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  INTERVIEW WITH ANARCHADIA

Roxy

roxy the rock dog



anarchadia

Those who are familiar with keeping their eyes on the thrashiest prize will no doubt be familiar with the excellence being created and re-crafted by our Middle Eastern Metal brothers and sisters. Keeping true to the original sound outlined by the founders of thrash but adding the personal touches and groove to create something mindblowingly good looks easy to the new thrash groove bands emerging from the Middle East and - Syria based Anarchadia are the top of the talent.

If you haven't heard of them before get yourself a drink and make sure the neighbours are out before listening to these guys as it is impossible to resist the impulse to turn them up.

Additionally, as reports come in from Damascus today of yet another car bomb and fighting devastating may lives and families we are aware of the unique bond music creates and we are aware of our fellow music affectionados and keep our fingers crossed that they are safe. This is what it is like to create Metal in a country at war.

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Hi there Anarchadia, how are you all doing?

"Hey there MetalTalk, we are fine - thank you for having us."

What can you tell us about Anarchadia?

Nour: "Well, for me I have known the guys for two years, but they have known each other for a long time, since childhood, and they all had the same musical obsession, they formed several bands together, but did not get as serious as when Raafat came back from Egypt with the determination of making some real shit and Siam had the same passion for it, so they started to gather the right people to initiate a serious project and form a real band, and that's when Ala'a joined the group to play bass, and Sami was suggested to take over drums, but then Sami had to travel to Dubai for business, and in that time I had some mutual friends with Raafat and Siam and Alaa and I knew the guys by names in the metal scene here.

They saw some videos of me covering some thrash bands, so Siam contacted me and I took the vocals part and that's how Anarchadia was formed, and now Anarchadia is more like a family than a band because it's not just about the band itself, it's about our friends who were always there supporting us, now we are planning to gather with our drummer Sami in Dubai after finishing the full length (which is going to be released very soon) and start to throw some gigs and spread our music as much as possible, and get the word out there."



How is the Metal music scene in Syria just now?

Ala'a: "For starters, Metal music is not a new thing in Syria, it goes way back, it was and still is an underground scene though. There are not so many active bands, yet the scene, fortunately, is growing in the last couple of years and fans are just starving for more bands, more music and more gigs.

"And not like any other music genre, Metal music fans share the same passion so it's a community no matter what society did to it or how much it tried to ignore it. Anything that is real and honest and contains a true message always sticks and stands the test of time.

"Authority as much as society has a misconception about Metal music and Metalheads in general, just like any part of this world, stuck with the same old song, Satanism and actually during times of war, terrorism, and I am not kidding about that at all. I am talking from a personal experience. There is no Metalhead in Syria that didn't suffer from such accusations and sometimes suffered from a collective oppression from both society and government.

"Of course, it is related to the idea that anything differs from society, gets abandoned and accused of weird stuff but I have to admit that these days things are getting better. It's not like five years ago, during those times walking the streets with a long hair and a guitar was a very alien thing.

"Due to these misperceptions and wrong understandings of what's different, Metal wasn't an interesting movement to the state neither to the private business sector, because Metal is about exposing and debating such topics and such entities. And this played a major role in keeping Arabic Metal music in the underground, with no physical materials to be released.

"But Bands in Syria like us, Netherion, The Hourglass and Brotherhood are trying to change that fact, and create a newborn wave of Syrian Metal music, and gladly I can see it happening right now."

How would you describe your music? I liken it to early Metallica and one of my all time favourite albums – 'Ride The Lightning'. What do you think?

Raafat: "First of all, we would definitely be honored to have some sort of resemblance to such classic record. Albums like this from such era must have been stuck in our subconscious because we grew up listening to this shit, and it must have inspired us in certain ways, but we would like to think that we are forming a unique combination between many different genres and vibes, and not obliged or attached to one specific school, we have the old sound, the pure thrashing blasts, and there are the - groove- elements that can't be mistaken, and with the new songs that are about to be released soon you will find a whole new dimension being presented in addition to the existing ones in the EP.

"We added a more technical and progressive approach to the material which we think created more diversity that can appeal to different tastes and ears... as for the writing and arranging process, it's mostly a group effort, we all contribute to each and every piece. Even Osama our manager had some opinions which were pretty smart and were added to some parts.

"I think the best way to create an original piece that you can call your own is to mix everyone's taste into an organized formula that contains several ideas and approaches therefore the songs will have some twists and won't be boring."



I really love 'Devolution' although it is brief, but there are sounds of fighting in the background; tell us a bit about that song.

Siam: "'Devolution' is basically an audio expression of the chaotic life we lead. I'm talking about the human race of course. Evolution is a natural thing that happens in life spontaneously but when humans used their 'intelligence' to play with the laws of nature, they de-evolved in the process which led to the global corruption we are witnessing right now. And this is where the title idea for the song came from.

"And about special effects and the explosive sounds, I was actually inspired by the real war sounds bashing every spot in Syria at this very moment. It's a very painful thing to witness such destruction and chaos happening in your home land, so after I heard and saw all the explosions and bullets such as artillery... tanks... whatever you can imagine, it came to me, I combined the sounds of the bullets and the explosives then manifested it into notes and melodies to reflect the horrible image of what we hear."



What are your top five favourite songs ever?

Nour: Megadeth: 'Tornado Of Souls'



Raafat: Slayer: 'Angel Of Death'



Siam: Ark: 'Waking Hour'



Alaa: Queen: 'The Show Must Go On'



Sami: Pink Floyd: 'Comfortably Numb'



What is your message to the world?

First of all, Metal, and specifically the extreme types like thrash, death and speed is always portrayed as this negative form of music, but the truth is Metal music could not be more positive! Talking about something negative and screaming about it in people's faces to try and stimulate their inner voice to rise and take a stand is NOT a negative deed! When you encourage people to start forming their own opinions about things, and to start digging more into what's been known as taboo like politics and religion and what not, and to question everything around them, everything that's been taken for granted as the disciplinary guiding rules, then I tell you, you are doing them a big fucking favour!

"So it's quite the opposite of what people have perceived it to be. We play extreme shit yea, but we are not negative, each song has a form of solution or - suggestion - if you may, and the message basically is to find that center that makes us all one! It's the one consciousness that binds us yet we keep denying it.

"We are against everything that is corrupt and authoritative, from any organized institution that is based on the idea of repressing the masses, and choking their freedom of speech, to your very own inner demons. And we are taking this matter very seriously, and we are trying to be a part of the change that the world MUST see eventually in order for this damned race to not only be able to exist, but to live and co-exist as well.

"It has to happen somehow, otherwise we will just keep killing each other until the last man standing looks around as he crawls in an endless ocean of blood, and realizes the atrocities of mankind, and just says "fuck it", and shoots himself in the fuckin' head!"

Wow, that is intense! Thanks so much guys, stay safe, hope the fighting and craziness in Syria is brought to a sensible and lasting peace very soon and look forward to seeing you all on tour in the UK sometime very soon!




29.11.12








 

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airbourne AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER HEADLINE UK TOUR
The band will play ten UK date beginning in Portsmouth and Norwich on November 17th and finish off with two nights at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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