Nervecell - Biography




Based in the commercial city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and surrounded by a music scene that is dominated completely by the mainstream musical hype, Nervecell independently worked their way up the ladder to do the needful and are now considered as metal veterans in the Dubai metal scene and undoubtedly the most potential metal outfits in the area to date, delivering a powerful mixture of death metal & thrash metal.

The band emerged early in the year 2000 as a hardcore band but it was only until 2003 when they decided to change the music towards heavier paths, this brought upon the release of a 2-track demo entitled 'Vastlands Of Abomination'. The demo immediately created a dedicated following from the underground circles in and around the Middle East as the band continuously went on to play shows all over the country. By the end of 2003 Nervecell were sited as the first band in the U.A.E to merge classic death metal of the early 90's together with their hardcore groove.

In the summer of 2004 the band hit the studio to record their debut EP 'Human Chaos', following the success of the first demo. This much anticipated CD included 5 songs with re-recorded versions of the first demo and 3 other tracks that are considered as Nervecell's old school classics! The release grabbed a lot of attention from both the underground local scene and the masses from around the globe. Being aired on local station Dubai Radio One's weekly metal show Heavy Metal Thunder and various international radio stations as UK's Total Rock and Germany's The Metal Observer Radio, ranking their Top 20 charts. 'Human Chaos' also received many positive reviews from various webzines & magazines from Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Morocco, USA, Czech Republic, Canada and Britain's metal bible Metal Hammer. At that point in time Nervecell's name reached the other side of the globe where they signed a distribution deal for 'Human Chaos' with Mexican label Atolinga Records.

The success of 'Human Chaos' led the band the opportunity to open for the annual festival Dubai Desert Rock Festival in 2005. This was an epic moment for Nervecell as their passion, dedication and efforts were all made worth when they were asked to open for legendary Sepultura and the mighty Machine Head. The festival also gave them the chance to play alongside Saxon, Within Temptation and The Darkness. It was confirmed at this festival that Nervecell were crowned as Dubai's metal representatives and continue to influence and inspire the many in and around the Middle East. In 2006, London based drummer Gavin Ward (ex-Power Quest, Last Hours of Torment) joined Nervecell and toured with the band for a good year and a half.

In February 2007 Nervecell headlined Egypt Metal Festival 2007, in Cairo, Egypt and soon after embarked on a full headline 'Road Rage' tour in March/April 2007 in Australia with support acts The Furor and Aeturnus Dominion, culminating with the headline spot in Metalstock Festival 2007, Australia's only 3 day metal festival.

After the successful Australian headlining tour, the band was then asked to play Metalcamp Festival 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia alongside Motorhead, Sepultura, Kreator, Immortal, Blind Guardian, Cradle Of Filth and many others which marked Nervecell as the only Middle Eastern based metal band to ever play in such a large scale European festival.

Nervecell are currently recording their full length album 'Preaching Venom' featuring Psycroptic's drummer David Haley behind the drum kit. The album is scheduled for an early 2008 release.