Scarab is a death metal band from the Cairo/Giza area of Egypt, formed in 2006. The Name Scarab is influenced by the Egyptian roots of the band. These creatures became iconic in Ancient Egyptian culture and were sacred due to the Scarab’s association with the sun God Ra. During the doctrine of mummification, the ancient Egyptians use to replace the heart of the dead with a scarab believing that it would help with rebirth in the afterlife. In that sense, the Scarab portrays the band’s ability to reinvent themselves, survive and rise over the obstacles in their path.
The year 2009 had been a major step for Scarab with the recording of the band’s first full- length album, entitled Blinding the Masses which was a continuation of the themes from their previous EP Valley of The Sandwalkers (2007). Also, at that same year, Scarab won the United We Rock battle ahead of many bands from the middle-east and pan-Arab countries, as a result performing at two acclaimed international music festivals, With Full Force XVI in Germany and the Dubai Desert Rock Festival in the UAE .
Blinding the Masses was eventually released by Osmose Productions worldwide the following year.
Their second album, Serpents of the Nile surfaced in 2014 through Vicisolum Productions. Two years later the band undertook a tour titled The Kingdom of the Serpents in the UK co-headlining with UK metal band De Profundis.
In 2016 Scarab started the journey of recording and carving their third full length Martyrs of the Storm, which finally sees the light of day today!
Scarab is formed of a combination of different musical tastes and personalities, standing as a united music entity. The fury of the band’s music comes out from fierce. deep, complicated feelings, thoughts and experiences. Scarab expresses all this through new and fresh progressions that match the approach and identity that captures the soul and heart, making it melodically memorable and a journey to a story being told,
The lyrical themes are mainly about survival and the struggle of the chaotic human nature; Spirituality, and philosophies inspired by Ancient Egypt and the world’s collective mystical wisdom.
Sentinel Daily’s Michael Stronge has been ingesting the album for a while now, and reports that “Scarab have forged a coruscating noise that’s all their own despite inhabiting the increasingly overpopulated world of death metal… tracks like opener Martys of the Storm offer up everything you’d expect from a modern DM band, yet the lads still mange to clothe themselves in a savagely individual style in terms of presentation and execution”.