SVENGALI announce album details and stream new single

Biggest-selling Middle Eastern metal band release new album Sayonara on 20th March

Dubai-based multinational metal band SVENGALI have announced their stunning new album Sayonara, set for release on 20th March 2020.

To celebrate the announcement, they have released new single ‘Freight Train’. A crushing barrage of riffs with a powerful chorus,

Featuring members from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and India, the quartet bring together diverse and unique influences – both in music and in life – to create one of the most ferocious and emotively entrancing metal albums of 2020.

The band comment: “This album is a representation of the last five years of our lives – which spans from being homeless and living in a car in one of the most expensive cities in the world, to building our own studio and recording the album independently.
The first single ‘Freight Train’ talks about just that. Pushing forward, regardless of the struggle and coming out on top with those who stuck around.”

With one EP and one full-length under their belts, and having played countless shows in the Middle East, SVENGALI have grown into one of the hottest prospects from the region. Their debut album ‘Theory Of Mind’ reached number #2 in the UAE Virgin Megastore Charts and they are the only metal band who have been nominated in the huge Dubaian Ahlan Awards ‘Best Live Act’ category. Shows with the likes Sepultura, Jinjer, Kreator, Arch Enemy and Septic Flesh across Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, UAE and Dubai have proven that they can compete with the best in the business, and they’re now ready to take their sound to the global stage with new album Sayonara.

Featuring nine tracks of crushing riffs and headbanging grooves, Sayonara wastes no time in pummelling the listener, but it’s also not short on dynamism and melody. From the instant violence of opener ‘Alcatraz’ through to the heartfelt ‘Labyrinth’, SVENGALI’s wide range of influences are clearly apparent, but come together in a unified sound that is distinctly their own.

Inspired by a story of control with a sinister intent, their name SVENGALI is an indication of their lyrical topics of interest and they go deep on Sayonara. Exploring the state of mind during an addiction relapse, uniting and fighting against oppression, losing identity, overcoming obstacles and more, SVENGALI’s thoughts have huge relevance in today’s world, and their multinational Middle Eastern take makes it all the more fascinating.

Recorded and produced in-house, Sayonara paints a stark picture of SVENGALI’s journey and a band and individuals up until now, and promises to pave their way to becoming one of the most important global metal bands in 2020.

SVENGALI online:


01 Alcatraz
02 Break Away
03 This Is Kombat
04 Better Off
05 Freight Train
06 Sayonara
07 Quicksand
08 Shedding Skin
09 Labyrinth

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