Album "Berserk" Available for Streaming January 5th, 2013 - (Posted by Webmaster)
highly acclaimed 2nd full-length album "Berserk" is now
available for streaming in its entirety. Listen to the whole
from the player below, or click
to stream with full
information on the release.
the first post-apocalyptic gift from Bouq for the survivors
of the 21st of December which comes in
celebration of the passing of 12 years since the
creation Bouq. A quick reminder to all that "Bouq" is the
same one-man band that was previously called "Phex", which
came to life in 2001; making it Jordan's oldest surviving
"Berserk" blends elements of majestic tribal atmospheres,
spirituality, brutality, technique, and mythology, and has
received outstanding reviews worldwide.
Bouq is currently composing material for the upcoming 3rd
album, and so far its sounding great. We'll keep you
Additionally, the 'Reviews' section on
Media has been fully updated with all the reviews that
we heard of for Bouq's latest album 'Berserk'. Most of the
reviews updated which were earlier unannounced on this
website are excellent 'user' submitted reviews on The Metal
Archives - Encyclopaedia Metallum.
Bouq on Radio
Metality UAE August 24th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
Between 4pm -
5pm GMT tonight, Bouq's music will be played on 'Metality
UAE Radio' alongside Muhannad Bursheh's other bands:
Abohotho, Tyrant Throne, and Augury in the radio's 'Jordan
Power Hour!'. Thanks to Metality UAE for their continuous
Abohotho August 11th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
is the latest musical project by 'Muhannad Bursheh';
the mastermind behind Bouq. Abohotho is an ethnic
Near Eastern / ambient music project with themes focused on
the history and mythology of our great ancestors in the
Levant and Mesopotamia, with a special emphasis on Assyrian,
Canaanite, and Aramean cultures, based on Muhannad's
personal ancestral heritage.
'Abohotho' is the west-Syriac
(Aramaic / west-Assyrian) word for 'Ancestors'.
Join Abohotho's online pages and spread the word, you will
absolutely love the listening experience!
Reviews for the Latest Album 'Berserk' August 10th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
past few months Bouq's latest album 'Berserk' received many
excellent reviews. Apologies for the late update. Links for
all un-updated reviews are posted below. To read a review,
click on its title:
More reviews updates will be posted soon, stay tuned.
Below are a few Quotes from the reviews linked above:
"Being musically omnipotent, Muhannad Bursheh can fairly be
described as a god of music"
"I guess a guy like
Muhannad Bursheh, is pretty much a punch in the face to all
mainstream wannabe quasi-musicians"
""Berserk” is diametrically a musically diverse album,
offering disparate musical levels and styles"
Observer: "Multi-instrumentalist Muhannad Bursheh really manages to
create an album that is simply stunning"
"amazing dark and
gloomy atmosphere with a great production and epic tunes"
"Simply majestic and recommended for every fan of
Death/Doom/Black or any type of heavy music in general"
G.U.C.Magazine: "The horde of all-rounder Muhannad Bursheh offers first
class Dark/Black Metal"
"The disk is
monolithic, a manifest and impresses with killer tracks"
""Berserk" is a masterpiece, a real underground gem which
should appeal not only to fans of exotic stuff but
supporters of quality Metal in general"
'Berserk' Available at RAM Battle Middle East July 28th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
highly acclaimed album 'Berserk' will be available for
purchase in the merchandise section at RAM Battle Middle
East in Dubai on the 29th of July. The price is set at 30 AED.
Thanks to RAM Battle Middle East management for their support.
As previously announced, Muhannad Bursheh from Bouq will be
performing as a session live bassist with 'Bilocate' on the
Bursheh Live Session Bassist With Bilocate July 21st, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
Bursheh, the mastermind behind Bouq will be performing as a
session live bassist with long time friends and brothers 'Bilocate'
in a special guest appearance for the band in Dubai's RAM
Battle Middle East on the 29th of July.
Bilocate will not be participating in the battle itself, but
rather as a special guest band after the contests with a 1
hour set-list. Bilocate's original bassist Hani al-Abbadi
will not be able to participate due to being temporarily in
Europe on personal errands.
Scene That" Promotes Bouq June 13th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
Dubai/UAE based page 'Have You Scene That' for supporting
Bouq on their page. Check them out by clicking
The promotional post by Have You Scene That says: "Check out
Muhannad Bursheh's beastly creation "Bouq"
and give those tracks a listen... but careful, your face
might melt off"
Bouq on "The
Compilation: Vol.2 - Sounds of the Middle East" May 11th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
Bouq's track 'Wrath of a
Warrior's Soul' from the latest album 'Berserk' is featured
on "The Compilation: Volume 2 - Sounds of the Middle East".
This digital release has been compiled by Egyptian webzine
Metality.net, and it features 50 Middle Eastern and North
African metal bands - Do not miss it!
Quotes from the review (written by Jon Cheetham): "This album means business..."
"This is seriously excellent blackened metal showing a fine
ear for riffs and melodies"
"Berserk boasts the best sound I've yet heard from an
obscure Middle Eastern band"
CLICK HERE TO READ:
Review on 'Wretched Spawn (Terrorizer)' (UK), album rating
Quote from the review (written by Rhys Stevenson): "This Jordanian stands tall and mighty for the Jordanian
Metal scene and delivers more mysteries and excitement from
the Middle East"
The New Album
'Berserk' Played in Camden, London February 8th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
The new album
'Berserk' was played today in 'The Stables Market' of Camden
Town in London, England - an area known for being heavily
packed with metalheads and metal shops. The album sounded
great between all the stock and insane amount of people and
Available at Rapture Ent. & The Gloc. Arms February 1st, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
Bouq's new album 'Berserk' is
now available for purchase at 'Rapture Entertainment'
records store in Witney, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The
album is also available at 'The Gloucester Arms' metal and
rock pub, in Oxford, United Kingdom. The album is set at a
special price of 5.00 British Pounds. Go grab your copy
before its too late.
A New Review & a
New Article for/About the New Album January 9th, 2011 - (Posted by Webmaster)
A new review
for Bouq's new album 'Berserk is now available. The review
which features on the Jordanian website 'JorZine' was
written by Ramzi EsSayyed.
Furthermore, an excellent review-styled article featuring Bouq as well as
the new album is available. The article was written by
Islander of the United States based webzine 'No Clean
Singing' on the list
'Miscellany No.19', which is a regular list that features a
few 'excellent' bands on each issue... Check them out:
'Berserk' will shortly be available in digital format also on:
Amazon, Napster, Spotify, and Rhapsody.
On the iTunes purchase page, you can listen to 30 seconds samples from
each track, so check it out! You can also listen to 2 complete tracks
in the 'Media' section on this website, or on any of Bouq's official
network pages (MySpace, Facebook, ...).
Berserk will be released in the United Kingdom on the 17th of December.
UK residents can still pre-order their copies now, but the CD's will be
shipped after the 17th of December.
For complete album credits and information, click
New Track 'Jormungander' Available for
Streaming December 5th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad
The track 'Jormungander' from
the new album 'Berserk' is now available for streaming.
The song features the
following guest artists:
Rami Haikal (Bilocate) - guest guitar solo
Waseem EsSayyed (Bilocate) - main keyboards
Thanks for Rami
Haikal and Waseem EsSayyed from Bilocate for their great efforts on the
Release Dates for the New Album 'Berserk' Announced November 30th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
The long anticipated 2nd full-length
album 'Berserk' will be released on the following dates:
Worldwide Online (Physically), and Digitally:
December 6th, 2010
December 17th, 2010
'Berserk' will also be available
physically through worldwide distributors. More info will be
posted soon. Pre-order and order forms will be available
'Berserk - The Grand Raven Feast' on YouTube November 28th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
'Berserk - The Grand Raven
Feast', from the upcoming BOUQ album 'Berserk' now uploaded
on YouTube. Check it out.
Released: 'Ascending from Transfixion' -
Re-issue of 'Transfixion' October 31st, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad
'Ascending from Transfixion', the re-issue to the
band's debut full-length album 'Transfixion' is now available through
iTunes. The album was originally released in July 2005 under the band's
old name 'Phex'. The re-issue is released through 'Horned Helmet
'Ascending from Transfixion'
will also be available on Amazon.com
and Spotify.com shortly.
It will also be physically available very soon.
It is important to note that; musically, 'Ascending from Transfixion'
is very different from the current sound of 'Bouq', being oriented
towards a groovy death/dark metal style rather than the grim ancient
spirited dark/black metal sound that 'Bouq' currently adopts, such as
on the upcoming 2nd full-length album 'Berserk'. All tracks featured on
this re-issue are exactly identical to those found on the original 2005
release with the exception of very minor changes. Also, the album has a
completely different artwork, and as noticed, a slightly different
title. Click on the album artwork to view it in larger
Furthermore, the band's much anticipated 2nd full-length
album 'Berserk' will be released somewhere in the last 3rd of this
month through 'Horned Helmet Productions', more info on an exact
release date will be announced in the coming few days. Stay tuned, for,
a supreme musical might is about to descent upon thee!
Featured on 'Metal Asia Compilation 2010' October 13th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad
track 'Berserk - The Grand Raven Feast' from the upcoming full-length
album 'Berserk' is featured on the giant compilation 'Metal Asia
The compilation features many of the oldest, most influential and most
established bands in Asia, along with some brilliant new comers.
Transfixion - Re-issue of 'Transfixion' July 11th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
The band's first
full-length album 'Transfixion' which was released in 2005
under the project's older name 'Phex' will be re-issued by
Horned Helmet Productions with the title 'Ascending from
Transfixion', and will of course be released under the
project's new name 'Bouq'.
'Ascending from Transfixion' will be released a couple of
weeks before Bouq's much anticipated 2nd full-length album
'Berserk', which has been recently completed..
The re-issue 'Ascending from Transfixion' will have the
following minor differences from the original 2005 album
- It will be released under the band's new name 'Bouq'
- Slightly different album title
- Completely different artwork & layout design
- The track 'Phex' was renamed to become 'Ascending from
- The cover song for Bolt Thrower's 'Powder Burns' will be
dropped from the re-issue
Track-list for 'Ascending from Transfixion' 1. Spirits and Devils
3. Black Vision
4. Ascending from
5. The Timeless
6. Blood and
7. The Insect War
8. Watching Your
9. Fires of
All the above tracks were featured in the 2005 album
'Transfixion' in the same order.
(With the exception of the minor differences mentioned
The redesigned album artwork (shown below) was created by
Click on the album artwork to view it in larger dimensions
Personal Comment (Muhannad Bursheh): Musically and lyrically, 'Ascending from Transfixion'
is very different from the current style of Bouq; it is much
simpler and has a groovy death metal approach rather than
the ancient spirited grim dark/black metal style on
'Berserk', thus, this album will mark the end of the band's
A more specific release date for the album will be announced
For more info and album credits go to the 'Music' page of
Complete Amended Info, Credits & Artwork July 11th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
After the change
of the project's name to BOUQ a few things regarding the
upcoming album 'Berserk' had to be amended including album
credits and artwork. Below is a complete amendments list.
'Berserk' will be released by Horned Helmet Productions
within next month. A more specific release date will be
announced within the next 2 weeks.
Berserk Album Artwork (with the new Bouq logo):
Click on the album artwork to view it in larger dimensions Above is the amended and final front cover
artwork for Bouq's upcoming album 'Berserk'. It was
illustrated by the artist Craig Granato (USA).
Personal Comment (Muhannad Bursheh): 'I would like to thank Mr. Craig
Granato for his great and sincere effort in making the
illustration. It is a perfectly executed representation of
my image for the album cover. This artwork will definitely
strengthen the whole album atmosphere yet more!'
Guitar solo on “Jormungander”
by Rami Haikal (Bilocate)
Main Keys & Synth on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 performed by
Waseem EsSayyed (Bilocate)
Additional female chanting on “Heathen” performed by
All music, lyrics & arrangements composed by Muhannad
Additional riff contribution on “Jormungander” outro by Omar
Keys & Synth on tracks 2, 3, 5 & 6 co-composed by Waseem
Guest guitar solo on “Jormungander” was formed by the
contribution of Rami Haikal
Recorded at The Phexagon Studio & Horned Helmet Studio,
All instruments & vocals recorded March-May 2009, except;
guest musicians’ parts, keyboards & additional sound FX,
recorded October 2009
produced & engineered by Muhannad Bursheh
Mixed & mastered at Horned Helmet Studio by Muhannad Bursheh
Front cover artwork illustration
by Craig Granato (USA) Front cover
concept by Muhannad Bursheh.
Booklet & layout design by Muhannad Bursheh
Bouq official logo designed by Christophe Szpajdel
I would fill a drinking horn
for: My family for the continuous
support & love. My close & true friends in the 4 corners of
the world for being real! My fellow band mates in Tyrant
Throne, Augury & Apokalyte. Everyone who contributed &
helped in the creation of this album. The guys in Bilocate,
Sathony, Incendiant, Kaoteon, Destruction Volt & Spade.
Supporters & supporting media. And last but not least, very
special thanks to the Ancient Ones & their epic tales &
mythologies that lend me enormous inspiration, non-stop
curiosity in ancient history & invaluable wisdom. This album is
especially dedicated to “Maira”, my new niece! And to
“Vodka”, the great white hound!
Official Online Addresses:
1. Berserk - The Grand
2. Desrever Alumrof
4. Nature's Cult
7. Wrath of a Warrior's
8. Of Ragnar÷k
Logo Finally Done June 23rd, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
The official Bouq logo is finally revealed. It was created by
metal's favorite logos artist Christophe Szpajdel, a.k.a. 'The Lord of
Logos' who is highly acclaimed for creating immortalized logos for
bands such as Emperor, Old Man's Child, Moonspell, Melechesh, Borknagar
along many others in a never ending list.
Click on the logo to view it in larger dimensions
Personal Comment (Muhannad Bursheh): 'The process of creating this logo was a real challenge, but
we certainly hammered all obstacles. I gave Christophe a hard time with
the picky details I was asking for, but he embraced that and delivered
this masterpiece. One of the biggest challenges was creating a logo by
fusing elements from both Near Eastern and Western cultures which
reflect Bouq's vision of worldwide mythology and ancient history
themes, and somehow Christophe managed to do that perfectly. It is a
wonderful feeling to perceive your own band's logo as one of the best
you've ever seen. Many thanks to Christophe Szpajdel, it was a great
pleasure working with you.'
Christophe Szpajdel Commented: 'It has been a very long and hard time to create the perfect
logo for Bouq, lots of stress but I am so happy I came out victorious
with the final result and I am so proud that the band will look
GREAT....For me this is one of the GREATEST achievements and I would
like to express my eternal thankfulness to Muhannad Bursheh for his
interest in having made his choice to work with me, you made me
come alive again, you made me again revive and resurge as the Lord of
Logos and for that, I can't thank you enough!'
As previously noted, 'Bouq' is the classical Arabic term (singular) for
the blowing horns used in the ancient world during battles.
Track from the Upcoming Album Online! March 26th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
track 'Berserk - The Grand Raven Feast' from the upcoming album
'Berserk' has been uploaded on Bouq's MySpace page. Check it out
Please note that the track uploaded on MySpace is a greatly compressed
mp3 version of the song (due to MySpace uploading policy); this greatly
reduces the audio quality, it is in no way to be compared with the
audio quality on the original CD or at least higher mp3 bit rates.
Track-list of the album 'Berserk':
- The Grand Raven Feast
of a Warrior's Soul
Project Name Changed from Einherjer Rising to BOUQ March 24th, 2010 - (Posted by Muhannad Bursheh)
and for the better, the project's name has been changed. 'Bouq' is the
new and final name for this project. Bouq is a word taken from
ancient/formal Arabic, and it means a war horn (blowing horn used in
ancient warfare as a siren and for signaling between armies).
As all of you know by now, this
project was called 'Phex' between 2001
and 2007, and in that period 3 demos and one full-length album were
released. Later the name was briefly changed to 'Einherjer Rising', but
again, about 4 months ago I decided to drop yet another name and to
finally settle on 'Bouq'. I know that many changes have been made in
the past 2 years, but it has been a positively unstable period in the
project's career, and every change has been for the better. Bouq is a
great name, and it is a much better complement for the band's future
plans, for many of the future releases will be focused on ancient
civilizations from the Middle East, especially from Mesopotamia and the
Currently, the official BOUQ logo is being designed by the Lord of
Logos; Christophe Szpajdel (Emperor, Old Man's Child, Moonspell,
The band's modified official links are as below:
Official MySpace: www.myspace.com/bouqband
Official Website: www.bouq-band.com
Official E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerning other matters; the release date for the new album 'Berserk'
will be announced very soon, and for that, finally, the track 'Berserk
- The Grand Raven Feast' from the album has been uploaded on Bouq's
MySpace page. Go ahead and give it a listen!
Please note that the track uploaded on MySpace is a greatly compressed
mp3 version of the song; this greatly reduces the audio quality, it is
in no way to be compared with the audio quality on the original CD or
at least higher mp3 bit rates.
The final track-list for the album Berserk is as follows:
1. Berserk - The Grand Raven Feast
2. Desrever Alumrof Ecnetsixe
4. Nature's Cult
7. Wrath of a Warrior's Soul
8. Of Ragnarök
The album artwork featuring the new Bouq logo will be posted as soon as
the logo is finished. Nothing will change on the artwork itself, which
was illustrated by Craig Granato (USA).
Note on the word Bouq:
The 'ou' in the middle should be read as the 'oo' in 'boot', NOT as the
'ou' in 'mouth' or the 'oo' in 'book'. The 'q' represents a letter used
in most Semitic languages. It is like a heavy 'q' but pronounced from
the throat. The image below shows how 'Bouq' is written in Arabic.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All news article posted on this page date back
only to the post that announced the band name change to Bouq. If you
would like to real older news (2001-2007), please click HERE.