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Heavy Metal Sandwich 005: Mehdi Safa and Arif Driessen of *shels

February 15th, 2013

The sandwich is possibly the greatest food-based invention. We need to be able to eat and post on Facebook at the same time. Sandwiches allow us to do this. The best thing about sandwiches, however, is that anybody can eat them. Vegetarian? Put some more salad in. Belly doesn’t like wheat? Use some gluten-free bread then! And everybody has a favourite sandwich. Even bands…

*shels live at Manchester Ruby Lounge c/o Ruth Booth Thrash Hits

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Interview: Mehdi Safa and Arif Driessen from *shels on throat-singing, The Neverending Story, and gigging in a city where night never comes

July 13th, 2012

*shels live at Manchester Ruby Lounge c/o Ruth Booth Thrash Hits

Devil Sold His Soul, March of the Raptors, Akercocke, Ancients, Eden Maine, Mahumodo – the various component parts of post-metal super-collective *shels makes for impressive reading. With the band’s core band members usually separated by the Atlantic ocean, when the band toured the UK for the first time in five years, Ruth Booth ambushed frontman Mehdi Safa and trumpeteer Arif Driessen and for her trouble received a demonstration of some of their special skills…

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Live: *shels, Cyril Snear, Tall For Jockeys + The Kites of San Quentin @ Manchester The Ruby Lounge – 24 June 2012

July 6th, 2012

*shels live at Manchester Ruby Lounge c/o Ruth Booth Thrash Hits

If you listened to our podcast this week, you’ll have heard that Tom Doyle wasn’t too impressed by *shels‘ London performance. One show doesn’t necessarily represent the performance of an entire tour though, and that’s why we sent Ruth Booth to Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the hopes of finding the lesser spotted epic alternative…

Six things we learned when we saw *shels in Manchester:

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