Mascara, shorthand for "Massive Scar Era" is a band that kicked off in 2005 from the scenic seaside city of Alexandria, Egypt. Cherine Amr was driven with the idea of forming a metal band out of her passion for playing guitar and singing since she was a teenager. Due to her Family's restrictions she was only allowed to play music with girls, so the only way for her to play music was to form an all girls band. After a few false starts at maintaining a cohesive band, she found in the violinist Nancy Mounir her musical companion. They clicked straightaway even with their distinct musical backgrounds. Influenced by both metal, classical and Middle Eastern music; the band started to garner interest from audiences who were absorbed by the fusion of all those elements. From 2005, MSE kept on exploring that unique mix of influences, with frequent changings in the remaining members the band was able to write and rehearse a diverse and large number of songs, allowing the style and sound of the band to evolve and establish itself quicker and to develop a sound of their own among the music scene by landing a multitude of local gigs and appearances such as in Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) and in the S.O.S. Music Festival.
In 2006 they released their first EP with the name of Reincarnation, the year after Nancy won an award in 2007 at International Independent Music Comptetion held at Biblioteca Alexandrina and in 2009, the group played for the first time in Europe. at Sweden Rock Festival . For the first time with a male drummer. sharing the stage with other bands like In Flames, Kamelot, ZZ Top, Dream Theater, Heaven and Hell, Immortal, Motörhead and Candlemass At the festival. Cherine won 3rd place in Gibson Guitar Competition in 2009 at Sweden Rock Festival
In 2010; Mascara were part of the Independent International award winning Film; Microphone where they performed their song Ab3ad Makan (ابعد مكان) 2010 the group played on the American Cornerstone Festival, among others with August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, The Chariot and The Devil Wears Prada. This was followed by the release of their EP Unfamiliar Territories. In June 2011, the group shared stage with Acrassicauda at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.The did more concerts in the United States in New York City and Chicago.
2012 and 2013 were big for the band as they self-produced and independently released their most known work, EP: Comes around you (2012) and their single; My ground (2013); My ground talks about sexual discrimination and sexism typical what the band members faced in both their musical journey
They went on "Sorry We Don't Speak the Language" summer tour 2012 in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany and they played in SXSW 2013, Freakstock Festival -2013- Germany and Inferno Metal Festival- 2014-Norway
For the first time the band went through their victory at the International Music Competition attention when the band won in three categories. It followed tape portraits in international music magazines, including the German Heavy-Magazine, the Middle East Online Magazine ( United Arab Emirates ), in the Indian version of Rolling Stone and the New York Times and The New Yorker and The Guardian. Also in Mark Levin's book Heavy Metal Islam, the band is mentioned.
The group also participated in the Egyptian film Microphone with which in 2010 celebrated its premiere and at the Cairo International Film Festival MASSIVE SCAR ERA (MASCARA) Hardcore Metal band from Egyptl won the first prize. This film was also on the Festival Toronto Film listed in 2010. More broadcasts of the film were on the International Istanbul Film Festival (2011), the London Film Festival (2010) and the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki (2010). On all three festivals of film for an award nomination. In Turkey Microphone won the Golden Tulip.
Europe, too, could make the band attracted attention as the band in Sweden on the Sweden Rock occurred. Later even an appearance on the American followed Cornerstone Festival.
EPsReincarnation |EP 2006
Comes Around You |EP 2012
Precautionary measures |EP 2011
Unfamiliar Territory |EP 2010
VideosAb3ad Makan - ابعد مكان