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The largest metal band in the Middle East, Svengali, came together after fleeing from the lack of tolerance of metal in their home countries. They now use their music as a medium to tell their stories and are gearing up for the release of the upcoming EP ‘Sayonara’.

We spoke with vocalist Adnan Mryhij about their origins and what the future holds.



Dubai, UAE

Lacuna Coil / System Of A Down / Sepultura



DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Svengali before?
Adnan: As a band, we’re a bunch of dudes from different parts of the Middle East that got together to write and play music. As for music… we’re a little bit of everything – from super heavy to clean and mellow… but always honest with a story to it.

DP!: How did the band form?
Adnan: The band officially started after writing and recording the first EP ‘Unscathed’. I contacted some of my favourite musicians in the region and together we built what we call The Svengali Family.

DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Adnan:We’d love to venture out and play some shows in other parts of the world. We have some exciting things thing in the works right now and are on the lookout to book more shows (Hit us up!!).

DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Adnan: Our friends Jinjer did a great job on their latest album and we’re also looking forward to a lot of releases from the Middle East!

DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Adnan: Many moments! But getting to share the stage with bands that are not only legendary but also inspirations to us always stands out. Being direct support to Sepultura in our home town is definitely up there!

Svengali‘s new EP ‘Sayonara’ is due for release on March 20th. You can pre-order the EP from the band’s BandCamp website here.

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook and Twitter.