ZiX is a heavy metal band which was formed in Beirut in 2010 by composer/bassist Ziad Bardawil who had already been working on his own projects since 1998. Ziad joined forces with Maya Khairallah in 2010 to record a debut ep and a couple of months later, Juan Carrizo was put on board . In December 2015 two new members joined the band, Walid Awar on the guitars and Ziad Al Alam on the drums. In 2012, they self-produced a demo EP entitled "The WarWhore", and are currently working on the full length album. Grammy-winning music producer who mixed for a young Guns N' Roses, Yngwie, Anthrax, Kiss, Metallica.. has joined rising Middle East heavy metal band ZiX to break down barriers to metal music in this part of the world. 7x Grammy-winning producer and hard rock legend Steve Thompson has agreed to mix Zix’s upcoming album entitled "Tides of the final war" along with the song “Metal Strike,” which features many metal legends from Iron Maiden, MANOWAR and Black Sabbath and many others. Formed in 2010 in Beirut, Zix’s goal is to illuminate the oppression of metal heads and lift the ban on heavy metal in this part of the world. For years, metal music lovers, aka metal heads, have been oppressed by various religious and political institutions here, resulting in cancelled concerts and unjust arrests. With this project, Zix hopes to break down these barriers for good." Beirut, Lebanon’s heavy metal act Zix, who received big attention with 2012 EP The WarWhore, have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. Their full-length debut album is titled Tides Of The Final War.