEAR.DAWN surprised me really positively, with good musicianship, mature song writing and very well assimilated influences, resulting in a Progressive Metal album, which very well balances between demand and accessibility and makes appetite for more. Support this quintet, not only because it hails from Syria, but just because it makes music that can easily compete with many signed acts! (Online October 26, 2003)
...Read the full review here

Strutter 'Zine review of Poem of a Knight in The Netherlands

Yet another review rated 8.5 out of 10 in Strutter Magazine in The Netherlands, check out Strutter 'Zine website.

It is definitely the truth what I am about to say about this band, because NU.CLEAR.DAWN is by far the first and best band ever to emerge from the Middle East. The band comes out of Syria, and as we all know music has no borders and so it is my honour to present you the first band from Syria, and it’s not just a band, because their debut CD ‘Poem of a knight’ is a very impressive high quality Melodic Neo-Classical Prog/Power Metal release with strong similarities to KAMELOT, SYMPHONY X and MALMSTEEN. The artwork looks very professional, so is the production and the included 8 tracks. Highlights are the fast uptempo “The meeting”, “Revolution” (fantastic ProgMetal, with lovely keyboardwork and a very melodic vocal/chorus approach, like SILENT EDGE), “Wounded” (ballad), “Rebirth” (a la SYMPHONY X) and “Memories on the road”. The CD takes up to 60 minutes and is without a doubt an important album, as it is the official first really sensational Neo-Classical Prog/Power Metal from the Middle East (not counting Turkey, as they are actually an European country). Let’s hope more bands will follow, as NU CLEAR DAWN proves there’s enough talent out there. More info on the band can be found at: http://www.nucleardawn.com and e-mail them at: info@nucleardawn.net

Metal Storm Reviews "Poem of a Knight"

Another great review for the album rated 8 out of 10 at MetalStorm.net

Middle East countries are nowadays full of good metal bands but the first country that comes to mind is not Syria. Well, Nu.Clear.Dawn is a progressive metal band hailing from this country with their debut album entitled "Poem Of A Knight" and they deserve your full attention.

As the title suggests, this album has epic power metal melodies but if you look at the length of the songs, well, they definitely make you understand that their music will be something like a mix between Rhapsody and Dream Theater. Well, the truth is not far from it! Keys and drums are basically similar to two bands. The first one is Symphony X, the second is Dream Theater. That's to say that these guys start at the top level of progressive! Meanwhile, Shant Hagopian on guitars apparently takes pleasure in alternating between John Petrucci's style and Luca Turilli's, and it rocks!

Another important element of Nu.Clear.Dawn trademark is the very specific voice of its singer. A way to picture it would be to imagine something even softer than Andre Matos [former singer of Angra] but with sometimes a theatrical aspect that enhanced the epic keyboard lines. Having a good singer is important and this band has one in Amr Rifai.

"Poem Of A Knight" is a good album, with a very well designed artwork, good lyrics but on top of all that the music is really interesting. From the beautiful intro to the climax of "Rebirth" [the best song on this album], the band plays with talent and with heart. In my opinion, the highlights are 'Rebirth' [8 minutes of progressive beauty], 'Falcon And Crow' with its dark progressive atmosphere [kind of Evergrey] and the ballad 'Wounded', in which Amr Rifai shines on vocals.

Despite of its title, 'Poem Of A Knight' is far from being the usual stereotype of power metal. Instead, Nu.Clear.Dawn plays a very nice progressive metal, inspired, sometimes with happy melodies, sometimes with dark atmospheres, but the result is great and the originality of their music should be sufficient to check them out for any metal fan. These guys have talent and I hope a promising future and major labels such as Limb Music Production could sign Nu.Clear.Dawn without shame.

... Read the full review here

Nu.Clear.Dawn featured in Mind Vision, Belgium's metal magazine

An article written about Nu.Clear.Dawn, and the debut album of the band "Poem of a Knight" and also about metal in the middle east by Frederic Diependaele from Mind View / Belgium, who is interested about the metal scene here in the middle east, the article also includes some pictures.



"Poem of a Knight" reviewed in Metal-Archives

Poem of a Knight has been reviewed in the Metal-Archives website: Read the review here.
Nu.Clear.Dawn would like to thank "the_hunter_slave", and everyone who is helping and supporting the band.

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Nu.Clear.Dawn featured in "Bayate Magazine"

The Bayate Magazine, the OrMuz program and A.M.I group wrote about the upcoming album of Nu.Clear.Dawn "Poem Of A Knight" in their First and 2nd issues of their monthly magazine which can be found in all of the countries in the Middle East, including Syria Lebanon Jordan Palestine and more.

Thanks to OrMuz A.M.I. and Bayate M.
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