Receiving critical acclaim and international airplay, and on the verge of embarking on a regional and international tour, while Naser Mestarihi, the band's lead guitarist, has become the first and only Middle Eastern artist to sign an endorsement deal with Gibson guitar.

Qatar-born rock sensation Winterburn has been making waves in the global music industry,

with their recently released debut album, "Ivory Towers," receiving rave reviews from international rock publications. Led by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Naser Mestarihi, the band's collaboration with Grammy Award-winning musician Thomas Pridgen has resulted in a powerhouse rock record, featuring multiple hit singles, including the critically acclaimed "Dogtown" and the album's title track.

Ivory Towers LP – Released 10th December 2021

Despite the pandemic and personal challenges, Mestarihi persevered and poured his heart and soul into the album.

"I fell ill with MS as we were getting into the sessions, which led to me having to relearn how to play the guitar. Getting this record done was battling through the odds for me," he explains.

Winterburn's unique and captivating take on hard rock has set them apart from many of their peers in the genre today. Drawing inspiration from the wizardry of contemporary rock legends and old-guard luminaries such as Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, and Guns N' Roses, the band's sound is way more direct than Mestarihi's previous releases, with in-your-face, hooky riffs, and groove fests, made even more powerful by Pridgen's drumming.

The band has already made an impact in Qatar, where they headlined several back-to-back shows to a very positive reception, considering they are the first and only rock band releasing and performing original music in the country. Winterburn is also making waves globally, with airplay on British and American rock radio and appearances on US and Latin American television, including Fox Sports US and Mexico.

The band is now set to release their fourth single, "Calijam"

while also preparing to set out on regional and international tours in the coming year. Winterburn is also in the midst of tracking the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut.

In addition to their musical achievements, Winterburn has also made history with Naser becoming first and only Middle Eastern artist to sign an endorsement deal with Gibson guitar, one of the most iconic and respected brands in music. Mestarihi, who is humbled by the opportunity to represent the brand in their region, has put together an exciting lineup featuring Ameet Kunwar (Drums) and Satish Thapa (Bass Guitar & Vocals).

Winterburn is an enthralling project that promises to break new ground in the rock genre. With their unique sound and captivating live performances, the band is set to become a household name in the global music industry.

Left to right Ameet Kunwar (Drums), Naser Mestarihi (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Satish Thapa (Bass Guitar & Vocals)

REGIONAL is musivv’s segment featuring Arab artists in the Middle East. Features under this segment are eligible for a nomination under this category in the Musivv Awards’ annual recognition.

May 1, 2023

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