1- The cover arts for “All Is Not For All” and “Worm’s Eye View” are somehow similar, one can directly make a connection. How similar are the albums in terms of lyrical concepts,themes, and music?
Nadeem: There is a background theme to everything we do and the albums, while not concept albums per se, are linked through a loose folklore of sorts. A central theme is your classic “dark side” vs. “the force” kind of thing but fleshed out with ideas and themes that have influenced us such as sci-fi, comic books, travel, martial arts, and social affairs.
For All Is Not For All, which is meant to be a prequel to “Worm’s Eye View”, we went deeper musically and expanded a bit lyrically to try and convey events that led up to a “present-day” scenario with WEV. While WEV tackles issues such as corruption, rebirth, assassination, paranoia, and hope, AINFA is more experimental and centralizes themes of honor and Bushido, Extraterrestrial encounters, love and loss, nomadism, and third culture to name a few.
Finally, the production methods utilized on both albums are different with AINFA being more experimental in nature and having a more vintage sound courtesy of the awesome Bob Katz at Digital Domain Studios.
2- How can you describe the writing and recording process of the new album? What inspired you to write the songs? Do you try and force out lyrics and riffs or do they just flow out?
Nadeem: At least 95% of the output stems from a flowing and organic process that has been swirling around all our hearts and minds. I would say only 5% of it is forced and this is usually for stubborn complex transitions that cause us to be up till 5 a.m. racking our exhausted brains!
As far as inspiration, John (Bakhos, guitars) is a very inspirational guy musically and responsible for almost all of our music composition so
that in turn inspires me to come up with vocal patterns and lyrics. Creative riffage seems to come very natural to him and I think ultimately we have all been blessed to have lived colorful and nomadic lives full of bad and good which obviously helps our creative processes. The human condition and our constantly changing modus operandi is ultimately our inspiration and I think (or at least I like to think) that people can relate to real experiences told mostly in a third person view.
3- In both albums, there is this “Worm” that’s brought up. What is this “Worm” or who does it represent?
Nadeem: The worm is the central figure as you’ve correctly identified. This is all subject to interpretation (It’s prog after all!) but the worm is the antagonist. He is all the evil in our universe condensed into one manifestation of corruption and sin, yet conversely, he is also the most honest and most realistic force there is as he symbolizes human nature. This duality is us and everyone we know. It’s a question of how and what you give in to or resist and in which circumstances.
4- When you guys released the music video of your third single “199x” from your latest album“All Is Not For All”, we had some serious questions about the video, like:
a- What’s with grandpa hitting on the babe?
Nadeem: Well, hot girls have been turning heads since the beginning of time! Haha, it’s just some comic relief.
b- Who is the guy in the suit? Why did grandpa get locked?
Nadeem: The guy in the suit is meant to be the “Worm.” He provided the MEANS to the girl to make a decision and allowed free will and human nature to play out its course. Locking up the manager was a way for her to in turn provide us the means to make a decision to follow the rules or break them.
c- Is it all symbolism of wanting to break free from the old generation’s rules and norms?
Nadeem: The song is essentially about the 90s and being a 10, 11, 12 year old or whatever again. Naïve representations of responsibilities coupled with an era of beautiful rock and metal music. So yes, a small part of it is to do with impassioned youth and a desire to be forever free from authority but a larger part is the ode to the 90s and our collective upbringings with a twist on the 90s sound. It’s also our personal tribute to Dimebag Darrell Abbott.
d- What has a bike assembly got to do with anything?
Nadeem: Hey man, don’t knock the bike shop! It’s an honest way to make a living! Come on down and I’ll fix up your bike for free! (Just kidding, I don’t know jack about bikes.)
5- Anuryzm has shared the stage with some huge international bands, but we never heard of the band playing in one of those “Big” international metal festivals, why is that?
Nadeem: There isn’t really a simple answer. Some festivals have been interested in the past and we’ve either been working or in the middle of an album writing/recording cycle. Sometimes, we get killer and surprising offers for support slots for major tours but can’t take a month off work or someone’s having a baby or whatever. Life tends to get in the way a lot and I think having members spread out over a few countries plus being a band based in the Middle East makes it a little more tricky.
6- We noticed lately some mentions about a few show dates, is there a plan for a complete tour? Or are they just random bookings?
Nadeem: Yes!!! We are embarking on a mini European headlining tour this fall with a few festival appearances thrown in. Stay tuned to our website and social media for dates.
7- This year, we will see Anuryzm return to Lebanon performing at Summer Fusion. This will be your second performance in Lebanon after opening for Nightwish in 2013. Are you guys excited to be part of Lebanon’s Summer Festival of the year?
Nadeem: You know, the Nightwish gig was such an awesome experience for all of us. The Lebanese crowd was incredible and we were all truly humbled and surprised by the warm welcome and reception! The backdrop of Byblos was gorgeous! How many bands in the world can claim they played at a UNESCO World Heritage Site? A lot of us have Lebanese roots, some deeper than others, so it’s always a blessing to come and share our music with you all. We are definitely looking forward to the show although I wish I had more time to spend in the beautiful country as I’m basically flying in and out unfortunately. I look forward to checking out and discovering the other bands on the bill that I’m sure will be killer and meeting some of the fans.
8- How do you feel the Middle Eastern Metal/Rock scene will be affected by what’s going on in the region? Do you think Metal will be persecuted due to the extremists or will this extremist surge be the trigger that would deliver a large number of bands and musicians?
Nadeem: I’m not in a position to comment on the persecution question because very thankfully we don’t have such issues where we are currently based (UAE) or in my home country (UK) although I can imagine it’s quite difficult to be a metalhead or rock fan in many countries and this is definitely sad. However, I do think the Middle Eastern arts and performing arts scene (not just metal and rock) is HYPER talented and awesome and most importantly, more REAL compared to other scenes.
However, just like certain issues and policies in the Middle East, we are responsible for our own downfall so to speak since the majority of Middle Eastern societies do not hold Arts in a high regard and therefore do not give the arts the support they need from a grassroots level. This is the inherent problem and I don’t think it will necessarily get better unless we first change ourselves and let love and compassion rule.
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